Postgraduate Course

MSc Physiotherapy

(Pre-Registration)

MSc Physiotherapy

Overview

The details
Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Colchester Campus

Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with maximising the potential of human function and movement. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain, and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing, taking account of the variations in health status. At Essex this is a science-based subject in which we are committed to applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs practice.

At the core of physiotherapy practice is the making of clinical judgement and informed interpretation of clinical information. Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, able to act as first-contact practitioners, as well as accepting referrals from other health care professionals. Through partnership and negotiation, physiotherapists work with people to optimise their functional ability and potential.

This pre-registration course is a two-year accelerated programme which enables you to take advantage of inter-professional learning (IPL), encouraging professionals to learn with and from each other – an understanding that helps ensure you have the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of your clients’ needs, and that care is safe, seamless and of a high standard.

In August 2017, this course moved into our new School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This will not change the content of the course but provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. This will allow us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

The cost of required uniform will be fully covered by the school.

Placement Opportunities

You will be introduced to physiotherapy through observing and working with physiotherapists practising in a variety of settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care setting and specialist mental health/learning disability services), and adopt a critical stand in the discussion of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the context of the environment of practice.

You are also introduced to key concepts in physiotherapy for the assessment and evaluation of patients, and given opportunities to explore scientific measures as indicators for health and illness.

We organise these practice placements for you to work in role with multi-professional health care teams in a wide range of settings.

Whilst on placement you will have an educator allocated to you and contact with a member of the academic team who will visit you and support you whilst on placement. Placements encompass a variety of multi-disciplinary health and social settings based within the NHS, the Private Sector, the Voluntary Sector and other Primary Health Care Services.

Over a thousand hours will be spent in the practice environment where students apply the theory and practice of physiotherapy. You develop your abilities to critically analyse clinical data and evidence, to make judgements and to respond to patients who require physiotherapy.

Placements are primarily based throughout Essex but you may also have the opportunity to experience services in Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Why we're great.
  • Improve your employability by developing excellent links with our clinical partners in practice
  • Develop your practical skills and patient-centred approach in our dedicated physiotherapy labs
  • Enhance your future prospects for becoming a physiotherapist
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Our expert staff

A unique feature of our School is that most of our staff work or have worked within clinical practice. This enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and real-life practice.

Physiotherapy is taught by a small and friendly team of registered experienced staff with a variety of different backgrounds and research interests. The subject lead for physiotherapy is Izzie Easton.

We have expertise in the areas of prehabilitation, rehabilitation following sports injuries, first contact trauma management, education in pain management, and computer-based ‘virtual patient’ simulators.. Full details of our staff can be found on the SRES Staff Profiles.

Specialist facilities

Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills; for students on our physiotherapy courses, we have three specialist labs on our Colchester Campus which provides you with all the facilities you need to train as a physiotherapist.

We also offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials.

You can take advantage of our links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects, many for government, EU and other public agencies, and has its own library.

The UK Data Archive is also based at our Colchester Campus and stores national research data.

Your future

We have an exceptionally high (often 100%) employability rate for our Physiotherapy students. What does this mean? It means that all our successful graduates got jobs and are on their chosen pathway working in the careers they worked so hard towards.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Our applicants should have:

  • a relevant honours degree, minimum classification of lower second (e.g. in a life science - psychology, sociology, biological science or equivalent or sports science degree)
  • IELTS score of 7.0, with no element below 6.5 (if required)
  • successful performance at interview
  • Evidence of recent academic study (By this we mean a course or module with an assessable component )

You must also have: two satisfactory references (including an academic reference and one work-based). Don't worry if you cannot provide your reference when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide this at a later stage. References should be recent and verifiable, on official institution paper, signed and dated by the referee.

If a referee wishes to provide an email reference, it must be sent from the referee’s email account.

The following documents should be submitted with your online application:

  • A personal statement (no more than 500 words)
  • A current CV
  • Academic transcripts

You must also have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) and a Occupational Health Check - both of these are organised by the University.

A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more. Where it is not possible to obtain an Overseas Check a relevant professional reference may be accepted

To be considered for October 2019 entry you must submit a complete application by 30 March 2019

NHS Constitution and Values

As part of the selection process, students will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that a physiotherapist is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values (you can find further information on these on the Health Education East of England website and the Gov.UK webpages.

Interviews

Interviews will take place on 5 December,16 January,13 February,6 March,3 April, 17 April, 1 May for the September 2019 intake. If you are selected for interview, then you will also be required to sit a Literacy & Numeracy test.

Continuing Professional Development

If you are already a registered physiotherapist, please see Continuing Professional Development on our Health and Human Sciences web pages.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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Structure

Example structure

Please note that our MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) programme, is an intensive two year course based at our Colchester campus.

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. These carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore, question, and create powerful ideas. Picked to give you an extensive and in-depth education, they’ll equip you with the specialist knowledge, vital transferrable skills, and the confidence to make a genuine difference to the world around you.

There are 44 weeks’ teaching per year. The structure of the programme adopts a developmental approach to the mastering of physiotherapy skills. You will be introduced to physiotherapy through observing and working with physiotherapists practising in a variety of settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care setting and specialist mental health/learning disability services), and adopt a critical stand in the discussion of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the context of the environment of practice.

We’re reactive, we’re pioneering, we never stand still, so modules might change from year to year in response to new developments and innovation. Those listed below show how a typical course might look, but more detail on course structure, including details of all optional modules, is available on our Programme Specification.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal conditions include problems with muscles, joints, tendons, discs, nerves and bones. The aim of this module is to introduce you to core physiotherapy knowledge and skills. You will look at the concepts of professional practice and patient centred care and critically explore the core skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

View Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy on our Module Directory

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that specialises in helping patients with cardiovascular and respiratory problems. This module will introduce you to core concepts in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy with the aim of developing your knowledge and skills in this field.

View Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy on our Module Directory

Neurological Physiotherapy

Neurological physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that specialises in the treatment and management of people who have disorders of the nervous system. You will be introduced to core concepts in neurological physiotherapy with the aim of developing your knowledge and skills in this field.

View Neurological Physiotherapy on our Module Directory

Patient Pathways 1

Building on concepts studied in earlier modules, you will be introduced to further developments in patient care. You will look at the changing needs of the patient and how physiotherapy can effectively and efficiently influence patient health and wellbeing.

View Patient Pathways 1 on our Module Directory

Interprofessional Collaboration and Development

Complex medical issues can be best addressed when interprofessional teams work together. The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of collaborative working practices by exploring current policy drivers, barriers and opportunities for team working, with the aim of improving patient care.

View Interprofessional Collaboration and Development on our Module Directory

Using Evidence in Health Care Practice

You will have the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge of research by exploring a variety of methodologies. This will prepare you for your second year of study when you will conduct your own original research project in an area of interest that is relevant to health care practice.

View Using Evidence in Health Care Practice on our Module Directory

Patient Pathways 2

Building on concepts studied in earlier modules, this module will introduce you to more complex patient care. You will look at the changing needs of more complex patients and how physiotherapy can effectively and efficiently influence individual patients and the publics health and wellbeing.

View Patient Pathways 2 on our Module Directory

Contexts for Contemporary Practice

Patient views about the treatment they receive can be very powerful in the healthcare market. The aim of this module is to introduce you to the range of settings which deliver health care and the current and potential role of physiotherapy in improving the patient experience and satisfaction.

View Contexts for Contemporary Practice on our Module Directory

Advancing Physiotherapy Practice

This module allows you to reflect on your personal and professional development over the course of the programme, and to consider your future continuing professional development needs. It also seeks to review your core physiotherapy skills, to facilitate critical discussion of the principles and scope of the profession, and to prepare you for current and future physiotherapy practice.

View Advancing Physiotherapy Practice on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Teaching staff include clinically qualified lecturers in physiotherapy, alongside clinically qualified members of other health professions from the School of Health & Social Care, and many clinical partners.
  • The multidisciplinary nature of our School and its rapid growth has fostered a dynamic and innovative learning environment.

Assessment

  • You are assessed through coursework, presentations, essays, case studies/portfolios, reflective accounts, vivas, examinations and direct observation of practice by the mentor in clinical settings
  • You also conduct a research proposal

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250

For more information about fees and funding for our pre-registration postgraduate courses, please visit our department pages.

International fee

£17,040

For more information about fees and funding for our pre-registration postgraduate courses, please visit our department pages.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2018 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates.

Applications for MSc Physiotherapy 2018 entry will be closing on 31 March 2018. We will need to have received all of your supporting documents by that date for your application to be considered.

Additional documents

Official transcript(s), in English or a certified translation of your academic results to date, showing marks or grades, must be provided at the time you make your application. (Transcripts are not required from current or previous University of Essex students, or from students who have previously completed a degree at Colchester Institute awarded by the University of Essex).

A personal statement with a 500 word limit to support your application saying why you wish to undertake the course and what you hope to achieve from it. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with us, your personal statement should refer specifically to your reasons for wishing to study in the UK, and why you have chosen your area of study.

An up to date CV (no longer than 2 sides of A4) must also be provided with your application.

We will also require two references during the application process; one verifiable academic reference, dated, signed and on official institution paper. The second reference must be work-based and this will be dependent on which course you are applying for, it could be for example, from a registered nurse or equivalent outlining the care duties that you perform and to what standard.

For information about funding, references and supporting documents, it is essential that you read our 2 year accelerated programme application notes.

Don’t worry if you cannot provide references when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide these at a later stage.

How can I demonstrate I have what it takes?

You'll notice that many of our physiotherapy pre-registration courses are underpinned by the NHS Constitution, as well as our own Essex values. The NHS Constitution is an important document which establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England.

This document very clearly explains that the patient is at the heart of everything the NHS does. We take this commitment seriously, and so are looking for people who have the potential to be future healthcare superstars. You may wish to consider this in your written application.

Our courses are a blend of both theory and practice, so we also need to hear from you about both your academic and practical skills. Think carefully about how your experiences have prepared you for some of the challenges of the course, and how they can make you stand out from the crowd. For example, if you've worked in retail, you're likely to have developed your communication skills, so you may be able to talk about this.

My course requires an interview. What can I do to prepare?

For many people, the idea of being interviewed is quite daunting. There's no need to panic. We're on your side. We aim to use the interview process to get to know you and to find out your plans for the future.

Our interview panels are made up from current staff and students, service users/experts by experience, and local placement partners. Many of the panel will have been through a similar process at some point in their career, so they'll appreciate you'll probably be feeling nervous. Try to relax (as best as you can) and think of it more as a discussion with colleagues about why you'd like to join us.

As part of our interview process, our courses require you to undertake English and Maths tests, so you can demonstrate that you have a basic level of literacy and numeracy, as stipulated by our regulatory bodies.

You can find out if your course requires and English and Maths test by looking at our entry requirements on our webpages. If you have a documented educational need, then you may be entitled to specific access arrangements for the literacy and numeracy tests. If you think that this applies to you, please contact our admissions team as soon as possible.

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