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Postgraduate Course

MSc Physiotherapy

(Pre-Registration)

MSc Physiotherapy

Overview

The details
Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)
October 2021
Full-time
2 years
Colchester Campus

Applications for this course are open for October 2021 entry. The deadline to submit an application is 26 March 2021.

Physiotherapy is a science-based health care profession committed to extending applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice. Physiotherapists adopt a ‘whole person’ approach to maximise the potential of a person’s function and movement. Thus, physiotherapists not only help people stay independent for as long possible after illness or injury, but also help maintain health for people of all ages; preventing disease and managing pain.

Patient involvement is at the core of this approach and as such, key attributes a physiotherapist must possess include the ability to empower, relate and educate people to facilitate change in their health and wellbeing. Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, able to act as first-contact practitioners, as well as accepting referrals from other health care professionals. Consequently, central to physiotherapy practice is the making of clinical judgement and informed interpretation of clinical information.

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We produce physiotherapists who can be defined as professionals who work in increasingly complex environments and demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills, underpinned by a sound physiotherapy knowledge base and appropriate professional skills. You must possess self-directed learning habits that will enable you to continue as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner maintaining your fitness to practise throughout your career.

Our MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) course is studied full-time over two years and is designed as a continuous progression of integrated theory and practice, which puts emphasis on students being proactive partners in their learning experiences.

Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. We are based in the Essex Sport Arena at the Colchester Campus and bring together internationally recognised research, knowledge and placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

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

Placement opportunities

Practice placements are organised by our placement team and provide you with the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 1,050 hours in practice. During practice placements, you’ll work with qualified physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals to consolidate learning, gain new experiences and develop and refine their abilities. Learning and teaching within practice placements are facilitated by interactive experiences, facilitating personal and professional growth as a physiotherapist within a variety of settings. The environment is supportive, enabling you to rehearse skills with constructive feedback.

Professional accreditation

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist.

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 is Jackie Clarke. Jackie graduates from the University of East Anglia in Physiotherapy in 1999 and worked for the NHS in East Anglia for 5 years. In January 2005 she brought her enthusiasm for the clinical education of Physiotherapy students into the academic setting at Colchester Institute, followed by a move to the University of Essex in 2009. Jackie's clinical specialist area is that of Respiratory Care, with experience both in community and acute settings, particularly in the area of Cystic Fibrosis Care.

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

Successful completion of our MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), which allows you to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Complete applications for this course must be received by the deadline 26 March 2021. If your application is incomplete or is submitted after this date it will not be considered.

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

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 between December 2019 to May 2020 for the September 2020 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 our Continuing Professional Development webpage.

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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English language requirements

. An overall IELTS score of 7.0, with 6.5 in all components.

Structure

Example structure

Please note that our MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) 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.

Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology and anatomy of the human body and its impact on structure, function and wellbeing of the individual.

View Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology on our Module Directory

Understanding Self and Others

This module explores the lived experience of the self and others through the contexts in which they live. You will examine and develop your understanding of being a physiotherapist in contemporary and evolving UK practice, and consider your own development as a student healthcare professional.

View Understanding Self and Others on our Module Directory

Physiotherapy Led Assessment

This module develops your holistic assessment skills for a range of patient presentations. The module will focus on the common approaches to physiotherapy led assessment, whilst highlighting the variations required when assessing different patient groups.

View Physiotherapy Led Assessment on our Module Directory

Physiotherapy Led Interventions

This module develops your holistic intervention skills for a range of patient presentations. The module will focus on the common approaches to physiotherapy led intervention, whilst highlighting the variations required when managing different patient groups.

View Physiotherapy Led Interventions on our Module Directory

Promoting Health and Activity

This module sets out to explore the expanding role of physiotherapy in the wider context, by promoting healthy choices and activity throughout the lifespan (infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age, end of life). You will explore the links between lifestyle choices and the effects on well-being, and learn to promote the use of activity and healthy behaviours to improve the physical, mental and social health of individuals, families, communities and societies.

View Promoting Health and Activity on our Module Directory

Critical Enquiry

This module facilitates your knowledge and understanding of critical thinking and academic skills such as searching, retrieving, appraising and reporting evidence to allow to you to begin to engage with evidence-based practice and life-long learning.

View Critical Enquiry 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

Research Activity

The aim of this module is to further advance your research and problem solving skills enabling you to carry out your own research in your future practice. This will involve the critical appraisal of research from a variety of sources to inform your own practice.

View Research Activity 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/UK fee

£9,250

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

International fee

£18,800

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

EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

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.

Applying

Applications for this course are open for October 2021 entry. The deadline to submit an application is 26 March 2021.

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

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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