A physiotherapy masters is a postgraduate pre-registration degree aimed at those students wishing to become a fully trained physiotherapist. The course lasts two years when studied full time, and gives students the educational knowledge as well as practical experience, needed to become a physiotherapist.
Upon successful completion of this degree students can register with the Health and Care Professions Council; which is essential if they wish to practice it in the UK after graduation.
Over the course duration of two years, students are introduced to a range of key concepts and modules surrounding the world of physiotherapy. Core modules studied could include:
- Introduction to professional practice
- Principles of physiotherapy practice
- Clinical management
- Movement and exercise
- Understanding musculoskeletal problems
- Neurological physiotherapy
- Cardio respiratory physiotherapy
Alongside these core modules students will also be required to undertake various placements in local establishments to professionally practice what they have learnt through their studies.
Entrance to a Masters in Physiotherapy degree will vary depending on the university you are applying to. Generally, you will need to have recently achieved a 2:1 class honours bachelor’s degree in a related field of study such as human biology, behavioural science, sports science, or health related professions. Some universities will also require you to have previously studied some modules related to the degree such as anatomy, physiology and human sciences.
You may also be required to attend an entrance interview. To help you understand postgraduate interviews we have put together an article for the top 10 questions that are likely to pop up and the best ways that you can answer them: Top 10 Postgraduate Interview Questions.
You are advised to check with the institution you are applying to for a full breakdown of specific entry requirements.
Graduates of a physiotherapy degree often graduate and enter work directly in the field of physiotherapy. Job roles for graduates are available in the NHS, private clinics, sports clubs, and the military. It is also common for graduates to become freelance physiotherapists and work for themselves. Alternatively, graduates of a Masters in Physiotherapy can continue their studies in physiotherapy and its related fields.