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Postgraduate Course

Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

Develop and refine your skills in contemporary physiotherapeutic practice by engaging with practical research on this accredited MSc.

If you are looking for a career as a physiotherapist, our qualifying Physiotherapy MSc is the course for you. You will expand on the knowledge gained on your undergraduate degree and when you graduate will be eligible to seek registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. You will also gain membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. This will lead to you being granted the protected title of Chartered Physiotherapist.

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York campus

  • Duration – 2 years 2 months full time, 4 years 2 months part time
  • Start date – January 2025
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum entry requirements

    2:1 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview You will need to attend an interview for this course

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £9,250 full time

    International 2024-25 £18,400 full time

Graduate success story

Course overview

By setting the core physiotherapy skills into practical situations, you will develop into a practitioner who is primarily focused on your clients. You will apply and analyse contemporary practice, while using evidence to determine the effectiveness of physiotherapeutic techniques. This will help you to recognise and solve clinical problems and improve service user outcomes.

You will consider the role of different professions and how they work alongside physiotherapists. You will do this through case scenarios, case discussion and visiting speakers from a variety of different clinical environments. Some of the things you will study include:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Professionalism in healthcare
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Cardiovascular respiratory conditions
  • Paediatrics
  • Exercise therapy
  • Movement analysis
  • Mental health
  • Chronic pain
  • End of life care
  • The military human
  • Research methods

We will encourage you to problem solve and discuss case scenarios with your fellow physiotherapy students. This is a model that follows current best practices within health and social care settings. Through this course you will learn leadership skills and engage in service development projects. While studying, you will learn to adapt to the changing needs of service users and changing health and social care provision.

Other opportunities for inter-professional learning are on offer throughout the 1000 professional practice placement hours. You will work alongside and shadow other health professionals. You will explore how services and professions work together to meet the needs of service users.

Course structure

How you will study

You can study this postgraduate course full time or part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester in the Course Specifications.

Full time route

If you choose to study full time the course will take 2 years and 2 months to complete. The final two months constitutes your third academic year. You will study:

  • 4 compulsory modules across the first year
  • 5 compulsory modules across the second year
  • 1 compulsory placement module across the third year

Part time route

If you choose to study part time, the course will take place over 4 years and 2 months. You will study:

  • 1 compulsory module in the first year
  • 1 compulsory module and 2 placements in the second year
  • 1 compulsory module and 2 placements in the third year
  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 placement in the fourth year

The amount of time you will spend at University each week will depend on the module you are currently studying.  

You placements are all undertaken full time (5 days a week) and are in the local Yorkshire, Humber and North Lincolnshire region.


Credits: 60

Compulsory module

On this module you will take a client centred approach to problem solving. You will demonstrate clinical reasoning through the physiotherapeutic management of cardiovascular, respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal systems. This is an opportunity to acquire rehabilitation and health promotion knowledge and skills while evaluating the physical and psychosocial benefits for the patient.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

During this module, you will develop an understanding of the research process in health care. This includes audit, service improvement and research methods. You will learn to recognise and develop investigative skills in relation to clinical practice and service delivery. 


Compulsory module

On your placements you will apply your understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology of systems in the human body. You will develop and put into practice the clinical reasoning skills required in the management of physiotherapy patients. You will do this across different health care delivery settings.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module, you will evaluate psychological, sociological and therapeutic approaches to patient care. You will do this with a combination of respiratory, neurological and Spinal MSK pathologies. You can explore the management of complex multisystem conditions using case scenarios, current research evidence and government policy.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Following on from Research in Practice 1, you will be encouraged to reflect on feedback from the proposal. Collect, collate, analyse and evaluate data as appropriate to your research question or staff project. Throughout this module, you will receive supervisory support.


Compulsory module

During placements 3 and 4 you will be introduced to patient problems across various physiotherapy specialities. They will be based in a range of primary and secondary care environments, allowing you to gain practical experience within different health care delivery settings.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

In the contemporary health and social care environment, clinical services are constantly developing and changing. On this module, you will develop the skills to proactively lead health and social care services. A high level of self awareness will be required to challenge existing practice and promote effective team working.


Compulsory module

During this module, you will learn about the importance of holistic treatment for patients with complex problems. You will work in primary and secondary care environments, allowing you to experience differing settings of health care delivery.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

The course learning outcomes are considered in the following three categories:

  • Cognitive skills
  • Disciplinary and professional skills
  • Transferable skills

You will study using a blended learning approach, combining face to face and online learning. It is an inclusive approach, suitable if you have different learning needs, have caring roles and responsibilities, part time employment, or if you need to travel long distances from home to university.

The amount of time spent at university each week would depend upon the module you were undertaking at that time. For example, Physiotherapy Practice is the equivalent to 2 days per week (but the hours of the module could be spread out over 2,3 or 4 days depending on timetabling that year), whereas Research in Practice 1 is 0.5 days per week.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.


Our assessment strategy has been designed to encourage you to think critically and creatively. We will challenge you to develop new concepts and thoughts on contemporary physiotherapy practice. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to problem solve, clinically reason, utilise evidence to formulate treatment plans, deliver presentations, and write reports.

You will be assessed using:

  • Written work
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Vivas (these are an academic discussion between the students and one or more members of academic staff)
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Practical placement assessment

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements

    2:1 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview You will need to attend an interview for this course

If you have a 2:2 degree in a related subject, or a BA honours degree, your application may be still be considered. In this situation you will need to evidence significant academic or professional experience which is judged to be suitable by York St John University. 

Related subjects may include Human Biology, Behavioural Science, Sports Science or another health-related degree. You must have completed the foundation sciences, including human anatomy and physiology or psychology. 

Additional requirements

Admission to the course is dependent upon your completion of the following selection processes:

  • Satisfactory DBS
  • Satisfactory medical health questionnaire
  • Insight into the physiotherapy profession
  • Evidence of study within the last 3 years
  • Vaccinations are required in order to access the full range of placements with our clinical partners


You will need to attend an interview for this course.

International students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If your first language is not English you should have IELTS at grade 7 (with no component lower than a 6.5) or another acceptable English language qualification.

International entry requirements


If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.


Fees and funding

UK 2024 - 2025 entry

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £9,250 for full time study
  • £4,625 per year for part time study

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Funding your studies

Full time

If you live in England, you can use the same student loans system as undergraduate students to pay for this course. You are only eligible for this if you are studying full time.

When applying for funding, you will need to:

  • Apply as an undergraduate student
  • Find your course by searching MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Reg), SLC code 921440 when making your finance application
  • For applicants in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland please contact us to request a different SLC course code

If you live in Wales or Scotland, you will need to apply for a Postgraduate Master's Loan using the postgraduate funding opportunities link below.

Part time

The options available for funding can differ if you are studying part time. You can find out about funding opportunities by following the link below.

Postgraduate funding opportunities

International 2024 - 2025 entry

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £18,400 for full time study
  • £9,200 per year for part time study

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £9,250 full time

    International 2024-25 £18,400 full time

NHS Learning Support Fund

If you apply for this course, you might be eligible for additional financial support from the NHS. Visit their website to find out more about eligibility criteria and what you can receive.

Learning Support Fund

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Where could Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) take you?

On this course, you will develop the skills, abilities and competencies to become a qualified and registered physiotherapist. Your clinical abilities and knowledge of NHS standards will be applicable in many healthcare settings. You may wish to further and refine your knowledge by gaining professional experience, then returning into academic study to become an advanced practitioner.

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market.

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

We are not taking any further applications for this course. Applications will reopen in April for 2025 applications. Please check back here closer to the time for application links.

When applications do open, you will need to apply to us directly through a link on this page. To complete the online application form you will need to create login details.

Please contact 2 referees before submitting your application. An automated request for a reference will be emailed to them as soon as you submit. Your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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