Entry requirements

Physiotherapy MSc (pre-registration) UCAS code: B161

Entry requirements

With the exception of GCSEs, all academic qualifications must be completed within a five year period including year of application.  Currently, we are unable to consider degrees which are older than five years.

Unfortunately we do not consider professional and/or work based qualifications to be academic, therefore these are not accepted for entry in place of recognised academic qualifications.

Undergraduate degree or equivalent*

Undergraduate degree 
Grade2:1 honours 
Subjects acceptedBiology, behavioural science, sports science, physiology, health science or a health related profession which ideally contains human anatomy and physiology. 

Experience of the research process and/or completion of an undergraduate dissertation are essential.

*Degrees must be completed, awarded and certified by 1 August 2015. Failure to comply with this may result in the withdrawal of any offer issued by St George’s.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries.  If you would like an admissions officer to review your qualification, please send a copy of your qualification to  pgadmiss@sgul.ac.uk.  Ensure that the qualification is translated into English (if not already in English), by a certified translator.

English language criteria

If your native language is not English, you will be required to produce evidence of your English language proficiency.

English language tests are valid for only two years, as English language ability changes from year to year.  If you have completed a test which is now considered to be out of date, you may be required to complete another. 

Please note that applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.

IELTS overall 7.0, with 7.0 in Reading and Writing, and 6.5 in Speaking and Listening.

Pearson test:
Pearson (PTE Academic) Test overall 67 with 67 in Listening, 67 in Reading, 67 in Writing, 67 in Speaking.

Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English):
Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) with a minimum score of 185 and no less than 176 in each section.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English):
Cambridge English: Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a minimum score of 185 and no less than 176 in each section.

Other essential criteria

Work experienceWork or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field is considered essential.  Please see the below guidance with regard to suitable work/voluntary experience.  This should be explored and discussed within the personal statement.
Personal statementYou must demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, working with people; able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good physiotherapist; demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of physiotherapy; and an ability to reflect on work experience.
ReferenceApplicants need to provide one academic reference to support their application as per the UCAS form. Applicants currently completing a degree should also ensure that the reference confirms your predicted result. This reference should be supplied by an appropriate referee able to comment on your academic performance at your last institution of study. It is not permitted for friends, family, partners or ex-partners to write your reference.
Health screeningSatisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations against Hepatitis B, MMR Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.
Police screeningAll applicants will be required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formally a Criminal Records Bureau check).

Work experience

You must have recent work or voluntary experience within the last 2 years in a health-related field and be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of physiotherapy. We would regard anything that involves working directly with patients or people in need of care as relevant. Although clinical experience is good, your work experience does not have to take place in a hospital.

Personal statement

In addition to meeting the academic criteria for admission, you should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in and commitment to working with people, be able to identify relevant transferable skills that would make you a good physiotherapist, demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of physiotherapy, and have obtained some relevant work experience where possible. All of this should be evident from your UCAS personal statement. Applicants who do not demonstrate this are unlikely to be invited for interview.

Applicants should also be aware that we will be notified by UCAS of any plagiarism within a personal statement. If UCAS indicate that the plagiarism is above 60 per cent per cent then you application is unlikely to be considered.

Health screening

Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practise as a health practitioner, St George’s has an obligation to both the patients they will encounter and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places at St George's are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

All candidates will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety. Please contact your general practitioner (GP) to arrange screening for infectivity from Hepatitis B. You should begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as it consists of three injections over a six-month period. If you firmly accept an offer made to you by St George’s you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of screening for Hepatitis B if this has not already been completed.

Police screening

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this process will be sent to applicants as part of the admissions process. 

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