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Duration

Two years, full-time

Application Deadline

31 March 2020

UK, EU and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

Apply via UCAS

This course has been specifically designed for graduates of health and life sciences disciplines with a desire to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.

On this course you will learn via a variety of methods in order to become a practitioner who is proactive, flexible and able to meet the changing needs of health and social care. Graduates of this MSc programme are critical thinkers and independent learners with problem-solving skills. Teaching and learning methods include classroom-based learning, simulated practical exercises, self-directed learning and practice placements, which are undertaken in a variety of healthcare environments including acute NHS hospital trusts, community-based services, mental health trusts and private hospitals.

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Highlights

  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

  • This course is taught in partnership with Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s.

  • Opportunity to learn anatomy by prosection and dissection of cadavers.

  • The course includes 30 weeks of practice placement.

  • Interprofessional education: Shared learning alongside other MSc postgraduate courses and both pre and post registration students.

  • Access to the Graduate School.

Tuition fees

UK/EU (2019 entry)
  • Full-time MSc: £9,250
Non-EU (international) (2019 entry)
  • Full-time MSc: £15,500

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

You will need to meet the entry criteria for this course.

All qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before the start date of the course you are applying for.

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 qualification.

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

Undergraduate degree
  • 2:1 (upper second class) Honours in any relevant subject.

  • This may include (but is not limited to): biology, behavioural science, sports science, physiology, health science, or a health-related profession which ideally contains human anatomy and physiology.

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

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

Applicants who obtain lower than 2:1 honours undergraduate degree, or have completed their undergraduate degree outside of a five year period including the year of application, will be considered if their application is supported by another: biology, behavioural science, sports science, physiology, health science, or a health-related profession masters/PhD degree. These applicants are required to obtain a minimum of merit at master level.

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 to pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk. Please make sure that the qualification is translated into English if necessary, by a certified translator.

English language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

English language tests are valid for only two years. If you took a test more than two years ago, you may be required to complete another. Applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.

  • IIELTS: overall 7.0, with 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing and 7.0 in Speaking

  • Pearson (PTE Academic): overall 67, with 61 in Listening, 61 in Reading, 67 in Writing, 67 in Speaking

  • Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English): overall 185, 185 in the writing section, and no less than 175 in the other sections

  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): overall 185, 185 in the writing section, and no less than 175 in the other sections

Other essential criteria

Work experience

You must have work or voluntary experience within the last two years in a relevant field and be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of physiotherapy. We would regard anything that involves working directly with individuals or groups as relevant. Although clinical experience is good, your work experience does not have to take place in a hospital.

Reference

You will need to provide one academic reference to support your application as per the UCAS form. If you are currently completing a degree you 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.

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 then your 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 practice as a health practitioner, St George’s has an obligation to patients, the individual student and their colleagues. 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 discuss receiving Hepatitis B immunisation. If possible you should begin a course of Hepatitis B vaccination as soon as you submit your UCAS application, as the course take some months to confer immunity. If you firmly accept an offer made to you by St George’s you will be sent a confidential health questionnaire to complete and a General Practitioner Report, to be completed by your GP. As well as Hepatitis B vaccination information, please ensure that you provide childhood immunisation information including: history of chickenpox disease, or evidence of dates of vaccinations, or evidence of immunity via blood test; evidence of dates of MMR vaccinations or evidence of immunity via blood test; information about BCG vaccination (if administered) or any TB screening information. You will be seen in Occupational Health after starting to go through your immunity status and may require vaccinations or blood tests.

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 you as part of the admissions process.

We operate a modular system for this course which means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation – a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

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Year one

The main focus is on the foundation skills of physiotherapy, using a problem-solving approach. The modules draw on some of the year two modules of the BSc Physiotherapy and integrate with other professions and existing Master's level modules.

Year two

You will study the broader concepts of clinical practice and the preventive and innovative role of physiotherapy to meet changing health and social care needs. You will share modules with year three BSc and postgraduate professionals in order to further develop critical thinking and leadership skills in an interprofessional environment.

Module details

Foundations of Physiotherapy

This module offers students the opportunity to enhance prior knowledge and skills in order to build a foundation for physiotherapy practice with an

emphasis on a patient–centred approach. The module consists of understanding the different dimensions of being a healthcare professional. It will integrate the application of theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting by building on the basic clinical skills and problem-solving approaches required to be a safe and effective physiotherapist.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

This module is designed to build on student’s musculoskeletal assessment and treatment / management skills and develop their reasoning and problem solving skills in relation to specific assessment findings. The module will prepare the student for the musculoskeletal component of placement and later clinical practice with emphasises on a self-directed learning approach for evidence informed practice. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used including lectures, interactive practical sessions, tutorials, case-based learning scenarios and directed practical sessions.

Neurological Physiotherapy

This module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of the underlying theoretical and practical principles of neurological physiotherapy practice in the management of neurological movement dysfunction, including the impact of living with long term conditions.

Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy

This module aims to further develop cardio-respiratory knowledge and skills obtained in other modules and enable students to extend their clinical reasoning and practical skills for the effective physiotherapy management of individual patients with variety of cardio-respiratory dysfunctions.

The module will facilitate the individualised assessment and management of these patients, which may arise across different care pathways and settings e.g. acute care, rehabilitation, long-term management and end-of-life care. This will prepare student for future work promoting health and collaborating with patients to facilitate self-management within the various specialisms of physiotherapy practice.

Human Behaviour and Rehabilitation

This module will explore concepts, theories and evidence that underpin current understandings of human behaviour and particularly in relation to health and wellbeing maintenance and rehabilitation. It will develop an in-depth understanding of psychological, anthropological and sociological influences on human behaviour and well-being. The module will also explore rehabilitation strategies and interventions to promote physical activity for individuals in a variety of contexts and settings in which physiotherapists work. The approach taken will be person-centred and will develop the students’ ability to understand the influence of the environment in which patients live, their social relationships and their culture. The critical nature of the module reflects its standard as a level 7 module.

Evaluation and Research

This module looks at a range of quantitative and qualitative research study designs and approaches and will investigate their advantages and disadvantages. The focus will be on good research practice and the methodologies and tools used by these. Appraisal and expository writing skills will be introduced while the research process will be situated within a framework of critical thinking and reflection. The evaluation of research will be addressed in the journal clubs which will require the student groups to reflect on why they have chosen a particular article and how this might influence their practice.

Complex Management

This module acknowledges the increasing complexity of health care across all disciplines. Long held certainties about causality in healthcare and wellbeing are being challenged by constantly changing insights into new areas of research as well as policy changes. An older population and a higher survival rate across the lifespan form the background to this module. Populations with substantial and ongoing health needs will be the focus of this module, for example end of life rehabilitation, pain management and self-management strategies. Instead of looking for linear solutions this module will look for interconnections. The ethical burden of working in contemporary health and social care will be discussed allowing students to enhance their employability once they enter the health sector after qualifying.

Reflective Practice–Practice Placements 1 & 2

This module introduces the integration of theory into physiotherapy practice via two 6-week practice placements. Students will apply key scientific and psychosocial principles to their practice and develop a reflective stance to reasoning in physiotherapy.

Critical Practice -Practice Placements 3, 4 and 5

This module continues the integration of theory into physiotherapy practice via three 6 week practice placements. Students develop their critical thinking and application of evidence based principles to their practice in preparation for working as a graduate physiotherapist.

Personalised Professional Development

The fundamental underpinning of this module is choice. It provides students with an opportunity to choose an area of professional practice that is of interest to them and to investigate it thoroughly, through engagement with professionals, patients and service users. The module will facilitate the students in investigating, reflecting upon and presenting their chosen topic. It is intended that this will optimise students’ confidence and employability in a wholly inclusive way

Research Projects

This is an inter-professional module in which physiotherapy and occupational therapy students are taught together in lectures, tutorials,

Workshops and simulation to meet the learning needs of each group of students. This module provides experience of justifying, designing and implementing a research project. Students will work through the research process including ethical considerations and writing in the style of an academic journal. The module provides an opportunity to analyse data, critique the findings and discuss how they may be applied to clinical practice.

Quality and Innovation in Health & Social Care

This module integrates interprofessional working and contemporary concepts of service improvement in practice. Students will examine how policy, research and opinion can support innovation and enhance the service users’ experience. Themes may include understanding of the current health and social care sector in the UK and beyond, regulatory and quality bodies in England, population change and the impact on AHP practice (e.g. practice guidelines). The module will foster engagement with the concepts of sustainable, transformative health and social care environments.

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, ranging from classroom-based learning, simulated practical exercises, self-directed learning and clinical placements.

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Teaching and learning methods

You will benefit from the support of a personal tutor, peer group learning and a range of web-based learning materials and online discussion forums. Teaching also takes place in our specially designed rehabilitation skills labs.

Self-directed study

You will study an area of interest in depth, developing research and presentation skills and gaining insight into possible careers.

Practice placements are undertaken in a variety of healthcare environments including acute NHS hospital trusts, community based services, mental health trusts and private hospitals. The supervised hands-on experience is an essential opportunity to put theory into practice.

Assessment methods

Progress throughout the course is assessed through a combination of essays, written reports and presentations, written and practical examinations, clinical assessments, and a research dissertation.

Chartered Physiotherapists provide essential healthcare services to people of all ages, assessing an individual’s ability to move and return to normal activities following an acute injury or illness, or for someone living with a long-term condition. Physiotherapists need excellent communication skills, along with a scientific background, and a passionate interest in patient care and the promotion of good health.

The approach combines a person-centred physical (therapeutic exercise and activity) and psychosocial approach to facilitate return to functional independence. Physiotherapists work in multidisciplinary teams helping people of all ages in a wide variety of settings, such as:

  • intensive care

  • mental health

  • stroke units

  • rehabilitation centres

  • sports and leisure facilities

  • community settings.

Successful completion of this course will mean you can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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Hospital settings

Supporting the rehabilitation of people who have suffered physical impairment due to accidents, operations, illnesses or who have long term conditions that affect their physical functions.

Using exercises and therapeutic treatments to help people in their rehabilitation.

Community settings

Supporting people of all ages with physical disabilities, mental health needs, learning disabilities or who are dying. Their aim is to help rehabilitate people and support them to achieve the best possible quality of life.

Community settings where physiotherapists work include:

  • GP surgeries

  • community clinics

  • people's homes

  • specialist clinics

  • hospices.

Private health, business and industry

Roles available outside NHS health settings include:

  • private clinics and hospitals

  • commercial organisations

  • the armed forces

  • health clubs

  • charity organisations

  • working with people with physical and mental problems

  • research.

Visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website.

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 31 January in the year of entry, using code B161. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

Please note: whether you are already focused on a given career path or not, we strongly recommend you include in your personal statement a recognition that studying Physiotherapy will include practice and study in a number of settings.

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Application checklist

 You must provide:

  • a personal statement (more information about this is available on the UCAS website)

  • an academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and check your application to make sure all your academic details have been included
  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the Admissions Officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

Acknowledgement emails and letters are sent out on receipt of applications. Please ensure that your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you by email. Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview. Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track and direct applicants will be contacted via email.

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Duration

Two years, full-time

Application Deadline

31 March 2020

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