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Duration

Two years, full-time

Application Deadline

15 January 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2021

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.

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

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course for September 2020.

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.

Government announces additional £5k support funding to students on Allied Health degrees

Students studying Allied Health degrees at university are set to receive an additional £5,000 per year of NHS funding from September 2020. The additional funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans. The additional funding applies to new and existing students and does not need to be paid back.

The government expects the £5,000 maintenance grants to benefit around 100,000 students every year.

There will also be extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year for eligible students. These include:

  • £1,000 towards childcare costs

  • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit

  • £1,000 if they’re a new student studying a shortage specialism important to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.

Fees and funding

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic year

Home (UK)

Total fees

2021/22

£9,250

£18,500

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

International (including EU) tuition fees

International (including EU) (2020 entry)

Academic year

International

Total fees

2021/22

£16,500

£33,000

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item 

Description

Admissions costs

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £5 
Administration fee - £6

Technology requirements

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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 study@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

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here. 

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.

You can apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 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.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students  as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc physiotherapy programme. However, we have remodelled placement activity for Year 2, as current students were unable to complete all their necessary placements for academic year 2019/20.

All the programme modules are compulsory and must be passed for successful completion for the degree award, and to make students eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council under the protected title of Physiotherapist.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver the core modules of the programme and the final year specialisms and pathways as planned.

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here).

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance. 

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course.

Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme and to graduate without delay.

Some assessments are designed to be taken on-site or in small groups, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Where necessary we have developed alternative assessment strategies to enable students to complete their assessments remotely. Training in the use of the relevant online platforms will be provided.

The programme does include practical, clinical and skill-based elements that are delivered in specialist teaching rooms and with specialist equipment. Practical classes in our specialist teaching rooms will be arranged to minimise travel to and from the site (approximately two days per week during September–December 2020) with appropriate social distancing and PPE if required.  Anatomy sessions normally delivered in our Dissecting Room will delivered online with video recordings in Term 1 (September–December 2020). Communication skills sessions will be online in Term 1.  Practical, clinical and skills-based teaching will run as planned for the remainder of 2021.

We have currently planned for placement activity in Years 1 and 2 of the programme and will use our normal systems and processes to allocate students to placement. We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan their placements accordingly.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. In that case, we will endeavour to delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year) to protect the safety of students.

Current students

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme and to graduate without delay if successful.

We have currently planned for placement activity for Year 2 of the programme and will use our normal systems and processes to allocate students to placement. We will consider any necessary risk assessments for individual students and plan their placements accordingly.

We will continue to offer final year research projects that enable students to work with staff on topics related to physiotherapy science, education and therapy. Depending on government advice and guidance, we may be able to offer face-to-face data collection. However, projects will be flexible if this is not possible.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. Their capacity to offer placements may change if, in the event of a further outbreak of Covid-19, delivering care to affected patients becomes their overriding priority. If that happens, we will limit the impact on students where possible. We will rotate students through the sites that are continuing to accept students and, where possible, will use physiotherapy placements that engage in remote consultations to offer a comparable clinical experience.

For continuing students, it may be possible to delay placements to the next academic year to protect student safety. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all placements.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

If government guidance changes and we are required to postpone or alter placements, then students may need to cover living expenses beyond the standard term dates of the programme. 

Assessment methods

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We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations (formative and summative) and in-course assessments which might include essays, practical write-ups and special study reports, oral presentations and poster presentations. 

We expect to deliver these assessments as planned. Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we successfully developed an alternative assessment strategy in 2019/20 to enable students to complete assessments remotely and without coming on to campus. For example, formal examinations were taken remotely by students at a time of their choosing within a window stipulated by us. If the government advice on social distancing changes, we will take this approach again.

Current students

The university-based assessments will continue and you will submit online as usual. Some assessments have been adapted slightly – you will be informed of these changes at the start of each module. Assessments where students are directly observed performing a practical or clinical skill by an examiner will be arranged on the university campus wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Other assessment of practice performance will be on practice placements, either face-to-face or via online methods.

At this stage, we expect to be able to deliver assessments of this kind during practice placements. However, if government advice changes and our campus is closed, we will not be able to deliver these assessments as planned. If that is the case, it might be possible to delay these assessments from one year of the course to the next to protect student safety.

However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all assessments and practice placements because we have an obligation to our regulators to confirm that our students have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before they graduate.

Award

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

The MSc Physiotherapy pre-registration programme is accredited and validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and recognised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The programme has been mapped against their requirements and standards and this is unchanged.

Successful graduates will, therefore, be eligible to apply for registration when they complete the programme, and have passed all university-based and practice-based placement assessments. It is still recommended that students are required to complete 1,000 hours of assessed practice placement. However, if government advice changes and placements are suspended, it may not be possible to meet this recommendation. If that is the case, we will follow guidance by the HCPC and may need to practice placement module requirements.

Current students

The Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc programme is accredited and validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and recognised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The programme has been mapped against their requirements and standards and this is unchanged.

Successful graduates will, therefore, be eligible to apply for registration when they complete the programme and have passed all university-based and practice-based placement assessments. The first-year practice placement module has already been modified in light of the government guidance to enable students to complete the module with two placements rather than three. It is still recommended that students are required to complete 1,000 hours of assessed practice placement, and modifications have been recommended for the final year practice placements to allow students to make up hours. However, it may not be possible to meet this recommendation and we will review each student practice placement profile and liaise with the HCPC to ensure that students have satisfied the learning outcomes and are eligible to apply to join the register.

Location of study

Incoming students (starting September 2020)

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures and PPE in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in the previous years. We will use our existing procedures for allocating students to placements, unless government advice changes.

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

 

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

Two years, full-time

Application Deadline

15 January 2021

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