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Physiotherapy (MSc)

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Part time

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Why study this course

As a qualified physiotherapist, this MSc will enable you to develop valuable skills that will help you advance in your profession whether you are looking for promotion within clinical practice or a move into academia or research.

Join us and study at a School that is ranked in the top 3 in the UK for Physiotherapy (BSc) by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Our postgraduate programme is designed for qualified physiotherapists, across the UK and internationally at any stage of their career (including newly qualified physiotherapists). 

It gives you the chance to take your learning to the next level, enhancing your skills and knowledge in order to challenge and critically evaluate your own professional practice and inform physiotherapy healthcare in your country.  The programme will help inform the way you practice, supporting the knowledge and skills required for change management, and service improvement to improve patient care. We strive to make sure you are ready for the next step in your career. 

You will learn in a supportive environment with an opportunity to tailor your optional module choices in a way that best fits your needs. Our modules cover a range of speciality areas including, musculoskeletal,

neuro-rehabilitation and cardiovascular respiratory. We also cover research methods to support your learning at Masters level. The programme aims to develop your critical thinking to support you to become an expert in your practice and enhance your employability in your future career.

Your learning will be supported by experienced researchers and academics who are experts in their field. You will be designated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies. You may also be involved in group personal tutoring which will help you develop mentoring skills with your peers. In addition, you will be learning alongside a globally diverse group who are studying at various points in their career, sharing knowledge and gaining understanding of physiotherapy practice across the world.

Your learning environments include our bespoke physiotherapy laboratory and simulation suites. Our School benefits from a range of equipment, such as an anti-gravity treadmill and a motion capture centre, along with other equipment used to analyse human movement.

Distinctive features

Here are some of the key features of why we think our programme will make you the best physiotherapist you can be:

  • The opportunity to learn in a School ranked in the top three in the UK for physiotherapy (BSc) by the Complete University Guide 2019.
  • The opportunity to learn in a School ranked 4th in the UK overall and 1st for our research environment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment (under Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).  
  • The opportunity to work with internationally renowned researchers such as Professor Robert van Deursen, Professor Nicola Phillips (OBE), and Dr Val Sparkes: as well as clinicians who are Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners in their speciality.
  • Be part of a School that has engagement with external partners embedded in our work, playing a vital role in enhancing the quality of our core activities of research, education and scholarship
  • Benefit from a range of physiotherapy equipment to enhance your learning, including a specifically designed research lab and simulation suite.
  • Benefit from learning alongside a globally diverse group who are studying at various points in their career.
  • We offer a free bespoke in-sessional English language course to support healthcare international students. Please note that places are limited.
  • All our teaching sessions are captured on recording and made available online* for students to review and revisit during their learning. (*where appropriate to do so)

Where you'll study

School of Healthcare Sciences

Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to embark on a professional healthcare career.

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Admissions criteria

A degree in Physiotherapy (UK diploma or equivalent in Physiotherapy). Only qualified physiotherapists are eligible to apply.

Clinical experience is not a requirement for entry to the programme. However, one optional module requires 2 years clinical experience as a prerequisite for entry.

Applications are considered on a ‘personal statement’ where a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme. 

You must address the following points in your personal statement, this list is not exhaustive: 

  • Why have you selected this programme? 
  • What interests you about this programme? 
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content. 
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career. 
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies. 
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme. 

Application deadline: End of July of each academic year. Your application may be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake. 

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

The MSc Physiotherapy programme is modular, and students must complete 120 credits in the taught component of the programme and a further 60 credits in the dissertation component. 60 credits are core modules, and 60 credits are optional. Taught modules are arranged in block format and run throughout the semester.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

In Year One you will complete one core modules (30 credits) and one optional module (30 credits) which equates to 60 credits.

Year two

In Year Two you will complete one core module and one optional module equating to 60 credits.

Year three

In Year Three you will complete your dissertation from a choice of three options (60 credits).

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching is mainly through workshops, tutorials and seminars. There are also lectures, and these are followed up by appropriate opportunity to discuss and evaluate the ideas presented. Content is supported by online resources.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of written assessments and oral presentations. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The dissertation is a culmination of the development of all these skills.

How will I be supported?

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

You are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who will assist you with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars. All lectures are recorded via Panopto and are available to you throughout your programme.

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support you. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, day care facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

Our student app allows you to access Cardiff University services and personalised information in one place in a simple and convenient way from a smartphone via the app store. 

Features include: 

  • Campus maps
  • Student library renewals, payments and available items
  • Student timetable
  • Find an available PC
  • Access to help and student support
  • Student news
  • Receive important notifications
  • Links to launch other University apps such as Outlook (for email) and Blackboard (for Learning Central)
  • Links to recommended apps such as nextbike to help make the most of their student experience.

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

Demonstrate enhanced clinical knowledge and skills and apply these critically to your physiotherapy practice, to develop a holistic approach to managing complexity and improving service user outcomes.

Develop a practical understanding through evaluation of established techniques of research and enquiry, to interpret knowledge and support implementation of research findings into physiotherapy practice.

Evaluate the position of physiotherapy in healthcare practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.

Initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the physiotherapy profession.

Intellectual Skills:

Critical analysis of research.

Reflection and critical analysis of the physiotherapy profession and of your own practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

The application of physiotherapy theory to clinical practice is covered throughout the taught content and assessment process.

Transferable/Key Skills:

Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech.

Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks concurrently.

Gain research skills and their application to practice.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Fees will be invoiced by module. Normally, invoices will be released shortly after enrolment for each individual module. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.

Career prospects

Postgraduate level study is essential if you want to progress to advanced and specialist practice. An MSc will enable you to gain the skills to enhance your autonomy within your profession, to further your career and take advantage of a greater range of opportunities.

Our modules are designed to complement progression in clinical practice, but also to facilitate a move into academia or research.

Our graduates have gained roles including:

  • Clinical specialist
  • Consultant physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapy management positions
  • Physiotherapy and clinical education positions.
  • Lecturer
  • Research Associate
  • PhD study

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

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