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This programme typically receives a high volume of applications, so we would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible and in advance for the January 2022 deadline. We may not be able to consider applications received after this time for the current intake, although late applications will be considered for the following intake.

This course is for people who want to help others to improve their movement – despite physical difficulties caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing.

In the UK all physiotherapists must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our course has been approved by HCPC and enables you to fulfil HCPC requirements. Employability rates following the course are excellent.

The course lasts for two years so that there is sufficient time for you to undertake six placements. In total you will accrue 1,000 hours of experience in a range of settings and contexts. 

The advantages of this course include the breadth of our healthcare expertise, the variety of our placement opportunities, and the strong commitment to our values-based philosophy. Student satisfaction rates are exceptionally high.

Personal Statement Guidelines

When writing your personal statement please consider the following areas:

  • Justification for wanting to enter profession – what attracts you to this profession? Is it the values, characteristics, behaviours &/or variety of roles and responsibilities?
  • Why does this profession stand out for you compared to other health and social care professions?
  • Investigation of Physiotherapy as a career – to be able to make an informed career choice you must investigate some of the diversity of the profession ideally through direct observation of physiotherapists in diverse areas of practice
  • Evidence of additional skills, knowledge, experience – Transferable skills – how do your personal attributes, values, characteristics, behaviours and experiences relate to or prepare you for this challenging academic programme and a future career as a physiotherapist.
  • Evidence of engagement with research process/enquiry based learning (EBL) – you need to describe your personal understanding of the research process and experience undertaking research or your engagement with EBL

Structured Personal Statement

1. Tell us the reason you have chosen to study Physiotherapy. Within this answer you can tell us what motivated you to become a physiotherapist, and what you find interesting or inspiring about the profession. We would like you to show that you understand the role of the physiotherapist in different areas of clinical practice and the skills, values and qualities that are needed. Additionally, describe why this health care profession suits you personally. We expect you to give examples that show you have a caring attitude.

2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of physiotherapists. In this section you should tell us about your investigation into the physiotherapy profession, particularly discussing experiences you have had of physiotherapy. Although receiving physiotherapy yourself might have been your introduction to the profession we expect applicants to explore further than this. This must include work experience or placements within a physiotherapy setting, the opportunity to talk to physiotherapists about their role and evidence of reading around the subject or accessing information on the internet. Rather than simply providing a list, please expand on what the experience taught you about the profession. Physiotherapy is very varied profession, working with different populations in different settings; you should demonstrate an awareness of this.

3. Tell us about skills, knowledge and experience you have and explain why this is relevant to a future career in Physiotherapy. Please use experiences from previous learning, work, volunteering, hobbies, sport, music and any other activities you think relevant. Again, rather than a list of achievements please explain the specific skills or values demonstrated and how this has helped prepare you for study and a future career as a Physiotherapist. It may be useful to look at the NHS Constitution Values as this discusses the values and behaviours important for working in health care in the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

4. Tell us about your engagement with research. Please describe any opportunities you have had of being involved in or using research, this might range from your ability to critically appraise research, learning about research methods to carrying out or being part of a research study. Research is integral to the MSc programme so this allows you to show us how you are prepared for that aspect of the programme.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 degree in a related subject area (such as Sports Science, Health Science, Physiology, Psychology), or a non-UK physiotherapy qualification at HE diploma level and a minimum of one year of clinical experience.

Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree in a related subject area and relevant experience may also be considered.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in the written section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000



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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PT6004 -

Foundation Skills for Physiotherapy Practice (20 Credits)

This module will develop knowledge and skills in a range of professional and clinical skills including the study of normal anatomy, physiology and movement. The study of normal anatomy is applied to movement scenarios and the analysis of key functional tasks and how these relate to common clinical presentations. A series of case studies explore some of these common clinical presentations and drive learning through an enquiry-based approach, designed to foster collaborative learning amongst learners. Student led presentations help demonstrate knowledge gained around these case studies and drive the clinical skills that apply to clinical settings. Further skills in moving and handling are delivered through practical workshops and help develop a skillset to support safe and effective practice of foundation Physiotherapy skills that transfer to clinical environments, from the very beginning of the programme.

The module assessment strategy will provide you with the opportunity to recontextualise your prior learning and life experience, directly apply to clinical practice through a rigorous, highly practical and enjoyable enquiry-based learning approach.

This module also houses your first periods of clinical placement and you will be encouraged to consider the HCPC and CSP standards and use reflective skills to identify your learning needs in relation to these. You will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

More information

PT7000 -

Management skills for physiotherapy 1 (20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients with disordered movement
and function.

You will explore aspects of assessment, planning and prioritising of physiotherapy management strategies. This will include the principles underpinning the safe and effective assessment and management of clients, to justify and use physiotherapy skills to enhance movement and function, according to the individual needs of clients.

More information

PT7001 -

Management skills for physiotherapy 2 (20 Credits)

This module critically explores the physiotherapy role in the early management of patients presenting with an acute episode of ill health with a particular emphasis on assessment and intervention in the acute hospital setting. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to provide therapeutic interventions safely and to work as a member of the multidisciplinary team to provide collaborative care throughout a patient’s early management. We will explore the role of the physiotherapist in the management of patients presenting with acute respiratory, cardiovascular, medical and neurological ill health and consider the impact of an episode of ill health on longer term recovery.

More information

PT7002 -

Physiotherapy for Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits)

This module will critically explore and promote physical and mental wellbeing in the context of long term conditions. There are an increasing number of people living with long term conditions, which impact both physical and mental health. Physical and mental health are intertwined, and this module will consider the biopsychosocial needs of individuals and the influence of living with multiple comorbidities. The consideration of long-term condition development will be deliberated and the role of physiotherapy in their management will be explored and developed. Models and theories of behaviour change will be critically explored and applied to the management. Exploration of current research will be a central tenet of this module and continuing development of a critical approach to literature appraisal will be integrated alongside the management approaches.

More information

PT7003 -

Innovation, leadership and preparation for working life (20 Credits)

Innovation, leadership and preparation for working life will enable you to critically review the physiotherapy decision-making processes that inform user/carer focused health and social care provision across a range of settings of your own choosing. You will be provided with the opportunity to identify and explore contemporary issues within physiotherapy and reflect on your own learning and development in relation to the development of a self-selected (small group) project.

The module will ‘bookend’ the programme, completing learning and development from a position of identifiable transferrable skills to that of the contextual insights required to be proficient at an entry level as a registered physiotherapist. The module will provide the opportunity to explore issues critical to the processes of decision-making, service development, and personal and professional development, in ‘preparation for work’. As a group, you will identify learning outcomes for the module, demonstrating insight into your development needs relevant to transition to working life.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on the decision-making, communication, interpersonal and CPD skills developed across the programme along with the integration of core areas of physiotherapy practice to consider:

Autonomous practice, learning and development
Employment and employability
Contemporary and emerging areas of physiotherapy practice and delivery
Service/quality improvement
Leadership and management of change
Contemporary Health and Social Care Policy
Innovation and entrepreneurialism

More information

PT7004 -

Physiotherapy in complex contexts (20 Credits)

In this module you will critically explore how physiotherapy can support changing needs across the life course to promote health and well-being. The life course approach to health encourages us to consider not only what is impacting on a person at a particular point in time, but also the need to consider past experience and plan for future needs. The focus will be on inclusive, person centred practice and our role in advocating for the people we work with. Person centred care is central to contemporary health policy and in this module, you will critically consider how we achieve this in different contexts. You will be encouraged to engage with theoretical frameworks of person centred, life course approach to health and consider their application to physiotherapy. You will integrate this theoretical understanding with application to specific areas of physiotherapy practice, including mental health, learning disability, paediatrics and care of older adults.

This module also houses your final year placement and you will be encouraged to consider the HCPC and CSP standards and use reflective skills to identify your learning needs for this final year of study. You will be aware of the complex and evolving contexts of Physiotherapy practice and through this module you will demonstrate your developing confidence, initiative and resilience in adapting your practice. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

More information

SP7006 -

SER PG Project (Core,60 Credits)

This module provides you with the opportunity for independent study in an area of relevance to your degree. You are expected to use skills and knowledge acquired in modules as the basis for an in depth investigation of specific issues in the discipline. The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to carry out an extensive, empirical investigation related to a topic of your own choice, where you will develop skills in communication, critical thinking and independent enquiry.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PT6004 -

Foundation Skills for Physiotherapy Practice (20 Credits)

This module will develop knowledge and skills in a range of professional and clinical skills including the study of normal anatomy, physiology and movement. The study of normal anatomy is applied to movement scenarios and the analysis of key functional tasks and how these relate to common clinical presentations. A series of case studies explore some of these common clinical presentations and drive learning through an enquiry-based approach, designed to foster collaborative learning amongst learners. Student led presentations help demonstrate knowledge gained around these case studies and drive the clinical skills that apply to clinical settings. Further skills in moving and handling are delivered through practical workshops and help develop a skillset to support safe and effective practice of foundation Physiotherapy skills that transfer to clinical environments, from the very beginning of the programme.

The module assessment strategy will provide you with the opportunity to recontextualise your prior learning and life experience, directly apply to clinical practice through a rigorous, highly practical and enjoyable enquiry-based learning approach.

This module also houses your first periods of clinical placement and you will be encouraged to consider the HCPC and CSP standards and use reflective skills to identify your learning needs in relation to these. You will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

More information

PT7000 -

Management skills for physiotherapy 1 (20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients with disordered movement
and function.

You will explore aspects of assessment, planning and prioritising of physiotherapy management strategies. This will include the principles underpinning the safe and effective assessment and management of clients, to justify and use physiotherapy skills to enhance movement and function, according to the individual needs of clients.

More information

PT7001 -

Management skills for physiotherapy 2 (20 Credits)

This module critically explores the physiotherapy role in the early management of patients presenting with an acute episode of ill health with a particular emphasis on assessment and intervention in the acute hospital setting. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to provide therapeutic interventions safely and to work as a member of the multidisciplinary team to provide collaborative care throughout a patient’s early management. We will explore the role of the physiotherapist in the management of patients presenting with acute respiratory, cardiovascular, medical and neurological ill health and consider the impact of an episode of ill health on longer term recovery.

More information

PT7002 -

Physiotherapy for Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits)

This module will critically explore and promote physical and mental wellbeing in the context of long term conditions. There are an increasing number of people living with long term conditions, which impact both physical and mental health. Physical and mental health are intertwined, and this module will consider the biopsychosocial needs of individuals and the influence of living with multiple comorbidities. The consideration of long-term condition development will be deliberated and the role of physiotherapy in their management will be explored and developed. Models and theories of behaviour change will be critically explored and applied to the management. Exploration of current research will be a central tenet of this module and continuing development of a critical approach to literature appraisal will be integrated alongside the management approaches.

More information

PT7003 -

Innovation, leadership and preparation for working life (20 Credits)

Innovation, leadership and preparation for working life will enable you to critically review the physiotherapy decision-making processes that inform user/carer focused health and social care provision across a range of settings of your own choosing. You will be provided with the opportunity to identify and explore contemporary issues within physiotherapy and reflect on your own learning and development in relation to the development of a self-selected (small group) project.

The module will ‘bookend’ the programme, completing learning and development from a position of identifiable transferrable skills to that of the contextual insights required to be proficient at an entry level as a registered physiotherapist. The module will provide the opportunity to explore issues critical to the processes of decision-making, service development, and personal and professional development, in ‘preparation for work’. As a group, you will identify learning outcomes for the module, demonstrating insight into your development needs relevant to transition to working life.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on the decision-making, communication, interpersonal and CPD skills developed across the programme along with the integration of core areas of physiotherapy practice to consider:

Autonomous practice, learning and development
Employment and employability
Contemporary and emerging areas of physiotherapy practice and delivery
Service/quality improvement
Leadership and management of change
Contemporary Health and Social Care Policy
Innovation and entrepreneurialism

More information

PT7004 -

Physiotherapy in complex contexts (20 Credits)

In this module you will critically explore how physiotherapy can support changing needs across the life course to promote health and well-being. The life course approach to health encourages us to consider not only what is impacting on a person at a particular point in time, but also the need to consider past experience and plan for future needs. The focus will be on inclusive, person centred practice and our role in advocating for the people we work with. Person centred care is central to contemporary health policy and in this module, you will critically consider how we achieve this in different contexts. You will be encouraged to engage with theoretical frameworks of person centred, life course approach to health and consider their application to physiotherapy. You will integrate this theoretical understanding with application to specific areas of physiotherapy practice, including mental health, learning disability, paediatrics and care of older adults.

This module also houses your final year placement and you will be encouraged to consider the HCPC and CSP standards and use reflective skills to identify your learning needs for this final year of study. You will be aware of the complex and evolving contexts of Physiotherapy practice and through this module you will demonstrate your developing confidence, initiative and resilience in adapting your practice. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

More information

SP7006 -

SER PG Project (Core,60 Credits)

This module provides you with the opportunity for independent study in an area of relevance to your degree. You are expected to use skills and knowledge acquired in modules as the basis for an in depth investigation of specific issues in the discipline. The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to carry out an extensive, empirical investigation related to a topic of your own choice, where you will develop skills in communication, critical thinking and independent enquiry.

More information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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