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Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc



Clinically-orientated programme, with over 1,000 hours of professional practice and rigorous academic content, for science graduates wishing to become physiotherapists. Provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


Key benefits

  • NHS commissioners awarded King's pre-registration physiotherapy programmes a rating of 100% for all contract performance indicators in their 2012/13 'Quality & Contract Performance Management' process

  • 95 per cent of 2010 graduates employed in healthcare, 90 per cent as physiotherapists

  • Located in the heart of London - King’s Health Partners is one of the UK’s five Academic Health Science Centres bringing together a world-leading research led university (King’s College London) and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley)

  • Internationally and nationally renowned research active teaching staff

  • Quality partnership working with physiotherapy practice partners ensures graduates have the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required by the NHS and other employers

  • Innovative collaborative teaching partnerships in physiotherapy with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Bromley Healthcare Community Interest Company – secure advice and teaching input from physiotherapists at the forefront of practice to each individual module of the programme and across the practice spectrum

  • Practice placements are integrated throughout the academic programme

  • Established programme of interprofessional learning opportunities with other health care professional students is accessed in both College and practice

  • Patient/Service User involvement in curriculum design, learning and teaching and module assessment.

  • State of the art Clinical Skills centre – the largest centre of its kind in the UK

  • Innovative opportunities to learn through clinical simulation

  • The Health Schools at Kings are responsible for the education of more than 10,000 health professions students, making King’s the largest centre for healthcare training in Europe – and an extremely rich and welcoming learning environment.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration Two years FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Course intake 36 home/EU students, 2 international students

Course leaders

Dr Claire White

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact email Enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Physiotherapy


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum high 2:1 first degree in biomedical sciences or relevant disciplines such as psychology and sports science or the equivalent overseas qualifications. In addition applicants should have a good A-level or equivalent profile along with experience in statistics, research methods and/or a dissertation at BSc level, and the ability to critically evaluate material and study independently.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies. Shortlisting for interviews will take place in early February. Interviews for selected applicants will be on 9 and 16 March 2016 and applicants are expected to be available to attend. Incomplete written applications will not be considered. Selection for interview will be based on academic criteria and evidence in the personal statement of understanding of the role and scope of physiotherapy in current healthcare and any relevant work experience or shadowing (see entry requirements).

Personal statement and supporting information

Please give your A-level (or equivalent qualification) results (school/college; date; subject; grade).

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic physical and emotional demands of an accelerated masters degree programme and career in physiotherapy. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in clinical setting. If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring physiotherapists. If you have undertaken work in a healthcare setting, we would expect an additional professional reference relating to this.

Application closing date

Applications for this course for 2016 are now closed. 


Course detail


Clinically orientated with over the minimum requirement of 1,000 hours of professional practice and rigorous complementary academic content. We combine a strong emphasis on scientific research, evidence-based clinical practice and critical and analytical learning. We aim to produce physiotherapists who are capable of working in the changing healthcare environment. The programme integrates teaching and learning from core basic, psychological and social sciences with physiotherapy practice modules. Further modules include Reflection on Current Practice 1 and 2, Rehabilitation & Exercise, and a Research Project.

Course purpose

For science graduates wishing to become physiotherapists. This is not appropriate for holders of any UK or overseas physiotherapy/physical therapy qualifications.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Taught modules, research project, professional practice placements.

Extra information

Further literature: Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, The Changing Face of Allied Health Professions.


Career prospects

Predominantly physiotherapy but also: clinical research, sports, leisure and other graduate opportunities.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

NHS contract

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£16,500 (2016)

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU


Part time tuition Fees - Overseas


The Department of Health pays tuition fees for UK and EU students, and provides means-tested bursaries for UK students only.

Details of other scholarships for 2015 can be found here:

Scholarships available for applications made by 31st March 2015

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


New funding arrangements for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education announced in the recent Spending Review

In his Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced changes to the funding of education for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education.   These changes will involve replacing bursary support with loans for students studying nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects (including BSc/MSc Physiotherapy and BSc/PGDip/MSc Dietetics) from September 2017.

The proposals, which are subject to consultation, will remove the cap on the number of student places universities can offer for these subjects and it is anticipated that they will enable an additional 10,000 new training places to be made available in this Parliament.

For the benefit of existing students and prospective applicants we are providing a link to the Council of Deans information page entitled ‘The 2015 Spending Review Changes to Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Education – Background Information for Students’ and will provide update information as soon as this becomes available.


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