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Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc

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Overview

The Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc is a clinically-orientated study programme, with over 1,000 hours of professional practice and rigorous academic content. This course is an ideal study pathway for science graduates wishing to become physiotherapists, and will also provide eligibility for applying for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


Key benefits

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Established study pathway of inter-professional learning opportunities with other healthcare professional students in both the classroom and practice.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration Two years FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

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 form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Physiotherapy

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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 £50 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

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 29th January 2017.

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Course detail

Description

The Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc course places a strong emphasis on scientific research combined with evidence-based clinical practice and critical and analytical learning. We aim to provide you with the skills to enable you to work in a changing healthcare environment. You will study modules that integrate teaching and learning, covering topics such as psychological and social sciences with physiotherapy practice modules. The course is made up of modules, and you will complete the course in two years, studying September to September. You must take modules totalling 270 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, covering foundation modules totalling 90 credits at level 4, and master’s modules totalling 180 credits at level 7.

This course is not appropriate for holders of any UK or overseas physiotherapy/physical therapy qualifications.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Teaching

  • For Foundation modules, contact hours range from 40 – 80 hours which are made up of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials.
  • For master’s modules Reflections on Current Practice 1 & 2 and Rehabilitation & Exercise, contact hours range from 30 - 60 hours that’s made up of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials.
  • For the master’s module Physiotherapy Practice, contact time is higher at 150 hours due to the substantial practical element, but also includes lectures, practical, seminars and tutorials.
  • The Research Project module contact hours are determined by individual project supervisors.

Study time

  • For all 15-credit modules, you are expected to undertake approximately 100 hours of self-directed learning.
  • For all the 30-credit modules, you will be expected to undertake approximately 240 hours of self-directed learning.
  • For the 45 -module Rehabilitation and Exercise, you are expected to undertake approximately 400 hours of self-directed learning.
  • For the 45-credit module Physiotherapy Practice, you are expected to undertake approximately 300 hours of self-directed learning.
  • For the 45-credit Research Project, you are expected to undertake approximately 450 hours of self-directed learning.

 

Assessment

  • The Foundation modules will be assessed by a mixture of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and written examinations.
  • The modules on Reflections on Current Practice 1&2 and Rehabilitation & Exercise will be assessed by coursework.
  • The Physiotherapy Practice module will be assessed by coursework and a written examination.
  • The Research Project module will be assessed by a written dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Extra information

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

Structure

  • Required Modules

    You required to take the following Foundation modules:

    • Movement and Exercise (30 credits)
    • Understanding musculoskeletal problems (30 credits)
    • Understanding cardiorespiratory problems (15 credits)
    • Understanding neurological problems (15 credits)

    You will also study the following master’s modules:

    • Reflections on Current Practice 1 (15 credits)
    • Reflections on Current Practice 2 (30 credits)
    • Physiotherapy Practice (45 credits)
    • Rehabilitation and Exercise (45 credits)
    • Research Project – Physiotherapy (45 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx

    Required Modules

     

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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

£10,950 (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

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Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

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

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