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Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc

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The MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) provides a contemporary research-enhanced curriculum with a minimum of 1000 hours of professional practice experience and an accelerated route into the profession. It is an ideal study pathway for graduates with a related first degree wishing to become physiotherapists. The programme will prepare you for working independently and with teams to provide high-quality, person centered care that aims to optimise health, function and well-being for individuals and to promote living well and self-management for populations and people living with long term conditions. The programme has a strong emphasis on skill development for effective communication, evidence based practice, professionalism and leadership in healthcare, alongside promoting a systematic understanding of the core principles underpinning physiotherapy practice to guide clinical reasoning and health promotion. On completion of the programme graduates are eligible to apply 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 only six UK Academic Health Science Centres, where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients by translating cutting-edge research and existing best practice into excellent patient care
  • High quality partnership working with professional practice partners and other stakeholders ensures graduates have the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required for working in the NHS, social care and public health
  • Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centres on three sites provide a range of interprofessional high fidelity and low fidelity simulations of hospital and community environments working on advanced communication skills, clinical simulation, and working with patient actors and patient educators
  • Innovative teaching partnership with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Established interprofessional learning opportunities with other healthcare professional students in College and practice

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Teaching on the Physiotherapy programme brings together excellence in research and practice led by education, clinical and research staff who are experts in their field. We have a strategic partnership with clinicians from our local NHS trust partners, to provide some of the College based clinical and practical teaching. Interprofessional learning with students from other healthcare disciplines (including medicine, nursing, midwifery, dietetics, pharmacy and physiotherapy) and clinical simulation working in high and low fidelity environments and with actors and patient educators is highly valued by our students. The programme is organised over 2 calendar years and comprises 180 Level 7 credits (totals approximately 1800 hours of student endeavour) plus a minimum of 1000 hours of professional practice clinical placements.

Base campus

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

College-based teaching is arranged over 3 days a week using a blended-learning approach that integrates face-to-face campus-based activities (eg lectures, seminars, practicals, clinical simulation, workshops) with structured online and self-directed learning (e-learning, individual and in groups). A series of case-based learning opportunities exposes students to real-world scenarios that need to be solved using reasoning and existing theoretical knowledge.

Practice education is arranged in Clinical Placement blocks that are full time and take place in a variety of health and social care settings. Specific clinical placement hours are dictated by the placement setting and whilst typically are Monday to Friday they may also require students to undertake shift work, 7 day working etc.

Students can expect that for the majority of taught modules they will spend between 30 - 40% of their time in blended learning and 60% in self-directed learning.

For the 45 credit Research for Physiotherapy Practice module you are expected to undertake approximately 450 hours of self-directed learning under supervision.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Practice education is arranged in work-based placements in a variety of settings primarily in Greater London although some placements are based further afield in the South East of England.

Typically, one credit equates to 10hours of work (excluding clinical placement hours).

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Coursework

Assessment is by a variety of methods including:

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Written examinations (multiple choice questions, short answer questions, clinical problem solving)
  • Coursework (oral and poster presentations, essays, video/podcast, 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.

Structure

Required modules

Modules are taking over the course of two years. You are required to take:

Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 1: Long Term Conditions and Rehabilitation (Year 1) (30 credits)
Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 2: Acute, Emergency and Primary Care (Year 1) (30 credits)
Evidence Based Practice: Assessment, Measurement and Evaluating Questions in Practice (Year 1) (15 credits)
Communication and Reasoning: Inclusive Communication and Influencing Behaviour (Year 1) (15 credits)
Practice Education 1 (Year 1) (0 credits)
Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 3: Managing Complexity (Year 2) (30 credits)
Leadership: Team-working and Improving Healthcare (Year 2) (15 credits)
Researching Practice Project (Year 2) (45 credits)
Practice Education 2 (Year 2) (0 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for Year 1 or Year 2.

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 you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

On completion of the programme, you will be able to apply for registration to practise as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This enables you to practise in a wide variety of settings and is mandatory for employment within the NHS. You will also be eligible to apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). 

Whilst a significant majority of recent graduates go on to work in healthcare including the NHS, they are increasingly taking on roles in emerging areas for Physiotherapists including Social Care, Public Health, sports and leisure, clinical and academic research and other graduate opportunities. 

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,250 per year (2022/23)

Part time: N/A

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

Part time: N/A

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

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 INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

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 

Clothing uniform

Two sets of uniform for clinical practice will be provided for the course. Estimated cost for additional or replacement sets: £80 for two sets.

Disclosure and Barring certificates

Students have to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance check. This is payable on induction and an annual update is available. Estimated cost £50.

Equipment

For clinical placement, you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source.

Health checks/immunisations/vaccinations

Students may be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to commencing clinical placements. Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination.

Travel and accommodation for clinical placement

Students will need to pay for travel and accommodation for clinical placements over the duration of the course. A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. More information on this Fund can be found at : https://nhsbsa.nhs.uk/learning-support-fund

Course related conferences

Annual mandatory clinical skills training is provided for the programme. If mandatory training is missed with no mitigating circumstances then students may be liable for the cost of replacement training. Estimated annual cost: 

Year 1 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), £29.50

Manual Handling (MH), £26.13 

 A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. More information on this fund can be found on the course web page. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs around London and between campuses
  • society membership fees – membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is optional but students are encouraged to join. The cost is approximately £32.

Funding

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Teaching on the Physiotherapy programme brings together excellence in research and practice led by education, clinical and research staff who are experts in their field. We have a strategic partnership with clinicians from our local NHS trust partners, to provide some of the College based clinical and practical teaching. Interprofessional learning with students from other healthcare disciplines (including medicine, nursing, midwifery, dietetics, pharmacy and physiotherapy) and clinical simulation working in high and low fidelity environments and with actors and patient educators is highly valued by our students. The programme is organised over 2 calendar years and comprises 180 Level 7 credits (totals approximately 1800 hours of student endeavour) plus a minimum of 1000 hours of professional practice clinical placements.

Base campus

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

College-based teaching is arranged over 3 days a week using a blended-learning approach that integrates face-to-face campus-based activities (eg lectures, seminars, practicals, clinical simulation, workshops) with structured online and self-directed learning (e-learning, individual and in groups). A series of case-based learning opportunities exposes students to real-world scenarios that need to be solved using reasoning and existing theoretical knowledge.

Practice education is arranged in Clinical Placement blocks that are full time and take place in a variety of health and social care settings. Specific clinical placement hours are dictated by the placement setting and whilst typically are Monday to Friday they may also require students to undertake shift work, 7 day working etc.

Students can expect that for the majority of taught modules they will spend between 30 - 40% of their time in blended learning and 60% in self-directed learning.

For the 45 credit Research for Physiotherapy Practice module you are expected to undertake approximately 450 hours of self-directed learning under supervision.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Practice education is arranged in work-based placements in a variety of settings primarily in Greater London although some placements are based further afield in the South East of England.

Typically, one credit equates to 10hours of work (excluding clinical placement hours).

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Coursework

Assessment is by a variety of methods including:

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Written examinations (multiple choice questions, short answer questions, clinical problem solving)
  • Coursework (oral and poster presentations, essays, video/podcast, 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.

Structure

Required modules

Modules are taking over the course of two years. You are required to take:

Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 1: Long Term Conditions and Rehabilitation (Year 1) (30 credits)
Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 2: Acute, Emergency and Primary Care (Year 1) (30 credits)
Evidence Based Practice: Assessment, Measurement and Evaluating Questions in Practice (Year 1) (15 credits)
Communication and Reasoning: Inclusive Communication and Influencing Behaviour (Year 1) (15 credits)
Practice Education 1 (Year 1) (0 credits)
Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 3: Managing Complexity (Year 2) (30 credits)
Leadership: Team-working and Improving Healthcare (Year 2) (15 credits)
Researching Practice Project (Year 2) (45 credits)
Practice Education 2 (Year 2) (0 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for Year 1 or Year 2.

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 you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

On completion of the programme, you will be able to apply for registration to practise as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This enables you to practise in a wide variety of settings and is mandatory for employment within the NHS. You will also be eligible to apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). 

Whilst a significant majority of recent graduates go on to work in healthcare including the NHS, they are increasingly taking on roles in emerging areas for Physiotherapists including Social Care, Public Health, sports and leisure, clinical and academic research and other graduate opportunities. 

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,250 per year (2022/23)

Part time: N/A

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

Part time: N/A

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

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 INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

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 

Clothing uniform

Two sets of uniform for clinical practice will be provided for the course. Estimated cost for additional or replacement sets: £80 for two sets.

Disclosure and Barring certificates

Students have to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance check. This is payable on induction and an annual update is available. Estimated cost £50.

Equipment

For clinical placement, you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source.

Health checks/immunisations/vaccinations

Students may be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to commencing clinical placements. Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination.

Travel and accommodation for clinical placement

Students will need to pay for travel and accommodation for clinical placements over the duration of the course. A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. More information on this Fund can be found at : https://nhsbsa.nhs.uk/learning-support-fund

Course related conferences

Annual mandatory clinical skills training is provided for the programme. If mandatory training is missed with no mitigating circumstances then students may be liable for the cost of replacement training. Estimated annual cost: 

Year 1 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), £29.50

Manual Handling (MH), £26.13 

 A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. More information on this fund can be found on the course web page. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs around London and between campuses
  • society membership fees – membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is optional but students are encouraged to join. The cost is approximately £32.

Funding

Application closing date guidance

Final application deadline: 28 January 2022 (23:59, UK time)

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King’s.

 

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