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Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

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The Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc is a clinically-orientated study course, 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.
  • 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 lorna Johnson

Further details

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

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Physiotherapy School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences



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Course detail


The Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc course places a strong emphasis on professional and lifelong learning skills, including a critical and analytical approach to scientific and clinical research to enable evidenced–based practice. We aim to provide you with the skills to enable you to work in a changing healthcare environment. The course is made up of modules that integrate teaching and learning from psychological and social sciences with anatomy, physiology and physiotherapy practice. The course comprises four foundation and five masters modules and runs for two calendar years from 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 masters modules totalling 180 credits at Level 7.

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

In order to gain a licence to practice, you will have to complete at least 1,000 clinical hours. During the course, you will apply what you have learned on a series of clinical placements in a variety of environments, ranging from large teaching hospitals to small special schools within the community. The majority of placements are in Greater London, but you may be placed throughout south-east England. We have designed this course to match the needs of the modern ever-changing health sector. We work closely with a network of clinical colleagues, primarily in the NHS, and these partnerships ensure that the course’s delivery and development are practice-led.

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Course format and assessment


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

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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 are expected to undertake approximately 240 hours of self- directed learning.
  • For the 45-credit module Rehabilitation & 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.


  • 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.

Course accreditation

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

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the choice of modules offered at the time. Clinical 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.

Extra information


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 270 credits.
Required Modules

 You are 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 are also required to take the following master’s modules:

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


Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules


Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Physiotherapy Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  2:1

Minimum 2:1 first degree in biomedical sciences or relevant disciplines such as Psychology and Sports Science. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be assessed on their merits.

In addition, applicants should have evidence of training in statistics, research methods and/or a dissertation at BSc level.  They should also have the skills to critically evaluate material and study independently.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Shortlisting for interviews will take place in early February. Interviews for Home students will take place on March 14th and March 21st and applicants are expected to be able to attend. Interviews for selected Overseas applicants will take place in April/May. 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 evidence of reflection on any relevant work experience or shadowing.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. 

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.

NOTE: When submitting an application on the King's Apply portal, the personal statement must be input directly into the personal statement box (no more than 4,000 characters). Do not attach a separate personal statement document – attached documents will not be considered.

Previous Academic Study Yes

A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.

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

References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. A professional reference will be accepted if you are currently in full-time employment.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Application closing date

We are no longer longer accepting applications for September 2019 entry. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,250 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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


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 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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 £80.
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 will 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.
Course related conferences

Year 1 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), £29.50

Manual Handling (MH), £26.13 


In addition to your tuition fees, 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.

A Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students to help cover these costs. Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Predominantly Physiotherapy within a variety of Health and Social Care settings including the NHS, but also opportunities in clinical research, Public Health, sports leisure and other graduate opportunities.


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