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 (September to September) and comprises four Foundation (Level 4 and 5) and five Masters (Level 7) modules. Foundation modules and Clinical Placements must be passed but do not contribute numerically to the final award of MSc.
College-based teaching is arranged over 4 days a week using a mixture of taught and blended-learning approaches 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). Case-based learning opportunities also expose 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.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work (excluding clinical placement hours).
For 15-credit modules, you are expected to undertake approximately 100 hours (60%)of self-directed learning .
• For 30-credit modules, you are expected to undertake approximately 240 hours (80%) of self-directed learning.
• For 45-credit modules the proportion of taught versus self-directed learning varies between approximately 10 – 35% except for the 45-credit Research Project where you are expected to undertake approximately 450 hours of self-directed learning under supervision.
Teaching on the programme is informed by state-of-the-art research and is provided by staff who are experts in their area of specialism, with at least a PhD qualification. In addition, we have a strategic partnership with the clinicians from our local NHS trust partners, to provide some of the
in-university clinical and practical teaching. A wide range of modern teaching methods are utilized including didactic lectures, blended learning, seminars, workshops, clinical simulation, inter-disciplinary learning, clinical placements and self-directed study.
The programme incorporates a case-based approach, aimed at enabling students to progressively develop clinically relevant understanding of the knowledge and skills they acquire on the course. Through a series of case-based learning opportunities, students are exposed to real-world scenarios that need to be solved using reasoning and existing theoretical knowledge.
Practice Education (clinical placements) is an integral part of the course and students will be expected to complete and pass 6 clinical placements. 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.
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, critical essays, portfolio development, reflective essays)
- Clinical placement performance (Clinical Placements must be passed but do not contribute numerically to the final award of Masters)
Foundation modules in year 1 are assessed by written examinations (65%) and practical exams (35%).
Masters modules are primarily assessed entirely by a combination of written and practical coursework except for Physiotherapy Practice with a written examination worth 60% of the module.
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.
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
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. 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.