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Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

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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 seven 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

Key information

Application status Open

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

Further details

Course contact for further information

  • General enquires, applications, interviews, funding, accommodation and open evenings:

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


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 format and assessment


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.  

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. 

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


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.

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.


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. 

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.

Extra information


Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 180 credits. 

You are required to take: 

  • Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 1: Long Term Conditions and Rehabilitation (30 credits) 

  • Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 2: Acute, Emergency and Primary Care (30 credits) 

  • Evidence Based Practice: Assessment, Measurement and Evaluating Questions in Practice (15 credits) 

  • Communication and Reasoning: Inclusive Communication and Influencing Behaviour (15 credits) 

  • Practice Education 1 (0 credits) 

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
There are no optional modules for Year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take: 

  • Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 3: Managing Complexity (30 credits) 

  • Leadership: Team-working and Improving Healthcare (15 credits) 

  • Researching Practice Project (45 credits) 

  • Practice Education 2 (0 credits) 
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for Year 2.

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 £70 applies.

Shortlisting for interviews will take place in early February.

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.

If invited to interview, these will take place on 17 and 24 March 2021.

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 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 recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our final application deadline for this course is 29th January 2021.

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 fees: £9,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

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 UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.


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 


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. More information on this fund can be found on the course web page. 

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

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. 



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