Taught course


Teesside University · School of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

We are unable to reconsider unsuccessful applicants in the same application cycle, however you can reapply in the future and you will be required to meet the criteria as if you were a first time applicant.

You should normally have:

  • an honours degree (at least 2.1) in an appropriate discipline
  • evidence of study within the last three years

Admission to the course is dependent upon:

· academic entry requirements being met

· satisfactory application form

· successful interviews (in individual and group settings)

· satisfactory references

· completed work-based risk assessment process

· receipt of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

You are assessed at interview on your ability to demonstrate:

· awareness of the qualities and skills of a physiotherapist

· clear articulation of values in line with the

· awareness of academic skills including prior experience

· communication skills in individual and group settings

· appreciation of healthcare issues from a patient perspective, incorporating NHS values

During the course and on completion you must declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration.

If you are successful in shortlisting and interview you receive a conditional offer subject to the following:

· evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications

· a successful work based risk assessment which reflects the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) recommendations

· a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course

· satisfactory references.

Until the steps above have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Months of entry


Course content

As a physiotherapist, you can make a real difference to the way people function physically, socially and psychologically. Physiotherapy aims to make the most of an individual's abilities through health promotion, preventive healthcare and rehabilitation.

Course details

ou gain the skills to be a safe, reflective, autonomous, professional practitioner able to manage clients across their lifespan in a variety of settings. Core skills underpinning physiotherapy include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and functional movement analysis. Appropriate intervention is underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and problem solving within the context of an evidence-based approach to clinical practice. We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share aspects of learning with students from other allied health professions to promote teamwork and an appreciation of how other disciplines contribute to healthcare. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

What you study

In Stage 1, you study the core sciences underpinning physiotherapy practice. You are introduced to a range of physiotherapy interventions which are responsive to client need and underpinned by evidence-based approaches to practice. You also explore professional issues in health and social care. During this stage you complete three clinical placements where you assess and treat your own patients under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists. You may be allocated placements within paediatrics, elderly care, learning disabilities and mental health services in addition to acute, medical, musculoskeletal and neurological areas. Clinical placements are arranged by academic tutors and you should be prepared to travel for some placements.

In Stage 2 you complete three more clinical placements. You must complete 1,000 hours of satisfactory clinical practice to meet the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You also develop your knowledge of the sciences underpinning physiotherapy and further explore the professional development of the physiotherapist and research methods.

In Stage 3 you complete your dissertation.

Course structure

Stage 1 core modules

· Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics for Physiotherapy Practice

· Integrated Physiotherapy Practice

· Physiotherapy Practice Placements 1, 2a and 2b

· The Physiotherapy Professional

Stage 2 core modules

· Personal and Professional Development in Physiotherapy

· Physiotherapy in the Management of Long-term and Life-limiting Conditions

· Physiotherapy Practice Placements 3a, 3b, 4

· Practical Research Methods for Physiotherapists

Stage 3 core modules

· Major Project

How you learn

Various learning and teaching methods are used throughout the course and include keynote lectures, seminars and small-group work as well as practical laboratory sessions. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning to prepare for practical sessions and seminars.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and reflects module learning outcomes. You are assessed by written assignments, oral presentations and practical examinations. In the interests of professional safety, you must complete all modules successfully. Essential competencies for this course include:

  • conducting assessment and treatment procedures safely and effectively
  • demonstrating high-level clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • demonstrating satisfactory skills in communication and team working
  • evidence of appropriate selection and appraisal of methods of critical enquiry.

Clinical placements are assessed at undergraduate level.

Career opportunities

Opportunities are available for employment within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts – in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry and in the community. You could also consider a career working in clinical research or teaching, in the UK or overseas.

Information for international students

EU and international applicants must have an overall IELTS score of 7 with no elements below 6.5.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office, +44 (0)1642 342171, email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    21 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Leads to eligibility to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment47
Professional practice20
Dissertation33 (6000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384110