Taught course

Advancing Physiotherapy Practice

University of Birmingham · School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme is on the basis that you will normally have:

  • Current registration with the relevant professional/regulatory bodies appropriate to the location of the clinical placement component of the programme (to include professional indemnity)
  • A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. (Evidence of equivalence of your qualification(s) to the UK educational system of awards can be found at www.naric.org.uk). The degree should normally be a first or upper second class Honours degree.
  • Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development.

Additional criteria for clinical placement component in the UK (please note that if these criteria are not met within four months of starting the course, you may be required to transfer to a non-clinical programme or to undertake your placement overseas):

  • Evidence of satisfactory current Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Evidence of satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record

You will also need to submit the following documentation in support of your application:

  • Two academic/employer references in support of your application and professional and practical capabilities;
  • Transcripts of your degrees so far (certified and translated in to English if appropriate).
  • Evidence of your clinical placements and experiences to date;
  • Evidence of appropriate professional registration. (Evidence of HCPC and CSP registration if you wish to undertake your clinical placement in the UK)

Learn more about entry requirements including Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This programme offers you the opportunity to advance your practice through selection of a profile of modules that meet your personal development needs and aspirations. Modules are designed to facilitate your capability to undertake a range of roles, for example, specialist, extended scope or consultant and developing roles. They will also appeal to those involved in service development or role redesign.

The programme has a clinical focus and offers flexible learning for physiotherapists. We have developed the programme further by including the opportunity to undertake clinical placements overseas, enabling us to meet the needs of international students. Opportunities will be available for participants to evaluate their current practice and undertake learning experiences that advance their capability as a practitioner.

About the School of port, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

We are one of the top-rated sport science departments in the UK. Our School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences is one of the longest established in Europe for scientific research into sport, exercise, health and rehabilitation.

We are proud to be at the forefront of the rapid development of this academic discipline. Our school has achieved an outstanding performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014) with 90 percent of its research classified as world leading or internationally excellent, putting us in the top three for research in the sector. These results provide further compelling evidence of the long recognised research strength of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Thanks to a £16.4 million investment, Birmingham boasts the largest custom built Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences facility in the UK.

This includes teaching and research laboratories for physiology, biochemistry, psychophysiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor skills, immunology, muscle mechanics and the neurophysiology of movement.

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.

Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

Birmingham is a truly global university producing world-leading research. We benefit from mutual partnerships with a wide range of international institutions and host a large international community of researchers and students. With over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries, and 31% of our academic staff from overseas, our campus is truly a diverse and global place which attracts the brightest and best international students and staff.

More information for international students can be found at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/International

Fees and funding

UK students
max £10,390. Contact the School for latest fee information.
International students
max £19,480. Contact the School for latest fee information.

For more detailed information on available funding and fees for postgraduate courses please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification and course duration


full time
13 months
part time
72 months


full time
10 months
part time
48 months


full time
3 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005