MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

Postgraduate, Full-time

Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc

This course will allow you to become a confident and proficient Physiotherapist with a strong grasp of integrated working


This new course is designed for graduates who wish to qualify as a Physiotherapist with eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) through an accelerated two-year route.

The course has been developed in collaboration with Occupational Therapy and Social Work programmes and will prepare you to work within the complex and rapidly evolving environment of health and social care. 

Physiotherapy-specific modules will prepare you for clinical practice, through development of your theoretical understanding, critical thinking skills, and application of knowledge and skills to physiotherapy practice. The course will make use of scenario-based learning opportunities, simulation and will involve service users in teaching, learning and assessment, giving you ‘real-world’ experiences. 

As well as undertaking discipline-specific modules, you’ll undertake collaborative inter-professional modules, where you’ll work closely with students from the other disciplines in health and social care to develop your skills in communication, innovative thinking, clinical reasoning and team working. 

The course will prepare you to enter the workplace as a confident, proficient and autonomous Physiotherapist, with a strong understanding of current service provision and the graduate skills to lead and innovate in shaping future delivery in a rapidly changing sector to effectively meet the needs of service-users.

This course is now closed for January 2023. Applications for January 2024 will open in Spring 2023.


Three hands working on a woman's shoulders during a Physiotherapy class

Mode of Study:



2 years



MSc Physiotherapy

Course details

This course is designed around a series of inter-professional and discipline-specific themes, which can be summarised into a focus for each of the two years of the programme: Developing a foundation for practice (Year 1); and Advancing practice and shaping the future (Year 2).  These themes will allow you to become a proficient and versatile practitioner, working with other disciplines in health and social care from the outset.

From the start of your studies you’ll be sharing many aspects of learning with Occupational Therapy and Social Work students through collaborative modules. This will allow you to develop a deep understanding of the roles of not only these other professions, but also your own, and provides the opportunity to enhance communication skills and partnership working.  The themes of evidence-informed practice and research, and professional values and decision making, run through the two-year course. 

Year 1: Developing a foundation for practice

The first year of the course focuses on facilitating your development of the foundation skills and theoretical knowledge which underpin Physiotherapy practice. You’ll explore and apply assessment and intervention approaches to a range of commonly encountered clinical scenarios. In addition, you’ll develop your understanding of professionalism and the regulatory and professional requirements for Physiotherapists. You’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply your practical skills within simulation settings and through engagement with service users.  

In addition to Physiotherapy-specific modules you’ll undertake collaborative modules, which run across the two years of the programme, together with Occupational Therapy and Social Work students.  Through these collaborative modules you will learn and work together as an inter-professional student group so that you can develop confidence in your own role as well as developing a deeper understanding of the roles of others. In the first year you’ll be introduced to working with students from other disciplines as key partners in promoting health and wellbeing within an integrated health and social care context. You’ll develop your communication skills within a team, placing the service user and families at the centre of their care. 

The importance of research and evidence is highlighted throughout, and two eight-week placements at the end of the first year will provide you with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and to consolidate your learning.

Year 2: Advancing practice and shaping the future

In the second year of the course you’ll develop your skills in critical reflection, clinical reasoning and your ability to critically evaluate evidence for practice, within complex scenarios. This will include working with people who have complex health and social care needs and learning within specialist areas of Physiotherapy practice. In addition, you’ll explore Physiotherapists’ roles in promoting wellbeing and physical activity and in undertaking exercise prescription. 

Through your inter-professional modules you’ll explore risk and uncertainty within health and social care practice, developing assessment and management strategies. You’ll be asked to take a global perspective, and, along with your peers in Occupational Therapy and Social Work, develop the entrepreneurial capacity and skills required to lead innovation in a changing health and social care environment. Your research experience will be enhanced, culminating in the production of a dissertation, which will include the opportunity to undertake an original data collection project.  You’ll then undertake two final eight-week placements which will enable you to make the transition into the workplace as a competent, confident and autonomous Physiotherapist.

Subjects include

Year 1

  • Working Together in Health and Social care Contexts (Collaborative)
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice (Physiotherapy-specific)
  • Working with Individuals Families and Communities (Collaborative)
  • Research Approaches in Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice (Physiotherapy-specific)
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placement 1
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placement 2

Year 2

  • Risk Uncertainty and Complex Decision-Making (Collaborative)
  • Optimising Health and Wellbeing through Physical Activity and Exercise (Physiotherapy-specific)
  • Leading Innovations in Health and Social Care (Collaborative)
  • Physiotherapy in Advanced and Complex Areas of Practice (Physiotherapy-specific)
  • Dissertation
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placement 3
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placement 4

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This is a two-year full-time course starting in January comprising of three trimesters.

    A student-centred active learning approach will be used throughout the programme making use of a range of teaching and learning methods including: online lectures, face-to-face tutorials, debates, peer mentoring, practical classes, group work, use of simulation approaches, guided and independent stud activities. 

  • note and pen Assessments

    A range of formative and summative assessment approaches are adopted throughout the programme. These will include practical examinations, coursework, reflective blogs and presentations.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Each year, after two trimesters of university-based studies, you'll undertake two full-time eight-week placements. On completion of the course you’ll have undertaken more than 1,000 hours of clinical practice in a range of health, social care and third sector settings. 

  • library Facilities The facilities provided by the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre offer highly realistic environments within which to develop your communication and engagement skills and to integrate theory with practice in a range of situations including visiting people in their own homes.



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with honours at a minimum of 2.2 or above in a relevant science related subject. Examples of relevant subjects include sports rehabilitation, sports therapy, human biology, biomedical sciences, anatomy, physiology. Evidenced study in the area of human anatomy and physiology is required.

In addition to academic qualification, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to and knowledge of Physiotherapy as a career via their personal statement. Applicants should discuss their motivation for pursuing a career in Physiotherapy and relate this to the way in which their experiences (e.g. volunteering or shadowing a range of Physiotherapists) have informed their motivation to study Physiotherapy and their awareness of the scope of Physiotherapy practice.

Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Interview Requirements

There will be a selection interview and applicants to the programme should meet the HCPC requirement to be  ‘fit to practice’ through having  good health and good character. 

Additional Information

Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Check. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo an Occupational Health check and be immunised for a variety of conditions. Documented evidence of previous immunisations will be required, and students will be guided through this process by Edinburgh Napier University when entering the programme. 

Successful applicants will required to become student members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on joining the programme.

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 with no individual component score of less than 6.5.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas and EU £17,450 tba
Please note, UK offer holders will be asked to pay a non-refundable £200 deposit which is deducted from the fees owed to secure their place on the programme.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


The course aims to develop Physiotherapists who are skilled in their own profession, with a strong professional identity and the ability to work in effective collaboration with other disciplines to put service-users at the centre of their care. 

You’ll be enabled to work effectively in a range of settings from traditional environments to contemporary integrated health and social care teams, third sector organisations, private providers, performance sports or any other environment in which Physiotherapists commonly practice.

Physio student guiding the hips of a patient