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.

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.

Typical entry point to this course is in January. Please enquire for more information.


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Mode of Study:



2 years



MSc Physiotherapy

Course details

From the start, you will be developing the key skills and theories required to be a Physiotherapist. This will include developing Physiotherapy knowledge and practical skills and then applying these in a variety of simulations. Your journey begins with learning and applying foundation skills essential to a Physiotherapist.

These key skills with being revisited throughout the 2 years of study utilising a Spiral Curriculum. Here we will revisit your key skills and knowledge and develop them further by integrating them into more complex situations. This not only develops deeper learning but also provides you with the skills required to be a resilient and effective problem solver Physiotherapist.

Research is threaded within your two years of study, as it is an important element of learning and development in our profession. In the specific research modules, there are opportunities to learn common research skills and theory with other Health and Social Care students (IPL) but with an underlying focus on Physiotherapy research knowledge.

Physiotherapy placements are in the final term of each year of the programme and you will undertake two eight-week placements in practice. Additionally in the programme, you will be sharing many aspects of learning with other health care discipline students in modules. This will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the roles of others and enhance your communication skills and partnership working. 

Year 1: Developing a foundation for practice 

The first year of the programme is focused on providing a platform and the foundations of Physiotherapy. It provides an opportunity to develop, explore, and critique the key core concepts, contexts, and skills of the profession, and then apply these in a practice-based setting. This will include the key critical skills such as philosophical underpinnings, theories, knowledge and evaluation of key issues in professional practice as well as critical analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of theoretical concepts central to Physiotherapy from National and global perspectives. Furthermore, it offers you the opportunity to work with other Health and Social Care students including Occupational Therapy who are key partners in delivering Health and Social Care with time to learn and work together across the two years. You will develop communication skills within a team, placing the service user and families at the centre of their care. These Interprofessional Learning (IPL) opportunities are threaded throughout the two years of the programme and allow you to learn and work together so that you can develop confidence in your role as well as develop a deeper understanding of the roles of others. 

The Physiotherapy discipline-specific modules have a strong emphasis on developing your understanding of professionalism and the regulatory and professional requirements for Physiotherapists, as well as theory and knowledge of assessment and treatment modalities. Throughout both years we will be integrating theory with practice and consolidating your learning through the use of simulation and Problem Based (PB) scenarios. You will have the opportunity to develop and apply your practical skills within a range of practice settings, making use of the high-tech Clinical Simulation Skills Centre which includes a mock ward environment and Virtual Reality and through engagement with service users.

Applying and evaluating policy and research in practice is essential for Physiotherapists, who are required to adopt the evidence-informed practice. Therefore, from the onset of the programme, how policy and research impact on practice and service provision is explored through core interprofessional shared modules. In Year 1, a long thin module incorporates 2 components Theoretical and Practice Education with 2 placements of 8 weeks which introduce and consolidate your professional and practice skills. This arrangement with placement modules before the commencement of academic study in Year 2 facilitates your practice experience allowing you to develop an understanding of more complex issues and how physical health and innovation play an important role as Physiotherapists. It will also further develop your evidence-based decision making, and professional and communication skills. 

At the end of both years one and two, you will have the opportunity to utilise your learned knowledge and skills and apply these in a variety of practice-based settings in your placements. These are in the form of four, eight-week placements, two at the end of both years one and year two. 

Year 2: Advancing practice and shaping the future 

In the second year of the programme, you will develop your skills in critical reflection, clinical reasoning and your ability to critically evaluate evidence for the practice, within more complex scenarios. This will include working with individuals with complex health and social care needs and exploring specialist areas of Physiotherapy practice. In addition, you will learn about physiotherapists' roles in promoting well-being and physical activity and in undertaking exercise prescription. 

You will be asked to take a global perspective, and 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 research- based dissertation which focuses on practical and applied results. You will then undertake two final eight-week placements which will enable you to make the transition into the workplace as a competent, confident and autonomous Physiotherapy practitioner. 

In addition, IPL will enable an in-depth consideration of a community in the context of developing team working, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. Your research experience is enhanced in Year 2 and culminates in the production of a dissertation related to Physiotherapy. Similar to Year 1, in Year 2, a long thin module incorporates 2 components Theoretical and Practice Education with 2 placements of 8 weeks which consolidates your professional and practice skills and your transition into the workplace as a competent, autonomous practitioner. 

Subjects include

Year 1

Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice (PT specific)
Contemporary Health & Social Care Contexts for Physiotherapists (IPL)
Application of Physiotherapy Theory and Practice (PT Specific)
Physiotherapy Research Questions and Methodologies (PT Specific)
Professional Development for Physiotherapy Practice (IPL)
Practice Education 1 
Practice Education 2

Year 2

Physiotherapy Dissertation (PT Specific)
Leading Innovations in Health and Social Care (IPL)
Building Professional Autonomy in Physiotherapy (PT Specific)
Physiotherapy Practice Placement 3
Physiotherapy Practice Placement 4

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    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. 

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

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    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. 

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    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.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements


What are the entry requirements for Physiotherapy?

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.


Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the Postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.


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

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.
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
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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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 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,805 tba
Overseas and EU £18,675 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.

Please note:

The discount for Edinburgh Napier alumni can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount.

For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.

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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.

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