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Course summary

Stand out from the crowd with an integrated master’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Plymouth. Our full-time, four year programme will develop your clinical, leadership, management and research skills to better prepare you to treat complex patients and promote progression in your physiotherapy career.

  • Four year integrated masters programme.
  • Complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice in varied clinical settings over the first three years.
  • Undertake a negotiated work-based experience in year four.
  • Work with a physiotherapy team engaged in research at an international level to develop your own individual research project.
  • Learn to study independently and in small groups with our enquiry-based learning curriculum.
  • Develop your leadership skills and gain insight into global health issues.
  • Become an autonomous practitioner with enhanced clinical reasoning skills.
  • Benefit from research-informed teaching.
  • From 2023, students in Plymouth can train and practice their professional healthcare skills in an inspiring purpose-built environment, InterCity Place.
  • Graduate armed with the skills and experience to find employment in a variety of environments. You could find yourself working in hospitals, health centres, the local community, with the elderly, the disabled or for charitable organisations both in the UK or abroad.
  • On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


In your first year, inter-professional learning with students from other healthcare disciplines will give you an insight into what it is to be a ‘professional’. You will enjoy physiotherapy modules relating to anatomy and physiology as well as the importance of health promotion and exercise. You will develop your understanding of applied movement science and evidence based physiotherapy practice and embark on a rewarding clinical placement. In your second year, you will learn about the rehabilitation of patients with cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. You will take increased responsibility in practice, utilising your theoretical knowledge and developing the confidence and personal skills required to be an autonomous physiotherapist. You will undertake learning around research methodology. In your third year you will study more complex case scenarios in the key areas of physiotherapy practice. You will have the opportunity to develop an individual research proposal in an area of your choice. During your placements, emphasis is on the levels of professional mastery and fitness for practice that you will require for registration and employment. In your final year you will focus on leadership skills, enhancing clinical reasoning and practice in physiotherapy and undertake a negotiated work-based experience in a physiotherapy field of your choice. You will have an option to explore either innovations in healthcare or healthcare from an international perspective. You will have the opportunity to undertake an individual supervised research project in an area of your choice. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Physiotherapy, Chartered Society of

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A strong GCSE profile is expected. This is normally at least 5 GCSEs grade B/5 or above to include Mathematics, English, and Science, and usually obtained in one sitting. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Functional Skills Level 2 in Mathematics may be considered in place of GCSE Mathematics. Academic study within the last 5 years is required.

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Fees and funding

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The Government is issuing Health Professions students on courses from 2020 a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not have to pay back. A further £3,000 of funding a year is available for eligible students. Find out more about the bursary at

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