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If you’re an ambitious graduate, the University of Bolton’s pre-registration Master’s in Physiotherapy offers you the skills and knowledge you’ll need for a successful career leading and delivering interventions to help people affected by injury, ageing, illness or disability. Combining University learning, practice-based learning and ongoing professional skills development, our expert team will support you as to learn to promote the mobility, function and quality of life of individuals.
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The University of Bolton’s MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) degree focuses on supporting you to develop the core expertise, knowledge and skills demanded of physiotherapy professionals in a number of different clinical settings and environments. The global demand for qualified physiotherapists means that career opportunities are excellent in the UK and further afield.
You’ll spend a total of 1000 hours of your time in physiotherapy practice-based learning environments across the primary care, private and voluntary sectors, helping to prepare you for the changing environments you’ll encounter during your career. The rest of your studies will be based at the University, increasing your theoretical understanding and practical knowledge in a way that complements and enhances your learning in the workplace.
We’ll support you as you learn about the structure and function of the human body in the context of health, disease, disorder and dysfunction, across the lifespan. With our expert guidance, you’ll explore the theories and physiotherapy approaches that can be applied to enhance movement and minimise loss of function, focusing on the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. We’ll also consider developing areas of physiotherapy such as the principles of management for women’s health, amputees and palliative care. We’ll help you develop knowledge of the biomedical, physical, clinical and behavioural science that underpins physiotherapy practice, and gain skills in physical assessment, treatment and evaluation. We'll support you to develop interpersonal and communication skills, such as respecting and prioritising the needs and choices of individual service users, their carers and families. We’ll also focus on helping you gain an understanding of the political, social and economic factors that are influencing the current and future delivery of physiotherapy, health and social care services.
Together with our partners, we’ll work to prepare you to become a confident, professional physiotherapist, able use a range of physical and psychological treatment approaches to help individuals develop, maintain and regain mobility within an ever-changing health and social care environment. On successful completion of the Physiotherapy qualification, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to practise as an autonomous, independent practitioner who can be trusted to maintain professional standards while working to improve the health and wellbeing of service users through your individual and team-working actions.
This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
The University of Bolton’s MSc Physiotherapy is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On successful completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.
The programme is also accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
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Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of injury, disease and disorders through physical and psychological methods (such as exercise, massage, manipulation and other treatments) over medication and surgery. As a Physiotherapist, you’ll provide treatment for people of all ages suffering from physical problems that restrict their mobility and independence or cause pain. These may arise from injury, disease, illness or ageing, and include functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries; sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis; amputations; and neurological disorders, such as stroke or cerebral palsy. This master’s programme has a particular emphasis on the treatment and management of woman’s health and paediatric conditions, preparing you to contribute to these essential but currently under-represented specialisms in physiotherapy.
As a graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to improve a person's quality of life by using a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and restore function or, in the case of permanent injury or disease, to lessen the effects of any dysfunction. Interventions and programmes can include exercise; training in functional movement, and equipment such as using canes, crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers; and special movements of joints, muscles, and other soft tissue to improve movement and decrease pain. As well as treating people, you’ll promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury.
By the time you graduate, you’ll possess a wide range of skills, knowledge and behaviours. Studying this course will support you to develop skills in team working and decision making, as well as enhance your ability to communicate well and clearly with a diverse group of individuals, and manage difficult and stressful situations. You’ll also have good observational skills, emotional intelligence, be able to use your initiative and manage your time effectively.
On successful completion of the MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy programme, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to perform as an independent, highly competent physiotherapist eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a physiotherapist in the UK.
A UK physiotherapy qualification offers excellent career opportunities and progression. Typically, once you have qualified and registered as a Physiotherapist you’ll be able to seek employment in the NHS and private clinics. You may work in hospitals where physiotherapists are needed in nearly every department, in the community, health centres, nursing homes, day centres or schools. However, the scope of physiotherapy allows for employment in many other areas such as the Ministry of Defence, professional sports clubs, gyms and fitness centres, higher education and as a researcher for national health-related charities.
Physiotherapy offers opportunities to specialise in a number of areas, such as sports medicine, women’s health and children’s health (paediatrics). You’ll also be able to explore different areas of practice, including musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory, and further study leading to advanced practitioner roles. Alternatively, you’ll be able to progress to qualifications in related fields such as sport rehabilitation or strength and conditioning.
Graduates can also use this qualification as a stepping-stone to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles both relevant experience and postgraduate study may be required. The knowledge and skills you’ll develop on this programme will underpin a number of alternative career opportunities including:
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Modern healthcare professionals require a range of skills and values and our practice-based learning partners and tutors will help you to gain experience of a range of physiotherapy care scenarios designed to develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment. The course involves a wealth of workplace learning opportunities (please note, this may incur travel and accommodation costs). In the first year, you’ll be expected to complete 100 hours of independent practice-based learning and a further 12 hours in a group-based activity. You’ll need to complete a further 800 hours of practice-based learning activity in the second year, with an elective placement of 100 hours on completion of the course. As you progress through the course, we’ll guide and encourage you to draw on your practice-based learning experience while studying theory, and also apply the theory learned to your practice so that you can understand how the two complement each other.
We use a blended-learning approach, combining face-to-face sessions with online and practical work. You can expect discussion-based lectures, presentations by guest speakers, simulations delivered by tutors, seminar discussions, small group workshops, small group and one-to-one tutorials and practical skill learning sessions. You’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of personal study, including general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments and revising for examinations.
To help support your learning, the University also offers additional study skills sessions, such as essay writing, library skills and electronic searching, and numeracy. You can also find support through our social learning community that includes a peer-support programme and enhanced personal tutoring. Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is used to share study resources. You’ll also be expected to develop your E-portfolio, where you’ll catalogue evidence of your learning through a variety of media. To enhance your journey to becoming an effective practitioner, you’ll be encouraged to develop reflective practise through personal development planning.
Assessment tasks are designed to ensure you achieve the learning outcomes for each module and develop the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours required to practise as a physiotherapist. While assessment serves to evaluate your achievement, it also helps you organise and develop your learning by revealing your strengths and weaknesses. A variety of assessment methods will be used, including written coursework, oral presentations, time-constrained written activities, practical case scenarios and portfolios. We’ll provide feedback on your assessments to help you improve in the future.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
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