This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by March 2020 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

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, work-based practice placements 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.

Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

Key information



Mode of Study:



2 years


The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

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 placements 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. Developing interpersonal and communication skills, such as respecting the needs and choices of individual service users, their carers and families, are prioritised. 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.

We are seeking accreditation by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

  • The University of Bolton’s MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) 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 University hosts world-class facilities in Bolton One for clinical and laboratory teaching. As part of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) benefits from strong links with the NHS and private healthcare providers, and our experienced staff team offer expertise and knowledge across all subject disciplines.
  • You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suites, Athlete Development Centre and Sports & Spinal Injuries Clinic. These provide outstanding learning environments where you can practice skills and develop knowledge under the supervision of our team of experienced researchers and practitioners. You’ll also have access to a range of learning and exercise specific resources such as online learning software, Vicon motion capture, Delsys/Trigno wireless electromyography, Alter-G treadmill, isokinetic dynamometer and hydrotherapy pool.
  • Our professional expert academic tutors come from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds, including physiotherapy, the allied health professions, sports rehabilitation and exercise science. They weave essential knowledge of inter-professional and multi-agency working into their delivery of the theory elements of the course, helping prepare you to work effectively with colleagues from a variety of other professions and agencies.
  • You’ll gain first-hand work experience and have the opportunity to develop an invaluable network of professional contacts during your work placements. You’ll undertake a total of 1000 clinical hours during your studies and you’ll have the opportunity to negotiate an elective placement of your choosing.
  • Key skills such as leadership, teamwork and professional communication are essential elements of the course, and we’ll foster your commitment to lifelong learning helping you to ensure your knowledge and skills remain current as you progress through your career.
Key Features
  • The teaching and learning on the programme will have a particular emphasis on woman’s health and paediatrics, preparing graduates with the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to work in this rewarding and highly sought-after workforce.
  • Throughout the course, specialists in the field of physiotherapy, the health professions and rehabilitation therapists will be invited to join us as guest speakers. You can also expect to meet service users with direct experience of using physiotherapy services and benefit from their unique and valuable perspectives on the role of physiotherapists in practice.
  • Our dedicated team will guide you as you develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your master’s-level project, which gives you the choice between either a scientific or a work-based enquiry. This experience will support your on-going professional development in future and help you evaluate evidence to inform your practice and decision-making in the field.
  • Physiotherapy can be very demanding and carries a lot of responsibility so we’ll support you to learn strategies and techniques that can help you to build your professional and emotional resilience to successfully manage the situations you face.
  • In preparation for a career in this dynamic, evolving profession we aim to expose you to many of the different clinical settings, sectors and industries in which physiotherapists are currently finding employment. These may include emerging areas such as the third and voluntary sectors, first-contact practitioners and the Ministry of Defence.
  • On successful completion of this programme, you’ll be awarded the MSc Physiotherapy from the University of Bolton.
Professional recognition
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. We are seeking accreditation by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

  • Please note that this course is only available to Home and EU students.
  • You should have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a relevant subject (or equivalent), as well as relevant work experience. Examples of relevant subject areas include social, medical, or sport sciences, health and social care, nursing or healthcare practice, education, psychology or counselling. Examples of relevant work experience include working or volunteering in a healthcare setting such as physiotherapy service, GP practice or with other allied health professionals (AHPs). We may consider applicants with a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in certain circumstances.
  • You should also have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and, preferably, a science subject. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • For guidance regarding acceptable alternative qualifications, please contact Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • If your application is successfully shortlisted, you’ll be invited to a selection day where you’ll be expected to complete a number of assessments which may include an interview, written test and group activity. The interview panel will include academic staff, practice staff and service users. The written test will assess your comprehension and written communication skills. The group activity will assess your values, behaviours, communication and problem-solving skills. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a physiotherapy career, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring and compassionate.
  • If you’re successful at the interview stage, you’ll be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • You’ll need to demonstrate that you’re of good health and good character and satisfactorily pass occupational health screening. You’ll be required to complete a confidential self-declaration form outlining any medical or health conditions that may affect your ability to undertake academic or physiotherapy practice tasks.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • We take a positive view of what candidates with disabilities can achieve as future healthcare professionals and take seriously our obligation to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all students with disabilities can successfully complete their studies. All applicants will be assessed up to and including the interview on the basis of the criteria outlined here regardless of any disability. If you declare a disability, we’ll invite you to work with us, the University of Bolton’s Disability team, clinical colleagues and relevant specialist services (for example, RNIB) to explore how best we can support your studies.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

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.

What can I do with this qualification?

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) to practise 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 and 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.

Alternative career options

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:

  • Public health
  • Health promotion
  • Management/leadership
  • Teaching and education
  • Clinical research

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/23

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2020/2021.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

Modern healthcare professionals require a range of skills and values and our practice placement 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, considerable travelling may be required). In the first year, you’ll be expected to complete 100 hours of independent work-based learning and a further 12 hours in a group-based activity. You’ll need to complete a further 800 clinical hours on placement 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 placement experience while studying theory, and apply the theory learned to your practice while on placement, 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 practice 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 university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Fionnuala Geoghegan
Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)1204 903674

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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