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Physiotherapy - MPhysio

This physiotherapy degree is a pre-registration MPhysio Integrated Masters in Physiotherapy for undergraduate entry. Explore anatomy, physiology and the sociological side of physiotherapy. Build the skills and hands-on experiences needed to work in this rewarding profession as a competent and confident Physiotherapist.

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Our structured placements progress from on-campus clinics and into real community settings

Three A-levels at grades BBB-AAB or above including a Science; Biology, Human Biology are preferred.

Or BTEC triple grades DMM-DDD.

Or Access 45 level 3 credits at D/M with min 24D including a science subject (does not include Social Science or Psychology).

And at least five GCSEs grade B or grade 5 and above to include Maths, English and Science.

International Baccalaureate to include two Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above, with grade 5 in a science subject.

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UCAS points 120


Duration Four years full-time

Course Summary

The Integrated Masters in Physiotherapy (MPhysio) is a four year pre-registration physiotherapy degree for undergraduate entry. Students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work in the ever-evolving healthcare sector. Our team also encourage an approach that fosters empathy and compassion for their clients and their problems.

Due to a growing and ageing population with long term conditions and complex presentation in UK, there is an increasing need for physiotherapists. They promote health and wellbeing in primary care settings, such as general practice and hopsitals, and support patients and carers in community settings too.

The curriculum is developed in collaboration between academics, clinical staff and service users, enabling graduates to maximise their potential and achieve professional competence in physiotherapy. It combines strong practical elements with all the relevant theories.

Placements are carefully structured to progress from our on-site clinics out into community settings, working with health organisations such as Livewell South West, St Lukes Hospice and University Hospitals Plymouth. In addition there are opportunities with Devon County Council to provide physiotherapy as a form of social care to people in their own homes. This physiotherapy degree is subject to Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) approval. You may be eligible for a training grant of £5,000 per year, please see 'fees and funding' below for info.

This MPhysio physiotherapy degree incorpoartes leadership and quality enhancement modules. This knowledge and experience is attractive to health care providers and recognises that future practitioners need these skills to contribute effectively to flexible and responsive service delivery.

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What do Physiotherapists do? They help people affected by injury, illness or disability using physical means such as exercise, movement and manual therapy.

And they provide education and advice to support health and wellbeing, looking at the patient’s whole lifestyle.

They help with recovery and restore movement, helping people to remain independent or stay in work.

What do Physiotherapists help with? Stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkison’s; back pain, arthritis or sports injuries; and heart disease and respiratory issues, including Covid-19.

Why choose Marjon for Physiotherapy? Long-standing links with health employers; 27 years experience training healthcare professionals; and small university with personalised student experience.

Apply now to train from September. Integrated Masters in Physiotherapy (MPhysio).

Why this course at Marjon?

Opportunities to learn from a multidisciplinary team including physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, psychotherapists and osteopaths.

Conduct your Master's project in our state-of-the-art biomechanics, physiology or strength and conditioning labs, with expert support from the teaching team.

Develop the knowledge and skills to work across different settings such as acute care, community care, extended rehabilitation and primary care.

Full university experience at a fantastic campus with on-site accommodation.

Develop your skills with real patients in various health care settings including at our on-site Physiotherapy Clinic.

Leadership and service enhancement modules in this four-year integrated Master's degree.

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

The first year will build up your knowledge in subject areas related in physiotherapy, such as anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. It also includes a two-week observation placement. The second and third year are more focused on physiotherapy studies across different health care settings such as acute care, community physiotherapy, extended rehabilitation. You have one six-week placement in the second year and two six-week placements in the third year. In the fourth year you’ll progress to more complex patient management, explore how to enhance physiotherapy services and practice and complete your Master's project. You will have your final two six-week placements in the fourth year, bringing you to a total of 1000 placement hours.
Professor Gary Shum - Course Leader


1st Year

Personal and professional development
An introduction to the foundations of Physiotherapy and the development of health and safety skills required for effective physiotherapy practice, incorporating the UK Core Skills Training Framework.
Physiotherapy assessment and intervention
An introduction to the principles and process of rehabilitation and the knowledge and skills to devise rehabilitation assessments and strategies.
Anatomy, physiology and pathology
An introduction to the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology along with pathological process. Human systems will be examined in relation to the structure and function in maintaining optimum health and homeostasis.
Foundation in physiotherapy practice
An insight into the scope and boundaries of physiotherapy practice whilst introducing the basic concepts of physiotherapy terminology along with the presentation of common conditions.
Anatomy and biomechanics
An introduction to the mechanical principles used to describe and quantify human movement and develop an understanding of clinical measurements used to analyse human movement.
Principles of activity and exercise
An introduction to the application of physical activity and exercise in relation to the promotion of health and wellbeing and develop an ability to implement safe and effective physical activity and exercise interventions.

2nd Year

Integrated physiotherapy studies
Develop knowledge and skills in relation to the impact of common clinical presentations on patients and careers and to discuss appropriate physiotherapy interventions.
Health behaviour and psychotherapy
Explore principles and practice of physiotherapy in the management of behaviours detrimental to an individual’s health and an understanding of behaviour change theory.
Community physiotherapy
Develop an understanding of physical, psychological, and social development through the lifespan and the application of physiotherapy assessments and management within the community.
Health and wellbeing
Explore the role of physiotherapy within primary and preventative healthcare, and develop understanding of public health practices and health theory.
Extended rehabilitation
Develop an understanding of the rehabilitation process and the skills to devise patient centred rehabilitation strategies for a broad client group, taking into consideration the physical, psychological, and social factors.
Clinical placement one
Demonstrate the appropriate physiotherapy knowledge and skills within a clinical setting, aligned to the CSP Common Placement Assessment Form. This module will consist of one clinical setting (400 hours).

3rd Year

Clinical placement two
The integration of physiotherapy theoretical and practical knowledge and skills within clinical practice, aligned to the CSP Common Placement Assessment Form. This module will consist of two clinical settings (400 hours).
Leadership and interprofessional learning
The application of leadership and management concepts to professional practice, and an understating of service improvement in person-centred healthcare practice.
Acute care
The pathophysiology of acute conditions and the ability to plan a person-centred approach to the assessment and management of acute medical conditions on individuals across the breadth of service.
Research methodology
The application of research skills and data collection to support the undertaking of research within physiotherapy professional practice.
Physiotherapy for long term conditions
The awareness of the impact of long-term conditions, across the lifespan, on patients and careers and the skills and knowledge to implement physiotherapy rehabilitation on patients with long term conditions.

4th Year

Masters research project
Undertake research or evidence-based study in the context of physiotherapy professional practice.
Complex patient management and pathways
To evaluate the pathophysiology, pharmacology and psychosocial complications of complex conditions and the appropriate treatments and rehabilitation.
Clinical placement three
To autonomously apply physiotherapy knowledge and skills, in a person-centred approach, within clinical practice, aligned to the CSP Common Placement Assessment Form. This module will consist of two clinical settings (400 hours).
Enhancing services and practice
Evaluate current issues with physiotherapy practice, with a focus on clinical effectiveness, clinical governance and change management and the role of the patient/public within decision making.

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

How does a physiotherapist help someone with back pain?

How does a physiotherapist help someone to recover after a stroke?

How can physiotherapy help a child with cerebral palsy?

What do physiotherapists do in intensive care unit?

How do physiotherapists help people with Covid and long Covid?

How does a physiotherapist help people in the community who are at high risk of falls?

We are delighted to see innovation in preparing physiotherapy students to work in the community with patients who have long term and complex conditions, as this mirrors our patient profile with the majority of our patient’s palliative and end of life care occurring at home. St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth are committed to supporting Plymouth Marjon University with physiotherapy placements as we work together in developing the health care professionals of the future.
Gemma Quin, Chartered Physiotherapist and End of Life Care Lead Educator - St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth

What might you become?

This physiotherapy degree will qualify you to work as a physiotherapist. Starting salaries for a Physiotherapist within the NHS range from £25,655-£31,534 (band 5); salaries in private practice can be higher.

There are an increasing variety of opportunities for physiotherapists across a variety of healthcare settings and other workplace environments, including the NHS, primary and social care, education, research, sport and private practice. You'll graduate equipped to work in acute, community and extended rehabilitation settings.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Various teaching methods including lectures, online lectures by external speakers, seminars and a strong practical element. Students are required to complete 1000hrs of practice based learning across the four years.

How will you be assessed?

A wide range of assessments including essays, practical exams, written exams, presentation.

Course leader

Professor Gary Shum

Gary is a chartered physiotherapist. Gary is an Honorary Professor for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust where he conducts research in back pain and nerve biomechanics. He brings a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal injury and diagnosis to share with his students.

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum

Funding available for this course

As a physiotherapy student in England you can apply to the NHS Learning Support Fund for a training grant of £5,000 per year to support your studies; and some students may be eligible for a further £2000 per year to help with childcare costs. The fund may help towards additional travel and accommodation costs to clinical placements over your normal daily travel costs; and has an exceptional hardship fund of up to £3,000 per student per year. 

In addition, physiotherapy students can take out a student loan from the Student Loans Company, even if this is their second degree.

Additional costs:

  • £60 DBS check
  • Accomodation and transport costs for external placements. Due to the range organisations that we work with, you can expect to travel up to an hour and a half each way for your placement. If at all possible, we recommend having access to a car to enable us to place you in community settings.



Professor Saul Bloxham

Dean of the School of Sport, Health & Wellbeing and Professor

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Saul's research focuses on the prevention and treating non communicable disease through lifestyle interventions. He has established several health and wellbeing clinics in partnership with the NHS and charitable organisations to support patients with back pain, cancer, fibromyalgia and leg ulcers.

Sherrie Choy


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Sherrie is a Chartered Physiotherapist and a member of the Acucpuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). She is an experienced lecturer and has held various positions as senior physiotherapist in the NHS, specialising in pulmonary rehabilitation, acute care and early orthopedic rehabilitation in the community. Her research interest is musculoskeletal injury management and exercise prescription for chronic disease groups.

Lucy Cooper


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Lucy has clinical experience is in supporting students within Higher Education as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, a Specialist Mental Health Mentor, and in other Student Support and Welfare roles. She has worked in a variety of mental health charities and services as a counsellor or service manager. Her research focus is student mental health spanning measures perfectionism, anxiety, worry, resilience, wellbeing and social media use in students. 

John Downey


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John is an exercise specialist with an interest in lifestyle behaviour change and health services evaluation. He holds an MSc in Preventive Cardiology and REPS accredited qualifications in exercise referral and cardiac rehabilitation.

Dr Joseph Layden

Senior Lecturer

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Joe has 20 years experience within the area of health and exercise physiology and researches health care interventions, physiology and metabolism. He previously worked as an Occupational Physiologist and Researcher for the UK Ministry of Defence and the Netherlands National Research Office.

Dr Alister McCormick

Senior Lecturer

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Alister teaches psychology and its applications to sport, exercise, and health. His main research interest is how psychological interventions can be used to improve the performances of people who participate in endurance events, such as middle- and long-distance running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon events.

Frequently asked questions

Q1   What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future. It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care.

Q2   Where do physiotherapists work?

Physiotherapists often work as part of a multidisciplinary team in various areas of medicine and settings, including hospitals, community health centres or clinics, some GP surgeries, sports teams, clubs, charities and workplaces. Some physiotherapists work in the private sector.

Q3   What do physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists consider the body as a whole, rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness. The approaches they use might include manual therapy, exercise programme, education of the client and their family members, or advice and exercise prescription.

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