Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

The course provides students with a sound academic core to their relevant clinical practice, encourages a broad approach to health provision, and gives a thorough understanding of research methodology. The overall philosophy is to encourage an analytical, questioning attitude, which in turn will lead to an increase in evidence-based practice together with innovation in clinical practice. Allied health professionals and members of other related disciplines often require both academic accreditation and flexibility when seeking continuing professional development (CPD) and our postgraduate courses endeavor to fulfill these needs. This flexible course is available part-time, or modules can be taken as independent stand-alone programs of study. The School of Allied Health Professions is based on the Keele campus and has a well-established undergraduate physiotherapy program. It has strong connections both with local clinical units and with other Schools within the University such as the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine, and Pharmacy and Bioengineering. The part-time MSc program can be completed in two years although up to three years is permitted. Students who opt for the modular route may take up to five years if they wish. The structure of the course, therefore, allows flexible learning in accordance with individual student interests and needs.


Course Structure

Core Modules (every 15 credits totaling 60 credits):

  • Research Methods in Health
  • Evidence-Based Practice – this is delivered electronically entirely via distance-learning
  • Applied Clinical Anatomy 1
  • Physiology of Neuromusculoskeletal Tissue

Option Modules (credit value in brackets – 60 credits required for MSc and PgDip):

Availability of options may be subject to change in any year and other modules may also be available. A list of modules run by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences can be found at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Module Listings, some of these are listed below.

  • Essentials of Manual Therapy Assessment (15)
  • Musculoskeletal Management at the Interface (15)
  • Applied Clinical Anatomy 2 (30)
  • Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging (15)
  • Concepts of Neurological Rehabilitation (15)
  • Physiology and Pharmacology of Pain (15)
  • Assessment and Measurement (15)
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Pain (15)
  • Independent Study (15)
  • Behavior Change for Health and Well-Being (15)


The aim of this flexible modular course is to broaden your knowledge and understanding of neuromusculoskeletal health care and encourage personal development. It is also about fostering greater insight into how different disciplines, through a program of shared learning and teaching, can contribute to this aim. This course facilitates analysis, discussion, and critical appraisal of scientific and clinical knowledge.