Physiotherapy - MSci

Accelerate your physiotherapy career with our diverse and innovative four-year Master’s programme. Become a highly competent and clinically astute physiotherapist who can improve people's quality of life and physical wellbeing by restoring, maintaining and enhancing their function and movement.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Integrated Master's


Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • B160

Duration of study

  • 4 years

Why study Physiotherapy at Keele University?

Accredited by the UK Health and Care Professions Council
No.2 in England for Physiotherapy (Guardian University League Table, 2021)
Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
£5,000 non-repayable annual grant to support your studies
Gain extra experience and qualify with a Masters
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Professional Accreditation

Physiotherapy at Keele is accredited by the UK Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.‌

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

UK Health and Care Professions Council

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

Entry requirements

The following section details our typical entry requirements for this course for a range of UK and international qualifications. If you don’t see your qualifications listed, please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications. If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, you may be able to gain entry to this course via a Foundation Year.

Additional information

If you are interested in becoming a Physiotherapist and already have a degree you may qualify for our Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) course programme.

If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, our Foundation Year offers an alternative route to study for this degree. Please note, we recommend that you do not apply for both Physiotherapy (B160) AND Physiotherapy with Foundation Year (B1B9) - you should apply for the programme of which your profile matches. If you require any further information, please contact us at

General information

Under normal circumstances, you should be 18 or over on commencement of study due to the clinical elements of the programme.  

Please note, we do not normally consider applications to both our direct entry Physiotherapy programme (B160) and the Foundation Year Route (B1B9). Please apply to the route of study that best matches your academic profile. If you require any further information, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Applications are via UCAS. Your UCAS application will be scored and you may then be invited to interview, after which a decision will be made with regards to whether we are able to make you an offer.

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

If you are successful at the initial stage of selection, you will be required to satisfy Occupational Health clearances and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

The University follows the DBS Code of Practice and can provide a copy of the code on request to

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced plus Barring Lists) will be required for successful candidates.

Health checks

A satisfactory health check will be required for successful candidates.

Deferred entry applications

Deferred entry applications will be considered.

Academic Entry Criteria

GCSE (or equivalent) requirements

Under normal circumstances, you will be required to hold at least five GCSEs (equivalent qualifications are accepted in some instances) at grade C/4 or above, to include Mathematics, English Language, Combined or Single Science subjects.

You should obtain your GCSE level qualifications before applying. Please note we do not normally accept Maths / English Equivalents or Level 2 key skills; however, we may consider them on a case-by-case basis depending on experience. 

English requirements

If you are an international applicant and English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher (with no single subset below 6.5).

The following qualifications are accepted as meeting our minimum academic entry criteria. Please note, evidence of study at Level 3 or higher within the last three years is normally required.

Qualification Required grade profile Further information


ABB or A*BC or AAC

To include Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education at grade B or above.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

A pass grade in science practical will be required if you are taking A-Level Biology in England.  If you have not been given the opportunity to study science practical by your school or college, your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U (Principal Subject)

M1, M1, M2

To include Biology, Human Biology or Sports Science at grade M1.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National qualifications (1st teaching 2016)


Extended Diploma 180 credits DDD

Diploma 120 credits DD + B at A Level

Extended Certificate 60 credits D + BB at A Level

If you are not studying A-Level PE, Biology or Human Biology then one of these BTECs must be studied - Applied Human Biology, Health and Social Care, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Coaching (Sports BTECs must include Anatomy and Physiology modules) or Applied Science (should include Physiology of Human Body Systems optional module).

If your BTECs do not include those listed above then one of your A-Levels must be PE, Biology or Human Biology

International Baccalaureate Diploma

32 IB points

To include Higher Level Biology at grade 6.

Scottish Advanced Higher


To include Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education at grade C or above. In addition, six subjects at standard level taken at one sitting, grade C or above including Mathematics and English Language.

Irish Leaving Certificate

4 Irish Highers at grades H1, H1, H2, H2 or above.

 To include Biology at grade H1.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

B or above

Applicants are also required to hold 2 A-Levels at a minimum of grades AB one of which must be Biology, Human Biology or Physical Education.

Previous Degree 

Normally 2:1 or above 

If you currently hold (or will hold) a Bachelor of Science degree in a related subject (for example, human biology, sports science, sports therapy, rehabilitation science, Kinesiology) at 2:1 or above, or a diploma in Physiotherapy, consider our 2 year MSc qualifying programme - MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

If you have achieved a 2:1 or above in an unrelated degree and also meet the entry requirements above (A-Level, BTEC etc.) you may apply for the programme.  

If you have achieved a 2:1 or above in an unrelated degree and do not meet the entry requirements above, you will need to undertake an A-Level in Biology (can be done through distance learning in one year) and achieve a grade B or higher, or similar study to gain subject-specific knowledge. Please contact us at to discuss appropriate courses / grades. 

Access to Higher Education Diploma

30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit.

To include 15 Level 3 credits in topics relating to Human Biology / Anatomy / Physiology.

You should hold GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade C/4 or above before applying - this should normally be passed at the first attempt.

Foundation Year courses 

You are required to pass all modules across the 120 credits at 60% or above.  

At least 30 credits must relate to the topics of Human Biology / Anatomy / Physiology.  

For futher information please contact us at

HNC in Applied Biology or related subjects

120 credits at Level 4, all at Merit or higher

For futher information please contact us at

English Language Requirements

All of our courses require an English language qualification or test. For most students, this requirement can be met with a 4 or C in GCSE English. Please see our English Language guidance pages for further details, including English language test information for international students. For those students who require an English language test, this course requires a test from .

Alternative and contextual offers

We're committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all our applicants with the potential and motivation to succeed, regardless of background. That's why we operate a range of alternative offer schemes with clear eligibility criteria, including contextual offers, offers for those studying within the Keele region, and recognising a range of additional qualifications in your offer.

General information

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the typical offer which would be made to candidates, along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate's application.

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Tom Davies

"I have loved my time at Keele studying Physiotherapy. With outstanding guidance and support I have gained the academic, clinical and research skills needed in a wide variety of topics."

Tom, Physiotherapy

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Millie Berrett

"I chose to study physio at Keele because of the atmosphere that was created and shared by everyone I met at my first open day. This is something that has continued through my 3 years at Keele. I have made some amazing friends who along with the staff at SAHP have supported me through the duration of my degree and helped to make a stressful 3 years some of the most enjoyable."

Millie, Physiotherapy

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Marcus Chung

"The sense of community within the student body has positively impacted my learning experience and outcome, I dont think I would have completed my 3 years at Keele successfully without the help and support from my peers. "

Marcus, Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapy with Integrated Masters MSCi

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

Course content

Our Foundation Year  allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our  foundation year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the Msci (Hons) Physiotherapy Integrated Master's course. For example, in the Academic and Professional Development for Health module you will begin to develop an awareness of professional standards that you will be working to in your degree and professional career.  Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

You will gain a greater appreciation of historical and contemporary approaches to health and social care within the UK, considering key health issues and challenges facing health and science services. At the same time, we will advance your knowledge of human biology and chemistry, giving you a solid grasp of body systems, science and lab work. You'll develop safe, professional laboratory skills and get to know the mathematical techniques and quantitative methods used across health science-related and social care programmes.

Throughout the programme, you will develop subject-specific and broad based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, Including Information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One modules

FYO-00237 Foundations of Human Biology for Health 15 credits
FYO-00241 Foundations of Chemistry for Health 15 credits
FYO-00213 Foundations of Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Health Students 15 credits

Semester Two modules

FYO-00239 Advancing Human Biology for Health 30 credits
FYO-00245 Foundations in Health and Society 15 credits

Year long modules (Semesters One and Two)

FYO-00181 Academic and Professional Development 30 credits

Entry requirements

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. For Physiotherapy, place offer is subject to scoring application or interview. 


Excluded Subjects

Alternative Qualifications

Additional GCSE requirements

BBC - if A-Level subject does not include Biology,Chemistry or Physics or

General Studies and Critical Thinking


Further information

A minimum of 6 GCSE subjects at grade C (or 4) or above including English Language, Maths and a combined or single Science. These must be taken in one sitting. Applicants should have obtained their GCSE qualifications before applying.

CCC - If A-level subject includes Biology, Chemistry or Physics

How to apply

UCAS applications

Visit UCAS for applications. You should apply for Physiotherapy with Foundation Year

UCAS code: B1B9

Direct Entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

The information in this Foundation Year section is for UK/Home applicants. Where an international Foundation Year is available, please see the 'Information for international students' tab.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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