Amy Biden


Subject Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Course Msc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)
Country United Kingdom
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Was there a big transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study?

I believe there is a step-up between undergraduate and postgraduate study but this is easily managed if you stay organised and time-keep efficiently. As the MSc course is fitted into 2 years rather than 3, it is not feasible for the lecturers to cover everything, however they cover the basics thoroughly and guide your independent study with suggested study topics. Moreover, I believe there are many benefits to independent study including having the freedom to explore areas you find interesting and to utilise learning styles that are meaningful to yourself.

What, for you, are the best things about the course?

A highlight of the course for myself was when lecturers organised for a few patients with conditions we had been studying to come into university so we could chat and practice assessing and treating them reproducing a real-life situation. In my 5 years at Birmingham, I have found the lecturers to be caring and attentive and are always open to suggestions on how to improve the course. The Physiotherapy lecturer’s specialisms also vary but compliment each other to produce a well-rounded course. Lastly, I also believe the smaller course group on the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) which has a mix of people with diverse backgrounds is very beneficial as you can get to know your peers better and the course group bounces off peoples different strengths.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering postgraduate study in your field?

Create a happy and healthy work-life balance for yourself, ensuring you make time for things you enjoy. Postgraduate events run throughout the year, in addition to endless societies and sports clubs open to all which are a great way to meet people. Moreover, Birmingham city centre is easily accessible by bus and train with lots of options for activities! The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-reg) is an intense 2 years but the rewarding nature of the job which you get to experience on clinical placements also helps keeps in sight the reason you are studying.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

I chose the University of Birmingham for its beautiful campus which offers great facilities and resources all within walking distance. I had also seen first-hand from my undergraduate degree what a research-intensive university Birmingham was and wanted to continue to develop my research skills especially going into a career in Physiotherapy where practice is continually guided by new evidence. Lastly, with Birmingham being the second biggest city in the United Kingdom it has great connections with local hospitals which greatly appealed me due to a large proportion of the course being based on clinical placements.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I chose postgraduate study so I could build on the skills I had learnt during my BSc, but also because I enjoy a challenge. As I always knew I wanted to become a Physiotherapist, postgraduate study seemed the appropriate next step in my education. I also thoroughly enjoyed my dissertation module at undergraduate level which made me consider research as a potential option in my future career. I, therefore believed the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-reg) which includes a dissertation module would allow me to enhance these skills further. Finally, I chose the MSc as I believed learning to becoming an efficient independent studier is a lifelong skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your career.