Amy Biden

Subject Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Course Msc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)
Country United Kingdom
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Hi Amy, I’m hoping to do MSc Physiotherapy at Birmingham and I was wondering if you had any advice when preparing for the interview process? Thanks!


In terms of the interview, I am not sure if it is exactly the same format now but we had to complete a task, followed by a face to face interview. For the task, my advice would be think about the key skills a Physiotherapist needs to be effective.

In the face to face, I would encourage you to discuss what you have learnt and reflected on from work experience. I would also advise to discuss the different areas of Physiotherapy holistically, rather than being being focussed on one area.

I would also recommend doing some research into the NHS and challenges currently facing it, such as long term conditions management.

Good luck!

Hi Amy, I am looking to study MSc physiotherapy however I am unsure due to wanting to work more within sports. After completing the course are you put into the NHS or can you choose to work within the sporting world? Or is it better getting experience in the NHS and then moving out of that into sport? Also do you need lots of hospital experience to have a better chance of getting on the course? Thank you


Great news you are exploring Physiotherapy as a career!

After completing a Physiotherapy course, you have no ties to work in the NHS, although I would say it is what the majority of newly qualified physiotherapists do due to the training and support available in the NHS. However, at university they do emphasise there are many other avenues physiotherapists can explore for work e.g private practice/sports clubs/prisons/schools etc. Based on friends that are physiotherapists in the sports domain, I would say it is highly competitive (dependent on the sport you are looking to go into) and you do require a lot of work experience in the area.

If you are very sport focused, have you considered a sports therapist career?

In regards to NHS V Sports career – it is complete personal preference, many physiotherapists normally apply for rotational band 5 posts when they qualify to gain experience in the core areas eg: neurology/MSK/respiratory/orthopaedics which I believe is beneficial in order to be a holistic practitioner. However, many physiotherapists who know they want to work in the MSK/Sports domain also specialise straight away in NHS/Private/Sport.

Work experience in varied areas eg private/NHS/Sports (if desired) is crucial for applying for any Physiotherapy course as the interviewers want you to demonstrate you are aware of all the different areas of Physiotherapy and the interpersonal skills necessary to be a physiotherapist.

I hope this helps with some of your decisions! Any questions do get back to me.



hey Amy, I’m thinking of coming to Birmingham to study MSc Physiotherapy. I am wondering if you have any good work experience opportunities that you would recommend to help me with my application? Thank you


Lovely to hear you are looking to apply for Physiotherapy. Work experience is very useful and valuable when applying for the Msc so you can demonstrate what you have learnt in your personal statement/interview.

Depending on the area you are based, contacting any local hospitals is normally a good start through contacts on their websites. Birmingham has multiple hospital trusts – Sandwell & Dudley, Worcestershire NHS trust have multiple hospitals, City Hospital, Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham’s Children Hospital.  They normally have work experience co-ordinators to contact.

Alternatively, if you are currently at university on a related course, maybe asking your personal tutors/lecturers. If not I sought help from careers advice within my Univeristy for contacts and guidance in the Physiotherapy area.

Personally, I also believe a good balance between NHS & Private sector experience is always useful to see the contrast in approaches unless you already know a specific area you would like to go into.

Hope this helps! Best of luck

Hey Amy, I’m a Canadian coming to Birm to study MSc Physiotherapy. I am wondering if you can recommend an area to live… whether it’s on campus or off campus. Thank you!


Congratulations on coming to study at Birmingham!

There are a few options to consider for where to live in Birmingham.

For postgraduates, campus offers a few options that are all very close walking distance to university. Check out the options here:

Otherwise you can look at renting accommodation. The main student areas are Selly Oak, Selly Park, Harborne, Edgbaston, Moseley which are all walkable/cyclable commutes into university. Alternatively, you could stay in Birmingham city which would mean either a bus or train journey into university, although it is very handy having a train station on campus!

Purple frog are a good website to look at for accommodation to rent if you want to see what is out there.

I stayed in Selly Oak in my 2nd and 3rd year of undergraduate and 1st year of Masters and really enjoyed it, it has a strong student community with all your local amenities. For my final year of Masters I stayed a tiny bit further out in Selly Park but 2nd year is mainly placements so you don’t visit university as regularly so this wasn’t a problem.

Hope this helps! All the best


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.