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How to choose a university? MSc Physio

Looking for advice / reviews from students who have done the MSc Pre-registration Physiotherapy

I am currently about to go into my final year of BSc Sports therapy, the only reason i ever started the course was as a pathway into physio. I'm now going to have to start applying to universities soon, and I am currently living in ireland where there's only a handful of choices. UL (limerick) is probably the only one i would be happy to go to if i get accepted, even though it's the other side of the country for me. but otherwise ill be applying and moving to a UK university.

Now, as an irish citizen i dont know much about UK universities and their reputations etc. Another important factor will the be area it's located and wether it'll be a nice place to live.. i will be moving alone for the first time from my family home and would hopefully go somewhere friendly that i can make connections and friendships.

Options i keep going back and forth on are Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham and Essex. But i simply don't even know how to compare or make a decision.
Anyone with experience, advice or recommendations i'd really appreciate it :smile:
In terms of employment, it won't matter where you study as long as the course is HCPC approved. So pick a uni where you will feel comfortable and which has good transport links back home. For any unis that interest you, ask about the locations and timings of placements. Think about how you would get to those placements on public transport. Email the departments and ask for a copy of this year's timetable as some unis run placements through the normal uni holidays, other unis don't.

What sort of uni experience are you hoping for in terms of location - large, medium or small city, campus-based, etc? Are you planning to visit any of the unis on your list?
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Original post by normaw
In terms of employment, it won't matter where you study as long as the course is HCPC approved. So pick a uni where you will feel comfortable and which has good transport links back home. For any unis that interest you, ask about the locations and timings of placements. Think about how you would get to those placements on public transport. Email the departments and ask for a copy of this year's timetable as some unis run placements through the normal uni holidays, other unis don't.
What sort of uni experience are you hoping for in terms of location - large, medium or small city, campus-based, etc? Are you planning to visit any of the unis on your list?

Liverpool attracts me most because its a short flight home and it sounds strange but being a coastal city attracts me as i dont like the thought of living more than an hour from the coast. But that almost seems too silly of a reason to choose a uni. I just dont really know which unis are good in the UK? for example i know UL and UCD in Ireland are known to be excellent for both high quality education and also facilities like sports and social groups. I'm not sure which unis in the UK might have the same standards?

I hope to experience life outside of uni aswell as in the classroom, I was late to the college party and will be 25 going into the course, so it will also be my level up of moving out of my parents home for good. Wherever i go, i may end up staying longer than the course and don't particularly fancy living on campus. Somewhere with opportunities to meet people and gain career experience and start a fresh life is how i view it.

I am not looking for the ''college experience'' of partying and drinking to socialise, rather, i love running, long walks and hiking so somewhere with mountains nearby or local running groups to meet people. I hope to visit some this summer when i have the extra time and plan to reach out to unis to request a guide/tour as ive seen this advertised on some uni websites.. so right now sort of trying to decide which unis are most important for me to visit as i know UK is much bigger than here and takes hours or even flights to get from A to B..

Sorry i don't know why im typing out my whole life story here 😂 Your advice to get info on placements is excellent thank you!! i will definitely be doing this as i know placements are a huge element of the course.
Original post by kitkat_00
Liverpool attracts me most because its a short flight home and it sounds strange but being a coastal city attracts me as i dont like the thought of living more than an hour from the coast. But that almost seems too silly of a reason to choose a uni. I just dont really know which unis are good in the UK? for example i know UL and UCD in Ireland are known to be excellent for both high quality education and also facilities like sports and social groups. I'm not sure which unis in the UK might have the same standards?

I hope to experience life outside of uni aswell as in the classroom, I was late to the college party and will be 25 going into the course, so it will also be my level up of moving out of my parents home for good. Wherever i go, i may end up staying longer than the course and don't particularly fancy living on campus. Somewhere with opportunities to meet people and gain career experience and start a fresh life is how i view it.

I am not looking for the ''college experience'' of partying and drinking to socialise, rather, i love running, long walks and hiking so somewhere with mountains nearby or local running groups to meet people. I hope to visit some this summer when i have the extra time and plan to reach out to unis to request a guide/tour as ive seen this advertised on some uni websites.. so right now sort of trying to decide which unis are most important for me to visit as i know UK is much bigger than here and takes hours or even flights to get from A to B..

Sorry i don't know why im typing out my whole life story here 😂 Your advice to get info on placements is excellent thank you!! i will definitely be doing this as i know placements are a huge element of the course.


In terms of locations that match your interests, Essex is a generally pretty flat and a long way from any decent hill hiking. Birmingham is also not close to good hiking areas or the coast. Brighton is coastal but it is a 'trendy' place to live (packed with London commuters and celebs) and accommodation is expensive. Good hiking areas include the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines, North York Moors, Derbyshire Peak District, Snowdonia NP and Brecon Beacons in Wales, and a lot of areas of Scotland.

As a general rule of thumb, accommodation is cheaper in the north than south. Liverpool is a good option as it has strong healthcare school, good value accommodation and the location would suit you as you wouldn't be too far from the Lake District or Snowdonia at weekends. Other locations that might suit you - Northumbria Uni (near north Pennines, great city and has an airport), York St John (via Leeds Bradford Airport, great city between two national parks), UCLAN in Preston (near Lake District & Dales), Sheffield Hallam (near Peak District though further from coast), Cumbria (based in Carlisle, great location but small uni), Cardiff (airport, coast and Brecon Beacons). It would be easy to visit some of these options if you come over for a few days and the distances between them are not huge.

Again, if you plan to work in the UK following graduation, the NHS will not care where you studied your course. From my experience with my DS and DD, visiting the unis was a big part of their decision making. My DD is at Liverpool studying a healthcare course. :smile:
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Thank you!! Edinburgh and Liverpool are my top two atm as i hear many Irish students have went to those. Although I'm not sure what kind of financial support is available in Scotland so I've been a little more focused on England. I will check out your recommendations they sound up my alley!🙂 DD is daughter? I've heard great reviews for Liverpool! It's a must visit for this summer for sure.
Original post by kitkat_00
Looking for advice / reviews from students who have done the MSc Pre-registration Physiotherapy
I am currently about to go into my final year of BSc Sports therapy, the only reason i ever started the course was as a pathway into physio. I'm now going to have to start applying to universities soon, and I am currently living in ireland where there's only a handful of choices. UL (limerick) is probably the only one i would be happy to go to if i get accepted, even though it's the other side of the country for me. but otherwise ill be applying and moving to a UK university.
Now, as an irish citizen i dont know much about UK universities and their reputations etc. Another important factor will the be area it's located and wether it'll be a nice place to live.. i will be moving alone for the first time from my family home and would hopefully go somewhere friendly that i can make connections and friendships.
Options i keep going back and forth on are Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham and Essex. But i simply don't even know how to compare or make a decision.
Anyone with experience, advice or recommendations i'd really appreciate it :smile:

Hiya @kitkat_00 !
It's amazing that you are considering the University of Essex for your Physiotherapy studies.😁
Our degrees are accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CPS) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) .

Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills; for students of MSc Physiotherapy, we have four specialist labs on our Colchester Campus which provides you with all the facilities you need to train as a physiotherapist.

We offer practice based placements where you will work alongside qualified physiotherapists and other professionals to consolidate learning, gain new experiences and develop and refine your abilities.

We offer a range of scholarships to our students. Performance Sport Scholarship/ HSC Scholarships and Funding page.

Essex is the world in one place being home to students from more than 140 countries.🌍
We are 30 minutes from Central London and 40 from Norwich by train.🚝
We offer a variety of accommodations either on campus but also our students union provides the SU Homes service where they help you rent a home outside the university at good prices. Student Accommodation at Essex | University of Essex/ SUHomes | Lettings Agent in Essex

We have buses going around the hole university every 10 minutes that take you to Colchester town, supermarket, the train station and much more Essex | First Bus

We have more than 100 societies that you can join making you Essex experience amazing and gives you the opportunity to meet people from all around the world.
Societies (essexstudent.com)

We offer more than 40 sport societies where you are given the opportunity to play professionally and be part of our Blades league. Essex Blades Sport Clubs (essexstudent.com)

Our students union delivers events all week from food markets to concerts.What's On in Colchester (essexstudent.com)
We also offer part time jobs alongside your studies at our facilities such us working in the coffee shops, supermarket bars, restaurants, being a student ambassador an much more.
Jobs (essexstudent.com).

Essex has Career Hub a website where you can apply for jobs, request a meeting to discuss your CV or job applications and much more.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions don't hesitate in messaging me.
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Original post by kitkat_00
Looking for advice / reviews from students who have done the MSc Pre-registration Physiotherapy
I am currently about to go into my final year of BSc Sports therapy, the only reason i ever started the course was as a pathway into physio. I'm now going to have to start applying to universities soon, and I am currently living in ireland where there's only a handful of choices. UL (limerick) is probably the only one i would be happy to go to if i get accepted, even though it's the other side of the country for me. but otherwise ill be applying and moving to a UK university.
Now, as an irish citizen i dont know much about UK universities and their reputations etc. Another important factor will the be area it's located and wether it'll be a nice place to live.. i will be moving alone for the first time from my family home and would hopefully go somewhere friendly that i can make connections and friendships.
Options i keep going back and forth on are Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham and Essex. But i simply don't even know how to compare or make a decision.
Anyone with experience, advice or recommendations i'd really appreciate it :smile:

Hey, :wavey:

Picking the right university for you is very important.

i understand that you will be moving countries, so attending open days and visiting the universities is important to be able to determine the right university for you!

If you have the opportunity and time i would recommend you attend some open days if you have the chance!

I hope this helps! :thumbsup:

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