Study Physiotherapy in the UK


Any Canadian student interested in a health-related career can tell you that physiotherapy is one of the most popular and growing fields in the allied health professions. With an ageing population and continuing developments in health research and technologies, there has never been a better time to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Across the Pond can help you apply to study physiotherapy in the UK. Complete the form on this page to get free application assistance.


A qualifying degree in physiotherapy is offered at both the undergraduate level and postgraduate level by universities in the UK: 

Master's Degree

Most Canadians who have decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy make that decision while completing an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Human Kinesiology, Health Science, or Biological Science. These students can apply for a 2-year MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) at a UK university. Applying to an MSc Physiotherapy degree in the UK can be competitive; however, interested applicants should have confidence knowing that their application will be assessed holistically and that they will have the opportunity, and even be expected, to demonstrate their relevant practical experience and understanding of the discipline in addition to their GPA. Across the Pond will ensure that you're aware of any entry requirements so that your physiotherapy application is as strong as possible.

Bachelor's Degree

The UK also offers a unique possibility for students who aren't certain that their background, either academic or practical, will be sufficient to gain entry into an MSc Physiotherapy. These students can instead apply for a BSc Physiotherapy which would only require an additional year of study at most universities. Students who complete the BSc Physiotherapy in the UK will graduate as a qualified physiotherapist in the UK, obtaining the same qualification as those completing the MSc Physiotherapy. 

Apply Right Out of High School

The undergraduate-level qualifying degree also provides a great opportunity for younger students who may know right out of high school that they want to pursue a career in physiotherapy. These students would be able to fast-track their career path by pursuing a 3-year BSc Physiotherapy direct out of high school rather than completing 6 years of study back home.

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Working in Canada

Once a student has completed a physiotherapy degree overseas, they will need to register with The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. Before beginning your degree be sure to check on the registration requirements with the regulating body in the province where you hope to return to practice. Read more information on registering as a physiotherapist in Canada.

How to Navigate Tricky Professional Health Applications to UK Unis

All of the different application requirements from deadlines to personal statement word limits to reference letter requirements can make it especially daunting when trying to apply to professional health degrees. Our advisors have many years of experience helping Canadian students successfully apply to physiotherapy degrees in the UK. They've even put together a webinar to help you ensure you are submitting the best professional health application you can. Find out more: 

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We are proud to be partnered with many partner universities that offer training in this popular field. Across the Pond's expert student advisors have considerable experience in advising candidates on the appropriate options to select according to your academic and professional profile, so be sure to get in touch to find out which program would be best for you!

Take a look at our partner universities that offer a physiotherapy course and see what programs might be best for you:

If you're interested in applying for these rewarding programs, please leave your details and an advisor will start helping you with the application process!




If you are considering studying in the UK, there is a large selection of degrees available, and we are happy to help you find the course of your dreams! Contact us to get help from one of our Student Advisors, and feel free to read more about similar courses in the UK:

Creating a Strong Application: Professional Health Programmes

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Join our advising team as we discuss the requirements for applying to a professional health programme in the UK.

Studying Physiotherapy at the University of Winchester

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This session provides insight into studying Physiotherapy at the University of Winchester. They focus on developing practitioners that are compassionate problem solvers.

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Application Timeline and Deadlines

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Join our advising team as we discuss the typical application timeline for students applying for September studies in the UK.

Guide to Reference Letters

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Join our advising team as we discuss one of the most important elements of your UK applications: the Reference Letter(s).

Keep Calm and Carry On: Next Steps After Applying

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Applying to UK universities can be stressful!

Do's and Don't's for Writing a UK Personal Statement

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Join our advising team as we cover the most common mistakes students make when writing a personal statement for their UK university applications.

After Applying: Interviewing for Professional Health Degrees

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Have you applied for a degree in the UK? Depending on the subject you've applied to study, you may soon be hearing back from the university with an invitation to interview.

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How to Apply

Applying to study in the UK can be tricky and confusing when doing things on your own. Take all of the stress out of the process by using Across the Pond’s free expertise and guidance. To help you on your way here are some things to be aware of: 


In the UK, admissions are mainly on a rolling basis – meaning it is "first come, first served" until the programme is filled. We therefore recommend that you apply as early as you can, and preferably before Christmas if you want to start your studies the following autumn. Exceptions: Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences as well as all courses at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and also selected courses at master's level. 


Choosing what to study and which university to go to can be a very difficult process, especially when you may not be able to go and visit to find out which option you like best. Our advisors regularly visit the universities and help hundreds of students apply to a wide range of subjects every single year. They will be able to help you determine which universities and courses are best for you based on your academic background and the universities' minimum requirements, as well as your wishes and needs for what you would like your study experience to look like and cost.


We make it very easy for you! We have our own application form where you fill in your information and upload your application documents. We check that everything has been entered correctly before the application is submitted and that way you do not have to worry that you have made any mistakes that may result in you not being accepted. 


To apply for studies at UK universities you need: 

  • One academic letter of recommendation if you are applying for undergraduate studies, and often two if you are applying for Master’s degree programmes. We have advice and tips that you can give to the person who will be writing this for you, so that together we ensure that they include all the information the UK universities are looking for. For postgraduate applicants you may also be required to submit your CV. Please note that how to write a CV for UK universities may differ from how they are expected to be written in your home country. 
  • Preliminary grades or final diploma (final diploma will be sent as soon as you have received it).
  • Personal Statement. It is very important that it is you who has written your personal statement, but we will help you with what is important to include (or not include!) based on what and where you are hoping to study, in addition to proofreading it for you. This is a very important part of the application and whether or not you get in may be decided based on this statement. Some universities and courses have additional requirements and expectations in terms of what they want to see here and it is very important that you adhere to these indications. That's why we spend a lot of time making your personal statement as good as it can be. 
  • Note: Some courses will also require an audition, portfolio and other admissions tests. 



When applying for undergraduate programmes, an application fee is required which is paid to the admissions service. In addition, some universities charge an application fee for some of the Master’s programmes they offer. These application fees are payable directly to the University or the University and Colleges Admissions Service and not to us. We will never ask for any payment or card information from you and all help from us is free of charge. 

Some universities will require a deposit to secure your study place after you have been granted admission, this will later be deducted from the tuition fee. After you have been granted admission and your place has been confirmed, you will have to pay a fee to apply for a student visa in order to access healthcare in the UK during your studies. If you wish to live in the universities’ student housing you must apply to be allocated a room before the housing application deadline and once this has been processed you are often required to pay deposit to secure the accommodation. When you eventually enrol in the university, you will pay the tuition fee. Prices in the UK vary greatly and if you have any questions about the cost of studying in the UK, please get in touch. We are happy to help you find affordable options! 


We will walk you through each step of the application process and help you with everything you need to consider before deciding whether or not you want to apply to study in the UK. If you choose to complete an application we will help you with absolutely everything from start to finish. 

We are here to help you whether you have questions related to studying in the UK or want more information about selected universities or courses. Contact us whether you just want more information or if you are ready to get started with your application! 

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