Course type:
Postgraduate

MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy

Benefit from our outstanding facilities including the Equine Therapy Centre, small animal house, hydrotherapy treadmill and pool, and commercial farm.

Three years part-time

This part-time programme is available to registered physiotherapists who are looking to specialise in animals. Graduates from this programme will either have a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy, which will allow them to upgrade from Category B membership of ACPAT to Category A. Once qualified, students will be eligible to set up their own business in veterinary physiotherapy or be employed in the industry.

Topics you study on this programme could include Clinical Practice, Comparative and Applied Anatomy Physiology and Biomechanics, Understanding Veterinary Diagnostics and Physiotherapy Assessment, Research Methods and Applied Business Management.

Students will also be able to complete their own research and explore their own interests by completing a postgraduate dissertation in the third year if they choose to.

You will also be required to undertake periods of clinical placement and students are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent learning.

The course is offered on a part-time basis with teaching delivered in ‘blocks’ of study (each block is usually between two and four days in length and there are approximately 12 blocks of attendance per year) on both weekdays and weekends. Additionally, there will be times when students are required to attend for individual days, e.g. where assessments are scheduled.

How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

You must be a physiotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. You will also
need to be a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and be a Category B member of the
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) for insurance purposes.


Applicants should have at least a lower second class (2:2) Honours degree in physiotherapy.
A minimum of one year postgraduate experience of working as a human physiotherapist is also
desirable.


Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS score of seven overall with
a minimum of 6.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Key information

  • Postgraduate Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    PG Cert: £2100 (UK/EU), £3675 (international)
    PG Dip: £4200 (UK/EU), £7560 (international)
    MSc: £6,300 (UK/EU), £11,340 (international)
    MRes: £5512 (UK/EU), £11,025 (international)

    MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy: MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy £5,250 per year for years one and two and £1,837 for year three

    Are you a member of the UWE or Hartpury Alumni? You are entitled to a 20% discount on full time fees or 10% on part time fees (i.e. less than 90 credits per years). 

    MRes students are also eligible to put in an application for funding to the Hartpury Scholarship committee up to a maximum of £1000 to cover research projects.

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  • Life at Hartpury

    Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience on a stunning 360-hectare rural campus, but with the thriving urban centres of Gloucester and Cheltenham nearby.

    Supported by outstanding staff, postgraduate students are able to engage in applied study and research as part of Hartpury’s active research community on our specialist campus.

    With the Cheltenham and Gloucester on your doorstep and so much happening on campus, life at Hartpury is never dull! Whether you want to grab a quick coffee, lunch between lectures or a late night drink or snack, you’ll find everything you need on site, from our very own Costa Coffee bar ‘Red & Black’ to restaurants and Legends Bar.

  • Research at Hartpury

    Research is not something that is shut away in a laboratory at Hartpury. Along with scholarship and practice, it is central to Hartpury postgraduate life.

    Our University Centre prides itself on conducting exceptional applied research and scholarship. Following our last institutional review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in 2011, the culture of research and scholarly activities that exist at Hartpury were highlighted as a key area of good practice.

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Did you know you could combine undergraduate and postgraduate level study?

Hartpury offers a range of Integrated Masters programmes in Sport, Equine and Animal. The first two years parallel the associated BSc (Hons) degree. On successful completion of your second year and with the achievement of a minimum mark average, you will then progress on to a third year where you will study a careful arrangement of third year and postgraduate modules before embarking on a final year of Masters level study. In the final year, you will carry out a research project to explore your own area of specific interest and extend your specialist knowledge and critical thinking.

To find all of our MScI degree courses, just search under honours degrees in the course search.