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Physiotherapy PGDip


Course facts

  • Name: Physiotherapy
  • Qualification: PGDip
  • Duration: 2 years full-time

This Programme is taught through the medium of English but you can read about the course in Welsh here.

The main aim of this programme is to produce graduates who are fit for practice and eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and membership with the professional, educational and trade union body, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

The programme offers a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables the student to develop as a competent physiotherapy practitioner, who places the patient at the heart of care and is capable of making a valuable contribution to the workplace. The programme will develop students’ understanding of physiotherapy theory as well as hands-on practice and will be rooted within the School of Health Sciences with its track record of excellence in research. This will ensure that the student develops an appreciation of evidence-based and innovative practice across a range of physiotherapy roles including in rural healthcare.

Students having successfully completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy will be able to develop their knowledge and skills through the successful completion of the dissertation which is the final stage of the Master’s degree and will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to organise and conduct a research project or systematic review. The innovative educational approach to the programme will develop creative, skilled physiotherapists who will be able to pursue a career across a range of health and care settings.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

See link below for a full list of modules.


To develop autonomous postgraduate physiotherapists with the appropriate professional knowledge and skills, who will have a vital role in the National Health Service (NHS) and other organizations, locally and within the United Kingdom (UK).

Programme objectives

  • To train students that meet all the standards of proficiency required by a physiotherapist to apply for registration with the HCPC.
  • To ensure that students understand the importance of being able to practice safely and effectively within the scope of practice of a physiotherapist.
  • To prepare students to practice in a non-discriminatory manner.

The learning outcomes for the programme foster the development of students into competent, reflective Physiotherapists who are able to:

  • View the delivery of Physiotherapy in a holistic manner, working in partnership with service users.
  • Adopt a problem-solving approach to service user’s needs.
  • Use theoretical frameworks of Physiotherapy to guide and inform practice.
  • Understand and use the principles of evaluation and research to ensure best practice.
  • Adapt and respond to current and future patterns of service delivery.
  • Continue self-development throughout their professional life.
  • Work as autonomous professionals within an inter-disciplinary context.
  • Contribute to the development, improvement and promotion of the profession.

Intended programme outcomes

The programme draws upon relevant contemporary policy and academic research, applied to the UK and internationally. The programme outcomes are a statement of what graduates should know and be able to do on completion of the programme.

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a student is reasonably expected to achieve and demonstrate if they take full advantage of the learning opportunities provided.

The Programme provides opportunities for students to develop:

  • theoretical knowledge and understanding;
  • cognitive skills and the following key transferable skills:
  • communication
  • study
  • interpersonal
  • professional skills
  • information technology
  • problem solving skills

Overall, the intended outcomes are summatively assessed through assignments, in the form of essays, examinations, reports, research proposal, and individual and group presentations. The individual modules have varying degrees of formative assessment.

The choice of teaching methods used on the course has been influenced by the basic principle of adult learning, which is most effective if it is linked with the students’ existing experiences and demands their participation in the learning process.

The life experiences which students bring provide a valued and valuable resource for learning; methods used will seek to capitalise on this rich resource and encourage learner participation. The programme has been designed using a spiral curriculum which is an iterative model of education increasing the student’s depth of learning as they travel through the curriculum. Students will be expected to play an active and participatory role in their own learning, with lecturer facilitation seen as extremely key to its success.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Physiotherapy Modules page.

Entry Requirements

All entry requirements carry the same weighting and must be met prior to applying for this programme.

  1. To apply for the Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy, all applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.2 classification or (overseas equivalent) in a relevant undergraduate field of study. To establish the relevancy of your previous study, you are advised to look at the modules within the programme of study you have completed and explain in your application why these would prepare you for this programme.
  2. Higher degrees or (overseas equivalent) will be considered.
  3. All applicants must have graduated from this study within the last 5 years.
  4. All applications must demonstrate a clear and broad understanding of Physiotherapy, accompanied by reflections on recent work experience in Physiotherapy or related health care environments.
  5. All applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the implications of receiving a funded place.
  6. The English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).
  7. All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Please note: this programme is not currently available for international students.


Early applications for admission to the programme are encouraged.  Applications should be made using Bangor University’s online application system but informal enquiries are welcome.

Please note that this programme has limited numbers.

Need help applying?

If you have any additional questions about the programme please contact the programme director Jonathan Flynn who will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you.

When to Apply

We have one Physiotherapy training programme per year and this currently runs from January to December.  

We accept applications throughout the year, but we would advise that you send in applications early as we have limited places available.  Additionally to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

How to Apply

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

Please note: this programme is not currently available for international students.

Our Selection Process for this course

If your application is successful, we will invite you to a selection event.  

The selection event will consist of three activities:

  1. A writing task, submitted in advance.
  2. A group activity.
  3. An individual Interview.

After the selection event, if successful we will make you an offer.  Please be aware that any offer made will be time dependent (exact time will be given to you with the offer), If you fail to respond in this period, any offer made will be invalid and this place will be offered to another candidate.

Careers and Employability

As a career, physiotherapy represents an attractive profession which offers a wide range of flexible employment opportunities upon graduation.  

Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisms across the profession; ranging from delivering treatment as an active practitioner or being involved in education, research or management. Once registered with the HCPC, physiotherapists have the option of working within the UK National Health Service (NHS), or of pursuing a career within alternative healthcare environments such as in private practice, sport or the military for example.

Research / Links with Industry

Bangor University has strong links to the local healthcare authorities in North Wales and these will increase with the development of this programme.  Opportunities exist, therefore, for graduating students to benefit from this; in addition to the many other fields where physiotherapists are in demand such as in private practice, sporting and military settings.


Welsh Government, through NHS Wales, is continuing to fund commissioned programmes for nursing, midwifery, radiography and physiotherapy for courses that begin by April 2021. That means fees are paid and living cost contributions may be available. Please look at this website for further information.

A set number of places on the programme are funded by HEIW, criteria for the funding and information is available on the HEIW website.

For applicants interested in self-funded places, please contact Programme Lead, Jonathan Flynn, Practice Liaison.

Applicants from outside the EU:

An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. Therefore, this course is not currently available for international students.

Course Specific Costs


All applicants are required to obtain and meet the costs of obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate as part of the application process.

Course specific equipment

Students will be required to buy their own stethoscope (approximately £45) to take out on clinical placement.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Further information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail: Jonathan Flynn.

Have a look at this page for reasons to study for a postgraduate degree at Bangor University's School of Health Sciences.

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