University of Nottingham - Division of Physiotherapy

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About Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham

Physiotherapy is not only one of the most popular courses at Nottingham, but Nottingham is possibly the most popular place to study physiotherapy in the UK. We believe that this popularity is based on our reputation for providing education within a supportive and nurturing environment, which not only develops the individual, but produces first class physiotherapists.

The University of Nottingham is also a thriving research environment for students. In the Division of Physiotherapy Education our research aims to increase knowledge about the efficacy of physiotherapy interventions for people with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions and to increase understanding of the causes and characteristics of their movement deficits.


The Division offers a three year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course and a taught MSc in Physiotherapy. In addition there are elements of the MSc which can be taken as stand alone modules and which are offered as separate courses.

Postgraduate Study

The Division of Physiotherapy has a wide range of courses aimed at developing the careers of healthcare professionals:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Masters (MSc)
  • Advanced Clinical Skills (PGCert)
  • Clinical Leadership for Innovative Practice Certificate (PGCert)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MSc)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDip)
  • Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSci)
  • Health Communication Masters (MA)
  • Physiotherapy Masters (MSc)
  • Physiotherapy Diploma (PGDip)
  • Physiotherapy Certificate (PGCert)
  • Physiotherapy (Manual Therapy) Masters (MSc)
  • Physiotherapy (Manual Therapy) Diploma (PGDip)
  • Physiotherapy (Manual Therapy) Certificate (PGCert)
  • Physiotherapy (Neurorehabilitation) Masters (MSc)
  • Physiotherapy (Neurorehabilitation) Diploma (PGDip)
  • Physiotherapy (Neurorehabilitation) Certificate (PGCert)
  • Practice Teacher in Health and Social Care (PGCert)
  • Psychological Therapies (PGCert)
  • Research Methods (Health pathway) Masters (MA)

Read more about these courses in the University Postgraduate Prospectus.


The Division enjoys a high reputation for teaching and a growing reputation for research. The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy has a strong Research and Knowledge Transfer focus and is ranked as the 5th best School in the UK for the quality of our Research in Nursing and Midwifery in terms of research power in the national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008. The Division's research strategy is based upon a selective approach to the focused development of a small number of research themes: movement analysis, therapeutic interventions, education concepts and their application.

There are currently five research groups:

  • Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Mental Health
  • Child, Maternal and Sexual Health
  • Education and Technology for Health
  • Neurological and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Find out more about theSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy’s Research Activities.

Physiopedia Projects

The University of Nottingham started collaboration with Physiopedia in 2012. They are working together on the following projects:


The Division of Physiotherapy Education is part of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy. Divisional staff are based at the Clinical Sciences Building at Nottingham City Hospital.  

Lisa James should be contacted in the first instance.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0)115 82 31797