UK Universities Offering Accelerated Routes Into Healthcare Careers (That Aren’t Medicine or Dentistry!)


3-Part Blog Series

Part Two: Physiotherapy

Many people aspire to have a career that can inspire and help others, and careers in health are often the first ones to be considered. Often, this leads to conversations about medicine, dentistry or nursing, but did you know that there are many more options out there that can also give you a fulfilling, respected and stable career in healthcare? And did you also know that you can potentially get there faster by studying in the UK? This blog series will tell you a little more about what’s on offer, and this post will focus on Physiotherapy.

What do physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists have a hugely varied career that primarily focuses on helping patients improve their physical health and fitness. Treatment often involves physical rehabilitation, injury prevention and exercise to improve patients’ mobility and to maintain good health and wellbeing. Physiotherapists inspire their patients to live a healthier life and to persevere with their treatment to be able to live as pain-free as possible.

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Many students are attracted to this career because they get to see real improvements in their patients’ health, as well as being in a hands-on, practical role that brings different challenges every day. It is a demanding but ultimately very rewarding and satisfying career path.

Studying Physiotherapy

To become a registered physiotherapist in Canada, students must first complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree. This can often be in any field, however, the majority of students choose to study a related Bachelor’s degree, often in fields such as Kinesiology, Human Kinetics, Biology or Health Sciences. Students are then required to apply for one of the ten available English-speaking Master’s degree programs, often between 2-2.5 years in length, finishing with the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam (the PCE). From start to finish, the route to becoming a physiotherapist in Canada is at least 6 years.

In the UK, Physiotherapy is offered as a Bachelor’s degree and is typically 3 years (most UK degrees last 3 years). Graduates are registered physiotherapists in the UK, and to work in Canada, graduates take the same exam as Canadian students (the PCE). Once your qualifications have been checked and you’ve taken the exam, you are a registered physiotherapist in Canada in only three years! Getting into the workforce sooner is just one reason why you may consider studying physiotherapy in the UK.

Where Can I Study Physiotherapy in the UK?

Physiotherapy is a popular degree course, taught by many of the UK’s best universities. This post will highlight just a few of the options available.

St. George’s London

St. George’s London is a university that is focused solely on Health, Medicine and science-related courses. If you’re looking to attend a university where the students you will be meeting and socialising with are all studying similar subjects to you, this is a very good option to consider. St. George’s University of London is located within St. George’s Hospital, so you are right in the heart of the action! Their BSc in Physiotherapy makes the most of the facilities that are in-house, with access to some of the most advanced technologies and learning opportunities. Later in your degree, you will also have the opportunity to work in placements in different hospitals across London.


Liverpool is a vibrant city in north-west England. Located near to the coast, but with easy access to other major cities and the beautiful North Wales countryside nearby, Liverpool is a popular university with lots to do for university students. Their physiotherapy degree gives students a significant amount of practical experience through multiple placements across a range of health providers across north west England. The quality of teaching and opportunities on Liverpool’s physiotherapy teaching comes highly recommended by previous students, with a 100% satisfaction rate in their NSS 2018 survey.


Cardiff is the capital city of Wales. But don’t think that this is a quiet, rural place – Cardiff is commonly voted as one of the best cities to live in as a student. Being the hub of Wales’ health services, government and entertainment facilities, Cardiff is a city that has it all. A medium-sized, affordable city, Cardiff’s physiotherapy degree is a great option for those students looking to study in a British university that blends city living with easy transport links and nearby countryside. Their physiotherapy course is ranked 1st in Wales and 3rd in the UK, and there are options to study an MSc in Physiotherapy or Sports and Exercise Science later on should you wish to undertake further research upon graduating

These are just a sample of the many excellent physiotherapy options available in the UK. If you are interested in pursuing a career in physiotherapy and would like to hear more about life in a UK university, reach out to our experienced team.

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