Tim Tsui

Country: Hong Kong
Sector: Healthcare
Job title: Senior Physiotherapist
Subject of study: Exercise and Sport Sciences
Year of graduation: 2012
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name


What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I graduated BSc Sports science from Exeter in 2012, at that time, I was not exactly sure what career path that I would like to pursue. Therefore I studied MSc Sports science in Hong Kong as a part-timer and looked for a teaching assistant role at schools in Hong Kong. I have worked for an International School PE dept for 3 years in Hong Kong, and completed all the basic training requirement to be a PE teacher. However, during my teaching career, I have suffered from a sport injury, which I have been given physiotherapy and recovered from it. That moment, the idea to becoming a physiotherapist has embedded in my mind. I came back to the UK in 2016 to study MSc Physiotherapy and completed in 2018. And that is how my physiotherapist journey began.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

The reason I chose to become a physiotherapist was simply because we can help people and make invaluable changes to a person’s quality of life. The best moment in my work is to see your patient improved after the physiotherapy treatment.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Table tennis and rugby union

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The best thing about this programme is taught by enthusiastic professors/lecturers (especially Daryl Wilkerson, and Richard Winsley, both of them are very good and experienced academic staff). I used to book personal tutorials with either of them when I came across difficulties. Therefore I think good student-staff relationship is the biggest highlight and one of the biggest advantage to the programme.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Please forgive me by answering ‘because I was rejected by Loughborough, well… you know!’

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

As a physiotherapist, I can apply sport science knowledge to athlete patients, or patient with sport background. Combine both sport science evidence and rehab techniques to promote best rehab outcome.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

If you want to become a physiotherapist, you will need to study a Physiotherapy degree (BSc or MSc). Therefore my advice is to do research in your second year, make sure you want to become a physiotherapist, and start applying for Physiotherapy in your final year.

What are your plans for the future?

I always dream to become a pilot one day, maybe I will learn to fly an aircraft in the coming future.


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