- Offers an accelerated route for graduates from any discipline to gain a recognised qualification in physiotherapy practice.
- Highly regarded postgraduate course which prepares graduates for success in a competitive jobs market.
- The course offers a balance of university and practice-based experiences with students completing over 1000 hours of placement in sites around Scotland.
This course enables graduates from any discipline to develop the theoretical, practical, analytical and evaluative skills necessary to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. The purpose is to produce postgraduate physiotherapists who are skilled, independent, critical, analytical and capable of evaluative judgement, and who can contribute to the health and wellbeing of the individual and of society.
Graduates from the course will be distinctive in their ability to synthesise evidence from current practice and research to develop an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the physiotherapy profession. Furthermore, they will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the provision of health and social care, and will be capable of demonstrating leadership in both personal and professional development.
This course is due for revalidation in December 2016. Please check our website for updated details.
PgDip (180 credits plus 105 credits at level 10) / MSc (180 credits, plus 60 creditDissertation, plus 105 credits at level 10)
At QMU and on placement
Full-time: 2 years
Teaching, learning and assessment:
There is a strong emphasis on student-directed learning. A variety of assessment methods are used including exams, coursework, presentations and practical exams. Practice-based learning is a major component of the course, comprising more than 1,000 hours of study at clinical sites throughout Scotland.
In Year One you will complete a two-week foundation placement in semester one and two six-week placements over the summer. In Year Two you will undertake one six-week placement in semester two and one six-week and one four-week elective placement over the summer. Any additional travel and accommodation costs associated with placement will be borne by the student. Normally there are 3234 students per year on this course. The year group is split into smaller groups for practical classes and tutorials. This ensures that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with their classmates.
Teaching hours and attendance:
This is a full-time course and students are expected to be available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Students should expect to study for an average of 40 hours per week. Timetabled classes are approximately 12-15 hours per week.
Links with industry/professional bodies:
On completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. You will also be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Second class degree in any subject and can demonstrate knowledge of scientific enquiry. This course is not suitable for those already holding a physiotherapy qualification. Applicants from North America will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate degree. Some type of experience is essential such as shadowing, volunteering or visiting a clinic (NHS environment desirable).
Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.
Criminal records check:
A criminal records check is required.
Special Information for EU Applicants
The home fee rate will continue to apply to postgraduate EU students entering in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years. EU students will continue to be eligible to apply for the SAAS tuition fee loan for the academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19. For more information, see the SAAS website.
Funding Information for International Students:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a
10% discount on the published fees.
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15 credits: Applied Physiology for Physiotherapy/ Professional Studies for AHPs/ Research Methods for Health
Professionals/ Current and Emerging Roles within Physiotherapy Practice
20 credits: Applied Functional Anatomy/ Neuromusculoskeletal Studies 1/ Neuromusculoskeletal Studies 2
30 credits: Neurological Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy/ Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Management
You will also complete a dissertation (60 credits), plus 30 weeks of practice-based learning placements (105 level 10 credits).
The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (July 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.
The majority of graduates work as physiotherapists within the National Health Service either in major hospitals or in the community. With further post-registration experience, graduates can choose to specialise in a particular area, which may include for example: sports, neurology, paediatrics, respiratory, orthopaedics or private practice. Some graduates choose to follow a research career path.