BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

This course has been enhanced. You can read the new course description and title here.

This course will equip you with the expertise and practical skills that you need to work as a registered physiotherapist in the private or public healthcare sector. You’ll thrive in our supportive environment and benefit from clinical placements in each year.

Physiotherapy is a career where every day you can make a difference to people’s lives. It will be your expertise and empathy that will help them regain movement and function following an injury, illness or other disability.

See the foot of the page for some student case studies/ staff profiles


Why QMU?

  • We are smaller by design than many universities, so you will enjoy smaller class sizes and a close, supportive relationship with our academic team.
  • Be part of a vibrant, supportive and social learning community that’s integrated across all Physiotherapy year groups.
  • You’ll benefit from a carefully considered balance of theory and practical learning. Try some extracurricular opportunities to further develop your physiotherapy skills.

About the course

Physiotherapy is a career where every day you can make a difference to people’s lives. It will be your expertise and empathy that will help them regain movement and function following an injury, illness or other disability.

In Year One you will study the basic and applied sciences that underpin physiotherapy. In Years Two and Three you will develop patient management and therapeutic skills. Part of your learning will take place in a variety of real health and social care settings. You will work (supported by a registered physiotherapist) with patients, their carers and families, and with other health and social care professionals. These practice-based placements are invaluable and will enrich your learning in all levels of the course. You may be placed at sites across Scotland, and will be required to cover any associated travel and accommodation costs.

In the final year, you’ll work collaboratively in small groups on a research project. All project teams will have a dedicated supervisor to guide the process.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses, including this one, to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members.

Physiotherapy is a demanding course and we recommend that you research the career thoroughly and consider work shadowing before you come to QMU.



This is a four-year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, and a research project in Year Four.



Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study.You will be assessed using a range of methods including practical exams and written course work at the end of each module or semester. >>Click for more information on 'Teaching, Learning and Assessment'


Year One

  • Interprofessional Education 1: Teams and Team Working
  • Preparing for Physiotherapy Practice
  • Introduction to Foundations of Health Science
  • Progressing Foundations of Health Science
  • Contextualising Physiotherapy: Self, Health and Wellbeing

Year Two

  • Interprofessional Education: Professional Roles and Interprofessional Teamwork
  • Physiotherapy Practice 1: Neuromusculoskeletal
  • Physiotherapy Practice 2: Cardiorespiratory
  • Physiotherapy Practice 3: Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Practice-based Learning – Placement 1
  • Physiotherapy and Behaviour Change

Year Three

  • Interprofessional Education 3: Interprofessional Working and Person-centred Care
  • Advancement of Clinical Management
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Practice-based Learning – Placement 2
  • Practice-based Learning – Placement 3

Year Four

  • Interprofessional Education 4: Political and Social Contexts
  • Applied Physiotherapy Research Project
  • Personal and Professional Development in Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Physiotherapy Practice
  • Practice-based Learning – Placement 4
  • Practice-based Learning – Elective Placement

The modules listed here are correct at time ofposting (Feb 2019) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2020. Please check back here for any updates.


Placements are invaluable in consolidating theoretical study into practical expertise by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one two-week foundation placement in Year One, one six-week placement in Year Two, two six-week placements in Year Three and in Year Four one six-week placement and a four-week elective placement. Placements take place within the NHS and social care sector at various locations across Scotland. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student with the exception of the elective placement. The elective placement is organised by each individual student and provides the potential for a practice-based placement in a speciality area of interest or outside of the UK. It may be possible for you to undertake a single, elective, practice-based placement outside the UK.

Exchange opportunities



You can work as a physiotherapist in the NHS, both in major hospitals and in the community, in private practice or in industry. Some of our graduates have also gone on to work as sports physiotherapists and to pursue research careers.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard AABBB, Minimum ABBBB

A Level: AAB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: Two of Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths at Higher/A Level or equivalent. Scottish and Irish applicants are also required to pass Higher English. English and Maths at Nat 5/GCSE

Mature/Access: Related Access course – see our website at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience. Other degree and graduate qualifications will be considered.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.



Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.


Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2020
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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A Student Story - more at foot of page

Matthew Laird - BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy "I chose this course as it married my passion for health and wellbeing with a desire to help others." Read my story...