Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

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.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.

Course Overview

The purpose of the course is to produce physiotherapists who are self aware, skilled, critical, analytical, reflective and evaluative, independent learners who actually contribute to shaping the future health and wellbeing of the individual and 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.

Exit Awards

PgDip (180 credits plus 105 credits at level 10) / MSc (180 Credits, plus 60 credit Dissertation, plus 105 credits at level 10)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

There is a strong emphasis on student-directed learning. A variety of assessment methods are used including written assignments, practical-like exams, presentations and reflective portfolios. 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 32–34 students per year on this course. The year group is split into smaller groups for practical classes and some 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.


  • Introduction to Practice-based Learning H-level (10 credits)
  • Preparing for Practice as and AHP (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals (15 credits)
  • Developing Innovative Physiotherapy Practice (15 credits)
  • Supporting Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Clinical Studies 1 CRP (20 credits)
  • Clinical Studies 2 NMSK (20 credits)
  • Clinical Studies 3 Neuro (20 credits)
  • Advancement of Physiotherapy Practice (20 credits)
  • Foundations of Health Science (40 credits)

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 (September 2017), 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.

Quick Facts

■ 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.

Entry Requirements

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).

International: 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.

Application Deadline

31 January

More Information and Contacts

Admissions, Billie Hurst or Kath Nicol on tel: +44 (0)131 474 0000

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

At QMU and on placement
Full-time: 2 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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