Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

This course offers an accelerated route for graduates from any discipline to gain a recognised qualification in physiotherapy practice. It includes a number of practice placements and is delivered full-time.

This course develops the theoretical, practical, analytical and evaluative skills necessary to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. Our graduates 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.

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

Why QMU?

  • The employability of graduates from this course is proven both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
  • In relation to dissertation there is a wide range of research designs available.
  • Some students have arranged their four week elective placement in a foreign country such as Canada and Australia.

Course overview

This course develops the theoretical, practical, analytical and evaluative skills necessary to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a physiotherapist. Our graduates 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.

Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement and help people to achieve their full physical potential. They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing.

As a student on this course, you will complete a range of modules and periods of practice placement. You will learn how to synthesise evidence from current practice and research to develop an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the physiotherapy profession. Furthermore, you 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

MSc (180 credits, plus 60 credit Dissertation, plus 105 credits at SCQF Level 10)/ PgDip (120 credits plus 105 credits at SCQF level 10)

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc or a PgDip.

Teaching, learning and assessment

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. There is a strong emphasis on student-directed learning.

A variety of assessment methods are used including written assignments, practical viva exams, presentations and reflective portfolios. Practice-based learning is a major component of the course comprising more than 1,000 hours.

 

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.

Modules

  • 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 2018), 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. Please check this site for any updates.

Placements

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. Placements will take place at clinical sites across Scotland and will be allocated by QMU with the exception of the four week placement which is arranged by the student.

Careers

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. A percentage of students on graduation will apply for overseas accreditation in countries such as Canada, Ireland and Australia.

Class sizes

Normally there are around 35-40 students enrolling on the course each year.

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 equivalent to 60% in their undergraduate degree. Relevant 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

Deadline normally December or 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 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU and on placement
Duration
Full-time: 2 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
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