Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography Framework

Alongside our Advancing Practice in Health Framework (see page 36), we offer other healthcare courses that can enable you to progress in your particular field. Additionally our pre-registration courses enable you to change career in only two years.

The Division of Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DNPPR) has extensive knowledge and skills in allied health professional education as well as in public health, community and voluntary sectors.

Our proximity to Edinburgh city centre positions us close to many of the leading players in both national and local government, as well as many large hospitals, companies, research laboratories and government offices. The links to our hospital, private practice and third sector partners across Scotland are essential to ensure that our students have access to the high-quality placement experiences that are at the core of their training with us. Many of our courses reflect the fact that QMU is a major player in postgraduate education and staff have very close links with the professions across Scotland, for example, opportunities to work in Scotland’s cancer centres, or to work with students from another Scottish university or one elsewhere in the UK.

Click for more information on the Advancing Practice Framework 

Postgraduate pre-registration master’s courses These full-time two year courses are for graduates who wish to continue their education to master’s level to become qualified practitioners in a particular health profession. Completing these courses means that students are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) that allows them to work in the United Kingdom. These courses include placements in the health fields.

Our pre-registration courses are:

  • MSc Dietetics (Pre-Registration)
  • MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)
  • MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

Postgraduate post-registration master’s courses and modules Post-registration study is for those who are already qualified practitioners and who want to extend and develop their knowledge and skills in more depth.

Studying at this level not only contributes to continuing professional development (CPD) but also enhances personal development. For more information on this, please see our Advancing Practice
in Health Framework on pages 36-43. Outside our new Advancing Practice Health framework we also offer the following post-registration courses in collaboration with other partners:

  • MSc Mammography (in conjunction with Scottish Breast Screening Centre)
  • MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine (in conjunction with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine)
  • MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery (in conjunction with Glasgow Caledonian University)

We also have two brand new course which will be available in 2022:

Students are at the core of our priorities and we aim to enrich the learning, teaching and the overall academic experience for them. We appreciate that postgraduate students come to us with a whole host of skills, experiences and knowledge that they have acquired from a previous undergraduate degree or work experience. We anticipate students will draw on this to enhance both their own  learning and that of fellow students. The student is placed at the centre of the learning process and with guidance and the use of learning contracts is expected to take overall responsibility for their
learning. These strategies will emphasise the development of critical, innovative and creative ways of thinking.

We attract students from across the globe, which facilitates wide-ranging discussion of health-related issues. Our courses are reviewed regularly and staff ensure that they take cognisance of developments in practice, and UK and wider healthcare policies to ensure that courses are fit for purpose.

All students have the opportunity to undertake an independent piece of research, with staff supervision, as the culmination of their studies. Preregistration students typically select a practise-based study that often fits the research programme of a member of staff. Post-registration students typically develop a study pertinent to their own clinical practice and work setting. A number of our students have gone on to present their dissertation work at national and international conferences.

The majority of QMU staff are registered with the HCPC while other colleagues are registered with professional and scientific bodies, and all the staff in the Division have extensive experience and
expertise in their discipline and in health. Additionally, many staff members are active in research. A number of staff are active in professional and policy matters at both a local and national level and
some staff are also practising clinicians. 



Framework Overview

The Framework aims to foster and develop QMU’s vision of ideas and influence and its mission of cultivating intellectual capital with both a theoretical and practical focus. Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, evidence and scholarship against a background of the current and evolving political and social landscape for health and wellbeing.

The Framework will be attractive to individuals who want to make a difference to the lives of others locally, nationally and globally. Whilst the Framework will draw on existing courses included in this prospectus, these will be restructured in both content and form to offer greater flexibility in choice and modes of study that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning. Part time, full time, work based, face-to-face and online study options will be available. Individual modules can be taken for the purposes of continuous professional development or can lead to a variety of qualifications such as PgCert,  PgDip or MSc.

The Framework will be based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research). There will be learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advanced practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research methodologies, as well as a number of more specific focused pathway modules.

The Framework will also offer opportunities to draw on expertise across the university such as business management, leadership, social science and education.



Community Health & Wellbeing Pathway

Modules will focus on working with individuals and groups to improve the health of your community through person/community-centered, lifestyle-based interventions. Modules will develop advanced critical understanding, of skills and practice for supporting and promoting community health and wellbeing with opportunities to develop project management skills in community development and health promotion.

Diabetes Pathway

This will offer a range of theoretical and clinically based modules, allowing the development of an evidence-based approach to the management of diabetes and specialism in an area of personal choice. Modules have been developed in collaboration with medical colleagues and blend the theoretical perspectives with the practicalities of implementing and evaluating an effective diabetic care programme.

Medical Imaging Pathway

Modules will enable students to develop theoretical knowledge and enhanced clinical skills within their chosen modality of magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography. In addition, clinically work based modules will offer opportunities to undertake pre-approved competency based frameworks within a specified scope of practice. Modules will also incorporate the latest developments within imaging, allowing graduates to be leaders in their field of practice and facilitate the transition to advanced practitioner.

Podiatry Pathway

We will offer a range of modules to enable podiatrists to develop advanced knowledge and skills within their extended scope of practice. The modules will offer opportunities to evaluate and apply the latest developments within podiatry and enable podiatrists to become leaders in their field of practice. The theoretical knowledge and clinical skills developed within modules will enable translation of knowledge into practice, thus enhancing career prospects.

Physiotherapy Pathway

The range of modules available will enable physiotherapists to develop advanced capabilities within a mulitdisciplinary environment. Students will be supported in critically evaluating Physiotherapy practice, designing and leading change. Modules will empower students to thrive in current global health and social care contexts and to respond to unpredictable complex situations in a proactive and innovative manner. With a history of providing named degrees in particular areas of dietetics, physiotherapy, podiatry and radiography, we hope to introduce a new flexible framework in 2019 which will appeal to many healthcare professionals.

Pathway modules will be enable learners to translate knowledge into practice and become dynamic leaders.

Therapeutic Radiography Pathway

Theoretical modules will offer the opportunity to develop individual personal and professional interests related to the management of specified sites of cancer, ( such as: prostate, bladder, gynaecological, head and neck, lung, colorectal, central nervous system, or paediatric oncology). Clinically work based modules will offer opportunities to undertake pre-approved competency based frameworks within pre-treatment, treatment, radiographic, or brachytherapy areas supervised by a suitably qualified clinical mentor.