Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography

The disciplines of dietetics, physiotherapy, podiatry and radiography fall under the largest division at QMU.

The Division of Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DPPR) is the largest Division within the School of Health Sciences and the University. Within the School and DPPR, we have extensive knowledge and skills in allied health professional education as well as the wider related sciences.

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 link to our hospital and private practice partners across Scotland is 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, and the rest of the UK. Additionally some of our courses, such as Medical Imaging, offer named routes within it and thus may be of of interest to both radiographers and other healthcare professionals.

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 in order to become qualified practitioners in their chosen profession. Completing these courses means that students are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council which 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)
• MSc/PgDip Radiotherapy and Oncology (Pre-Registration)

Postgraduate Post-Registration master’s courses

These courses are for students who are already qualified practitioners who wish to extend and develop their knowledge and skills in more depth. Studying at this level not only contributes to continuing professional development but also enhances professional and personal development. For example, a master’s level qualification may be an important factor when applying for posts in education, for furthering research aspirations, or when applying for specialist posts or positions outside the United Kingdom.

Our Post-Registration courses are:

  • MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice
  • MSc Diabetes
  • MSc Mammography (in conjunction with Scottish Breast Screening Centre)
  • MSc Medical Imaging
  • MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine (in conjunction with the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine)
  • MSc Podiatry
  • MSc Radiotherapy
  • MSc Theory of Podiatry Surgery (in conjunction with Glasgow Caledonian University)


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. Pre-Registration students typically select a laboratory-based or clinically 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 Health and Care Professions Council while other colleagues are registered with 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.

Find out more information on how to apply for a course at QMU.