BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a rewarding healthcare profession which involves working with people to restore movement and function when someone has an injury, illness or other disability. Physiotherapists work with people of all ages and are involved in the management of people presenting with different health conditions, for example arthritis, stroke, heart disease and sports injuries.

With a range of learning and teaching methods, including placements in each year, this course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to work as an physiotherapist in a variety of settings.

Why QMU?

  • You will be part of a relatively small cohort and have a dedicated personal tutor who will follow your progress and offer guidance throughout all university-based and practice-based learning experiences.
  • An opportunity to be part of an innovative, vibrant and social learning community with integration across all physiotherapy year groups that creates a supportive learning environment.
  • Extracurricular opportunities will provide the chance to further enhance your physiotherapy education.


About the course

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to practise as a registered physiotherapist in the private or public healthcare sector.

In Year One, you will gain an understanding of the basic and applied sciences which 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 where you will be supported by an experienced, registered physiotherapist. You will work (under supervision) with patients, their carers and/or families and with other health and social care professionals who may be involved in their care. These experiences of practice-based learning are integrated throughout each year of study. Practice-based learning (placements) occurs in all levels of the course, and takes place at sites across Scotland, and students are required to cover any associated costs.

In the final year, you will work in small groups to undertake a relevant physiotherapy project. Projects are designed to enhance knowledge and skills which will be valuable in the workplace. 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 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. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision-making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.



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.



Year One modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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 of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.



Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one 2-week foundation placement in Year One, one 6-week placement in Year Two, two 6-week placements in Year Three and in Year Four one 6-week placement and a 4-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. Graduates may also work as sports physiotherapists or pursue research careers.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: AABBB

A Level: AAB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: Two of Biol, Phys, Chem and Maths at Higher/A Level or equivalent. Scottish and Irish applicants are also required to pass Higher English. English and Maths at S/Int2/N5/GCSE

Mature/Access: See related Access courses. 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 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website




Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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