Master of Physiotherapy (MPhys)

This exciting new four year integrated master’s course will equip you with the expertise and practical skills that you need to work as a registered physiotherapist in the private or public health and social care sector. You’ll thrive in our supportive environment and benefit from placements in each year.

Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who use person-centred approaches to make a difference to people’s lives. Physiotherapists work in a wide range of settings and focus on the management and prevention of problems relating to movement and function across the life-span. 

Why QMU?

  • We are smaller by design than many universities, so you will enjoy smaller class sizes and a close, supportive relationship with our academic team.
  • Be part of a vibrant, supportive and social learning community that’s integrated across all Physiotherapy year groups.
  • You’ll benefit from a carefully considered balance of theory and practical learning. Try some extracurricular opportunities to further develop your physiotherapy skills.

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About the course

Physiotherapy is a career where every day you can make a difference to people’s lives. It will be your expertise and empathy that will help them regain movement and function following an injury, illness or other disability.

In Year One you will study the basic and applied sciences that underpin physiotherapy.

In Year Two you will develop patient management and therapeutic skills.

In Year Three You will broaden your awareness of healthcare and challenge your understanding of multidisciplinary working and active citizenship.

Part of your learning will take place in a variety of real health and social care settings. You will work (supported by a registered physiotherapist) with patients, their carers and families, and with other health and social care professionals. These practice-based placements are invaluable and will enrich your learning in all levels of the course. You may be placed at sites across Scotland, and will be required to cover any associated travel and accommodation costs.

In the final year, you’ll work collaboratively in small groups on a research project. 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, including this one, 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.

Physiotherapy is a demanding course and we recommend that you research the career thoroughly and consider work shadowing before you come to QMU.


This is a four year integrated undergraduate master’s course which leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a physiotherapist. Students commence the course with a view to graduating with a Master of Physiotherapy (MPhysio) in four years. Years Three and Four will be taught alongside postgraduate students studying on the Pre-Registration course. There is also an option for students to choose a BSc (Hons) route at the end of year two and they will still be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist. 


Year One

Semester One

  • Becoming an Allied Health Professional (20 credits)
  • Finding Your Academic Voice (20 credits)

Semester Two

  • Principles of rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Developing Resilience in Self and Others (20 credits)

Both Semesters

  • Foundations of Physiotherapy 1 (40 credits)
  • Introduction to practice based learning inc 2 weeks PBL (20 credits)

Year Two

Semester One

  • Foundations of Physiotherapy 2 (20 credits)
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy (20 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1 (20 credits)
  • Behaviour Change (20 credits)

Semester Two

  • Neurological Physiotherapy (20 credits)
  • Developing a Spirit of Inquiry (20 credits)
  • Practice Based Learning 1 inc 6 PBL (20 credits)

Year Three

Semester One

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2 (20 credits)
  • Theoretical and clinical approaches to multidisciplinary team working (20 credits)
  • Understanding and appraising the evidence for practice (20 credits)

Semester Two

  • Advancement of clinical management (20 credits)
  • Active Citizenship (20 credits)
  • Investigation of practice (20 credits)

Both Semesters

  • Practice based learning 2 inc 12 weeks PBL (40 credits)

Year Four

Semester One

  • Public Health Practice for Physiotherapy (20 credits)

Semester Two 

  • Professional Skills Development (20 credits)

Both Semesters

  • Leadership and enterprise for practice (40 credits)
  • Applying skills of critical enquiry (project) (40 credits)
  • Practice based learning 3 inc 11 week

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through both directed and self-directed study. You will be assessed using a range of methods including practical exams and written course work at the end of each module or semester. 

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available. 

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Placements are invaluable in consolidating theoretical study into practical expertise by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one two-week foundation placement in Year One, one six-week placement in Year Two, two six-week placements in Year Three and in Year Four two six-week placements including an 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 hospitals and in the community, in private practice or in industry. Some of our graduates have also gone on to work as sports physiotherapists or to pursue research careers.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - AABBB, Minimum - ABBBB

A Level: AAB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 6.0

Required subjects: Two of Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths at Higher/ A Level or equivalent. Scottish and Irish applicants are also required to pass Higher English. English and Maths at Nat 5/ GCSE.

Mature/Access: Related Access course – see our website at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. 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.
  • You may be required to attend for an interview.
  • An occupational health check is required and you may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B.
  • All students are required to obtain personal indemnity insurance, usually through membership of the professional body.
  • The cost of the PVG Scheme membership and personal indemnity insurance is the responsibility of the student. Currently the cost of the occupational health check is funded by the Scottish Government for Scottish students only. Students from other countries are responsible for this cost. Should the Scottish Government change their funding policy the responsibility for the cost of the occupational health check may change.

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Professional registration/ accreditation

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the 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’.

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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