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MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

Course Description

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physiotherapy via an accelerated programme which builds on prior learning and experience. It is a two year course with an exciting and varied mix of academic and clinical learning.

Our course is the only Physical Therapy programme outside North America which is accredited by CAPTE. Therefore, each year we welcome a number of students from the United States and Canada as well as students from other countries who wish to practice in the USA to this course.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/health-professions/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/physiotherapy-pre-registration

Course detail

There is a firm emphasis on the development of clinical reasoning and practical skills throughout the course.

Academic modules have been developed to allow students to develop strong core assessment and treatments skills and a deeper knowledge of core areas such as exercise prescription and health improvement theory. Integrating the core practice areas of cardiovascular respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal encourages students to think holistically about their patients to embed this in their practice.

Year 1

•Foundations Of Physiotherapy Practice
•Exercise And Health
•Clinical Education 1
•Physiotherapy Practice 1 & 2
•Clinical Education 2

Year 2

•Clinical Education 3
•Physiotherapy Pathways
•Physiotherapy Research Project
•Clinical Education 4 & 5
•Enhancing Service and Practice
•Clinical Education 6

Placements and accreditation

On completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Students undertake six placements which are spread over the duration of the course. The final placement is an elective which is arranged by students themselves; this can be undertaken in any country if the required conditions are met.


Students who complete their MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy degree at RGU and wish to pursue working within the United States are welcome to apply to upgrade their MSc to a Doctorate of Physiotherapy (DPT).

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline


For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

Visit the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Merit Scholarship - 18 Awards

The School of Health Sciences is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study at the School. Please read through the following information carefully.Number of awards in academic year 2015/16:
- MSc Clinical/Sports Biomechanics – 6 awards of £1000 each.
Course commences September 2016.- MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)/Doctorate of Physiotherapy – 9 awards of £1000 each.
Course commences January 2016.- MSc Health Promotion and Public Health – 3 awards of £1000 each.
Course commences January 2016.Who can apply: You may be an international student or you may be a UK/ EU student wishing to study on a full-cost course. You need to complete an application form and return it to the School.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000 each


Eligible Courses for the Merit Scholarships:
- MSc Clinical/Sports Biomechanics; scholarships available for overseas students only.
- MSc Physiotherapy (pre registration); scholarships available for both home and overseas students.
- Doctorate of Physiotherapy; scholarships available for both home and overseas students.
- MSc Health Promotion and Public Health; scholarships available for overseas students only** as UK/EU students already pay a lower fee on these courses (which are part-funded by the Scottish Government) there are no merit based scholarships for UK/EU students on these courses in 2015/16.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants typically possess a Bachelors undergraduate degree in a science subject, such as biological, or sports science, and should contain human anatomy and physiology with a 2:1 or above classification, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 Scale, or equivalent. Experience of the research process is also an essential requirement for the course. Relevant work experience in the field of Physiotherapy and healthcare would be desirable. All international students are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 or an appropriate equivalent, on application to the course.

Last Updated

23 January 2017

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