Physiotherapy Degree BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

1. Overview

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that involves working with people to promote their own health and wellbeing in a wide variety of health settings, from intensive care units to Premier League sports clubs, to help restore movement and function to as near normal as possible.

Our course is delivered by experienced health care professionals who are committed to ensuring that you develop the skills and competencies needed to become a confident and independent physiotherapist. This course will enable you to effectively assess and treat patients, continually analyse and evaluate your practice, and meet the demands of the rapidly changing health sector.

The vital clinical placement aspect of the course will provide you with the practical and 'real world' experiences which will help to ensure your employability after graduation.


Your learning experience will be enhanced by state-of-the-art teaching and clinical skills facilities. The therapy practical rooms and human performance laboratory, which has a sophisticated three-dimensional motion analysis system, are key facilities you will utilise during your study. In the clinical skills area you will be introduced to the ward setting and our computerised METIman who is used to practise the treatment of an acutely ill patient in a safe environment. The use of the volunteers allows students to engage with real life scenarios and develop assessment and treatment skills. METIman is used to practice treatment approaches for the acutely ill patient in a safe environment.

2. What you will study

Year 1

During this year, knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology and professional skills will be integrated with key physiotherapy skills to allow you to undertake the first clinical placement at the end of year 1.

Year 2

This year develops your physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills with a wider array of people including neurology, musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions, across a wider range of healthcare settings. You will explore the interrelationships between physical, psychological, and social aspects of rehabilitation, and how these can be managed to optimise recovery. Two further clinical placements are undertaken to reinforce these skills and link theory to practice. Evaluation of personal, professional and academic development are promoted within this year.

Year 3

Acute management of acutely ill patients is developed further, alongside the exploration of human performance and the promotion of physical fitness and activity. You are then challenged to apply this knowledge to more complex patient presentations. The use of research to support and underpin practice is developed further encouraging development of clinical reasoning skills. A further two clinical placements are undertaken one of which you will organise yourself.

Year 4

The emphasis in your final year relates to evaluation and research skills necessary for a qualified physiotherapist in conjunction with understanding key issues relating to polices and interdisciplinary team working. Improving practice is explored (incorporating critical evaluation of practice) aiming to further develop your physiotherapy skills and underpin their use with scientific evidence. Two final clinical placements allow development and refinement of the required treatment and management skills needed prior to qualification.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBBB required from 5th year to be invited to interview.

A minimum of AABBB to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

GCE A Level: BBB to include two from Physics, Chemistry or Biology or Maths. English (or a subject requiring the use of English) is required at AS Level Grade B or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: AAB2B2B2 to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

IB Diploma: 32 to include Higher Level Grade 5 in English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, plus one further subject at Standard Level Grade 5 or above.

Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent overseas qualifications, SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs and some Access programmes will be considered.

Practice Visit: As part of the application process, all applicants are required to demonstrate an informed perspective of physiotherapy and this will normally be achieved through visiting a physiotherapy setting prior to interview.

Selection Visit: All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a half day selection visit prior to an offer of a place on the course being made. The selection process includes evaluation of your professional suitability, communication and team working skills.

English language requirements All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 or an appropriate equivalent.

Special Requirements: Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) are a requirement for all successful applicants prior to commencement on the course. For more details about the PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

4. Placements and accreditations


Seven clinical placements, starting at the end of year 1, are integrated throughout the course. This allows you to bring your experiences back into the University and enhances your learning. You will complete placements in a range of clinical areas across Scotland, under the close supervision of experienced physiotherapists. You will also have the support of University tutors who will visit you at least once during each of your placements.

Find out more about  Health Professions Placements & Professional Links

Study Abroad

The elective placement in year 3 of the course gives you the opportunity to study physiotherapy provision in another country if you wish.

Professional Accreditation 

Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for full payment of tuition fees.

Financial Assistance

Students from Scotland should also apply to SAAS for an income-assessed Scottish Executive Health Department bursary.

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For a student loan, students from Scotland should apply to SAAS and students from England, Wales and N Ireland should apply to the appropriate student finance body.  

Practical Placement Expenses

  • If you have to go on a practical placement away from University and you have extra travel or accommodation costs, you may receive assistance with these from SAAS.
  • You can claim up to £10.08 each day for placements during term-time and £8.57 each day for placements during the summer.
  • You should complete form AB24, available from the University. This form should not be used for normal daily travel expenses from and to University during term-time. These should be made in the normal way - refer to the Travelling Expenses section of this leaflet.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,900 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,400 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,200 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,800 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,300 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

All full-time undergraduate course applications to Robert Gordon University must be made through UCAS at

It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

8. Prospects

Physiotherapists work in health promotion, preventative healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation, with patients ranging from children to older people and with a variety of conditions from sports injuries to mental health issues. You will be prepared to work within a wide range of NHS and private sector environments. Further postgraduate study will enable you to explore further career opportunities; for example animal and equine physiotherapy.

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4 years

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School of Health Sciences
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Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Health and Care Professions Council
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“Clinical placements have given me a wealth of experience in many areas of physiotherapy from stroke rehabilitation, women’s health and pulmonary rehabilitation to working in an osteopath clinic learning about alternative health therapies and sports therapies.”

Pamela Mackie, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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