Masters in Physiotherapy MSc

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

1. Overview

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.

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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.

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) at Robert Gordon University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

2. What you will study

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

Read more about the MSc Physiotherapy Modules

3. 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.

Applicants from the USA will also be required to demonstrate that they have undertaken all the prerequisite subjects in accordance with recommendations adopted by the Educational Section of the American Physical therapy Association. MSc Physiotherapy - Applicants from the USA

Applicants from other countries should hold an equivalent award in a relevant subject.

Applicants with a non-science or health related background are welcome to apply, and may be required to complete pre-requisite study in anatomy and physiology prior to commencing their studies on the MSc programme. These applications will be dealt with on an individual basis. All places upon the course are subject to interview.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 or an appropriate equivalent, prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

English Language Requirements

4. Placements and accreditations

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

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) at Robert Gordon University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

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. 

Find out more about  Health Professions Placements & Professional Links

5. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

  • £8,040 per academic year

International Students

  • £15,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

  • £7,800 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,400 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

UK/EU Students

  • £7,500 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,850 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £7,325 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,200 year (2010-11 starts)

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


6. How to apply

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

7. Prospects

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).  

Learn more about the upgrade DPT programme at Northern Arizona University (NAU).

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Course length
2 years
Mode of Attendance
Academic school
School of Health Sciences
Accredited By
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Health and Care Professions Council


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