Ali Barlas - MSc Physiotherapy

Ali Barlas at Summer Graduation 2024
A Canadian graduate will be leaving RGU with an important qualification to boost his career but also a litany of happy memories.

Ali Barlas completed the MSc Physiotherapy having already worked in the health care industry.

During his time at RGU he travelled to Australia for his elective placement, and he also went around Scotland securing vital placement time to compliment his learning.

The 29-year-old made the most of his time at RGU by joining the University Basketball team and the Muay Thai club. He has been explaining why he came to RGU how it helped him grow.

Ali said: “RGU had a great reputation for its physiotherapy programme and was great at making it affordable for international students. This course has a great reputation in the UK due to its experienced professors and also including a great elective placement opportunity worldwide.”

Ali had previously worked in the healthcare sector and believes the hours he did on placements in Australia and throughout Scotland can be a positive moving forward.

He added: “It has improved my problem-solving and communication skills as well as working within a healthcare team.

“A main highlight for me was being able to do my elective placement abroad in Australia. Getting experience working in their unique healthcare system will greatly benefit me in my career.

“I completed over 1,000 hours doing various placements throughout Scotland during the program which will help prepare me for when I work in the different physiotherapist specialities.”

The MSc Physiotherapy Pre-registration course is an accelerated programme which builds on prior learning and experience to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physiotherapy and make a difference to patients’ lives. Over two years students will experience an exciting and varied mix of academic and clinical learning.

In the Complete University Guide 2025, Physiotherapy at RGU was ranked overall first in Scotland and third in the UK for its discipline while also being top in the UK for student satisfaction and both graduate prospect measures used in the annual league table.

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