AwardMRes | MPhil | PhD | PD
Start DateFebruary and October
We host multi-disciplinary research that focuses its activities on addressing major issues around the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, care and welfare of patients.
Our School of Health Sciences draws on the multidisciplinary research skills of academic staff in three other our schools: Nursing and Midwifery, Applied Social Studies, and Pharmacy and Life Science, as well as Centre for Obesity Research & Epidemiology (CORE) and Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research (ACTR) and The Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence
Doctorate in Physiotherapy
We’re proud to offer a unique opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Physiotherapist combined with a PhD leading to a Doctorate in Physiotherapy. It is the first course of its kind in the UK, and the only physical therapy programme outside North America to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
We welcome proposal submissions from students to undertake research in the following indicative areas, although other areas will be considered:
- Ergonomics - Anthropometry and ergonomic safety - Dr Arthur Stewart
- Biomechanics - Gait analysis - Dr Ioannis Agouris
- Substance misuse - Dr Hector Williams
- Physiotherapy - Low back pain use of smart technology - Dr Kay Cooper
- Statistics - Modelling of athletic and sport performance - Dr Paul Swinton
- Physiotherapy - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Dr Lyndsay Alexander
- Sport Science - Decision making in coaching - Dr Neil Buchanan
We also offer Health Professions research degrees in the following broad areas:
- Motion Analysis
- Back Pain
- Care of the Elderly
- Foot related knee pain
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- The acquisition of evidence-informed clinical wisdom
Specialised Research Facilities:
- 3D Laser scanning
- Vicon Motion Capture
- Breath-by-breath gas analysis
- State-of-the-Art Clinical Skills Laboratory
- Patient Interview Rooms
Normal entry requirements are a first or upper second class honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom, or from an overseas University, or degree equivalent qualification, subject to the approval of Robert Gordon University. Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme.
Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. Applicants will normally register for an MSc/PhD or MRes/PhD with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Master’s degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, subject to a satisfactory research proposal, and clear evidence of research expertise.
Any applicant whose first language or language of previous University-level instruction is not English must normally demonstrate competence in English. This should be a score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
- £4,260 per academic year
- £2,556 per academic year
- £15,640 per academic year
- £9,384 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £4,327 per academic year
- £2,600 per academic year
- £16,110 per academic year
- £9,666 per academic year
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.
All applications should be made via the University's online application for research students.
Our Research degrees usually start in February and October each year. There is no official deadline for you to submit your application, though we recommend you submit it as early as possible in order to ensure we can help you join us at your preferred time.
- Two academic references
- A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
- A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)
For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English, applications must include:
- Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking).
- Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement.