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As a Physiotherapist you’ll work to promote patient’s health and wellbeing, and restore their movement and function to as near normal as possible, in a wide variety of health settings; from intensive care units to Premier League sports clubs. As part of the physiotherapy degree you’ll have the opportunity to make a positive difference to patient’s lives in this rewarding career.

This practically applied course will enable you to effectively assess and treat a wide variety of patients, with an ability to analyse and evaluate your practice, in order to meet the demands of the rapidly changing health sector; with competencies beyond those expected of a graduate. The vital clinical placement aspect of the course will provide you with the practical and real-world experiences which will help to enhance your employability after graduation and give you an insight into how you will change tomorrow for your patients.

RGU is ranked 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Physiotherapy (Complete University Guide 2020).

This course has one study option
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
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  • Full Time
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4 years
Year 1

You’ll develop a foundation in anatomy and pathophysiology, normal structure, function, movement, exercise and behaviours. You’ll learn the ethos of improving health and supporting behavioural change through working in partnership with individuals and groups. Students will develop assessment and treatment skills with the opportunity to consolidate these skills on clinical placement at the end of year 1.

Year 2

You’ll develop knowledge, analysis and evaluation of abnormal function and its impact upon movement and function as well as physical, psychological, and social aspects of rehabilitation. Skills in assessment, treatment, health promotion, research, team working, leadership and clinical reasoning will also be developed. Two placements will consolidate your learning.


You’ll integrate academic and clinical areas to develop skills in managing complex long term conditions, treatment modifications using more independent study skills. You’ll study effective and evidence based practice along with policy and its impact on physiotherapy practice. From the two clinical placements, one will be elective.

Year 4

You’ll further develop a critical approach to: practice, clinical reasoning and life-long learning; developing confidence, flexibility in approach and self-evaluation of your skills ensuring you attain clinical competency.  You will work collaboratively and in partnership with other health professions students focusing on leadership, management and service evaluation.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

This course adopts a blended learning approach with a key focus on the application of learning. With small cohorts, teaching is delivered in workshops and tutorials to facilitate depth of learning. In seminars you are encouraged to engage in critical discussion and utilise your knowledge and skills to justify patient management. This is supported by practical sessions where you are given the opportunity to put your new knowledge into practice. Through the use of real clinical scenarios you are challenged further by our volunteer patients, who provide invaluable feedback on your communication, and physiotherapeutic skills. Skills are consolidated by seven clinical placements spread throughout the four year programme.

Activity Summary

Year 1

  • Lectures - 36 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Seminars - 36 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 36 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project supervisions - 4-6 students per group, 8 hours across the module
  • Practical class or workshop - 18 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 30 hours per week for 10 weeks 
Independent Study

The volume of independent study increases at each stage of the course. In the early stages of the course, guidance is offered to shape your study skills. By the latter stages of the course it is expected that you will be a successful independent learner, working with a supervisor to complete your research project.


Typically students are assessed each year:

In Years one and two there are a higher proportion of practical assessments, where assessment of application clinical knowledge and skills are assessed.  In the latter stages of the course, there is a mixture of coursework and presentations, to help you develop graduate levels skills.

Typically students will study two modules per semester assessed as follows:

Year 1

  • 1 multiple choice exam
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 practical skills assessment

Year 2

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 practical skills assessment

Year 3 

  • 2 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 report
  • 1 oral assessment

Year 4

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Our course is delivered by experienced healthcare professionals who committed to developing your skills and competencies to become a confident and independent Physiotherapist.

All Lecturers have come from clinical practice holding senior positions in either the NHS or private practice with experience in a wide-range of clinical specialities. Staff maintain HCPC and CSP registration and remain clinically-active, which adds to the currency of our teaching.  All staff members have either gained or are working towards Postgraduate Teaching qualifications, with the majority of staff holding MSc qualifications within health-related areas.  They are research-active, and hold a research supervisory role, with some staff pursuing research degrees at PhD level.  


The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


The spiral curriculum, utilising a range of evidence-based learning approaches throughout the course, forms the basis of the course philosophy. Integration of clinical practice from an early stage ensures that you consolidate theoretical knowledge as you progress through the course.

Placements lengths vary from 4-7 weeks. A designated Placement Co-ordinator will organise six of your seven clinical placements and ensure that you have a varied placement profile experiencing: two musculoskeletal, one cardio respiratory, one neurology  and one with the elderly.

Placements are located throughout Scotland, in a variety of settings including acute hospitals, community setting and private practice.  All our clinical educators are trained and support from tutors is available.  You will organise your fifth placement in a speciality of your own choice. 

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.


Job Prospects

Key policies have initiated a shift in focus supporting the production of more sustainable services with an emphasis on quality of care. Historically, Physiotherapists were predominantly based within acute hospital settings.  However, Physiotherapists today work across a broad range of settings within the acute and community sector treating a variety of conditions. This course owing to its practical approach to teaching, which encourages critical thinking from the outset, prepares students well for working with diverse populations across a variety of settings.  The course fosters a culture of innovation, creativity and problem solving within it graduates so that they are prepared to work in the rapidly evolving healthcare sector.

This newly created Master’s programme will prepare you to work in the changing landscape of health and social care, as a Physiotherapist who can 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, at a level beyond what would be expected of a traditional graduate. Further postgraduate study will enable you to explore further career opportunities; for example animal and equine physiotherapy.

In 2016, 100% graduates of the BSc iteration of this course were in employment or had gone onto further studies within 6 months of completing their physiotherapy course.


SQA Higher: BBBB required from 5th year to be invited to a selection visit. Overall from 5th and 6th year a minimum of grades AABBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics

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

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H2H2 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology , Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

IB Diploma: 32 to include Higher Level grade 5 in English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

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.

More on selection visits

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

International Students

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5, or an equivalent.

These are the requirements of the HCPC and superceed the standard University English Language requirements.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

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.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,000 per academic year

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,670 per academic year
Additional Costs

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
  • Printing
  • £45 on Materials 
  • £45 on Specialist Clothing             
  • At the beginning of your course and during all practice placements you are required to purchase and wear an official uniform. If you are a student from Scotland, this uniform will be paid for by the Scottish Government. All other students (the rest of the UK (RUK) and international students) will have to purchase a tunic at £5.59 each and trousers at £7.04 each. Where uniforms become damaged or for any other reason unsuitable, you are responsible for the cost of the replacement.
  • Students from out with Scotland (the rest of the UK (RUK) and any international students must pay for PVG membership: £59 (new member) or £18 (existing member).
  • Health Checks - variable according to needs - must be paid for as well as online screening:
    • Online Health Screening - £22.70
    • Additional Health Screening - £48.70/£72.20
    • Hepatitis B Vaccination x 3 - £26.60 each
    • Hepatitis B Blood Titre Test - £32.00
    • TB Mantoux Test/BCG Vaccination - £33.00/£24.00
    • MMR Vaccination x 2 - £22.45   
    • MMR Blood Test - £31.00
    • Varicella Blood Test/Vaccination - £21.00/£33.00

Other Fees and Charges


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



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

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

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, Physiotherapy Graduate


Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Health and Care Professions are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council. If you plan to train in the UK, you must undertake an approved programme to be eligible to apply to the Register. This programme is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration with the HCPC.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


UCAS Code: B160

We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.

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