Physiotherapy – Pre-registration
Academic modules allow you to develop strong core assessment and treatments skills and a deeper knowledge of key areas such as exercise prescription and health promotion practice. Integrating the core practice areas of cardiovascular respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal encourages you to think holistically about your patients.
Clinical practice elements are interspersed between academic modules enabling you to put your learning into practice and consolidating and further developing your knowledge and skills.
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Staff members use a variety of active learning methods. This means that you are rarely simply sitting listening in lectures. In class you will be engaging with theory to discuss how it relates in practice, developing clinical reasoning skills through working on case studies or in practical classes. Simulated learning opportunities, where you work with volunteer patients, provide a stepped approach to you moving into the real clinical environment. Tutorial and workshop classes are small, typically around 27 students, for practical classes this reduces to 14.
- Seminars - 27 students per group, 100 hours, 4 per week
- Tutorial - 27 students per group, 95 hours, 4 per week
- Practical class or workshop - 14 students per group, 155 hours, 6 per week
- Independent Study - 570 hours, 22 per week
- Placement / Work Based Learning - 1 student per group, 384 hours, 32 hours per week over 12 weeks
A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately. You will be given some directed study to undertake independently but will be expected to investigate more widely on your own.
Staff Delivering on This Course
This course is delivered by experienced Physiotherapists who are all registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Staff members are committed to providing the best possible learning experience for you and ensure that teaching methods have a sound research underpinning. Many staff members are engaged in research which relates either to professional practice or the methods used to teaching on the programme. They have presented innovations used in the course or School of Health Sciences since it began in 2014.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 3 written assignments, including essays
- 2 practical skills assessment
- 1 written assignment, including essay
- 1 dissertation
- 2 oral assessment
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
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.
Study Skills 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
You will undertake six placements which are spread over the duration of the course. The first three placements are 6 weeks in length, the remaining 3 are 5 weeks duration. The final placement is an elective which is arranged by you; this can be undertaken in any country if the required conditions are met.
Please note if you are a student from the USA who is planning to apply for a Federal Loan, none of your placements can take place in the USA. This is in order to comply with the requirement of the FERPA.
There is the opportunity to undertake the final placement abroad.
Students who complete their MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy degree at RGU and wish to pursue working within the United States can apply to upgrade their MSc to a Doctorate of Physiotherapy (DPT). Learn more about the upgrade DPT programme at Northern Arizona University (NAU).
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.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Applicants from countries other than the USA 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.
This course is not appropriate for Qualified Physiotherapists who wish to undertake a postgraduate degree.
Applicants from the USA
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
Find your reading list by module.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
- The cost of specialist equipment e.g stethoscope, goniometer, practical kit
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:
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:
There’s a lot of practical learning and we’re out in placement quite early in our degree compared to those doing similar courses at other universities. Being able to apply things so soon after learning about them in the classroom is very beneficial to learning and great experience.
JESSIE DALTON, GRADUATE OF MSC PHYSIOTHERAPY
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