Master of Physiotherapy (MPhys)

This exciting four year integrated master’s course will equip you with the expertise and practical skills that you need to work as a registered physiotherapist in the private or public health and social care sector. You will thrive in our supportive environment and benefit from placements in each year.

Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who use person-centred approaches to make a difference to people’s lives. Physiotherapists work in a wide range of settings and focus on the management and prevention of problems relating to movement and function across the life-span.

Why QMU?

  • We are smaller by design than many universities, so you will enjoy smaller class sizes and a close, supportive relationship with our academic team.
  • Be part of a vibrant, supportive and social learning community that is integrated across all Physiotherapy year groups.
  • You will benefit from a carefully considered balance of theory and practical learning. Try some extracurricular opportunities to further develop your physiotherapy skills.

About the course

In Year One you will study a range of modules that will equip you with the basic knowledge and skills for physiotherapy practice. Topics covered include: anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, aspects of psychology, professional practice, basic assessment skills, common physiotherapy interventions and evidence based practice. A short foundation placement will introduce you to the application of theory into practice.

In Year Two further modules will expand your skills relating to cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You will broaden your understanding of health and wellbeing and the role of the allied health professional in influencing health behaviour change. You will be encouraged to develop your skills for critical thinking and using information to support your studies. A further placement will give you the opportunity to continue your learning in practice.

Year Three develops your skills further to look at the management of people with more complex conditions. You will broaden your awareness of healthcare and challenge your understanding of health education and promotion. Two further placements will expand your practice knowledge.
In the final year, you will consolidate your practical, theoretical and professional skills through university and practice based learning (PBL) placements. You will explore how the development of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial skills can contribute to meeting the challenges of contemporary health and social care. In addition you will work with a project supervisor to plan, carry out and evaluate a small scale research project.

Across all four years part of your learning will take place in a variety of real health and social care settings. You will work (supported by a registered physiotherapist) with patients, their carers and families, and with other health and social care professionals. These practice-based placements are invaluable and will enrich your learning in all levels of the course. You may be placed at sites across Scotland, and will be required to cover any associated travel and accommodation costs.

Physiotherapy is a demanding course and we recommend that you research the career thoroughly and consider work shadowing before you come to QMU.


This is a four year integrated undergraduate master’s course that leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist. Students commence the course with a view to graduating with a Master of Physiotherapy (MPhys) in four years. Years Three and Four will be taught alongside postgraduate students studying on the Pre-Registration course. There is an option for students to choose a BSc (Hons) route at the end of Year Two and they will still be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist.


Year One

  • Becoming an Allied Health Professional
  • Finding Your Academic Voice
  • Principles of Rehabilitation
  • Developing Resilience in Self and Others
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy 1
  • Introduction to Practice-based Learning inc. two weeks PBL

Year Two

  • Foundations of Physiotherapy 2
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1
  • Behaviour Change
  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Developing a Spirit of Inquiry
  • Practice-based Learning 1 inc. six weeks of PBL

Year Three

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2
  • Theoretical and Clinical Approaches to Multidisciplinary Team Working
  • Understanding and Appraising the Evidence for Practice
  • Advancement of Clinical Management
  • Active Citizenship
  • Investigation of Practice
  • Practice-based Learning 2 inc. 12 weeks PBL

Year Four

  • Public Health Practice for Physiotherapy
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Leadership and Enterprise for Practice
  • Applying Skills of Critical Enquiry (project)
  • Practice based Learning 3 inc. 11 weeks of PBL

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through both directed and self-directed study. You will be assessed using a range of methods including practical exams and written course work at the end of each module or semester.


Placements are invaluable in consolidating theoretical study into practical expertise by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one two-week foundation placement in Year One, one six-week placement in Year Two, two six-week placements in Year Three and in Year Four two six-week placements including an elective placement. Placements take place within the NHS and social care sector at various locations across Scotland. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student with the exception of the elective placement. The elective placement is organised by each individual student and provides the potential for a practice-based placement in a speciality area of interest or outside of the UK. It may be possible for you to undertake a single, elective, practice-based placement outside the UK.


You can work as a physiotherapist in the NHS, in hospitals and in the community, in private practice or in industry. Some of our graduates have gone on to work as sports physiotherapists or to pursue research careers.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - AABBB, Minimum: ABBBB

A Level: AAB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H2 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 32 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 6.0

Required subjects: Two of Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths at Higher/ A Level or equivalent. Scottish and Irish applicants are required to pass Higher English. English and Maths at Nat 5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: Related Access course, see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience. Other degree and graduate qualifications will be considered.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements:

  • A satisfactory criminal records check is required.
  • An occupational health check is required and you may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B.
  • All students are required to obtain personal indemnity insurance, usually through membership of the professional body.
  • The cost of the PVG Scheme membership and personal indemnity insurance is the responsibility of the student.
  • Currently the cost of the occupational health check is funded by the Scottish Government for Scottish students only. Students from other countries are responsible for this cost. Should the Scottish Government change their funding policy the responsibility for the cost of the occupational health check may change.

Professional registration/accreditation

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see the the 'External review' section on our ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

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Course Overview

On campus
4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
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