MSc Physiotherapy

The MSc Physiotherapy programme is designed for physiotherapists seeking to advance their career by developing expertise and professional skills in key areas of clinical practice.

Course Details

1 Year
Start Date
12 September 2016
Full Time
Subject Area
Health and Social Care
GCU Glasgow


Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

You will also have to think about accommodation, living costs, travel, books and socialising. To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this available at and

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.
Minimum Entry Requirements
The MSc Physiotherapy programme is open to physiotherapists who hold a UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) or an unclassified degree or professional diploma with over two years’ experience.

Applicants with a grade point average between 55 and 60% will be considered if there is evidence of suitable work experience.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration is not required.
English Language Requirements
IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Download course content here. (PDF document)

Programme Description

Taught in state-of-the-art facilities, the programme is underpinned by research and informed by the latest developments in physiotherapy practice. Modules are delivered by academic staff from within physiotherapy and other professions in the School of Health and Life Sciences, including nursing, podiatry, occupational therapy and radiography.

You will benefit from contributions from invited academic experts and clinical specialists. Our close links with clinical specialists mean that you will have access to the most up-to-date clinical material, research and professional expertise.

The learning and teaching methods have been designed in consultation with practitioners to assist and contextualise learning. Methods include problem-solving activities with case material, clinical reasoning panels, blended learning using GCULearn, the University’s virtual learning environment, practice-based learning and peer support.

Part-time or CPD

This programme is also available part-time, designed to be highly flexible to fit around existing professional and personal commitments.

Credit-rated modules can be accumulated to obtain Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Science.

Alternatively, stand alone modules can be undertaken as an option for continuous professional development (CPD).

The programme is delivered using a blended-learning approach including online or work-based learning. Some attendance at University is required for tutorials or practical workshops during the week or at weekends.


Our graduates have found that this academic qualification and the skills acquired during the programme have enhanced their employability and career progression within the UK and abroad.

Previous graduates have secured employment in a number of roles including extended scope practitioners, clinical specialists, consultants, private practitioners, lecturers and researchers.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Help fund your studies with a postgraduate scholarship from GCU. Discounts, bursaries, and scholarships available.