MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

You want to problem-solve in a clinical capacity, think independently and practise as a chartered physiotherapist – and you’ re ready to get there fast. Our accelerated MSc Physiotherapy is the programme for you.

At GCU, programmes are both highly relevant to your career – and focused on creating meaningful change that contributes to the common good. You’ ll gain the expertise and knowledge you need to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and become a practising physiotherapist.

You’ ll develop new insight in the areas of neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory therapeutics and neurorehabilitation – combining traditional study with comprehensive hands-on experience in clinical placements. And you’ ll have the support of a thriving, friendly and diverse GCU community as you learn.

Graduate prospects

Whether you pursue a career with the NHS, go into private practice or get involved in clinical research, you’ ll leave our pre-registration MSc Physiotherapy programme prepared to make a positive impact on your own life and beyond. With a supportive global network and a  world-class reputation, GCU graduates go on to rewarding roles throughout the UK and internationally.


Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Therapeutics; Neurorehabilitation; Health Promotion; Practice Evaluation; Inter-professional Working: Context, Organisations and Practice; Dissertation; Practice-based Learning.

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

Due to significant demand, applications for this course are now closed to international applicants for January 2022. Please consider our following intake in January 2023.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
2 Years
Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 2 Years Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
2 Years
Jan 2023
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 2 Years Jan 2023 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in a discipline related to physiotherapy that contained a substantial element of human physiology within its programme of study. 

Experience of the process of research is essential. 

A diploma or degree in physiotherapy is not appropriate.

English language

IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.

Limited RUK places

Due to funding constraints, we have a very limited number of places available on this course for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland (fee status RUK).

These places fill up very quickly and we’re unable to process applications more than 12 months in advance.

If you would like to enquire as to whether places are available before making your application, please use the Enquire option above.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Additional requirements

Before applying to the course, it is recommended that you are aware of the diverse nature of physiotherapy practice.

Relevant visits to hospitals, voluntary work or part-time employment in an area where the impact of disability is experienced is desirable.

Selection will be based on your educational qualifications, academic references, medical fitness and interview performance.

Students must be able to undertake the role of physiotherapists from a fitness point of view. If applicants have queries in relation to this aspect they should contact a member of the admissions team to discuss their individual requirements. On commencing the course all students will have to undertake occupational health screening.

As a physiotherapist criminal records are not deemed as spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you have a criminal conviction we ask you to contact member of the admissions team to discuss the impact on your suitability for eligibility to apply for registration with the regulatory body, and employability.

All students have to undertake a PVG check on commencing the course. The cost of this process has to be meet by the student. If you would like to discuss this please contact a member of the admissions team.

International pathways

This course uses industry-standard facilities

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £9,000
International: £17,500

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £7,000
International: £15,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks or uniforms. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms. 

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms: approximately £16 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £325
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.  

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements

NHS Scotland Physiotherapy Funded Places Scheme 2022/23

The Scottish Government will be offering the opportunity to apply for funding to undertake the MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy course commencing 2022/2023. Applicants for a funded place must be Scottish-domiciled. Further information will be shared when available.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.


With approval from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) this programme allows you to gain the expertise and knowledge to become a practising physiotherapist.

This course offers routes to chartered status.
This course features guest lecturers.
This course offers work placement opportunities.
This course includes employer events/talks on campus.  

This course features a mix of assessments and exams.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.