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.
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.
Applications for this programme will be processed on a first come first served basis. Due to the highly competitive nature of this programme, we advise that you submit your completed application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. It is anticipated that this programme is likely to close Spring 2019.
Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2; Health Promotion; Health Related Activity and Fitness; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Therapeutics; Practice Education; Inter-Professional Context of Practice; Neurorehabilitation; Working in Organisations: Interprofessional and Critical Perspectives; and Dissertation.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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.
Typical entry requirements
UK first class or upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a science discipline related to physiotherapy, such as physiology, human biology, biochemistry, sports science or medicine.
The Honours degree must have 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.
Before applying to the programme, 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 programme. 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.
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.
Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
Tuition fees 2018/19
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
Additional costs for fee paying students
Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:
- Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.
Additional costs for all students
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
There are additional costs to the programme which include:
- Student membership of the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy approximately £40
- Membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) between £18-£59
- Uniforms approximately £30-35
- Occupational Health checks and vaccination: average £200 depending on requirement of vaccinations
Recommended textbooks and journals are available through our library services, providing ready access. However, you may wish to obtain your own copy of key texts.
Other than the cost of travelling to and living in a different country, you will also need to consider the travel costs to attend placements. Although many placements are in the Glasgow area, placements are situated across the West of Scotland. We do take your individual circumstances and needs into account as much as we are able to.
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 over £2.5 million per year.
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.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 21 January 2019 and 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
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.