DPT Doctor of Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

The Doctor of Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) (DPT) is a full-time programme delivered using innovative teaching methods to assist and contextualise learning.

The overall aim of this programme is to develop analytical, evaluative, creative and skilled Physiotherapists with an entrepreneurial mind-set, who are responsive to professional, social and cultural change. Our doctoral graduates will be confident, transformational, responsible and empathetic practitioners, leaders and global citizens able to implement evidenced based practices within public and private services, effectively evolving and influencing innovative local, national or global areas of practice and research.

This programme leads to qualification as a physiotherapist, eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a practicing physiotherapist. Modules are delivered by experienced tutors, researchers and invited academic and clinical lecturers who are specialists in their area of expertise.

Our close links with clinical and research specialists allow our students access to the most up-to-date clinical, research and professional expertise within the university and practice settings.

The DPT is unique in integrating practice and research, and is designed to produce graduates who are equipped to meet the current and future needs and challenges of health & social care practice and research.

Post registration graduates can work in a variety of areas such as: private practice, public sector settings such the hospitals, GP clinics or health promotion services, industry, vocational rehabilitation, schools, nursing homes, hospices, community based rehabilitation programs, education and research centres.

Graduate prospects

Many of our graduate and postgraduate students go on to gain employment in other countries. Recently students have obtained physiotherapy posts in Europe, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Hong Kong & Singapore. Applications to some of these counties require an application that reviews the course specifics and the individual student profile. You may also need to undertake additional exams.

Students will undertake the same modules as the MSc Physiotherapy pre-registration in year one. These include Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2, Health Promotion, Neurorehabilitation, Cardiorespiratory Therapy and Practice Evaluation. In addition, students will undertake the Advanced Research Enquiry module.

Doctoral level modules in Years two - four involve personal and professional development in the context of physiotherapy practice and research. Students will have the opportunity to conduct two innovative research projects.

Students also undertake over 1,050 hours of clinical education in a range of practice settings, which includes a contemporary placement and an elective placement.

Module list

Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2; Health Promotion; Practice Evaluation; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Therapeutics; Practice-based Learning; Inter-professional Working: Context, Organisation and Practice; Neurorehabilitation; Advanced Research Enquiry; Professional Development 1, 2 and 3; Project 1 and Project 2.

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
42 Months
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
DPT Full Time 42 Months 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
42 Months
Jan 2023
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
DPT Full Time 42 Months Jan 2023 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in a science discipline related to physiotherapy such as physiology, human biology, anatomy, kinesiology, sports science/medicine. 

Experience in the process of research is essential. The honours degree must have contained a substantial element of human physiology.

A pre-entry negotiated learning module is available to applicants who have limited human physiology experience. Shortlisted applicants must attend interview. International applicants are offered a telephone/Skype interview.

Applicants should have an understanding of the role of physiotherapy practice and research within the current health and well-being agenda. Relevant visits to clinical locations, voluntary work or part-time employment in an area where the impact of disability is experienced are desirable, but not essential. 

Students have to clearly articulate their motivations for applying to the DPT course. 

English language

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

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

Students should enter the Doctor of Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) programme at a level appropriate to their prior learning and qualifications.

Students who are able to demonstrate prior learning in specific modules are eligible to apply for exemption from undertaking the module.

International pathways

This course is accredited by the CSP and the HCPC.
This course features a route to chartered status with the CSP.
This course features a mix of assessment and exams.
Students on this course can benefit from employer events on campus.
Students on this course will get a work placement opportunity and a visit from a top employer.
This course has been designed with industry input.
This course uses industry-standard facilities

The School of Health and Life Sciences, in conformity with Glasgow Caledonian University's Dignity at Work and Studies Policy is committed to promoting quality, diversity and an inclusive and supportive environment free from discrimination and discriminatory practices for its students and staff.

It strives to ensure that people are treated equally regardless of their sex, marital status, gender reassignment, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, economic background, nationality, disability,religion, sexual orientation, age or other inappropriate distinction.

The School endeavours to ensure that no applicant for study or student is disadvantaged or discriminated against unlawfully and that all are treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

The University’s Code of Practice in respect of students with disabilities follows a Social Model of Disability. Applications from candidates with disabilities or specific learning difficulties are assessed using the same criteria that applied to all prospective students View our admissions policy.

Prospective students with disabilities are encouraged to declare their disability on their application form in order that discussion regarding requirements can be initiated and information concerning arrangements available at the University can be provided.

The School considers fully whether reasonable adjustments can be made for fitness to practice criteria and is committed to making reasonable adjustments to the provision of services and curricula which facilitate equal opportunities for disabled students as appropriate.

The department adheres to the CSP guidance on welcoming and supporting disabled students (CSP, 2010) and the principles within this guidance are utilised in the process of assessing individual cases. All students will need to be able to discharge their duties without compromising their own safety or others safety, under Health and Safety Legislation.

The University Disability Support Team offers students an individually tailored package of support that varies according to the particular learning and teaching needs that are associated with specific student needs.

Assessment and identification of a student’s learning needs will be the responsibility of the central Disability Support Team in liaison with the Programme Admissions Coordinator, Disability Coordinator and Programme Leader.

This course features guest lecturers.

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: £16,500

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £7,000
International: £14,500

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


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.