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 1. These include Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2, Health Promotion, Neurorehabilitation, Cardiorespiratory Therapy and Health Related Activity and Fitness. In addition, students will undertake the Advanced Research Enquiry module.

Doctoral level modules in Years 2-4 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.

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

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
42 Months
20 Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
DPT Full Time 42 Months 20 Jan 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
42 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
DPT Full Time 42 Months 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in a science discipline related to physiotherapy.

Areas such as physiology, human biology, anatomy, kinesiology, sports science/medicine are exemplars. The Honours degree must have contained a substantial element of human physiology within its programme of study. However applicants who have limited human physiology will be considered if they have successfully completed the pre-entry Negotiated Learning module which is available at Glasgow Caledonian University. Experience of the process of research is essential.

All short listed applicants are only admitted to the programme following interview. International applicants are offered a telephone interview.

Applicants should have an understanding of the role of physiotherapy practice and research within the current health and wellbeing 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 programme.

It should be noted that the ability to meet the above criteria does not guarantee a place on the course. Prospective students complete the University's postgraduate application form which goes to central admissions. Central admissions screen applications on the basis of the admission criteria.

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.

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.

English language

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

International pathways

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.

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.

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

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £7,000
RUK: £7,000
EU: £7,000
International: £15,500

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £6,835
RUK: £6,835
EU: £6,835
International: £15,120

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

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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There are additional costs to the programme which include:

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 city or 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.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.