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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 10.1k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 18.6k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

    This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physiotherapy via an accelerated programme which builds on prior learning and experience. It is a two year course with an exciting and varied mix of academic and clinical learning.

    Our course is the only Physical Therapy programme outside North America which is accredited by CAPTE. Therefore, each year we welcome a number of students from the United States and Canada as well as students from other countries who wish to practice in the USA to this course.

    There is a firm emphasis on the development of clinical reasoning and practical skills throughout the course. Academic modules have been developed to allow students to develop strong core assessment and treatments skills and a deeper knowledge of core areas such as exercise prescription and health improvement theory.

    Integrating the core practice areas of cardiovascular respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal encourages students to think holistically about their patients to embed this in their practice.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Applicants normally possess a 2:1 honours degree in a science subject (should contain human anatomy and physiology) such as biological or sports science.Experience of the research process is essential.All applicants who meet the admissions criteria must attend a successful interview/selection visit prior to the offer of a place on the course. This course is not appropriate for qualified physiotherapists who wish to undertake a postgraduate degree.Applicants from the USA must normally hold a bachelors degree in a science subject with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3 out of a scale of 4, plus the following prerequisites: * Knowledge of human behaviour from an individual and societal perspective: 2-3 courses(6-9 semester hours) * Biology: 2 courses (8 semester hours) or 1 course (not botany) (4 semester hours) * Chemistry: 2 courses (8 semester hours) * Physics: 2 courses (8 semester hours) * Anatomy/Physiology: 2 courses (8 semester hours) * Statistics: 1 course (3 semester hours)Total: 10-12 courses (37-44 semester hours).This is in accordance with recommendations adopted by the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.Applicants from other countries should hold an equivalent award in a relevant subject.All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability by gaining either IELTS 7 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) at Robert Gordon University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245;; website:

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