Taught course


Robert Gordon University · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants typically possess a Bachelors undergraduate degree in a science subject, such as biological, or sports science, and should contain human anatomy and physiology with a 1st Class honours classification, or a minimum GPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 Scale, or equivalent. Those with a 2.1 honours degree or a GPA of 3.3-3.5 will be considered on an individual basis. Experience of the research process is an essential requirement for the course. Relevant work experience in the field of Physiotherapy and healthcare would be desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

This accelerated programme provides a unique opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Physiotherapist, develop clinically applied research skills, and achieve a Doctorate.

It is the first course of its kind in the UK, and the only physical therapy programme outside North America to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

The first two years are run in parallel with the MSc Physiotherapy course with integrated research degree training and work placements. You can then apply for HCPC registration giving you eligibility to practice in the UK, as you spend the subsequent 18 months working on a doctoral thesis.

The course is an innovative pathway to increase your research capacity and capability within the physiotherapy profession and will enable you to improve the quality of care and productivity of health services.

Information for international students

Applicants from the USA will also be required to demonstrate that they have undertaken all the prerequisite subjects in accordance with recommendations adopted by the Educational Section of the American Physical therapy Association. Further information for US applicants can be found on the RGU website. Applicants from other countries should hold an equivalent award in a relevant subject. All international students, for whom English is not their first language, are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.0 in all aspects of the test or an appropriate equivalent, on application to the course. All applicants who pass the application screening stage must attend for a mandatory interview.

Interviews are held in North America in April and August each year and in the UK at RGU campus in May and September.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,670 per academic year
International students
£17,920 per academic year

For more information: www.rgu.ac.uk/finance

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    full time
    41 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Admissions Service