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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.

Quick Facts

Duration: 42 months (full-time)
Starting Date: January
Tuition Fee: £13,600 (intl. students)
Location: Glasgow, UK

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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There were a lot of opportunities to gain a breadth of experience in terms of placements such as third sector organisations and within the National Health Service.

Dr. Sophia Vezza

Counselling Psychologist with NHS Lanarkshire Addiction Psychology Service

Course Contents

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 1,000 hours of clinical education in a range of practice settings, which includes a contemporary placement and an elective placement.

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