Queen Margaret University
Physiotherapy MPhysio
Queen Margaret University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Physiotherapy

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Physiotherapy at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £24500 £28000
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £26000 £23500 - £26000 £25500 - £29500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Physiotherapy

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £24708 £28144
25-75 percentile range £24500 - £25030 £21984 - £27263 £23821 - £31232

Course Description

Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who use personcentred approaches to make a difference to people’s lives. Physiotherapists work in a wide range of settings and focus on the management and prevention of problems relating to movement and function across the life-span.

In Year One you will study a range of modules that will equip you with the basic knowledge and skills for physiotherapy practice. Topics covered include: anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, aspects of psychology, professional practice, basic assessment skills, common physiotherapy interventions and evidence based practice. A short foundation placement will introduce you to the application of theory into practice.

In Year Two further modules will expand your skills relating to cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. You will broaden your understanding of health and wellbeing and the role of the allied health professional in influencing health behaviour change. You will be encouraged to develop your skills for critical thinking and using information to support your studies. A further placement will give you the opportunity to continue your learning in practice.

Year Three develops your skills further to look at the management of people with more complex conditions. You will broaden your awareness of healthcare and challenge your understanding of health education and promotion. Two further placements will expand your practice knowledge.

In the final year, you will consolidate your practical, theoretical and professional skills through university and practice based learning (PBL) placements. You will explore how the development of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial skills can contribute to meeting the challenges of contemporary health and social care. In addition you will work with a project supervisor to plan, carry out and evaluate a small scale research project.

Across all four years part of your learning will take place in a variety of real health and social care settings. You will work (supported by a registered physiotherapist) with patients, their carers and families, and with other health and social care professionals. These practice-based placements are invaluable and will enrich your learning in all levels of the course. You may be placed at sites across Scotland, and will be required to cover any associated travel and accommodation costs.

Physiotherapy is a demanding course and we recommend that you research the career thoroughly and consider work shadowing before you come to QMU.

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a physiotherapist.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Physiotherapy MPhysio at Queen Margaret University

95% Therapy professionals

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through both directed and self-directed study. You will be assessed using a range of methods including practical exams and written course work at the end of each module or semester. For full details see the course entry on our website. Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added o the course provider webpage when it is available.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Two from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at A-Level or equivalent. English and Maths at GCSE grade C or 4.

B in Graded Unit required: HNC Applied Sciences HNC Care and Administrative Practice HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise HNC Sports Coaching and Development Other courses may be suitable

CB in Graded Units required: HND Applied Biological Sciences HND Sports Therapy Other courses may be suitable

English and two from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at Higher or equivalent. English and Mathematics required at National 5 level grade C.

A strong pass required in science subjects. Assessed on an individual basis.

Two from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at a Higher level or equivalent.

Advised area of study is in Applied Sciences

English and two from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Maths at Higher level or equivalent. English and Maths at Ordinary Level O4 or Higher Level H5.

We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international and EU applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/information-for-your-country/. We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Physiotherapy, MPhysio, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Physiotherapy MPhysio

Scotland £1820 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £15500 year 1
International £15500 year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland: full-time fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Queen Margaret University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Queen Margaret University in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #4 
    • #48 
    Health Professions
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #19 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

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About Queen Margaret University

Located on the Eastern side of Edinburgh we find Queen Margaret University, where students come together to pursue their careers on the single-site campus in Musselburgh. As a relatively young university (2007), this institution has already earned itself significant University Ranking recognition from organisations such as QS, and is particularly noted for important research contributions in the areas of Global Health and Development, and Speech and Language. Those who choose to study here can expect well-funded departments and facilities with the latest technologies, including their state-of-the art laboratories for those studying medical disciplines in particular. Their 800-student Student Village located just minutes away from Fort Kinnaird retail park also ensures that those attending have plenty of social opportunities to complement their busy schedules.

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