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Glasgow Caledonian University

Doctor of Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

Glasgow Caledonian University
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Rank: 75 (UKEAS)

Location: Glasgow Caledonian University


Study mode full-time

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2022/01/01

Duration: 42 months

Intl fees: £15500

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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.


Entry requirements

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.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)

Notice: This is the default IELTS grade for Glasgow Caledonian University.

About this university

International students

Caley rates as the second best university in the UK for its international student satisfaction levels. A large part of this is due to the level of international student support on offer as well as the quality of lifestyle on offer. the International Support Team are available to assist with matters such as immigration and visas as well as daily living matters such as making the most of their time in the UK, working between studies and bringing a family to Scotland while they study. The service is based within the Saltire Centre in the main campus area of the university. Student life outside the classroom centres around the Students Union, itself an independent charity that represents the students, provides support and advice and organises the extracurricular activities. All students are automatically members. There is also a free law clinic within the university that assists students with legal advice and assistance particularly in matters such as housing, employment and contract law. The union runs a large selection of clubs and societies for students to get involved with. There are some 60 different societies ranging from culture and faith groups to hobby and interest societies. There are also volunteering and charity work opportunities for those seeking to give something back to the wider community. In addition, there are some 35 sports club including traditional and modern sports.

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