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DPT Doctor of Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

DPT Doctor of Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

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Study mode

Full time


42 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Professional Doctorate

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

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.


Advanced Research Enquiry
Practice-Based Learning
Project 1 and Project 2
Professional Development 1, 2 and 3
Practice Evaluation
Organisation and Practice
Neuromusculoskeletal 1 and 2
Inter-Professional Working: Context
Health Promotion
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Therapeutics

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in a science discipline related to physiotherapy such as physiology, human biology, anatomy, kinesiology, sports science/medicine.