Health Professions

Our School of Health Sciences offers the largest range of professional healthcare courses of any university in Scotland.


Top 20 of UK universities for Subjects Allied to Medicine

In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, we are ranked in the top 20 UK universities for subjects allied to medicine (19th out of 82) 

Our courses are designed to create work-ready healthcare graduates – professionals who think critically and are ready to challenge current practice. In other words, we prepare you for a career, not just your first job.

We are currently in the process of developing our four year BSc (Hons) health professions degrees into four year undergraduate integrated master’s degrees. For entry in 2020 onwards, we will offer the following courses:

  • Master of Dietetics (MDiet)
  • Master of Nursing (MNurse)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy (MOccTh)
  • BSc Paramedic Science
  • Master of Podiatry (MPod)
  • Master of Physiotherapy (MPhysio)
  • Master of Radiography: Diagnostic (MDRad)
  • Master of Radiography: Therapeutic (MTRad)
  • Master of Speech and Language Therapy (MSpeech)

We are also now offering a new BSc Paramedic Science which willl provide students with the necessary skills and competencies to deliver out of hospital care, in a range of health settings as a member of an integrated health and social care team.

Why QMU?

As a graduate in a health professions subject you will be in demand with employers, work-ready, and eager to progress in your chosen profession.
Studying at QMU, you’ll learn from engaging, encouraging staff who practise at the leading edge of today’s issues. Your classroom learning will be supported by real-world clinical placements, involvement with pioneering research, first-class facilities on campus and professional accreditation.
We have built links between our undergraduate teaching and our master’s pre-registration* courses. Learning alongside experienced students will enrich your academic experience. Furthermore, cross-school teaching and interprofessional working are important components of our courses, allowing you to engage with other professional learners who will be your peers in the working environment. Working together as students helps to break down barriers between professions before entering the workplace.

All our courses are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) where required. This professional recognition is augmented by the excellent links we have with the NHS across Scotland and through our collaborations with private, occupational, social service and other care providers. So you can expect relevant placements and fascinating lectures on current topics from respected visiting specialists.
You’ll hone your practical skills in our well-equipped school which has specialised teaching facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories. These include a clinical simulation suite, working clinics, research laboratories and a suite for the measurement of human movement using three-dimensional motion analysis, human performance and neuromuscular analysis.

Our approach to learning and teaching

Clinical practice and experience (placements) are vital in the health professions, and we’ll help you prepare for this exciting challenge from Year One. Practice experiences take place across Scotland and some courses allow elective placements which may be overseas. All module work, theoretical or practical, relates to professional practice or directly to the work engaged in clinical placement. You’ll learn in state-of-the-art simulation laboratories and clinic treatment rooms to emulate best practice. Interprofessional learning is a key theme in all our pre-registration degrees. We introduced a new interprofessional learning experience from 2019 which will develop your team-working and communication skills, understanding yourself as a key member of the multidisciplinary team, and introduce working in small groups with volunteer patients in the safe environment of the University. In practice you will develop interprofessional links, learning to understand the role and boundaries of each profession and become aware of different or shared healthcare leadership working practices. You will also discuss the changing practices of healthcare in the UK and the wider workings of the NHS, private practice or industry.

We support student learning through classroom sessions, tutorials, work groups and practical classes, and through web-based learning, which is particularly important for clinical placement. Use of a clinical or personal development portfolio is undertaken on some courses, and this complements the wide range of assessments used across the disciplines. On some courses you can choose optional modules, depending on the demands of professional learning.


Understanding research helps you to develop and enhance critical thinking and clinical questioning, essential skills in the challenging healthcare practice of today.

Our School research has four main fields: rehabilitation sciences; clinical nutrition; speech and communication; and health care policy and practice. All students have the opportunity to engage with the wide range of research being undertaken in several ways, for example, as novice researchers during project work, being trial participants or attending keynote lectures and seminars. Clinical research can only be undertaken in collaboration with frontline health providers and we have numerous collaborators in NHS Boards in Scotland, private and social services, and internationally in Europe and further afield.

You’ll be taught by lecturers and PhD students who have published research in internationally renowned academic and professional journals. We want our research findings to mesh with your learning to keep this as up to date as possible.

Career prospects

Our undergraduate degrees will give you the professional skills and expertise you need for a rewarding career. We will also help you to develop skills which will be useful not just in healthcare professions, but in many other roles in life. Many of these skills are embedded in our teaching and practice, and we will actively encourage your learning in verbal and non-verbal communication, understanding team work, presentation skills and delegation. Our graduates gain posts in hospital and community positions throughout the world, but some choose to enter different career paths, for example in research, healthcare management, private practice and industry, sports-related roles or in health promotion and fitness. Not all graduates enter the NHS for their first role but for those who do, employment in the NHS often starts with part-time or a ‘bank’ position in the first instance, gaining experience in a variety of clinical areas and types before making a more permanent choice. More and more new opportunities for recent graduates are developing in the private sector, social services or industry, which all require a healthcare background. You could also choose to progress straight to higher degree learning on an MSc or PhD course.

*Pre-registration courses allow graduates with a relevant first degree to move into a healthcare profession through a two year postgraduate course.

Find out more information on how to apply for a course at QMU.