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Why Choose an Integrated Master’s?

Our Foundation programme leading to Health Sciences enables seamless progression onto a range of integrated Master’s degrees at Robert Gordon University. Here we explain what an integrated Master’s is and the associated benefits.


An integrated Master’s degree (sometimes referred to as an enhanced undergraduate degree) is a four-year programme which combines both undergraduate- and postgraduate-level study into one streamlined course. This option allows you to take specialist modules, preparing you for specific careers or research in your chosen field.

The four integrated Master’s degrees are designed to enhance the depth and breadth of your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Service improvement
  • Research
  • Public health.

These Master’s degrees are enhanced versions of well-established programmes and are approved by the following professional bodies:

  • British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • College of Radiographers (COR)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

The courses are also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Students have a minimum number of hours to undertake in practice which is stipulated by the professional bodies. RGU recognises the value of practical experience, and students will undertake more than the minimum amount required.

Yes. There are shared learning opportunities across the four professions throughout all stages of study. The Inter-Professional Learning (IPL) programme in Aberdeen is well-established and engages 10 professions, including medical students from the University of Aberdeen Medical School. The programme includes large multi-professional events, simulation in practice, and a variety of masterclasses.

The final award will be one of the following, depending on your chosen subject:

  • Master of Dietetics
  • Master of Diagnostic Radiography
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Physiotherapy

The BSc (Hons) award will only be used if a student does not meet the standard required for Master’s.

Yes. The research project is assessed through submission of a dissertation.

Students undertake 150 credits per year rather than 120 credits per year. However, the modules have been designed to facilitate and enhance learning and not to overload students.

Commence in September or January*

Foundation Leading to Year 1

*subject to capacity

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