Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation

These interventions when tailored to the individuals' current physical fitness can help to reduce the symptoms of disease and improve their physical function and quality of life. Such physical interventions also help to reduce the risks of developing further comorbidities.

This course will help qualified physiotherapists obtain specific skills in applying exercise physiology interventions in a clinical setting for rehabilitation of patients and obtain the compulsory CPD credits required for their professional development and progression.

This course is designed to provide qualified physiotherapists advanced knowledge and training in the development and application of exercise interventions in the rehabilitation of various chronic diseases. Students will develop an advanced knowledge of exercise physiology including in-depth understanding of physiological processes that occur during exercise. Students will understand how these changes are beneficial to improving health and fitness. Students will have a clear understanding of the methods of evaluation that can be used to assess these changes, to evaluate the fitness level and to plan and prescribe an exercise program that will be beneficial to the individual as a therapeutic intervention in certain chronic disease settings.

1. You will be provided with the skills to perform physiologic exercise tests to assess cardiovascular health, respiratory health, neurological and musculoskeletal capabilities.

2. You will be given opportunities to apply your newly learned skills to provide tailored exercise programmes for patients suffering from chronic diseases including cardio-respiratory disorders, obesity, diabetes, neurological and musculoskeletal limitation, and cancer.

3. You will be provided with the skills to design and deliver personalised interventions for rehabilitation of patients suffering from chronic illness.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Level 8 bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in Physiotherapy, Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy, with a minimum score of 2.2.

International students will need to obtain an IELTS score of 6.5.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.


1 year, full-time; part-time option also available.

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Career Opportunities
Course syllabus is aligned to CORU recommendations in Ireland and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Clinical Exercise Physiologist Qualification. Upon completion students will be able to obtain CPD points. Students will also be eligible for Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification from ACSM. International students with an appropriate undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy will be able to apply for registration in Ireland. Upon completion of the course, students will receive appropriate professional qualification and recognition.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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