ProfMasters Physiotherapy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 180)
This programme, (previously called MSc Physiotherapy Pre-registration Programme) provides graduates with the opportunity to change their career path to gain the knowledge and skills required to practice Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) via a dedicated Graduate Entry programme.

- This programme is fully approved by CORU, the Health and Social Care Professions regulatory body of Ireland and accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists; a member organisation of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.
- Graduates of this programme are eligible for registration with CORU, the Health and Social Care Professions regulatory body of Ireland and membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
- Combines 8 taught physiotherapy modules and rehabilitation research with over 1000 hours of clinical practice.
- Strong international reputation in physiotherapy research

Course Description
What is the programme about?
Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) is the study and application of the scientific knowledge and professional skills required for the promotion of optimal health and well-being of adults and children through physical means. As a qualified physiotherapist from UCD, you will be in a position to pursue one of the most rewarding of careers. You will provide services to people to develop, maintain and restore their maximum health and movement, and, ultimately improve their quality of life. This programme will appeal to students who enjoy science and caring for people. The programme is fully accredited by the Irish Society of Charetered Physiotherapists.

-This full time programme is designed to be completed over two academic years.
-Lectures will normally be held on Mondays - Fridays.
-A wide variety of assessment methods are used, including continuous assessment, reflective writing, practical examinations, oral examinations, presentations and end-of-semester written papers.

UCD expects that students who register for its programmes are in a position to commit to attending and being available on scheduled programme and assessment dates.

What will I study?
In Year 1, students attend lectures, practical classes, problem based learning classes and tutorials, followed by 15 weeks of clinical placement. Most modules in first year (Musculoskeletal, Cardiorespiratory and Neurology) involve development of the theoretical basis and clinical skills required to practice as a physiotherapist and serve to develop a foundation in clinical reasoning skills. The clinical education modules in Semester 3 serve to consolidate knowledge and allow the student to further integrate theory with practice, to enable safe and effective practice.

The programme in Year 2 aims to prepare students for physiotherapy practice as competent and independent practitioners. During this year, emphasis is placed on advancing the students' physiotherapy knowledge and skills via modules in Specialist Physiotherapy Practice and Advanced Musculoskeletal. Professional Physiotherapy Practice B provides essential education in professional responsibilities and career planning. This module, together with the clinical placements in Year 2, strengthens clinical reasoning processes by consolidating and enhancing the learning achieved in core areas namely, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurology.

All modules place a heavy emphasis on evidence based practice. Research skills are further developed through the Rehabilitation Research module, whereby students conduct a research project.

How will I benefit?
Physiotherapy at UCD is based in the multidisciplinary School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Our philosophy is to foster excellence in all disciplines and to focus on student-centred learning in an environment where research and scholarship stimulate high achievement. UCD is the largest provider of undergraduate and graduate physiotherapy education in Ireland, and our high quality programmes are internationally recognised. Our graduates contribute to the physiotherapy profession worldwide. UCD has a strong international reputation in physiotherapy research with many national and international partners in non-governmental organisations (NGOs), clinical research, industry and academic arenas.

The academic faculty is made up of recognised experts in Physiotherapy education and research, providing leadership and innovation across the suite of taught and research programmes provided. The Professional Masters in Physiotherapy programme aims to provide a stimulating and collaborative educational environment which builds on existing graduate knowledge, skills and attributes. Student learning is facilitated through a student-centred approach, involving contextual and experiential learning so that graduates have the opportunity to achieve excellence in professional practice as competent, autonomous physiotherapists, critical thinkers and life-long learners.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants who hold an appropriate primary degree, with an upper second class honours or international equivalent required.

- Pre-requisites for the programme are; Clinical Human Anatomy, Applied Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Exercise Science, Applied Physics, Chemistry-Biochemistry, Applied Human Biomechanics, Behavioural Sciences, Research Methods and Statistics.

- Motivation and interest must be demonstrated through providing a professional CV and a personal statement outlining motivation to study.

- Letters of reference will also be sought. One reference must be an academic reference and the the other must be a physiotherapy reference.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5, (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Subjects taught

This is a 24 month, full time degree programme combining 8 taught physiotherapy modules at the state-of-the-art UCD Health Sciences Centre and high quality research project, with over 1000 hours of supervised clinical physiotherapy practice at our partner clinical sites.

Year 1 Modules:
Cardiorespiratory - PHTY40890 (Semester 1 and 2)

Musculoskeletal - PHTY40880 (Semester 1 and 2)

Neurology - PHTY40900 (Semester 1 and 2)

Physiotherapy Professional Practice A - PHTY30330 (Semester 1 and 2)

Clinical Placement 1 - PHTY30340 (Semester 3)

Clinical Placement 2 - PHTY30350 (Semester 3)

Year 2 Modules:
Clinical Placement 3 - PHTY30360 (Semester 1)

Rehabilitation Research - PHTY40920 (Semester 1 and 2)

Physiotherapy Professional Practice B - PHTY40700 (Semester 1 and 2)

Advanced Musculoskeletal - PHTY40910 (Semester 1 and 2)

Specialist Physiotherapy Practice - PHTY40780 (Semester 1 and 2)

Legal Medicine -FLME41040 (Semester 1)

Clinical Placement 4 - PHTY40930 (Semester 2)

Clinical Placement 5 - PHTY40760 (Semester 3)




2 years full-time.


ProfMasters Physiotherapy (X784) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 16545 **
EU Year 2 - € 16545 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 25600 **
nonEU Year 2 - € 25600 aa

aa Second Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
** All students entering X784, Masters in Physiotherapy, are required to pay a Healthcare Screening charge on registration.

Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
Graduates from UCD Physiotherapy are working in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and South East Asia in a range of areas; hospitals and private practice, primary and community care, rehabilitation centres and nursing homes, non-governmental agencies, education, research, business, sport and leisure industries. Graduates can also apply for a range of disciplinary and general postgraduate taught (Postgrad Cert/Dip, MSc) and research (MSc and PhD) programmes.

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