University College Cork


Course Outline
The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is an accelerated pre-registration programme for students with a relevant primary degree in a subject other than physiotherapy. The programme uses the learning and teaching methods that best supports students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attributes commensurate with physiotherapy practice.

The aim of the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is to provide each student with an excellent educational experience both in the academic and clinical environments.

The constantly advancing and evolving nature of healthcare requires that our programme not only prepares students for current healthcare practice but that it produces graduates who will act as agents for future change and progress. We therefore aim to equip our graduates with the clinical and research skills, and professional attributes required to work and develop as competent practitioners, researchers and agents for change within the evolving healthcare environment. The physiotherapy programme is to be situated in the School of Clinical Therapies, part of the College of Medicine and Health. The College is located in the western end of the UCC campus and enjoys state of the art facilities where physiotherapy will be co-located with Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine, Public Health and Clinical Therapies and a five minute walk from Anatomy and Physiology.

Subjects taught

The course content will be delivered in modules of between 5-30 credits. Students enroll in modules to the value of 60 ECTS credits per annum, over a period of two calendar years. There will be three semesters per calendar year. All modules will be compulsory.

The first-year curriculum will consist of a 60-credit curriculum distributed over three semesters. The academic curriculum will complement a clinical skills curriculum which will be delivered simultaneously. In addition, students will experience clinical work placements which will be assessed as part of the clinical education for this MSc programme.

Year One (60 credits)
PP6001 Respiratory Physiotherapy (5 credits)
PP6003 Rehabilitation I - Principles and Prescription of Exercise (5 credits)
PP6004 Rehabilitation II - Analysis and Rehabilitation of Human Movement (5 credits)
PP6005 Principles of Research & Research Methods (10 credits)
PP6007 MSK I - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation of the Lower Quadrant (10 credits)
PP6009 Critical Care (5 credits)
PP6012 Clinical Anatomy (10 credits)
PP6014 Clinical Practice & Professional Development I (10 credits)*

Year Two (60 credits)
PP6002 Research Dissertation (20 credits)
PP6006 Neurological Rehabilitation (10 credits)
PP6008 MSK II - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation of the Upper Quadrant (5 credits)
PP6011 Clinical Practice and Professional Development III (15 credits)
PP6013 Cardiovascular Health and Health Promotion (5 credits)
PP6015 Clinical Practice and Professional Development II (5 credits)

* Clinical Module

Entry requirements

To be shortlisted for interview applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

Educational Qualifications

Applicants will hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or a Master’s degree in a field directly related to the discipline of physiotherapy, such as but not exclusively, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Education, Rehabilitation, Sports Science.

Please note:
The programme team reserves the right to shortlist only those applicants who hold undergraduate or postgraduate degrees most relevant to physiotherapy.

All applicants must be in receipt of their final results (whether undergraduate or postgraduate) before 31st July.

Motivation Statement
Applicants will submit a motivation statement as part of the application process.

The applicant’s motivation statement will:
Explain their motivation for a career across the broad spectrum of the physiotherapy profession.
Indicate how their previous degree will contribute to their development as a physiotherapist and to their knowledge and understanding of the core areas of physiotherapy.
Provide detail on their contributions beyond academia.
Provide detail on their experience related to healthcare and to the physiotherapy profession (this can include, shadowing, observation, volunteering, etc.).

Applicants will be required to submit the name and email address of one referee from an academic institution.

Applications will be considered incomplete without the submission of this reference and will not be considered.

The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that the required reference request is completed before the closing date. Please note that the applicant will receive an email alert confirming when a reference has been duly submitted.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview, which may consist of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). Each applicant will be scored by an interview panel on the basis of:

Motivation for a career across the broad spectrum of the physiotherapy profession
Relevant academic qualifications and interests
Knowledge and understanding of the physiotherapy profession
Problem solving skills
Communication skills and ability to express concepts and ideas

Please note: Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications specific individualised feedback cannot be given after shortlisting or interview.

All applicants accepted onto the programme will be required to have evidence of appropriate vaccinations for working in hospital environments.

Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Fitness to Practise
This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.

Application dates

Closing Date 15 January 2024

Assessment Info

Assessment will be wholly by continuous assessment. This will consist of tutorial performance, small presentations, class tests, essays, OSCE`s and work placement assessments.


2 years full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with an MSc in Physiotherapy

By studying this course you have the opportunity to become a highly-skilled, evidenced-based clinician, who can use a range of resources and evidence to improve the effectiveness of clinical interventions. During the course you build on a wide base of transferable clinical skills which may enable you to specialise in a specific area of Physiotherapy following successful graduation.

Occupations associated with an MSc in Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are employed in a variety of locations, providing opportunities in areas such as HSE Hospitals & Clinics • Industry • Professional Sport • Private Practice • Education • Research • Working overseas. Opportunities to work in research in physiotherapy are expanding and students may use their masters as a stepping stone to doctoral study in Ireland, the UK, or overseas, or teaching in higher education.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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