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.
Who teaches this course
Staff of the School of Clinical Therapies, HE \ Clinical Specialist physiotherapy staff from Regional and National hospitals. Experts from UCC, within the College of Medicine & Health allowing the opportunity for Inter professional teaching as well as overseas guest Clinical Specialists.
Why Choose This Course
This dedicated Graduate Entry programme offers an accelerated route for graduates from any discipline (related to the discipline of physiotherapy) to gain a recognised qualification in physiotherapy practice. It is a highly regarded postgraduate course which prepares graduates for success in a competitive jobs market.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Clinical education is an integral and invaluable component of the programme. It is strongly embedded within the course structure. Preceding campus-based studies provide the skills and knowledge which students require in order to be prepared for their placements. The course offers a balance of university and practice-based experiences with students completing over 1000 hours of placement in the hospitals and clinics of the HSE South /South West Hospital Group and other HSE Hospital locations nationally, as well as in Community Health Organisations and other clinical facilities nationally. It may be necessary to undertake clinical placement in the UK.
Applicants must satisfy the following:
1.Candidates will hold a minimum of an undergraduate Honours Degree, NFQ Level 8, at Second Class Honours Grade 1 in a field related to the discipline of physiotherapy, such as but not exclusively, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Education, Sports Conditioning/Rehabilitation.
2.Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on:
Academic achievements outside of curriculum, e.g. publications, conference presentations
Contributions beyond academia
Ability to express ideas / concepts
3.Applicants will submit a motivation statement as part of this application process. The motivational statement should be no longer than 800 words and will:
Explain their motivation to become a physiotherapist
Outline their research aspirations in physiotherapy
Indicate how their previous degree will contribute to their research and the practice of physiotherapy
Contributions beyond academia
4.Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and each applicant will be scored by an interview panel on the basis of:
Communication skills and motivation to study physiotherapy
Clinical and academic qualifications and interests
Knowledge and understanding of the physiotherapy profession
5.All applicants accepted onto the programme will need to have evidence of appropriate vaccinations for working in hospital environments.
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 will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here. The core competencies for Clinical Therapies found here.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Assessment will be wholly by continuous assessment. This will consist of tutorial performance, small presentations, class tests, essays, OSCE`s and work placement assessments.
The course content will be delivered in modules of between 5-30 credits. Students enrol in modules to the value of 60 ECTS credits per annum, over a period of two calendar years. There will be 3 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 programme.
Year One Modules
Students take 60 credits as follows:
PP6012 Clinical Anatomy (10 credits)
PP6003 Rehabilitation 1 (5 credits)
PP6004 Rehabilitation 2 (5 credits)
PP6007 Musculoskeletal 1, lower quadrant (10 credits)
PP6001 Respiratory Physiotherapy (5 credits)
PP6010 Clinical Practice and Professional Development (15 credits)
PP6005 Principles of research & methods (10 credits)
Year Two modules
Students take 60 credits as follows:
PP6008 Musculoskeletal 2, upper quadrant (5 credits)
PP6006 Neurological rehabilitation (10 credits)
PP6013 Cardiovascular Health & Health promotion (5 credits)
PP6009 Critical Care (5 credits)
PP6011 Clinical Practice & Professional Development (15 credits)
PP6002 Research Dissertation (20 credits)
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
This programme is full-time over three semesters per year, over two years. Students will attend lectures daily with some time dedicated to independent learning, during semesters 1 & 2. During Semesters 3, students will be on clinical placement for blocks of 6 weeks. Two clinical placement blocks in semester 3 of year 1 and three clinical placement blocks in year 2, in semesters 2 & 3. Students need to engage in at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice to meet professional requirements. Students will need to complete a short research proposal and complete a research project of limited scope, relevant to the clinical profession of Physiotherapy.
Clinical Placements will take place in the hospitals and clinics of the HSE South /South West Hospital Group and other HSE Hospital locations nationally, as well as in Community Health Organisations and other clinical facilities nationally. It may also be necessary to undertake clinical placement in the UK. Students may therefore need to travel and/or arrange short-term accommodation near the placement sites and will incur the costs of travel to clinical locations as well as the costs of accommodation.
Start Date: 7 September 2020
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 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. This programme is not approved by CORU. However, UCC will engage with CORU to seek course approval.
Occupations associated with an MSc in Physiotherapy
Physiotherapists are employed in a variety of locations, providing opportunities in areas such as HSE Hospitals & Clinics
Opportunities to work in research in physiotherapy are expanding and students may use their masters as a stepping stone to doctorial study in the UK or overseas, or teaching in higher education.