Physiotherapy - Advanced Physiotherapy Studies

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This programme aims to allow the physiotherapist to choose an educational pathway that maps to their career specialty e.g. in primary care health, sports and exercise rehabilitation, musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

• This programme is completed part-time over two years
• This programme provides education in various strands (e.g. primary care, musculoskeletal, sports and exercise rehabilitation) that will enhance the physiotherapists specialist knowledge in their chosen area.

Vision & Values Statement
The MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy Studies aims to broaden the Chartered Physiotherapists' knowledge base in the areas relevant to the practice of physiotherapy mapping to their educational and career pathway needs. Graduates will have the opportunity to achieve excellence in professional practice as advanced clinicians, critical thinkers, and life-long learners. This programme offers a flexible graduate educational pathway where students can register as part of a structured degree programme on a part-time or full-time basis. We value and encourage our students to be active, motivated and independent learners who can initiate scholarly research in the area of physiotherapy. We encourage students to develop life-long learning and transferrable skills, such as advanced interpersonal and communication skills. Given the broad range of modules available from within the School that students may select, teaching, learning and assessment approaches include practical sessions, case studies, and on-line group work. Discipline specific national and international experts deliver the programme.

Programme Outcomes
Be able to understand and integrate their advanced knowledge and formulate judgments in complex situations within their specialist clinical areas of expertise.
Be competent in research methodology and critical evaluation of relevant literature.
Demonstrate a high level of clinical reasoning and critical analysis.
Develop and use life-long learning and transferrable skills (interpersonal and communication) in innovative ways.
Display extensive knowledge of physiotherapy and related topics taken from the broad range of modules available from within the School.
Stimulate, conduct and report upon scholarly research in their specialist area that maps to their career pathway.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Stage 1 - Option
Fundamentals of Strength & ConditioningPERS10010
Advanced Strength & ConditioningPERS20010
Psychology of Sport and Health 1PERS20130
Optimisation of Human PerformancePERS20170
Psychology of Sport & Health IIPERS20180
Testing and Evaluation of Human PerformancePERS20190
Exercise and Public HealthPERS20200
Neuromuscular & Biomechanical Laboratory TestingPERS20230
Appl Nutr Health Ex & Sp PerfPERS30010
Sports Injury ManagementPERS30260
Exercise Physiology and Sports NutritionPERS40010
Planning in Strength and ConditioningPERS40020
The Science of Coaching: Theory and PracticePERS40040
Applied Sports Psychology and Skill AcquisitionPERS40070
Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Public HealthPHPS20010
Public Health Practice and PolicyPHPS40040
One HealthPHPS40230
Health PromotionPHPS40300
Non Communicable Disease EpidemiologyPHPS40370
International Health in ActionPHPS40650
Promoting Consumer NutritionPHPS40710
Principles of Health Financing and ManagementPHPS40860
Tai Chi for Sport & HealthPHTY20240
Mindfulness for HealthPHTY20260
Evidence Based PracticePHTY20270
Research Methods and Statistics for Health Care ProfessionalsPHTY40270
Spinal StudiesPHTY41030
Health in A Global SocietyPHTY41040
Skill AcquisitionSMGT30210
Sport Governance & LawSMGT40370
Sport Leadership & People MgmtSMGT40380
Strategy & Ops Mgmt in SportSMGT40400

Entry requirements

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This is open to Chartered Physiotherapists eligible for registration with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), with a 2:1 degree classification. No previous clinical experience is necessary except on a limited number of modules

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy Studies FT (X371)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time Deadline Rolling*

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy Studies PT (X372)
Duration 2 Years Attend Part Time Deadline Rolling*




1 Year Full Time or 2 years part-time.


MSc Advanced Physiotherapy Studies (X372) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4350
nonEU fee per year - €12800

***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
This course will equip the graduate with advanced knowledge and skills based in their chosen specialist field.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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