Physiotherapy - Professional Qualification

Building on the success of the existing professional qualification programmes (MSc in Occupational Therapy and MSc in Speech and Language Therapy), from August 2015 the School of Allied Health offers a two-year Masters (Professional Qualification) in Physiotherapy. Graduates are licensed to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the world. Graduates will be able to work in a diverse range of environments including schools, hospitals and community settings. The programme has received full accreditation by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapist and CORU, the state registration board for Physiotherapy in Ireland.

Graduates of the programme are eligible for membership of the Irish
Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP)

The programme was shortlisted as a finalist in the "Best New Postgraduate Course" category of the prestigious 2018 Grad Ireland Higher Education Awards and "Best Postgraduate Course" in 2019

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Year 1
Autumn Semester
• Peripheral Anatomy and Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice
• Preparation for Practice
• Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care
• Normal Movement and Neurological Physiotherapy

Spring Semester 2
• Exercise and Participation in the Community
• Research Methods for Education and Health Sciences
• Cardio-vascular Physiotherapy
• Neuromusculoskeletal cases
• Practice Education 1

Summer Semester
• Practice Education 2
• Research Project 1

Year 2
Autumn Semester
• Practice Education 3
• Research Project 2
• Chronic Inflammatory States
• Multisystem Physiotherapy Cases

Spring Semester
• Innovation in management for Health & Social Care
• Practice Education 4
• Research Project 3
• Engaging through Complexity

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalents) or equivalent prior learning this is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.

For EU candidates who meet this requirement, the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test) will be used as the sole instrument to select students for this programme. GAMSAT scores are used to rank applicants and the lowest score we offer will change from year to year based on the number and scores of applicants

Canadian and North American applicants who met the honours degree requirement must apply through Atlantic Bridge submitting a cover letter and CV within the application on their website. Please see their website for closing date details.

All other non-EU applicants must apply directly to the University of Limerick by clicking "apply now" on the programme webpage.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist applicants as deemed necessary.

Garda Vetting
Successful completion of the Garda Vetting process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student. Click here for information on Garda Clearance.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

Applications from EU applicants must include:
Qualification transcripts and certificates

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where
English is an official language - English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts

A copy of your birth certificate (long document).

English language competency certificate


2 years full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduates of the programme are eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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