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.

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

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.

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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1 - Autumn
•Foundations of Physiotherapy
•Enquiry in Healthcare 1
•Preparation for Practice Education
•Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care
•Normal movement & Neurological Rehabilitation

Semester 2 - Spring
•Exercise and Participation in the Community
•Enquiry in Healthcare 2
•Cardio-Vascular Physiotherapy
•Neuromusculoskeletal cases
•Practice Education 1

Semester 3 - Summer
•Practice Education 2
•Research Project 1

Year 2
Semester 4 - Autumn
•Practice Education 3
•Research Project 2
•Chronic Inflammatory States
•Multisystem Physiotherapy Cases

Semester 5 - Spring
•Innovation in management for Health & Social Care
•Practice Education 4
•Research Project 3
•Engaging through Complexity


2 years full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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Graduate Profile
Graduates* will be 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

Years 1 and 2 have received provisional accreditation from the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, who will make their final visit in June 2017

'This programme has made an application for approval by CORU. There is no guarantee that the programme will be approved.'

*Programmes subject to accreditation by professional (ISCP) and statutory (CORU) bodies.

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