Spinal Studies

Course description This is a 15-credit taught graduate programme that offers an opportunity for Doctors and physiotherapists to improve their understanding, knowledge and ability to assess and manage pathologies of the vertebral column. It addresses the fundamentals of common pathologies and recent developments in treatment. Students will develop their knowledge base of functional anatomy and spinal pathology to allow them to recognise clinical patterns for diagnosis, treatment and delegation/referral.

For further information see: https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/!W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=PROG&MAJR=X897 Course director: Dr Ulrik McCarthy Persson, Associate Professor-Physiotherapist and Mr Derek Cawley, Spinal Surgeon, email: ulrik.mccarthypersson@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

Core subjects include:
1) function and anatomy;
2) degeneration and the Spine;
3) spinal deformity;
4) spinal trauma
5) spinal tumours and infections,
6) sport and the spine;
7) occupational health and the spine and
8) medical conditions affecting the spine.

Special topics of interest also include: Pain Mechanisms, Spinal Manipulations, Core Stability, Stratified Care, Imaging Modalities.

Entry requirements

Graduate healthcare professionals with a recognised degree in Medicine, Physiotherapy or Nursing*.

*Advanced Nurse Practitioner (in Rheumatology , Orthapaedics or emergency Medicine).

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
PC Spinal Studies PT (X897)
3 Months
Part Time

*Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.


3 months part-time blended.

This programme is run over 4 weekends (8 full days, Fridays and Saturdays in Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec) This programme is delivered part-time in the UCD Health Sciences building in lecture rooms and practical clinical teaching laboratories. In this programme you will have access to UCD IT, library and student facilities.

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  • Qualifications

    Professional Certificate

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    Part time,Daytime,Weekend,Blended

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