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Older Person Rehabilitation

The Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation is designed to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, with interdisciplinary learning in the theory and practice of Older Person Rehabilitation.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation is a part-time programme taken over one or two academic years, designed to provide students from a range of different professional backgrounds with interdisciplinary learning in the theory and practice of Older Person Rehabilitation. Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits incorporating approximately 300 hours of structured contact time (approximately 1 day per month during term if taken over two years; or two days per month during term if taken over one year). Most classes are held on in one or two weekday blocks.

Why Choose This Course

Established in 2011, the Older Person Rehabilitation postgraduate programme is a unique course which will allow you to develop your skills as a leader in gerontology and rehabilitation. This interdisciplinary course is the only one of its kind in Ireland and the UK.

The flexible approach allows students to choose from a range of modules to build a course tailored to them. A student-centred focus promotes flexible timetabling and blended learning to minimise travel time. Lecturers are experienced clinicians from a range of disciplines who promote interdisciplinary learning and practise.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:

A Primary Degree or an equivalent qualification and experience in a relevant health care discipline to be approved by the College of Medicine and Health;

Active registration or eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional healthcare registration body in Ireland;

Ideally candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least one year post-registration;

Applicants who do not meet the normal academic or experience requirements may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.

All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of current professional registration. Acceptance of a candidate into the programme is subject to Garda/Police Clearance.

Exemptions at the Point of Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate Programme

In accordance with UCC's Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning, students who have completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level may apply for exemptions for modules taken within the last five years, subject to approval of the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation and the College of Medicine and Health.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fitness to Practise

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here


1 or 2 years part-time.

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 1 or 2 years.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

In today's competitive workforce, higher professional qualifications are an essential part of continuous professional development and career advancement. The MSc is particularly suitable for those who want to assume a management and leadership position in the care of older people.

On completion of this course you will:

Have gained the critical skills to evaluate rehabilitation models and settings, and the evidence base for current practices in older person rehabilitation;

Gain knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of key topics required to practice in stroke rehabilitation;

Gain the knowledge and skills required to design, undertake and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research in older person rehabilitation;

Have the skills to act as a leader and innovator in older person rehabilitation.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. Suzanne Timmons
+353 21 4923165

Declan Whelan-Curtin
+353 21 4627347

Subjects taught

Over a one or two-year period, students take 10 credits as follows (core module):

CG6009 Principles and Practice in Older Person Rehabilitation (10 credits)

And students take 20 credits from the following modules:

CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation (10 credits)

CG6003 Cognition, Communication, Capacity and Rehabilitation (10 credits)

CG6005 Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation(5 credits)

CG6006 Falls, mobility and movement disorders (10 credits)

CG6007 Independent Study (5 credits)

CG6010 Clinical Practicum in Older person Rehabilitation (5 credits)

EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (10 credits)

CG6012 Neuromuscular Disorders (10 credits)

Module descriptions will be available in the Book of Modules 2017/18.

Progression to Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation

Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation, a student may apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation, subject to approval of the College, with exemptions granted for the modules already taken. Please note, modules CG6002 and CG6010 need to be completed, if not already taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate, to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma. A student who applies to continue to Postgraduate Diploma level must do so within 5 years from the date of first registration for the CPD modules or the Postgraduate Certificate.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Assessment method

Please see the book of modules 2017/2018 for details on assessment of modules.

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date September 2018

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