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Evidence Based Therapy Practice

This programme offered by the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy is to replace the existing MSc in Advanced Health Care Practice. Students will register in the first instance for the Masters programme and may choose to exit the programme with either of the exit awards, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence Based Therapy Practice.

CT6000 Research Methodologies - To develop a critical appreciation of the research literature and research issues with regard to evidence based practice.

CT6007 Advanced Assessment of Spinal Dysfunction in Physiotherapy (PT Only) - To integrate manual therapy concepts with clinical reasoning so that advanced skills in spinal assessment are understood.

SL6014 Instrumental Measures of Speech Production & Language Processing (Speech and Language Therapists Only) - To enable students to interpret findings from published international research on instrumental measures of speech production and language processing and apply some of the techniques in clinical practice.

CT6004 Independent study - To critically examine a stated area of healthcare practice to enhance the advancement of personal practice and service development.

CT6016 Research Dissertation - To enable therapists to plan, conduct, and disseminate a research study.

Entry requirements

The MSc is offered to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists. Candidates must have:

A primary degree professional qualification in Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy or Physiotherapy or The equivalent professional qualification* with two years practice experience.

Occupational Therapists: Applicants must have a professional qualification from a school approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT).

*Physiotherapists: Applicants must have the necessary qualification to be eligible to be a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

*Speech and Language Therapists: Applicants must have the necessary professional qualification to be eligible to be a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapist (IASLT). All candidates will be interviewed.

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.

Duration

1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
You will gain a range of skills that will serve you in your career development and will ensure strong competencies in research and evidence-based practice which is a core aspect of healthcare practice. It will also enable you to explore new abilities that will serve you in continuing with fourth-level studies if you should wish to pursue a research career in the future.

Placement and Study Abroad Information
One elective 15 credit module, agreed with the Head of the course, may be substituted in lieu of one of the optional modules. This may be from one single discipline or be interdisciplinary, and may be taken from another UCC Department or another university in Ireland or another country. This 15 credit module must be equivalent in MSc level and credit rating.

Further enquiries

Kerry Murphy,
Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy,
University College Cork, Brookfield Health Sceicnes Complex,College Road, Cork.
Tel no: (021) 490 1569,
Email: kerry.murphy@ucc.ie

Subjects taught

Students take modules to the value of 90 credits. In Part 1, you take a minimum of two core modules to the value of 30 credits and optional modules to the value of 30 credits. Normally you would take CT6001 (Implementing Evidence into Therapy Practice) plus one other core module but this can be negotiated with the Head of the course in some circumstances. Core and optional modules will be run as prescribed by the School (and may be dependent on availability of lecturers and sufficient student registration). You make your selections in consultation with the Head of the course. In Part 2, you complete a research dissertation to the value of 30 credits which must be specific to your area of practice. All students are allocated a supervisor.

Students take 90 credits as follows:
Part 1
Core Modules
You take a minimum of 30 credits from the following:
CT6000 Research Methodologies (15 credits)
CT6001 Implementing Evidence in Healthcare Practice (15 credits)
CT6005 Thinking, Reasoning and Reflecting on Practice (15 credits)
CT6006 Educating for Professional Practice (15 credits)

Optional Modules
*Students normally take 30 credits from the following:
CT6002 Interprofessional Education in Healthcare Settings (15 credits)
CT6003 Therapeutic Relationships for Professional Practice (15 credits)
CT6004 Independent Study (15 credits)
CT6007 Advanced Assessment of Spinal Dysfunction in Physiotherapy (15 credits)

CT6008 Dysphagia, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (15 credits)
CT6009 Advanced Management of Spinal Dysfunction in Physiotherapy (15 credits)
OT6011 Occupational Science (15 credits)
SL6012 Current Issues in Language Impairment (15 credits) (
SL6013 The Lexicon and Language Acquisition (15 credits)
SL6014 Instrumental Measures of Speech Production and Language Processing (15 credits)
SL6015 Bilingual Language Development and Disorders (15 credits)

Part 2
CT6016 Research Dissertation (30 credits)

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
◾discuss and debate contemporary areas of healthcare practice at an advanced level, reflect critically on practice decisions and identify areas for change
◾facilitate evidence-based practice and research within your own area of practice
◾analyse the literature and apply it to practice in the substantive area of the thesis (or practice) topic
◾apply research methodology by conducting a specified course of research under appropriate supervision
◾demonstrate an understanding of the process of translating healthcare research into practice

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

Comment

Course Practicalities
The MSc in Evidence Based Therapy Practice may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months from the date of first registration. Generally each 15 credit module requires attendance of five full days in UCC. Self-directed work is also expected.

Unique Aspects of the Course
This interdisciplinary course is offered by the School of Clinical Therapies to occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists. You register in the first instance for the Master’s course and you can choose to exit the course with either of the exit awards, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, in Evidence Based Therapy Practice. You may incorporate one MSc level module from another department, university or country, dependent on approval from the School of Clinical Therapies.

Assessment method

You are assessed differently in each module which is marked by internal and external examiners.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

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

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,410 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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