The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is an accelerated pre-registration programme for students with a relevant primary degree in a subject other than physiotherapy. The programme uses the learning and teaching methods that best supports students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attributes commensurate with physiotherapy practice.

The aim of the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is to provide each student with an excellent educational experience both in the academic and clinical environments.

The constantly advancing and evolving nature of healthcare requires that our programme not only prepares students for current healthcare practice but that it produces graduates who will act as agents for future change and progress. We therefore aim to equip our graduates with the clinical and research skills, and professional attributes required to work and develop as competent practitioners, researchers and agents for change within the evolving healthcare environment. The physiotherapy programme is to be situated in the School of Clinical Therapies, part of the College of Medicine and Health. The College is located in the western end of the UCC campus and enjoys state of the art facilities where physiotherapy will be co-located with Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine, Public Health and Clinical Therapies and a five minute walk from Anatomy and Physiology.

Course Practicalities

This programme is full-time over three semesters per year, over two years. Students will attend lectures from 9am to 5pm daily, with some time dedicated to independent learning, during semesters 1 & 2. During Semesters 3, students will be on clinical placement for blocks of 6 weeks. Two clinical placement blocks in semester 3 of year 1 and three clinical placement blocks in year 2, in semesters 2 & 3. Students need to engage in at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice to meet professional requirements. Students will need to complete a short research proposal and complete a research project of limited scope, relevant to the clinical profession of Physiotherapy.

Clinical Placements will take place in the hospitals and clinics of the South /South West Hospital Group. Students will need to incur the costs of travel to hospitals in Cork City as well as hospitals of the South/South West Hospital Group (SSWHG), when necessary; and to block placements in the Summer Semester. Students will need to incur the costs of accommodation during those block placements.

Students will need to incur the costs of travel to hospitals in Cork City as well as hospitals of the South/South West Hospital Group (SSWHG), when necessary; and to block placements in the Summer Semester. Students will need to incur the costs of accommodation during those block placements.

Why Choose This Course

This dedicated Graduate Entry programme offers an accelerated route for graduates from any discipline (related to the discipline of physiotherapy) to gain a recognised qualification in physiotherapy practice. It is a highly regarded postgraduate course which prepares graduates for success in a competitive jobs market.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Clinical education is an integral and invaluable component of the programme. It is strongly embedded within the course structure. Preceding campus-based studies provide the skills and knowledge which students require in order to be prepared for their placements. The course offers a balance of university and practice-based experiences with students completing over 1000 hours of placement in sites around the South/South West hospital Group (SSWHG) and other acute hospitals in the South/South West region of Ireland and Nationally. University College Cork are in negotiations with Brunel University, London in regard to exchange placements for final year students.

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following:

Candidates will hold a minimum of an undergraduate Honours Degree, NFQ Level 8, at Second Class Honours Grade 1 in a field related to the discipline of physiotherapy, such as but not exclusively, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Education, Sports Conditioning/Rehabilitation. Candidates who hold a Second Class Honours Grade 2 degree will be considered on a case by case by basis, subject to approval by the course director.

In exceptional circumstances candidates without an honours degree OR with an Honours degree in a field unrelated to the discipline of Physiotherapy may be recommended for entry to the programme after a review of their qualifications and experience by the programme lead. The admission of such candidates will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview and each applicant will be scored at interview on the basis of educational qualifications, relevant work experience and motivation

All students accepted onto the programme will need to have evidence of appropriate vaccinations for working in hospital environments and will be subject to UCC's Garda vetting process.

Fitness to Practice
Commencing with the 2017/2018 intake of first year students, this programme will be subject to the University`s Fitness to Practice Policy


2 years

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with an MSc in Physiotherapy?
By studying this course you have the opportunity to become a highly skilled, evidenced based clinician, who can use a range of resources and evidence to improve effectiveness of clinical interventions. During the course you build on a wide base of transferable clinical skills which may enable you to specialise in a specific area of Physiotherapy following successful graduation. This programme is not approved by CORU. However, UCC will engage with CORU to seek course approval.

Occupations associated with an MSc in Physiotherapy
Physiotherapists are employed in a variety of locations, providing opportunities in areas such as HSE Hospitals & Clinics • Industry • Professional Sport • Private Practice • Education • Research • Working overseas. Opportunities to work in research in physiotherapy are expanding and students may use their masters as a stepping stone to doctorial study in the UK or overseas, or teaching in higher education.

Further enquiries

 Dr Joseph McVeigh
+353 21 4205664

Eileen Barry

Subjects taught

The course content will be delivered in modules of between 5-30 credits. Students enrol in modules to the value of 60 ECTS credits per annum, over a period of two calendar years. There will be 3 semesters per calendar year. All modules will be compulsory.

The First year curriculum will consist of a 60-credit curriculum distributed over three semesters. The academic curriculum will complement a clinical skills curriculum which will be delivered simultaneously. In addition, students will experience clinical work-placements which will be assessed as part of the clinical education for this programme.

Year One Modules

Students take 60 credits as follows:
PP6012 Clinical Anatomy (10 credits)
PP6003 Rehabilitation 1 (5 credits)
PP6004 Rehabilitation 2 (5 credits)
PP6007 Musculoskeletal 1, lower quadrant (10 credits)
PP6001 Respiratory Physiotherapy (5 credits)
PP6010 Clinical Practice and Professional Development (15 credits)
PP6005 Principles of research & methods (10 credits)

Year Two modules

Students take 60 credits as follows:
PP6008 Musculoskeletal 2, upper quadrant (5 credits)
PP6006 Neurological rehabilitation (10 credits)
PP6013 Cardiovascular Health & Health promotion (5 credits)
PP6009 Critical Care (5 credits)
PP6011 Clinical Practice & Professional Development (15 credits)
PP6002 Research Dissertation (20 credits)

Assessment method

Assessment will be wholly by continuous assessment. This will consist of tutorial performance, small presentations, class tests, essays, OSCE`s and work placement assessments.

Application date

Closing Date: 28 February 2019

Non-EU Applicants:
Not currently open to non-EU applicants

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 9 September 2019

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