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.
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.