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Advanced Physiotherapy Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
Grad Cert Advanced Physiotherapy Studies aims to allow the physiotherapist to choose an educational pathway that maps to their career specialty e.g. in primary care health, sports and exercise rehabilitation, musculoskeletal physiotherapy
• This programme is completed part-time over two years
• This programme provides education in various strands (e.g. primary care, musculoskeletal, sports and exercise rehabilitation) that will enhance the physiotherapists specialist knowledge in their chosen area.

Vision & Values Statement
The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Physiotherapy Studies aims to broaden the Chartered Physiotherapists' knowledge base in the areas relevant to the practice of physiotherapy mapping to their educational and career pathway needs. Graduates will have the opportunity to achieve excellence in professional practice as advanced clinicians, critical thinkers, and life-long learners. This programme offers a flexible graduate educational pathway where students can register as part of a structured degree programme on a part-time or full-time basis. We value and encourage our students to be active, motivated and independent learners who can initiate scholarly research in the area of physiotherapy. We encourage students to develop life-long learning and transferrable skills, such as advanced interpersonal and communication skills. Given the broad range of modules available from within the School that students may select, teaching, learning and assessment approaches include practical sessions, case studies, and on-line group work. Discipline specific national and international experts deliver the programme.

Entry requirements

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
This is open to Chartered Physiotherapists eligible for registration with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), with a 2:1 degree classification. No previous clinical experience is necessary except on a limited number of modules.


2 years part time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
This course will equip the graduate with advanced knowledge and skills based in their chosen specialist field.

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 (0)1 716 6500

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Fundamentals of Strength & Conditioning

Psychology of Sport and Health 1

Optimisation of Human Performance

Psychology of Sport & Health ll

Testing and Evaluation of Human Performance

Exercise and Public Health

Neuromuscular & Biomechanical Laboratory Testing

Appl Nutr Health Ex & Sp Perf

Sports Injury Management

Exercise in the Life Span

Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition

Planning in Strength and Conditioning

Research Methods and Applied Statistics

The Science of Coaching: Theory and Practice

Public Health Practice and Policy

Health Promotion

Non -Communicable Disease Epidemiology

Tai Chi for Sport & Health

Mindfulness for Health

Evidence Based Practice

Advanced Sports Physiotherapy Skills

Research Methods and Statistics for Health Care Professionals

Sports Medicine

Sports Psychology

Skill Acquisition

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

GradCert Advanced Physiotherapy Studies (X453) Part Time
EU: fee per year - €1705
nonEU: fee per year - €4270

***Fees are subject to change.
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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

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