Who is the MSc. Physiotherapy (pre-registration) for?
This 2 year full time MSc. Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) degree programme, the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, is offered by the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science and provides graduates with the opportunity to change their career path to gain the knowledge and skills required to practice Physiotherapy via a dedicated Graduate Entry programme. Today, over 2,000 UCD-educated physiotherapists are working throughout the world. In addition to campus based learning, you will also spend time on clinical placement in hospitals and clinical centres throughout Ireland.
What will I learn?
The programme covers the broad spectrum of applied and clinical sciences. This teaching largely takes place in the UCD Health Sciences Centre. While lectures may take place in larger groups, all hands-on practical physiotherapy skills are taught in small groups of no more than 20 students.
Practical skills teaching takes place with close supervision in specifically designed clinical skills laboratories in the School. Towards the end of your first year, you will spend 16 weeks in a clinical setting, putting theory into practice. Clinical education takes place in hospitals and clinical centres around Ireland, in collaboration with our clinical partners and by the end of your degree programme you will have completed more than 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice. Professional skills are examined by continuous assessment. Graduates obtain a complete professional education and are ready to practise upon graduation.
How will I benefit?
Physiotherapy at UCD is located in the multidisciplinary School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science. Our philosophy is to foster excellence in all disciplines and the focus is on student-centred learning in an environment where research and scholarship stimulate high achievement. We are the largest providers of undergraduate and postgraduate Physiotherapy education in Ireland and our graduates are contributing to the Physiotherapy profession world-wide. Our high quality programmes are internationally recognised; for example the MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy programme for qualified physiotherapists is the only Irish programme approved by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists. We have a strong international reputation in Physiotherapy research, many national and international clinical, research and industry partners and collaborations with academic institutions. The academic staff are experts in Physiotherapy education and research providing leadership and innovation which is reflected in our range of teaching and research programmes.
What is the programme about?
Physiotherapy is the study and application of the scientific knowledge and professional skills required for the promotion of optimal health and well-being of adults and children through physical means. As a qualified physiotherapist from UCD, you will be in a position to pursue one of the most rewarding of careers. You will provide services to people to develop, maintain and restore their maximum health and movement, and, ultimately, improve their quality of life. This programme will appeal to students who enjoy science and caring for people.
Physiotherapy Pre Registration 2012
For pre-requisites for this programme, please see the admissions tab above.
Graduating from the University of Tampa with a BSc. in exercise science in 2012 and having completed the first year of the MSc. Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) Programme at University College Dublin, I am continually appreciative of my educational development.
As expected, the MSc. programme has been challenging in the classroom, practical settings and on clinical placements. However, through these challenges I have experienced treating patients, establishing a research project, and learning to implement evidence-based practice. These experiences have been rewarding and attainable through the continual support of our clinical tutors, seniors, lecturers, and reflection among classmates, guiding our learning in a positive manner.
UCD MSc. Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) Student
“Since my early teens I have been passionate about the human body and how structure governs function. This gave me the drive and determination to chase a career in Physiotherapy that integrates health science, sports and exercise medicine and condition specific rehabilitation, all of which I have profound interest in. Despite being offered places to study in UK universities, I choose to pursue the MSc. Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) Programme at University College Dublin which has a long standing reputation for excellence in the field of Physiotherapy. The academic staff are both professional and supportive and show a willingness to assist with any difficulties that arise. The university itself has all the facilities that you need on a campus. As somebody who is heavily involved in sport I have found the training facilities second to none. My primary aspiration post-graduation is to reach the top of my profession and to set up my own practice”
Sarah Doyle from Dublin,
UCD MSc. Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) Student
*Physiotherapy is also called Physical Therapy in some countries outside of Ireland
Information about UCD
- Ranked within top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide
- UCD is Ireland’s leader in postgraduate education with almost 7,500 postgraduate students, representing approximately 28% of the UCD student population, and almost 2,000 PhD students.
- Member of Universitas 21
- UCD’s Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) and Medical Students Overseas Relief societies send hundreds of students volunteering per annum to the developing world.
- Situated in Dublin, Capital City of Ireland.
- One hour flight from London
UCD is a Member of U21
This is a full-time modular degree combining 7 taught physiotherapy modules at the state-of-the-art UCD Health Sciences Centre, with over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical physiotherapy practice at our partner clinical sites, as well as a high quality research project.
Physiotherapy at UCD is located in the multidisciplinary School of Public health, Physiotherapy and Population Science. Our philosophy is to foster excellence in all disciplines and the focus is on student-centred learning in an environment where research and scholarship stimulate high achievement. UCD are the largest providers of undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy education in Ireland and our graduates contribute to the physiotherapy profession on a world-wide basis. Our high quality programmes are internationally recognised; for example the MSc. Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy Programme for qualified physiotherapists is the only Irish programme approved by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists. UCD has a strong international reputation in Physiotherapy research with many national and international partners in the clinical, research, industry and academic arenas. The academic staff are recognised experts in Physiotherapy education and research, providing the leadership and innovation that is reflected the suite of taught and research programmes provided.
This is a full-time modular degree combining 7 taught physiotherapy modules at the state-of-the-art UCD Health Sciences Centre with over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical physiotherapy practice at our partner clinical sites, as well as a high quality research project.
Year 1* Physiotherapy Professional Practice A
Clinical Physiotherapy Practice- Ireland
Year 2* Physiotherapy Professional Practice B
Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy in the Clinical Specialities
Clinical Physiotherapy Practice- Ireland/Abroad
*Years 1&2 of this are accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, a member organisation of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.
Graduates from UCD Physiotherapy are working in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and South East Asia in a range of areas:
- Hospitals and private practice
- Primary and community care
- Rehabilitation centres and nursing homes
- Non-government agencies (e.g. Goal, Concern)
- Education and research
- Business, sport and leisure industries
Graduates can also apply for a range of disciplinary and general postgraduate taught (Postgrad Cert/Dip, MSc) and research (MSc and PhD) programmes.
Graduates can also apply for a range of disciplinary and general postgraduate taught (Postgrad Cert/Dip, MSc) and research (MSc and PhD) programmes. The School is actively engaged in many collaborative research projects and offers a diverse range of opportunities for those interested in pursuing higher degrees.
- Minimum 2.1 first degree by June 2014 [Level 8 Honours] or equivalent overseas qualifications;
- Meet the pre-requisites of the programme on the basis of UCD policy on Accreditation of Prior Learning.
Pre-requisites for programme:
Clinical Human Anatomy 10 ECTS, Applied Human Anatomy 5 ECTS, Human Physiology 10 ECTS, Exercise Science 10 ECTS, Applied Physics 5 ECTS, Chemistry-Biochemistry 5 ECTS, Applied Human Biomechanics 5 ECTS, Behavioural Sciences 10 ECTS, Research Methods and Statistics 5 ECTS.
Applicants will be ranked on the basis of:
- Academic Ability (Honours Bachelor’s degree [NFQ Level 8] at the minimum level of 2.1). Official transcript of degree and final award are required.
- Motivation and Interest (a curriculum vitae and personal statement outlining motivation to study physiotherapy). Personal Statement Template
- Reference (three letters of recommendation; at least one academic and one physiotherapy-related).
- Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend for interview. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
English language requirements:
If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.
Closing Date: 30th April 2014
Start Date: September 2014
Duration: 24 months