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UCD offers the highest number of places in Physiotherapy in
Graduates of the programme are eligible for membership of the ISCP which is required to work as a Chartered Physiotherapist in
- University teaching hospitals (adults and paediatrics)
- Regional/district hospitals (adults and paediatrics)
- Primary care and rehabilitation facilities
- Private hospitals and private practices
- Non-government agencies (e.g. GOAL, Concern)
- Nursing homes
- Health promotion agencies
- Business, sports and leisure industries
- Sports medicine
Today, over 2,000 UCD-educated physiotherapists are working throughout the world and in addition to Ireland and the UK have been successfully employed in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Botswana, the Middle and Far East and throughout the EU and have provided leadership and contributed to the development of Physiotherapy practice, education and research internationally
University-based professional education for Physiotherapists has a long established tradition at UCD dating back to 1955 at the
The School has formed international partnerships in physiotherapy education and research and undergraduate students may engage in the Socrates exchange programme which offers opportunities to spend part of your time studying abroad while still working towards the BScPhysiotherapy degree.
At postgraduate level, the School offers a range of flexible, modular, taught Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programmes in the specialised physiotherapy practice areas of Sports Physiotherapy, Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy (only IFOMT accredited programme in Ireland), and Healthcare Acupuncture, as well as a new Advanced Physiotherapy Studies programme for the recent graduate. We also offer postgraduate research degrees at MSc and PhD level under the supervision of our interdisciplinary team of researchers spanning Physiotherapy, Psychology, Bio-Engineering and Exercise Science and whose interests are concerned with enchancing function, performance, wellbeing and health. Key topic areas include biomechanical and motion analysis of sport and related injuries, physical activity, exercise and rehabilitation, technology to improve health and well being, classification and management of pain, health practitioners and patients attitudes and behaviours, and occupational health, with an emphasis on research that can contribute to the development of physiotherapy practice and the education of physiotherapists for the benefit of human health and well being.
We are proud of our strong tradition of physiotherapy education and research in UCD, and look forward to continuing this commitment to excellence with our current and future students.
For further information on the range of programmes offered, please follow the links on this page.
Dr Deirdre Hurley-Osing, MISCP
Dr. Deirdre Hurley-Osing, Dean of Physiotherapy