Graduate Entry Pathways- Physiotherapy

This course leads to one of the most rewarding careers in healthcare: Chartered Physiotherapist. 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.

In addition to UCD-based learning you will also spend 1,000 hours on supervised clinical education in hospitals and clinical centres throughout Ireland and abroad (optional). UCD’s full time BSc Physiotherapy degree is accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, and will appeal to students who enjoy science and caring for people.


Am I eligible?

If you will hold a level 8 honours degree in any discipline by June 2017, you are eligible to apply for entry to year 1 of the BSc Physiotherapy degree.

If your degree is in a Exercise or Health Science discipline you may be considered for entry to year 2 of the BSc Physiotherapy degree if you can demonstrate equivalence with year 1 of the course on the basis of UCD Policy on Accreditation of Prior Learning.


How do I apply?

You should apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO) to the Level 8 course code DN420 Physiotherapy. The application closing date is 5.15pm on 1st February prior to entry. Late applications will not be accepted. You must indicate clearly that they wish to apply for the graduate entry pathway;

You will need to supply an original transcript and evidence of their degree award direct to UCD for verification. (N.B. not necessary for UCD degrees). You may also be requested to supply a full syllabus to facilitate a decision.


How will my application be assessed?

Applicants will be ranked on the basis of:

  1. Academic Ability (Honours Bachelor’s degree [NFQ Level 8] at the minimum level of 2.2). Transcript of degree and final award should be submitted;
  2. Science background - a minimum of O5 (OD3) in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) is required.
  3. Motivation and Interest (a personal statement outlining their motivation to studying physiotherapy which should address the areas listed in the programme specific information pdf).
  4. Work Experience
  5. References (three letters of recommendation: academic, work experience and one other).
  6. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend for interview.

Further information

If you have any queries relating to this course please do not hesitate to contact the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science;

Tel: +353-1-716 6500;

Email: physio.therapy@ucd.ie

Further information on course content and career opportunities is available here.

For general regulations for all applicants please click here.


Healthcare screening and Police Vetting:

If you are admitted you will be required to undergo a mandatory healthcare screening process & Police vetting.


What are the fees?

Graduate entry programmes are not part of the “Free Tuition” scheme. Please see the fees page for full information about fees for this programme. These are level 8 undergraduate degrees, so the undergraduate fees rules apply.

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