UCD Physiotherapy offers education across a broad range of programmes, undergraduate (BSc Physiotherapy),graduate entry (MSc Physiotherapy), specialist taught MSc programmes (Sports Physiotherapy, Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Advanced Physiotherapy Studies) and research MSc and PhD programmes. UCD Physiotherapy graduates have an international reputation for excellence and leadership in their fields.
Physiotherapists provide services to people to develop, maintain and restore maximum physical health and movement, and ultimately, to improve their quality of life. The UCD Physiotherapy Programme is a four year, full time, professional BSc Physiotherapy programme. The aim of the programme is to provide an environment for the continued growth and development of Physiotherapy as a scientific and professional discipline though the education of students. In 2008 the programme was re-accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) for a further 5 years. The ISCP is the only Irish professional body that is a member of the World Confederation of Physical Therapists.
Approximately fifty-six students are admitted to the programme each year, the largest annual intake of students into physiotherapy in Ireland. On completion of the programme graduates have accrued 240 European Credit Transfer Credits (ECTS). The programme includes substantial academic and clinical skills which together deliver a physiotherapy education which enables graduates to be highly competent members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, capable of delivering high quality services to individuals across their lifespan. Through the programme students may avail of opportunities to participate in an Erasmus Programme or UCD Volunteer Overseas.
In 2012 UCD Physiotherapy commenced a Graduate Entry MSc Programme. This two year full time MSc programme, which is open to health science graduates, is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and provides an opportunity for an individual to change their career path and to gain the professional competence required to practice as a Chartered Physiotherapist.
To date over 2,000 graduates have successfully completed the UCD BSc Physiotherapy Programme. Graduates have gained employment in Ireland and the UK, and further afield in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle and Far East and throughout the European Union. Graduates have gained employment across a broad range of areas including in University Teaching Hospitals, Regional/District Hospitals, Primary Care and Rehabilitation Facilities, Private Practice, Non-governmental organisations, Nursing Homes, Health Promotion Agencies, Education, Business, Sports and Leisure industries, and Sports Medicine.
UCD Physiotherapy offers a broad range of graduate opportunities which include both taught and research programmes. Modular taught programmes are delivered in specialised areas of physiotherapy practice, including Sports Physiotherapy, Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy (which is the only Irish programme accredited by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists), Health Care (Acupuncture), and Advanced Physiotherapy Studies (which is a modular programme where students design their own programme of study to suit their particular educational and career development needs).
The School also offers MSc and PhD opportunities where researchers can work with supervisors across a broad range of disciplines (Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine, Sports Management, Exercise Science, Psychology, Public Health Medicine, Bio-engineering, Occupation Health and Safety).
Physiotherapy education in UCD dates back to 1955, when the UCD School of Physiotherapy in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Campus delivered the Diploma in Physiotherapy Programme. In 1986, the programme of study was extended from three to four years with the introduction of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree, which was in turn replaced by BSc Physiotherapy degree in 2000. Today, UCD Physiotherapy is situated in state-of-the-art facilities on the UCD Belfield campus and is part of the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science. This multi-disciplinary school is situated within the College of Health Sciences alongside the School of Medicine and Medical Science, and the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Systems.
The philosophy of the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science is to foster excellence in all its disciplines. With a commitment to excellence in both undergraduate and postgraduate education, the School is at the cutting edge of research and innovation in all of the fields of science underpinning Physiotherapy practice. Our focus is on student-centred learning in an environment where research and scholarship stimulate high achievement.
Having delivered Physiotherapy Education for close to 60 years, UCD Physiotherapy enjoys an international reputation, as a leader in education, research, and innovation. It is committed to fostering the continued excellence of Physiotherapy in terms of education and research.
If you would like further information in relation to physiotherapy and the range of programmes offered please follow the links on this page.
- Undergraduate BSc Physiotherapy
- MSc Sports Physiotherapy
- MSc Acupuncture
- MSc Advanced Physiotherapy Studies
Professor Brian Caulfield
Dean of Physiotherapy
UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.