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UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science

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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Physiotherapy Programmes within the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science.

University-based professional education for Physiotherapists has been delivered at UCD since 1955, originally at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital campus, and since 2005 at the UCD Health Sciences Centre.

The broad aim of the School is to provide an environment in which Physiotherapy flourishes as both an academic and professional discipline and which fosters a spirit of enquiry, research and excellence in practice.

The School has an annual undergraduate intake to the 4 year full-time BSc Physiotherapy programme, which is accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. The School also offers a 3 year full-time BSc in Health & Performance Science programme, which commenced in 2007. At postgraduate level, the School offers a range of flexible, modular, taught Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programmes in Sports Physiotherapy, Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy (IFOMT recognised) and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Acupuncture. We also offer postgraduate MSc and PhD research degrees and host an active continuing professional development programme.

The academic programmes are located in the UCD Health Sciences Centre on the Belfield campus, in a purpose-built facility, which is equipped with a state-of-art human performance laboratory. Clinical education takes place at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St. Vincent’s University Hospital and other affiliated hospitals countrywide. The School has formed international partnerships in physiotherapy education and research and undergraduate students may engage in Socrates exchange programmes. Graduates of the School have provided leadership and contributed to the development of Physiotherapy practice and research internationally.

For further information on the range of programmes offered, please follow the links on this page.

Dr Deirdre Hurley-Osing, MISCP
Dean of Physiotherapy
UCD School
of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science


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