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UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science

Scoil na Fisiteiripe agus na Gníomheolaíochta UCD

Postgraduate Programmes


UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science has the largest postgraduate physiotherapy student population of any third level institution in the Republic of Ireland. We provide postgraduate physiotherapy education in Healthcare (Acupuncture), Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and Sports Physiotherapy. These four taught programmes can be studied at Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree level, over two years on a part-time basis, thus allowing clinicians to continue their clinical work.

In addition to taught programmes, we currently have an increasing number of EU and non-EU students enrolled in pursuit of either an MSc or a PhD degree by research, click here for more information on all postgraduate programmes, and welcome applications for MSc and PhD research degrees from applicants with primary degrees in related disciplines. Research students also have the opportunity to take advanced courses in research methods and statistics, and they participate fully in our ongoing interdisciplinary postgraduate research seminar series.

Postgraduate training

Research Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Science Degree

The PhD and MSc research degrees are based primarily upon carrying out research, and submission of a thesis, and students are attracted to the School by the diverse expertise of the staff and our excellent research facilities. All Postgraduate Research students are also expected to spend some time assisting in undergraduate practical classes and tutorials. As well as providing some extra income, these duties provide stimulating teaching experience and enjoyable contact with our undergraduate students. Communications skills are honed by presenting at the interdisciplinary postgraduate research seminar programme. The School strongly encourages PhD students to present their research in poster or oral presentations at major national and international conferences and most students will attend at least two such conferences. Publication of research findings in high impact factor peer-reviewed international journals is also encouraged.

Taught Degrees

  • MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Please note: next intake for this course is in September 2010)
  • MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Please note: next intake for this course is in September 2010)
  • MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy

NonEU Students

  • NonEU students must provide evidence of English language proficiency -
  • Please note that if you are not an EU national, you will need a visa to travel to and live in Ireland. While we can offer assistance, you must understand that UCD has no control over the Irish immigration authorities. You should contact your nearest Irish embassy/consulate to determine what documentation will be required. Visa can take weeks or even months to process! Please be assured that your EU status is entirely irrelevant when we assess applications.

General information about postgraduate studies at UCD can be found on the UCD Postgraduate Studies website.

At UCD, we are constantly improving and updating our graduate programmes. The PostGraduate prospectus is a guide to the programmes that are currently available. Please contact the relevant administrator in your chosen area of study for further information/updates on programme information and for information on new programmes.