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

(opens in a new window)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.

If you will hold a level 8 honours degree with at least a 2.2 award (or equivalent) in any discipline by June 2024, 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.

EU Applicants* apply via the (opens in a new window)Central Applications Office (CAO)* for 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 tick box 7 "Third Level Higher Education" on the CAO application and, in the following Third-level Higher Education Section, indicate in the "Brief Description" box that you wish to apply for the Graduate Entry pathway.

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).
    • A copy of your final award and a full transcript of degree should be submitted;
  2. Science background
    • A minimum of O6 (OD3) in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) is required.
  3. Motivation and Interest
    • A personal statement should be included explaining:
      • Your reasons for wishing to undertake a Physiotherapy degree;
      • Your knowledge of research and healthcare issues;
      • How this degree will contribute to your plans for the future.
  1. Work Experience
    • Include a brief CV with details of any relevant work experience and/or involvement in social, medical or voluntary activities.
    • You should show evidence of continuing professional development and achievements and details any experience or activities which demonstrate your ability to work independently and display initiative.
  2. References
    • Three letters of recommendation: academic, work experience and one other.
  3. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend for interview.

All supporting documents should be posted to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway.

Remember to include your CAO application numer on all documents sent to CAO.

Please note that documents should be with the CAO no later than 15 February.

Applicants in the final year of their degree will be a considered on the basis of the information provided and a Conditional Offer may be made subject to achieving the minimum overall grade in their degree. Final results should be sent as soon as they are received.

If you are successful in achieving the offer of a place, you will need to supply an original transcript and evidence of 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.

If you have any adduitional 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: (opens in a new window)physio.therapy@ucd.ie

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Healthcare Screening and Police Vetting:

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

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

Please note:

If you have at any time resided, or are at present resident, outside of the EU then you must contact the UCD Fees Office well in advance of the closing date to verify your EU Fee status. Your status will determine whether you apply as outlined on this document or if you are required to apply directly to the University.
You can complete an online self-assessment on the fees website.

Terms and Conditions

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer

All students must comply with the general regulations of the university.

Contact UCD Registry

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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