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 2021, 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 tick "previous third level" on, on the following screen, in the Third-level Higher Education Section, indicate in the "Brief Description" box that you 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 O6 (OD3) in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) is required.
  3. Motivation and Interest (a personal statement outlining motivation to studying physiotherapy should be included).
  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

You may find the following link useful

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;

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. 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 at

* Non-EU applicants apply via
If you are unsure if you are EU or Non-EU please see

Terms & Conditions

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

General Regulations

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