MSc Physiotherapy — Graduate Entry
The UCD Professional Master of Physiotherapy (MSc Physiotherapy) degree is a two year full-time course of study which qualifies graduates for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). The programme is aimed at candidates who will hold a bachelor’s degree in fields such as Kinesiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomedical Science or Sports and Exercise Science etc.
Applicants should have a good knowledge of clinical and applied human anatomy and physiology, applied physics, chemistry and biochemistry, human biomechanics and exercise and behavioural sciences as well as research methodology and statistics. The two year accelerated course concentrates on cardio-respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological Physiotherapy together with clinical, professional and specialist practice and rehabilitation research. Taught modules are delivered at the UCD Health Sciences Centre and students undergo practical Physiotherapy training in the specially designed clinical skills laboratories.
On site clinical training commences towards the end of the first year when students attend Physiotherapy clinics in the UCD teaching hospitals and other affiliated specialist centres.
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MSc Physiotherapy Curriculum
The two year course combines seven taught modules in Physiotherapy with over 1,000 hours of clinical practice.
The first year concentrates on Physiotherapy Professional Practice with emphasis on cardio-respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological Physiotherapy together with primary clinical practice.
In the second year students undertake advanced musculoskeletal Physiotherapy while continuing with Physiotherapy professional practice. Students are trained in specialist Physiotherapy practice and continue their clinical training with the option of doing electives abroad. Students are also expected to complete a high quality research project.
The UCD undergraduate Physiotherapy degree is a four year course of study leading to BSc in Physiotherapy. The School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science is part of the UCD College of Health Sciences.
The course combines health science lectures and tutorials with practical, laboratory and clinical training in the top class facilities of the UCD Health Sciences Center and in UCD’s teaching hospitals and affiliated clinical centres.
Physiotherapy students have full access to the large medical library and can utilise the two state-of-the-art research laboratories for the study of physiological and biomechanical analysis of human performance in health and sport. Senior students are required to undertake a research project and write a dissertation in their final year. UCD BSc Physiotherapy graduates are eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).
BSc Physiotherapy Curriculum
The first year concentrates on the basic health sciences with introduction to human performance and exercise science as well as professional practice. Students will undertake modules in anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biochemistry, applied physics, kinesiology and biomechanics while learning the basic skills of Physiotherapy practice.
In the second year, students are introduced to the human musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems while continuing to study applied physics and biomechanics. They also study neurology and neurological Physiotherapy along with physical strength and conditioning. They continue with more advanced Physiotherapy professional practice and clinical training and they also study the psychology of sport and health.
The third year advances most of the second year courses, particularly musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological Physiotherapy. Students concentrate on clinical education and exercise and they learn research methodology and dissertation. There is also a sociology module on Health, Illness and Society.
The final year, students complete their clinical education and professional practice modules with the inclusion of sports Physiotherapy and pharmacology. They also complete a clinical speciality and research dissertation.
The Teaching Hospitals
UCD’s Medical School has a distinct advantage of having two general teaching hospitals. Combined, The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St.Vincent’s University Hospital have 980 beds. Their specialist units include the National Centres for Breast Cancer Screening, Cardiac Surgery, Liver Transplantation and Spinal Injuries.
Other affiliated general hospitals include Tullamore General Hospital, Waterford General Hospital, St. Colmcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown and St. Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire.
- The National Maternity Hospital
- The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
- Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
- Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street
- National Rehabilitation Hospital
- Central Remedial Clinic
- Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services
Applicants can apply directly from high school, on the basis of one or two years of an undergraduate degree or on completion of an undergraduate degree.
Applicants who pass UCD’s initial evaluation will be invited to participate in an online interview.