MSc Physiotherapy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

Provides graduates with the opportunity to change their career path to gain the knowledge and skills required to practice Physiotherapy via a dedicated Graduate Entry programme.
  • Graduates of this programme are eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

  • Combines 7 taught physiotherapy modules with over 1000 hours of clinical practice

  • Strong international reputation in physiotherapy research

​This 2 year full time MSc. Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) degree programme, the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, is offered by the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science and provides graduates with the opportunity to change their career path to gain the knowledge and skills required to practice Physiotherapy via a dedicated Graduate Entry programme.   Please see entry requirements for course requisites

Dr Olive Lennon and current students (Matt Cleary, Farah Fariha, and Cody Waters) discuss the programme in detail. (Video Below) Time Stamp as Follows
Course Curriculum 10:47 Accreditation 15:30 U.S. Accreditation Process 16:54 Canadian Accreditation 18:03 Admissions 18:48 Assessment Procedure 20:28 Student Matt Cleary, Programme Experience 24:02
Student-Farah Fariha Orientation & Irish Experience 26:30 Student --Cody Waters, U.S. Student Experience 30:25 Elective Placement 39:05 Workload 41:00 GPA Admission 42:26 Assessment Techniques 43:41
Assessment Student Perspective 45:00

How will I benefit?
Physiotherapy at UCD is located in the multidisciplinary School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science. Our philosophy is to foster excellence in all disciplines and the focus is on student-centred learning in an environment where research and scholarship stimulate high achievement.  We are the largest providers of undergraduate and postgraduate Physiotherapy education in Ireland and our graduates are contributing to the Physiotherapy profession world-wide.  Our high quality programmes are internationally recognised; for example the MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy programme for qualified physiotherapists is the only Irish programme approved by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists. We have a strong international reputation in Physiotherapy research, many national and international clinical, research and industry partners and collaborations with academic institutions. The academic staff are experts in Physiotherapy education and research providing leadership and innovation which is reflected in our range of teaching and research programmes.

What is the programme about?
Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)  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. As a qualified physiotherapist from UCD, you will be in a position to pursue one of the most rewarding of careers. You will provide services to people to develop, maintain and restore their maximum health and movement, and, ultimately, improve their quality of life. This programme will appeal to students who enjoy science and caring for people.

Graduates from UCD Physiotherapy are working in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and South East Asia in a range of areas:
Hospitals and private practice, primary and community care, rehabilitation centres and nursing homes, non-government agencies, education, research, business, sport and leisure industries. Graduates can also apply for a range of disciplinary and general postgraduate taught (Postgrad Cert/Dip, MSc) and research (MSc and PhD) programmes.

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This is a full-time modular degree combining 7 taught physiotherapy modules at the state-of-the-art UCD Health Sciences Centre with over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical physiotherapy practice at our partner clinical sites, as well as a high quality research project.

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Accredited by the Irish Society of Charted Physiotherapists; a member organisation of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.

This programme is intended for applicants who hold an appropriate primary degree, with an upper second class honours or international equivalent required.

  • Pre-Requisites for programme are: Clinical Human Anatomy, Applied Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Exercise Science, Applied Physics, Chemistry-Biochemistry, Applied Human Biomechanics, Behavioural Sciences, Research Methods and Statistics.
  • Motivation and interest must be demonstrated through providing a CV and a personal statement outlining motivation to study. Letters of reference will also be sought.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

  • Graduate Profile
    Xela Steenberge, USA,

    UCD MSc Physiotherapy(Pre-Registration) Student
    Graduating from the University of Tampa with a BSc in Exercise Science in 2012 and having completed the first year of the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) Programme at University College Dublin, I am continually appreciative of my educational development. As expected, the MSc programme has been challenging in the classroom practical setting and clinical placements. However through these challenges, I have experienced treating patients, establishing a research project and learning to implement evidence-based practice. These experiences have been rewarding and attainable through the continual support of our clinical tutors, seniors, lecturers, and reflection among classmates, guiding our learning a positive manner.


    Farhana Dossa (Canada) 
    UCD MSc. Physiotherapy(Pre-registration)

    " I was definitely challenged by the highly independent nature of the MSc. Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) Programme, but this course format has allowed me to develop the essential skills I will need to continuously learn and develop as a physiotherapist. While we were expected to study beyond material directly covered in lectures, the professors and guest clinicians were all extremely approachable and supportive in providing assistance when needed. The small class size allowed for individualised attention and plenty of opportunity to ask questions during practical classes.  Unique to studying in Ireland, having the extra one-on-one support of a clinical tutor during placements was very beneficial in facilitating the development of practical skills. Being able to complete my final placement in India was a wonderful learning opportunity and easily one of the highlights of the programme. The UCD campus itself offers numerous clubs and societies, athletic facilities,  libraries, support networks, and more.  Now having successfully completed the programme, I am grateful for the staff's enthusiasm in teaching their specialty areas of practice, as well as their dedication to ensuring that this programme would meet credentialing standards in my home country.  "


    The following entry routes are available:

    * Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised