ProfMasters Physiotherapy

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 180)

This programme, (previously called MSc Physiotherapy Pre-registration Programme) provides graduates with the opportunity to change their career path to gain the knowledge and skills required to practice Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) via a dedicated Graduate Entry programme.

  • Graduates of this programme are eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
  • Combines 8 taught physiotherapy modules and rehabilitation research with over 1000 hours of clinical practice.
  • Strong international reputation in physiotherapy research.
  • This programme is fully accredited by CORU, the Health and Social Care Professions regulatory body of Ireland. This course is also fully accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, (ISCP).

Careers & Employability

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. The Professional Master of Physiotherapy programme is fully accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This two year full time Professional Master of Physiotherapy degree programme (previously MSc Physiotherapy Pre-registration Programme), is offered by the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and 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.

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. The programme is fully accredited by the Irish Society of Charetered Physiotherapists.

What will I study?

In Year 1, students attend lectures, practical classes, problem based learning classes and tutorials, followed by 15 weeks of clinical placement. Most modules in first year (Musculoskeletal, Cardiorespiratory and Neurology) involve development of the theoretical basis and clinical skills required to practice as a physiotherapist and serve to develop a foundation in clinical reasoning skills. The clinical education modules in Semester 3 serve to consolidate knowledge and allow the student to further integrate theory with practice, to enable safe and effective practice.

The programme in Year 2 aims to prepare students for physiotherapy practice as competent and independent practitioners. During this year, emphasis is placed on advancing  the students' physiotherapy knowledge and skills via modules in Specialist Physiotherapy Practice and Advanced Musculoskeletal. Professional Physiotherapy Practice B provides essential education in professional responsibilities and career planning. This module, together with the clinical placements in Year 2, strengthens clinical reasoning processes by consolidating and enhancing the learning achieved in core areas namely, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurology.

All modules place a heavy emphasis on evidence based practice. Research skills are further developed through the Rehabilitation Research module, whereby students conduct a research project.

A wide variety of assessment methods are used, including continuous assessment, reflective writing, practical examinations, oral examinations, presentations and end-of-semester written papers.

How will I benefit?

Physiotherapy at UCD is located in the multidisciplinary School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports 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.

Dr Olive Lennon and students (Matt Cleary, Farah Fariha, and Cody Waters) discuss the programme in detail. (Video Below) 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

View All Modules Here

This is a 24 month, full time degree programme combining 8 taught physiotherapy modules at the state-of-the-art UCD Health Sciences Centre and high quality research project, with over 1000 hours of supervised clinical physiotherapy practice at our partner clinical sites.

Year 1 Modules:

Cardiorespiratory - PHTY40890 (Semester 1 and 2)

Musculoskeletal - PHTY40880 (Semester 1 and 2)

Neurology - PHTY40900 (Semester 1 and 2)

Physiotherapy Professional Practice A - PHTY30330 (Semester 1 and 2)

Clinical Placement 1 - PHTY30340 (Semester 3)

Clinical Placement 2 - PHTY30350 (Semester 3)

Year 2 Modules:

Clinical Placement 3 - PHTY30360 (Semester 1)

Rehabilitation Research - PHTY40920 (Semester 1 and 2)

Physiotherapy Professional Practice B - PHTY40700 (Semester 1 and 2)

Advanced Musculoskeletal - PHTY40910 (Semester 1 and 2)

Specialist Physiotherapy Practice - PHTY40780 (Semester 1 and 2)

Legal Medicine -FLME41040 (Semester 1) 

Clinical Placement 4 - PHTY40930 (Semester 2)

Clinical Placement 5 - PHTY40760 (Semester 3)



ProfMasters Physiotherapy (X784) Full Time
EU          Year 1 - € 16545 tf
EU          Year 2 - € 16545 aa
nonEU    Year 1 - € 25600 tf
nonEU    Year 2 - € 25600 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
tfAll students entering X784, Masters in Physiotherapy, are required to pay a Healthcare Screening charge on registration.
***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists; a member organisation of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. This programme is also fully accredited by CORU, the Health and Social Care Professions regulatory body of Ireland.

This programme is intended for applicants who hold an appropriate primary degree (NFQ Level 8), with an upper second class honours or international equivalent required.

  • Pre-requisites for the 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 professional CV and a personal statement outlining motivation to study.
  • Letters of reference will also be sought. One reference must be an academic reference and the the other must be a physiotherapy reference.
  • 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.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Graduate Profile
Xela Steenberge, USA,

UCD MSc Physiotherapy 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 Student

'I was definitely challenged by the highly independent nature of the 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 speciality 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:

Professional Masters Physiotherapy FT (X784)
2 Years
Full Time
Rolling *

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