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UCC Postgraduate courses

Older Person Rehabilitation

Course Fact File
Duration1 or 2 Years Part-time
Teaching ModePart-Time
QualificationsPG Cert
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Closing DateRolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.
Non-EU Closing DateOpen until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
Start Date2 September 2024

Course Outline

The Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation is designed to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, with interdisciplinary learning in the theory and practice of Older Person Rehabilitation.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation runs over one or two academic years (9-20 months) from the date of first registration for the programme. Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits incorporating approximately 100 hours of structured contact time (approximately one day per month during the semester if taken over one academic year). Most classes are held in two-day blocks (weekdays).

Taught modules

Students take a core module to the value of 10 credits as follows:

  • CG6009 Principles in Older Person Rehabilitation (10 credits)

Students take elective modules to the value of 20 credits from the following:

  • CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation (10 credits)
  • CG6005 Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation (5 credits) 
  • CG6006 Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders (10 credits)
  • CG6007 Independent Study (5 credits) 
  • CG6010 Clinical Practicum in Older Person Rehabilitation (5 credits)
  • CG6012 Neuromuscular Disorders (10 credits)
  • CG6015 Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia (10 credits)
  • CG6016 Advanced Issues in Dementia Care (10 credits)
  • EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (10 credits)
  • MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)

Progression to MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation

Following successful completion of the examinations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation, subject to the approval of the Programme Team, a student may opt to transfer to the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation with exemptions granted for the modules already taken. A student previously conferred with the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation / Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation (exit award from the MSc) may register for the MSc (Older Person Rehabilitation) within five years of completion, subject to the approval of the Programme Team, with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years.

See the Postgraduate College Calendar (PG Cert Older Person Rehabilitation) for more information.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

Part-Time Option

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 1 or 2 years.

Why Choose This Course

Established in 2011, the Older Person Rehabilitation postgraduate programme is a unique course that will allow you to develop your skills as a leader in gerontology and rehabilitation. This interdisciplinary course is the only one of its kind in Ireland and the UK. 

The flexible approach of this course allows students to choose from a range of modules to build a course tailored to them.  Our student-centered focus promotes flexible timetabling and blended learning to minimise travel time. All our lecturers are experienced clinicians from a range of disciplines who promote interdisciplinary learning and practice.

Skills and Careers Information

In today’s competitive workforce, higher professional qualifications are an essential part of continuous professional development and career advancement.  The MSc is particularly suitable for those who want to assume a management and leadership position in the care of older people.

On completion of this course you will:

  • Have gained the critical skills to evaluate rehabilitation models and settings, and the evidence base for current practices in older person rehabilitation;
  • Gain knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of key topics required to practice in stroke rehabilitation;
  • Gain the knowledge and skills required to design, undertake and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research in older person rehabilitation;
  • Have the skills to act as a leader and innovator in older person rehabilitation.


Candidates must have the following:

  • A primary degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent qualification and work experience to be approved by the Programme Team;
  • Ideally, candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least one-year post-registration;
  • In some exceptional circumstances, candidates, by virtue of their training and experience may, at the discretion of the Programme Team, be deemed suitable for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Such candidates may be requested to undergo an interview.

*A relevant healthcare discipline includes but is not limited to, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing science, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology and social studies.

Garda Vetting
Students or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Fitness to Practise 
This programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
  • Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Please enter the names and email addresses of the two referees. 


The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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