UCC Postgraduate courses

Older Person Rehabilitation

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Older Person Rehabilitation

  • Code

    CKX14 Full-time; CKX18 Part-time

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2019

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €17,910 Full-time

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Start Date

    9 September 2019

Course Outline

The MSc 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. It is available as a part-time or full time programme. The full-time programme runs over one calendar year (12 months) from the date of first registration for the programme.  The part-time programme runs over two academic years (18 months).

Exit award: Postgraduate Certificate

Upon satisfactory completion of 30 credits in Older Person Rehabilitation, to include module CG6009, students may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation. A student who subsequently applies to continue to Master’s level must do so within 5 years of successful completion of the Certificate Examination.

Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma

Upon satisfactory completion of 60 credits, to include modules CG6009 and CG6010, students may opt not to complete the thesis and exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation. A student who subsequently applies to continue to Master’s level must do so within 5 years of successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Examination.


Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2014 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2013/2014.

The part-time MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation runs over two academic years from the date of first registration for the programme. Students take taught modules to the value of 90 credits.  Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits over two years incorporating approximately 300 hours of structured contact time (approximately 2 days per month during term). Most classes are held in one or two weekday blocks. A research dissertation (30 credits) is submitted in the Summer of Year 2.


  • Students take core modules to the value of 25 credits as follows:
  • CG6009 Principles and Practice in Older Person Rehabilitation (10 credits, year 1)
  • CG6010 Clinical Practicum in Older Person Rehabilitation (5 credits, year 1 and 2)
  • EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (10 credits, year 1)

Students take elective* modules to the value of 35 credits from the following over two years (a maximum of 10 credits can be taken in Year 1):

  • CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation (10 credits, year 1)
  • CG6003 Cognition, Communication, Capacity and Rehabilitation (10 credits)
  • CG6005 Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation (5 credits)
  • CG6006Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders (10 credits)
  • CG6007 Independent Study (5 credits)**
  • CG6011 In-depth Independent Study (15 credits)**
  • CG6012 Neuromuscular Discorder (10 credits)

**Note:  Students cannot take CG6007 and CG6011 together.

CG6008 Research Dissertation (30 credits, year 2)

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules 2013/2014.

*Alternatively students may take up to a maximum of 15 module credits, relevant to the rehabilitation of older people (unidisciplinary or interdisciplinary), from designated courses in UCC, subject to timetabling restraints, in lieu of 15 module credits above. Physiotherapy students may choose to take 15 module credits from prescribed courses in UL or RCSI (list of external modules approved by the College of Medicine and Health is available from the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation). The module(s) are equivalent in level and credit rating to this MSc programme. Students pay the other University directly and obtain a transcript of their academic study marks from that University. This transcript will be included in the student's overall profile.

The MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation is also available as a one-year full-time course, running over one calendar year from the date of first registration for the programme. Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits (approximately 4 days per month during term) and the research dissertation (30 credits) is submitted at the end of the calendar year.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at  PAC. For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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. 


Further details on modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.


Course Practicalities

Please see the book of modules for further details on assessment of modules

Why Choose This Course

Established in 2011, the Older Person Rehabilitation postgraduate programme is a unique course which 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 allows students to choose from a range of modules to build a course tailored to them.  A student-centred focus promotes flexible timetabling and blended learning to minimise travel time. 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:

  • An Honours Primary Degree or an equivalent qualification and professional experience in a relevant health care discipline to be approved by the College of Medicine and Health;
  • Ideally candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least two years post-registration;
  • Active registration or eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional healthcare registration body in Ireland;
  • Evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Students whose primary language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.5. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/
  • Applicants who do not meet the normal academic or experience requirements may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee;
  • Selection will be based on academic achievement and relevant work experience. Some applicants who do not fulfil the usual entry requirements may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme;
  • Acceptance of a candidate into the programme is subject to Garda/Police Clearance.

Exemptions at the Point of Entry to the MSc Programme
Following successful completion of the examinations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation, a student may opt not to be conferred and instead may transfer to the MSc (Older Person Rehabilitation), taking module CG6008 (research dissertation). Alternatively, a student previously conferred with the Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation within five years of completion, may apply to register for the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation, with exemptions granted for modules already taken.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €7,965.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €17,910 Full-time.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for part time course is half the full time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


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

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

Fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

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

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

All Applicants

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view from CKX14 Supplementary Questions

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here


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