UCC Postgraduate courses

Evidence Based Therapy Practice

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Evidence Based Therapy Practice

  • Code

    CKX15 Full-time & 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


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    This programme has been discontinued

Course Outline

This programme offered by the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy is to replace the existing MSc in Advanced Health Care Practice. Students will register in the first instance for the Masters programme and may choose to exit the programme with either of the exit awards, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence Based Therapy Practice.

CT6000 Research Methodologies - To develop a critical appreciation of the research literature and research issues with regard to evidence based practice.

CT6007 Advanced Assessment of Spinal Dysfunction in Physiotherapy (PT Only) - To integrate manual therapy concepts with clinical reasoning so that advanced skills in spinal assessment are understood.

SL6014 Instrumental Measures of Speech Production & Language Processing (Speech and Language Therapists Only) - To enable students to interpret findings from published international research on instrumental measures of speech production and language processing and apply some of the techniques in clinical practice.

CT6004 Independant study - To critically examine a stated area of healthcare practice to enhance the advancement of personal practice and service development.

CT6016 Research Dissertation - To enable therapists to plan, conduct, and disseminate a research study.

Students take modules to the value of 90 credits. In Part 1, you take a minimum of two core modules to the value of 30 credits and optional modules to the value of 30 credits. Normally you would take CT6001 (Implementing Evidence into Therapy Practice) plus one other core module but this can be negotiated with the Head of the course in some circumstances. Core and optional modules will be run as prescribed by the School (and may be dependent on availability of lecturers and sufficient student registration). You make your selections in consultation with the Head of the course. In Part 2, you complete a research dissertation to the value of 30 credits which must be specific to your area of practice. All students are allocated a supervisor.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss and debate contemporary areas of healthcare practice at an advanced level, reflect critically on practice decisions and identify areas for change
  • facilitate evidence-based practice and research within your own area of practice
  • analyse the literature and apply it to practice in the substantive area of the thesis (or practice) topic
  • apply research methodology by conducting a specified course of research under appropriate supervision
  • demonstrate an understanding of the process of translating healthcare research into practice

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part 1

Core Modules

You take a minimum of 30 credits from the following:

  • CT6000 Research Methodologies (15 credits)
  • CT6001 Implementing Evidence in Healthcare Practice (15 credits)
  • CT6005 Thinking, Reasoning and Reflecting on Practice (15 credits)
  • CT6006 Educating for Professional Practice (15 credits)
Optional Modules

*Students normally take 30 credits from the following:

  • CT6002 Interprofessional Education in Healthcare Settings (15 credits)
  • CT6003 Therapeutic Relationships for Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • CT6004 Independent Study (15 credits)
  • CT6007 Advanced Assessment of Spinal Dysfunction in Physiotherapy (15 credits)
  • CT6008 Dysphagia, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (15 credits)
  • CT6009 Advanced Management of Spinal Dysfunction in Physiotherapy (15 credits)
  • OT6011 Occupational Science (15 credits)
  • SL6012 Current Issues in Language Impairment (15 credits) 
  • SL6013 The Lexicon and Language Acquisition (15 credits)
  • SL6014 Instrumental Measures of Speech Production and Language Processing (15 credits)
  • SL6015 Bilingual Language Development and Disorders (15 credits)

Part 2

  • CT6016 Research Dissertation (30 credits)

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.


Further details on the 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

The MSc in Evidence Based Therapy Practice may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months from the date of first registration. Generally each 15 credit module requires attendance of five full days in UCC. Self-directed work is also expected.


You are assessed differently in each module which is marked by internal and external examiners.

Who Teaches this Course?

Academic staff of the School of Clinical Therapies teach and supervise on this course.

Why Choose This Course

This interdisciplinary course is offered by the School of Clinical Therapies to occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists. You register in the first instance for the Master’s course and you can choose to exit the course with either of the exit awards, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, in Evidence Based Therapy Practice. You may incorporate one MSc level module from another department, university or country, dependent on approval from the School of Clinical Therapies.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

One elective 15 credit module, agreed with the Head of the course, may be substituted in lieu of one of the optional modules. This may be from one single discipline or be interdisciplinary, and may be taken from another UCC Department or another university in Ireland or another country. This 15 credit module must be equivalent in MSc level and credit rating.

Skills and Careers Information

You will gain a range of skills that will serve you in your career development and will ensure strong competencies in research and evidence-based practice which is a core aspect of healthcare practice. It will also enable you to explore new abilities that will serve you in continuing with fourth-level studies if you should wish to pursue a research career in the future.


The MSc is offered to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists. Candidates must have:

  • A primary degree professional qualification in Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy or Physiotherapy or The equivalent professional qualification* with two years practice experience. Occupational Therapists: Applicants must have a professional qualification from a school approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT).

*Physiotherapists: Applicants must have the necessary qualification to be eligible to be a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

*Speech and Language Therapists: Applicants must have the necessary professional qualification to be eligible to be a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapist (IASLT). All candidates will be interviewed.

English Language Requirements

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

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.

Fees and Costs


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

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can 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.

How Do I 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.

  • For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
  • Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

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.

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