UCC Postgraduate courses

Physiotherapy

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Physiotherapy

  • Code

    CKX23

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    2 years Full-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    MSc

  • EU Fees 2019

    €11,000 (Year 1); €11,000 (Year 2)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €20,000 (Year 1); €20,000 (Year 2)

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    21 February 2020

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    21 February 2020

  • Start Date

    7 September 2020

Course Outline

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is an accelerated pre-registration programme for students with a relevant primary degree in a subject other than physiotherapy. The programme uses the learning and teaching methods that best supports students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attributes commensurate with physiotherapy practice.

The aim of the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is to provide each student with an excellent educational experience both in the academic and clinical environments.

The constantly advancing and evolving nature of healthcare requires that our programme not only prepares students for current healthcare practice but that it produces graduates who will act as agents for future change and progress. We therefore aim to equip our graduates with the clinical and research skills, and professional attributes required to work and develop as competent practitioners, researchers and agents for change within the evolving healthcare environment. The physiotherapy programme is to be situated in the School of Clinical Therapies, part of the College of Medicine and Health. The College is located in the western end of the UCC campus and enjoys state of the art facilities where physiotherapy will be co-located with Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine, Public Health and Clinical Therapies and a five minute walk from Anatomy and Physiology.

Course Content

The course content will be delivered in modules of between 5-30 credits. Students enrol in modules to the value of 60 ECTS credits per annum, over a period of two calendar years. There will be 3 semesters per calendar year. All modules will be compulsory.

The First year curriculum will consist of a 60-credit curriculum distributed over three semesters. The academic curriculum will complement a clinical skills curriculum which will be delivered simultaneously.  In addition, students will experience clinical work-placements which will be assessed as part of the clinical education for this programme.

Year One Modules

Students take 60 credits as follows:

  • PP6012 Clinical Anatomy (10 credits)
  • PP6003 Rehabilitation 1 (5 credits)
  • PP6004 Rehabilitation 2 (5 credits)
  • PP6007 Musculoskeletal 1, lower quadrant (10 credits)
  • PP6001 Respiratory Physiotherapy (5 credits)
  • PP6010 Clinical Practice and Professional Development (15 credits)
  • PP6005 Principles of research & methods (10 credits)

Year Two modules

Students take 60 credits as follows:

  • PP6008 Musculoskeletal 2, upper quadrant (5 credits)
  • PP6006 Neurological rehabilitation (10 credits)
  • PP6013 Cardiovascular Health & Health promotion (5 credits)
  • PP6009 Critical Care (5 credits)
  • PP6011 Clinical Practice & Professional Development (15 credits)
  • PP6002 Research Dissertation (20 credits)

Modules

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

This programme is full-time over three semesters per year, over two years. Students will attend lectures daily with some time dedicated to independent learning, during semesters 1 & 2. During Semesters 3, students will be on clinical placement for blocks of 6 weeks. Two clinical placement blocks in semester 3 of year 1 and three clinical placement blocks in year 2, in semesters 2 & 3. Students need to engage in at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice to meet professional requirements. Students will need to complete a short research proposal and complete a research project of limited scope, relevant to the clinical profession of Physiotherapy.

Clinical Placements will take place in the hospitals and clinics of the HSE South /South West Hospital Group and other HSE Hospital locations nationally, as well as in Community Health Organisations and other clinical facilities nationally.  It may also be necessary to undertake clinical placement in the UK. Students may therefore need to travel and/or arrange short-term accommodation near the placement sites and will incur the costs of travel to clinical locations as well as the costs of accommodation.

Assessment

Assessment will be wholly by continuous assessment. This will consist of tutorial performance, small presentations, class tests, essays, OSCE`s and work placement assessments.

Who teaches this course

Staff of the School of Clinical Therapies, HE \ Clinical Specialist physiotherapy staff from Regional and National hospitals. Experts from UCC, within the College of Medicine & Health allowing the opportunity for Inter professional teaching as well as overseas guest Clinical Specialists.

Why Choose This Course

This dedicated Graduate Entry programme offers an accelerated route for graduates from any discipline (related to the discipline of physiotherapy) to gain a recognised qualification in physiotherapy practice. It is a highly regarded postgraduate course which prepares graduates for success in a competitive jobs market.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Clinical education is an integral and invaluable component of the programme. It is strongly embedded within the course structure. Preceding campus-based studies provide the skills and knowledge which students require in order to be prepared for their placements. The course offers a balance of university and practice-based experiences with students completing over 1000 hours of placement in the hospitals and clinics of the HSE South /South West Hospital Group and other HSE Hospital locations nationally, as well as in Community Health Organisations and other clinical facilities nationally.  It may be necessary to undertake clinical placement in the UK.

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with an MSc in Physiotherapy

By studying this course you have the opportunity to become a highly skilled, evidenced based clinician, who can use a range of resources and evidence to improve effectiveness of clinical interventions. During the course you build on a wide base of transferable clinical skills which may enable you to specialise in a specific area of Physiotherapy following successful graduation. This programme is not approved by CORU. However, UCC will engage with CORU to seek course approval.

Occupations associated with an MSc in Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are employed in a variety of locations, providing opportunities in areas such as HSE Hospitals & Clinics • Industry • Professional Sport • Private Practice • Education • Research • Working overseas. Opportunities to work in research in physiotherapy are expanding and students may use their masters as a stepping stone to doctorial study in the UK or overseas, or teaching in higher education.

Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following:

  1. Candidates will hold a minimum of an undergraduate Honours Degree, NFQ Level 8, at Second Class Honours Grade 1 in a field related to the discipline of physiotherapy, such as but not exclusively, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Education, Sports Conditioning/Rehabilitation.
  2. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on:
    • Educational qualifications
    • Academic achievements outside of curriculum, e.g. publications, conference presentations
    • Contributions beyond academia
    • Motivation
    • Ability to express ideas / concepts
  3. Applicants will submit a motivation statement as part of this application process. The motivational statement should be no longer than 800 words and will: 
    • Explain their motivation to become a physiotherapist
    • Outline their research aspirations in physiotherapy
    • Indicate how their previous degree will contribute to their research and the practice of physiotherapy
    • Contributions beyond academia
    • Work experience 
  4. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and each applicant will be scored by an interview panel on the basis of:
    • Communication skills and motivation to study physiotherapy
    • Clinical and academic qualifications and interests
    • Knowledge and understanding of the physiotherapy profession
  5. All applicants accepted onto the programme will need to have evidence of appropriate vaccinations for working in hospital environments.

Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. 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 - full details may be found hereThe core competencies for Clinical Therapies found here.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €11,000 (Year 1); €11,000 (Year 2).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €20,000 (Year 1); €20,000 (Year 2).

Full-time/Part-time fee:

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

Deposits:

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.

Questions?

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

Non-EU Fees

The 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. 

Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Deposit

Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

Deferrals

Deferrals are not permitted on this course.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is available to view here Supplementary Questions MSc Physiotherapy, CKX23.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 21 February 2020

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