Welcome to the MSc (pre-registration) physiotherapy programme at UCC

Physiotherapy is a health care profession which aims to maximise the health and well-being of individuals of all ages. Physiotherapists focus on the assessment, treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and make a real difference to how people function physically, socially and psychologically. Physiotherapist achieve this through rehabilitation, health promotion and preventative healthcare. As a physiotherapist you will make a real impact on the quality of life of your patients.

The aim of the MSc (pre-registration) physiotherapy programme at UCC is to produce physiotherapist who are skilled, analytical practitioners, capable of independent evaluative judgement and, most importantly, can contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and society.  Graduates from the MSc (pre-registration) physiotherapy programme at UCC will be able to integrate theory with current physiotherapy practice and demonstrate a high level of critical thinking. The physiotherapy programme at UCC is evidence-based and research led and produces graduates fit for practice in the 21st Century.

The physiotherapy programme at UCC explores the concepts, principles and theories of current physiotherapy practice (incorporating movement analysis, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, self-management and health promotion) and the research evidence that underpins physiotherapy practice.

Physiotherapists work across a broad range of clinical specialities and health care settings and as such practice placement is central to physiotherapy education at UCC. Students will undertake a minimum of 1000 hours clinical placement during the course. 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.  Our physiotherapy programme prepares graduates to work as part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in acute hospitals; primary and community care teams; rehabilitation centres; nursing and residential homes; hospices; occupational health settings; and private practice. 

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Staff Profiles

Contact details

physiotherapy@ucc.ie.  Tel. +353 21 4904901

School of Clinical Therapies

Scoil na dTeiripí Cliniciúla

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