Become a Qualified Health Professional

Our fully accredited* programmes qualify students as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists

Interested In Research?

imageWe currently have students studying for a Masters or structured PhD (sPhD) through research.

Further Education for Qualified Health Professionals

imageClinical Therapies offers an MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice and a suite of postgraduate certificates for healthcare professionals


Welcome to Clinical Therapies

Welcome to the Department of Clinical Therapies.

Welcome to the Department of Clinical Therapies.

Dr. Norelee Kennedy, Head of Department 

The Department of Clinical Therapies was formed in 2011 following the amalgamation of the Departments of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy. The three professions joined the University of Limerick in 2002/3 and established solid reputations in their own disciplines as well as working collaboratively. The profession of Dietetics joined the department in summer 2017. To reflect our continued growth and development the Department will transition to the School of Allied Health in January 2018.

Interprofessional working and learning is a feature of the department and evidenced throughout our teaching, practice placements and in our research. Our newly appointed Adjunct Professor of Interprofessional Education, Prof Scott Reeves, Kingston and St George’ s London is working with us to further develop and evaluate our interprofessional learning.

The department offers pre-registration programmes for people wishing to qualify in our professions and also offers post-registration programmes for qualified health professionals. We offer four professional programmes across our three disciplines of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy.  A graduate entry MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics is planned for September 2018.  Our programmes are offered to a high standard as evidenced by the excellent track record in receiving regulatory body programme approval and professional body accreditation. Our practice placements are delivered in partnership with a range of HSE and other health and social care providers in traditional and innovative settings.

For people interested in qualifying as a Physiotherapist we offer a 4 year undergraduate BSc in Physiotherapy. In 2015 we established a 2 year graduate entry MSc in Physiotherapy (Professional Qualification).  Both programmes have full accreditation from the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. The BSc in Physiotherapy has full programme approval from CORU and final approval from CORU is pending for the MSc in Physiotherapy (Professional Qualification).

For people interested in qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist we offer a graduate entry MSc in Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification).  The programme has full programme approval from CORU and full accreditation from the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. The MSc in Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) is a graduate entry programme for those interested in qualifying as an occupational Therapist. The programme has full programme approval from CORU and is fully accredited by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. Both programmes are 2 years in duration and are the only graduate-entry programmes for these disciplines in Ireland.

For qualified health professionals the department offers a postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice and an MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice. The MSc assists healthcare practitioners to evaluate their practice and extend, or refocus, their skills and knowledge to meet new challenges in healthcare.

The Department is a large, welcoming, dynamic department with over 40 staff members across academic, practice education, research, administrative and technical officer staff. The department is based in a purpose-built Health Sciences Building on the North campus of the University.

The Department has an excellent research profile across its research themes and related research groups. Our research has impact across a range of areas and being connected with our research communities and involving patient and public partners (PPI) is a feature of our research. Staff in the Department publish regularly in high-impact ISI journals and have a strong track record in securing research funding from national and international funding bodies including the Health Research Board, Irish Research Council and EU funders. Collaboration with other research groups and disciplines locally, nationally and internationally is a feature of the research activity within the department. In fact, we currently collaborate with 85 different institutions internationally! There are several Postgraduate MSc and PhD students registered in the department and together with a growing postdoctoral and research staff the Department offers excellent support for future researchers in our professions.

I hope you enjoy reading further about the department and its activities. Please feel free to contact us with any queries.