Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree NFQ Level 8
* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places.
† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
If you are the type of person who enjoys working with people and has good communication skills; if you have an interest in working with people who are ill or disabled and would like a practical, hands-on, challenging career, then this programme might suit you.
Why study Physiotherapy at UL?
This programme is designed to prepare graduates who will contribute to the development of Physiotherapy worldwide through their ability to act as competent, reflective and innovative practitioners, and through their expertise in evidence-based practice. During the 4 years, there will be opportunities for you to engage in shared learning with other students at the University of Limerick, undertake a wide variety of supervised clinical placements. The School culture is identified by students as inclusive and supportive in Athena Swan Self-Assessment and in May 2019 the School received a bronze Athena Swan award.
What you will study
The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a four-year degree programme which includes a total of 28 weeks of clinical practice. The first year provides a foundation in Anatomy and Physiology, communication and behaviour, and an Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice. Over the remaining three years you will undertake studies in the various disciplines of physiotherapy including cardiorespiratory care, clinical neurology and musculoskeletal disorders for people across the lifespan. Research and evidence-based practice are core elements underpinning the programme. To find out more, go to www.ul.ie/schoolalliedhealth
Health Screen and Vaccination check:
On placement, you will be considered to be a category A Health Care worker and must, therefore, fulfil vaccination requirements. Successful completion of the Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.
The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a four-year degree programme which includes a total of 31 weeks of clinical practice in the last two years of the programme. The first year provides a foundation in Anatomy and Physiology, communication and behaviour, and an Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice. Over the remaining three years you will undertake studies in the various disciplines of physiotherapy including cardiorespiratory care, clinical neurology and musculoskeletal disorders for people across the lifespan. Research and evidence-based practice are core elements underpinning the programme.
To find out more, go to www.ul.ie/schoolalliedhealth
|LM100 BSc Physiotherapy|
|Year||Sem 1||Sem 2|
|1||GM4001||HEALTH INFORMATICS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS||PR4002||ANATOMY 2|
|PR4001||INTRODUCTION TO PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE 1||SS4012||EXERCISE AND HEALTH FITNESS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS|
|PR4010||ANATOMY 1||PR4011||INTRODUCTION TO PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE 2|
|SS4202||INTRODUCTION TO MAJOR PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS||Elective - Broadening module, choose one.|
|2||PR4061||FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY||PR4012||PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY 1|
|CT4001||ENQUIRY IN HEALTHCARE 1||CT4002||ENQUIRY IN HEALTH CARE 2|
|PR4051||PHYSIOTHERAPY IN RESPIRATORY CARE||PR4016||CARDIO-RESPIRATORY PHYSIOTHERAPY|
|PR4041||NEUROLOGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY||PR4014||NEUROMUSCULOSKELETAL CASES|
|3||PR4071||PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE EDUCATION 1||PR4004||FINAL YEAR PROJECT 1|
|CT4011||PREPARATION FOR PRACTICE EDUCATION||PR4018||PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY 2|
|PR4101||CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY STATES||CT4012||INNOVATION IN MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (PPP3)|
|PR4081||EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY||PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE EDUCATION 2|
|4||PR4021||FINAL YEAR PROJECT 2||PR4006||FINAL YEAR PROJECT 3|
|PR4031||MULTISYSTEM CASES IN PHYSIOTHERAPY||PR4022||PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE EDUCATION 4|
|PR4091||PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE EDUCATION 3||CT4014||ENGAGING THROUGH COMPLEXITY|
Programme Content & Structure
The 4-year programme encourages students to explore the scientific basis of clinical practice and concepts of research and clinical evaluation are discussed at all levels of learning. Students are encouraged to develop independence in learning, problem-solving skills, the ability to engage in critical self-evaluation and personal development in order to meet the needs of patients, and the ability to adapt to changes within healthcare provision and the profession.
Basic biomedical sciences form the major component of the first year of the programme and provide a basis upon which knowledge from other modules and later years are built. The modules studied are: Human Anatomy and Physiology; Health Informatics; Exercise and Health Fitness and Introduction to Physiotherapy Skills.
The assessment, evaluation and management of disability provide the focus for this year of the programme. Physiotherapy modules, therefore, predominate, as the student is introduced to the management of respiratory musculoskeletal and neurological problems. The student will begin their study of research and evidence-based practice in the Enquiry in Healthcare module. In addition, students are introduced to the sociological perspectives of health and illness and health promotion in order to reflect and prepare them for contemporary practice.
This year contains physiotherapy modules that encourage students to develop their practical, evaluative and interpersonal skills at a higher level and consider the needs of clients with complex problems, reflecting on their clinical practice experience. Research Methodology is studied in preparation for the final year research project.
Year four introduces two case-based modules that provide students with the opportunities to engage in discipline-specific and inter-professional learning through multi-complex cases scenarios. Independent learning is promoted through the work on a final year project. Students will also undertake their final two Practice Education modules.
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.
In addition, applicants will be required to hold at least an Ordinary Level O3/Higher H7 in the Leaving Certificate in any one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education, Agricultural Science.
We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February, and undertake the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) test.
As the entry is on a competitive basis for 30 places the actual entry-level will generally be substantially higher than the minimum requirements.
Approximately 15% of places each year are awarded to mature students. These are highly sought after and are awarded competitively. Applicants are required to undertake the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) test. There is one sitting of the test annually. Further details, including test date and test centres, are available from https://msap-ie.acer.edu.au. There is no interview as mature student places are awarded solely on the basis of performance in the MSAP test.
'Going back as a 'mature' student was tough - there was an age gap with most of my class, which made it tough to start, but after a few months I think any difficulties I felt were only a memory. I was surprised how quickly I settled into the study routine. It’s easy when you’re doing a course you're interested in and I think that's the big thing - you need to be interested in what you do in college. ........ I'm delighted I took the decision to go back to physiotherapy at UL. I feel I've gained the practical skills, life skills and motivation on which to build a fulfilling career. It was hard work but there were enough enjoyable experiences along the way to make it seem easy, and I'd have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I've made lifelong friends and memories in my time in UL, and believe me you'll wonder when you finish (with some regret no doubt!) how the years went so quickly!' - A. Kehoe mature student graduate
Please note that Garda Clearance will be required as placements may involve working with children or vulnerable adults. Applicants will be asked to complete a Garda Vetting form that will be forwarded by the Office of the President to the Garda Central Vetting Unit for clearance. The Garda Vetting process can take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete. In cases where any issues arise around clearance, they will be referred in confidence to the UL Authorised Signatory in the Office of the President, who will contact the applicant.
From the academic year 2012/2013 all incoming students onto the Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Programs will be required to attend the Occupational Health Facility contracted by the University Of Limerick Department Of Clinical Therapies for an immunisation consult. The cost of this service will range from €65 and up depending on the amount and type of immunisation each individual requires. The average price is €260 and if additional vaccinations are needed it could be up to €500. The Department of Clinical Therapies does not cover the cost of this. As you will be considered a Category A Health Care Worker on clinical placement this is a statutory requirement and you cannot attend placement until this process has been initiated. The Department of Clinical Therapies will arrange an appointment for you with the Occupational Health Facility.
Graduates of the programme will be eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and will be equipped to practice in Ireland and other countries where their chartered status is recognised. Within Ireland, graduates work in all areas of clinical practice in the HSE, voluntary bodies and in private practice. Additionally, some graduates undertake higher degrees or work in research settings. You will also be eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the national registration body, CORU. This is a requirement to allow you to practice as a physiotherapist within Ireland.
We offer taught postgraduate education for physiotherapists wishing to further their learning through our MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice. Many of our graduates have undertaken MSc and Ph.D. research degrees. A variety of specialist post-graduate qualifications are available nationally and internationally for Physiotherapists wishing to develop clinical specialisation.
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As a child, I was always fascinated by how the body moved, and seamlessly worked together. I was interested to learn about how people return to their normal function after an injury or infection. After spending 2 weeks on work experience with my local physiotherapist in Transition Year, I knew this was the career I wanted to follow.
I fell in love with the UL campus as an eight-year old, while watching the Irish rugby team train in the UL Sport Arena. Limerick is so accessible, and even more so now with a great connection along the west coast. UL is known as “Ireland’s Sporting Campus”, and as a hurler, I thought this would be the ideal place for me to study.
As part of the course I have represented the University on the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists’ Student Council. The course also facilitates working with other studying health professionals through shared learning, which is a great help with understanding your role within the team setting of the hospital. I had two clinical placements in Limerick, and three in Galway. All of the placements were varied, and each presented their own unique challenges. Placement is the best insight into the role of the Physio - nothing that will beat that feeling of progressing a patient from being acutely unwell back to their usual self.
I was always interested in working with people. Physiotherapy appealed to me as it allowed me to make a difference to peoples lives.
During transition year I spent a week on work experience with the Munster rugby team’s physiotherapist in the UL Sports Arena. I instantly fell in love with the campus. From then on, I knew UL had to be my number one choice. Everything you need is on the university grounds or surrounding area.
Right from the beginning, there was a friendly atmosphere. Lecturers were approachable and the small class size helped us form good friendships. Everyone looked out for each other.
Over the four years I have had six clinical placements. This is my favourite aspect of the course. These placements give you the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills you learn in college. Every placement is in a different setting and each one posed different challenges, making each experience as rewarding as the last.
What can I do to ensure I have chosen the right career?
Physiotherapy is a wide-ranging and varied profession and you are strongly encouraged to seek some work experience in a hospital to increase your knowledge of the wide spectrum of the profession.
Do you need to be interested in sport to be a physiotherapist?
You do not need to be athletic or involved in sport to be a physiotherapist. Treating sports injuries is only a very small component of physiotherapy and only a small percentage of physiotherapists work in this area.
How intense is the course?
Because the course leads to a professional qualification the level of the work load is high compared to many other courses at UL.
Are some school subjects more useful than others?
Students who have studied Biology often find it an advantage during their first year of study.
How many places are there on the programme?
Currently, there are 30 places available, which includes 3 places for mature entry students.
What are the criteria for entry for mature students?
Mature applicants are advised to gain knowledge of the breadth of physiotherapy and should offer an educational experience in a subject relevant to physiotherapy (normally in the sciences) as minimum requirements before applying.
Where do students undertake their clinical education placements?
Many, but not all, of the 1000+ hours of clinical placements, will take place within the HSE Mid-West region. It is important that students gain a wide range of experience treating different groups of people in different environments and this will be facilitated by undertaking placements outside of this region.
Will I share lectures with other students?
Several of the modules will be shared with other health professionals and sports science students. As all students of UL are taught on the same campus, you will have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of students.