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Physiotherapy (Professional Qualification) MSc

Course Details

Course Code: MSPHYSTFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 2 years

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Application Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Email:
SchoolAlliedHealth@ul.ie
Tel:
353-61-234118
Web:
Apply Now

Read instructions on how to apply

Brief Description

The Department of Clinical Therapies offers a two-year MSc (Professional Qualification) in Physiotherapy, Level 9 (NQAI). 

Those in the final year of a Level 8 Degree can apply before graduation and may be offered a conditional place (depending on GAMSAT scores) subject to providing evidence of 2h2 or higher in their undergraduate degree

The MSc Physiotherapy programme has been shortlisted for a prestigious national gradireland Higher Education Awards in the Best New Course category in 2018.  

Those in the final year of a Level 8 Degree can apply before graduation and may be offered a conditional place (depending on GAMSAT scores) subject to providing evidence of 2h2 or higher in their undergraduate degree

In addition to academic modules at UL, students on the MSc Physiotherapy (Prof Qual) will complete 1000 hours of clinical placement. Clinical Placement modules will take place in Limerick, Portlaoise, Kilkenny, Ballinasloe and Co Galway in a range of settings (tertiary and secondary hospitals, rehabilitation units, primary care, schools etc. and with patients of all ages

The programme aims to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Synthesise theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal systems to the practice of physiotherapy.
  • Be competent in the delivery of physiotherapy interventions for the effective rehabilitation and management of people with a range of conditions.
  • Competently prescribe, and monitor physiotherapy interventions responsibly, based on a clinically-reasoned approach following an appropriate assessment and diagnosis.
  • Apply specialist knowledge and understanding of movement and movement dysfunction to clinical practice.
  • Use an innovative and creative approach to meet evolving service developments and healthcare needs.
  • Perform effectively and professionally within a health care team.
  • Adopt and facilitate a collaborative, holistic, proactive and professional approach to healthcare practice.
  • Articulate and integrate the advanced critical thinking and reflective skills required to be autonomous lifelong learners.
  • Use an evidence-based approach in practice which integrates research findings into patient assessment and management.
  • Integrate the ethical, social and cultural dimensions of healthcare within clinical judgement.
  • Articulate ideas clearly, effectively, collaboratively and professionally to patients, carers, the multidisciplinary team and other relevant stakeholders.
 Year 1  
Semester 1 - Autumn Semester 2 - Spring Semester 3 - Summer
  • ​Peripheral Anatomy and Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care
  • Normal movement & Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Preparation for Practice Education
  • Neuromusculoskeletal cases
  • Research Methods for Education and Health
  • Cardio-vascular Physiotherapy
  • Exercise and Participation in the Community
  • Practice Education 1
  • Practice Education 2
  • Research Project 1
Year 2  
Semester 4 - Autumn Semester 5 - Spring  
  • Practice Education 3
  • Research Project 2
  • Multisystem Physiotherapy Cases
  • Chronic Inflammatory States
  • Innovation in management for Health & Social Care
  • Practice Education 4
  • Research Project 3
  • Engaging through Complexity
 

 *Exemptions from modules will only be granted if the student has previously completed the same module.

Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalents) or equivalent prior learning this is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.

For EU candidates who meet this requirement, the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test) will be used as the sole instrument to select students for this programme. GAMSAT scores are used to rank applicants and the lowest score we offer will change from year to year based on the number and scores of applicants

Canadian and North American applicants who met the honours degree requirement must apply through Atlantic Bridge submitting a cover letter and CV within the application on their website. Please see their website for closing date details. http://www.atlanticbridge.com/physiotherapy/request-application/

All other non-EU applicants must apply directly to the University of Limerick by clicking “apply now” on the programme webpage.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University.   The University reserves the right to shortlist applicants as deemed necessary.

Garda Vetting

Successful completion of the Garda Vetting process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.  Click here for information on Garda Clearance. 

*English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper-based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – composite score 8 and not less than 7 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 /the University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Applications from EU applicants must include:

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates, including certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language.
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document).

Applications from Non-Eu applicants must be made through Atlantic Bridge. https://www.atlanticbridge.com/physiotherapy/request-application

Graduates will be eligible to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the world. Graduates will be able to work in a diverse range of environments including schools, hospitals and community settings

The MSc Physiotherapy has received full accreditation from the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and has been approved by CORUand are eligible to work in the HSE in Ireland.

Graduates will be licensed to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the world.