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Physiotherapy (Professional Qualification) MSc

Course Details


Available: Full- Time

Duration: 2 years

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught


Dr. Amanda Clifford
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Brief Description

The School of Allied Health 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.

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
  • ​PR6041 Peripheral Anatomy and Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice
  • PR6011 Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care
  • PR6013 Normal movement & Neurological Rehabilitation
  • PR6031 Preparation for Practice Education
  • PR6010 Neuromusculoskeletal cases
  • ES6002 Research Methods for Education and Health Sciences
  • PR6008 Cardio-vascular Physiotherapy
  • PR6002 Exercise and Participation in the Community
  • Practice Education 1
  • PR6073 Practice Education 2
  • CT6023 Research Project 1
Year 2  
Semester 4 - Autumn Semester 5 - Spring  
  • PR6053 Practice Education 3
  • CT6041 Research Project 2
  • PR6021 Multisystem Physiotherapy Cases
  • PR6019 Chronic Inflammatory States
  • CT6042 Innovation in management for Health & Social Care
  • PR6014 Practice Education 4
  • CT6032 Research Project 3
  • CT6052 Engaging through Complexity

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

Book of Modules

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. 

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. 

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. 

Thomas 1st year MSc Student - “I enjoy the small class size because it allows me and my fellow classmates to get to know our module leaders more. In my first semester, we have covered the introductions to musculoskeletal, neurology, and respiratory aspects of physiotherapy. I am happy to say that even with the pandemic, the staff has worked hard to ensure that we have in-person practical learning. Additionally, with this situation being new to us all, the staff have been altering the way the program material has been presented. I can confidently say that the staff want the best out of its students and are responsive to the feedback we provide.   
Overall, I would say my experience here in Ireland has been amazing. The individuals and staff in the program are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I know that committing to a 2-year program is difficult, especially for international students, but I guarantee that you will not be disappointed”.

Sam 2nd year MSc Student - "I always felt a very strong sense of welcome at the University of Limerick. Incredible classmates and faculty provided a sense of comfort in the classroom that you wouldn't expect so far away from home. This environment gave me the confidence to approach my learning with a passion I hadn't in the past."