Entry requirements

The course is offered as a PG Diploma and a Mast ers in Respiratory Physiotherapy. It builds on the basic knowledge gained in undergraduate study - clinical experience. As such, to be eligible for admission, applicants must fit the following criteria. Physiotherapists with a relevant undergraduate degree that deems them eligible for membership of the ISCP. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

Respiratory Physiotherapy is one of the core areas of Physiotherapy
Practice. The aim of this course is to develop physiotherapists’
knowledge and skills in the physiotherapy management of the
patient with respiratory disorders. The course will take place
on a part-time basis to facilitate physiotherapists working in
clinical practice. The M.Sc. course is run on a full-time (1 year)
and part-time (2 year) basis. The PG Diploma is completed in 1
year. All students will attend 3 days per month for the first year.
A 5-week clinical placement will either be timetabled for the
end of year 1 (full-time M.Sc. students and diploma students) or
during year 2 (part-time M.Sc. students). A research project will be
undertaken in year 1 for full-time M.Sc. students and in year 2 for
part-time M.Sc. students. Teaching will include lectures, laboratory
practicals, seminars and tutorials. Clinical experience in Respiratory
Physiotherapy will also be provided. Specialist themes covered
include: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology Exercise
prescription Clinical Exercise Prescription Research Methods and
Statistics Physiotherapy in Respiratory Medicine Clinical Practice
in Respirator Physiotherapy. Health Policy and Management
Research Dissertation.
An individual research project on some aspect of Respiratory
Physiotherapy shall be completed by M.Sc. students. Students shall
be assigned a supervisor with whom the research topic must be
agreed. The proposal must be accepted by the course committee
prior to commencement. Ethical approval for research projects
will be sought as necessary. The dissertation will involve regular
meetings between the student and supervisor. M.Sc. students will
present their research findings in a report in a paper format of no
more than 3,500 words.
Students performance will be assessed by coursework that is
completed throughout the year and by their performance during a
clinical placement. Coursework will include case-based questions,
case studies, essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Juliette Hussey
+353-1-896 2125