Taught course


University of Limerick · Department of Physiotherapy

Entry requirements

Applicants must have attained an award of at least a 2.2 in their undergraduate degree (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or an existing postgraduate degree. The type of previous undergraduate degree awarded is not a limiting factor in terms of eligibility. For 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 exam takes place on 19th March, and applicants must register for, and complete this, independently. All three components of the GAMSAT must be completed and will be used in the assessment. Registration for GAMSAT closes 5.15pm GMT on the 1st of February 2016. No applications for registration will be accepted after this date under any circumstances. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to short-list applicants as deemed necessary. For more information, see out website.

Months of entry


Course content

Building on the success of the existing professional qualification programmes (BSc in Physiotherapy, MSc in Occupational Therapy and MSc in Speech and Language Therapy), from August 2015 the Department of Clinical Therapies will offer a two-year Masters (Professional Qualification) in Physiotherapy.

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.

Information for international students

In addition to the above entry requirements, applicants will need to satisfy the University's English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Susan Coote