Healthcare clinicians with a professionally and academically accredited BSc (Hons) (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised) or equivalent in a health profession* at a minimum of 2h2 level or above. Health Profession: Doctors, Nurses, Health and Social Care Professionals. Health and Social Care Professionals encompasses the list of professions regulated under the Health and Social Care Professions Act (2005) Ireland. These are clinical biochemist; dietician; medical scientist; occupational therapist; orthoptist; physiotherapist; podiatrist; psychologist; radiographer; social care worker; social worker; speech and language therapist. Note some modules are open to specific professions only, indicated in the programme structure
Months of entry
The taught core modules are PY5021 Evidence Based Practice and OT5002 Research Methods. Students choose 4 other elective modules and complete a research project. All modules are listed in the table below, including the semesters in which the modules run.
Depending on the module, the academic work may include classes, seminars, self-directed learning and/or e-learning, both on and off campus.
An Independent Learning Module involves a student and supervisor identifying a specific practice issue and/or academic skill they would like to address. It provides the student with an opportunity to identify a learning need particular to their own context and work area and to meet that through a structured process with a nominated supervisor.
Full-time programme structure
- Applicants register in September and complete 2 taught semesters.
- The thesis component is completed in the summer semester.
- Students must take 2 core modules (PY5021 and OT5002), 4 elective modules and complete a research dissertation. The student can take two ILM modules in the same semester.
- The research project is completed in Semester 3 (summer semester).
Part-time programme structure
- Applicants register in September and choose 1, 2, or 3 modules in Semesters 1 and 2 with completion of modules totalling 90 ECTS by the end of the maximum period of registration.
- The maximum period of registration is 3 years.
- If a student is unable to complete the programme in three years, the course board may consider an application to extend a student's period of registration. Students must take 2 core modules (PY5021 and OT5002) and 4 elective modules and complete a research dissertation. The student can take two ILM modules in the same semester.
- The core module OT5002 Research Methods must be undertaken before dissertation modules CT6001 and CT6002.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Carol-Anne Murphy