Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) 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 wwe offer will change from year to year based on the number and scores of applicants
Non-EU applicants who met the honours degree requirement must apply through Atlantic Bridge submitting a cover letter and CV within the application on their website http://www.atlanticbridge.com/physiotherapy/request-application/
Non-EU applicants who are shortlisted will be interviewed. Non-EU applicants are not required to complete the GAMSAT.
Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist applicants as deemed necessary.
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
- University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
- GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / 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:
- A completed postgraduate studies application form (online)
- 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.
Months of entry
The Department of Clinical Therapies offers a two-year MSc (Professional Qualification) in Physiotherapy, Level 9 (NQAI).
All EU applicants for this programme must sit the GAMSAT exam to be eligible to be offered a place (see entry requirements page). Further information on the exam format and dates is available from https://gamsat.acer.edu.au/gamsat-ireland
You must either register to sit the GAMSAT exam OR have a test score from the last two years before you apply for the programme as you will be required to supply your GAMSAT ID Number on your application to the University of Limerick. Please check the GAMSAT website for further information and registration dates.
Those in 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, Portloaise, Kilkenny, Ballinasloe and Co galway in a range of settings (terriary 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.
Information for international students
Non-EU applicants must apply through our partners Atlantic Bridge. Please see their website for closing date details. http://www.atlanticbridge.com/physiotherapy/request-application/
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr. Susan Coote