14th October 2024
What will I study during this MSc Physiotherapy course?
With the support of Practice Educators, you will assess and manage patients, observe experienced clinicians and participate in all aspects of care including case conferences, ward
rounds and home visits.
You will have the opportunity to experience a range of placements. Through these placements, you will gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians. Each student will gain experience of physiotherapy within various clinical, private and voluntary settings.
In terms of the specific focus of the relevant units;
In the Human Science in Practice, you will develop an understanding of functional anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, looking to explore the principles of pathological change and healing.
In Professional Practice, you develop an understanding of the healthcare context, the professional of physiotherapy and the
professional requirements to qualify as a physiotherapist.
In Concepts of Practice, your practical skills in assessing and screening related to physiotherapy practice are developed.
The Developing Physiotherapy Practice Skills 1 seeks to develop an
evidence-based approach to understanding how clinical sciences influence the management of problems commonly encountered by physiotherapists in clinical practice and the assessment and management of key pathologies and presentations.
In Developing Physiotherapy Practice Skills 2, you will build upon this knowledge to further extend your contemporary knowledge of evidence based physiotherapy practice in more complex cases.
In Person Centred Practice, you will explore factors influencing optimal clinical and therapeutic outcomes for patients/clients.
The Mental Health unit develops a strong foundation of common mental health conditions, what to do to help the client, and routes for onward referral.
In Advanced Practice Skills, you develop an understanding of the psychological aspects of rehabilitation and recovery to ensure you are best placed to maximise patient/client outcomes through the recovery process.
Finally, you are required to undertake a research project as part of the Physiotherapy Dissertation, and in preparation for this compete the Research Methods in Health Science unit to develop your knowledge, skills and expertise regarding interpreting and undertaking research.
In addition, you will undertake two placement units:
Physiotherapy Practice 1 and Physiotherapy Practice 2.
In these two units, you undertake a minimum combined total of
1000 practice hours through which you will develop and demonstrate your competency in core practice areas of physiotherapy.
How will I learn?
This MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) utilises a blended learning approach, with a mix of learning environments including large and small lectures, problem-based learning, common and complex case studies.
You will be empowered to provide high-quality treatment and rehabilitation for a variety of conditions across diverse specialities, providing a link between theory and practise, so that everything can be applied into your placements and real-world scenarios.
First year begins with theory-based learning followed by x2 seven-week placements where you will take your theory into practise. You will then return to the class to study problem-based learning scenarios within a person-centred practise framework.
In year two, your theory will involve building upon evidence-based physiotherapy practise through research, before completing another x2 seven-week placements and returning to campus for your final dissertation.
The importance of an interprofessional approach to health and social care will be emphasised in the MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) units to reflect current approaches to healthcare.
For example, within a rehabilitative approach to several health related and complex conditions. Interprofessional learning will be embedded in the theory of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teamworking and how this is applied to practice. This will be developed further through the clinical placements.
Formal teaching methods will vary depending on the relevant learning outcomes of specific units, but will include the following activity types:
Project Supervision (Scheduled)
Practical Classes and Workshops (Scheduled)
Guided Independent Study (Independent)
In addition, a variety of other teaching and learning methods will also be employed. These may include:
Small Group Learning Activities and Projects
Simulated learning activities
Your employability skills are also developed throughout the course with individual and group based exercises that require design, planning, analysis and evaluation within a theoretical and
You are normally expected to attend all elements of the course and will require a minimum of 80% attendance across all modules.
How will I be assessed?
SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
The primary aim of the varying assessment styles is to support you to demonstrate your knowledge of theory and practical as a result of a range of assessments.
The final year project provides the opportunity for an extended piece of formal scientific writing preparing you for your future career and the need to keep scientific based patient notes. We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey.
All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.
The broad nature of physiotherapy means there really is no limit to where you can take the skills you will acquire. Take your degree far and wide, from working in public or private practise, in voluntary, higher education, and research. Physiotherapists are needed in many different areas such as, paediatrics, orthopaedics, care of the elderly, neurological, respiratory, intensive care, chronic and acute respiratory to name a few.
Ireland: The demand for physiotherapists in Ireland is high, and there are numerous job possibilities available. Public and private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, sports clinics, nursing homes, community health cents, and private offices are among places where physiotherapists can find work. They may also work with sports teams, occupational health services, or academic or research institutes. The Irish health system allows physiotherapists to operate in a variety of venues and treat a wide spectrum of patients.
United Kingdom (UK): There are several job opportunities for physiotherapists in the United Kingdom. The National Health Service (NHS), private healthcare institutions, sports clubs, and fitness centres all have openings. Physiotherapists can specialize in a variety of fields, including musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory, paediatric, and sports physiotherapy. There are also opportunities in the field for research, teaching, and management.
Holding HCPC registration, gives graduates the advantage of immediate recognition of their physiotherapy qualification to work within the national healthcare services of Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Speak to an expert
Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.
It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.
I am Brandon McLean, the Corporate Admissions Manager here at the Portobello Institute and I can be contacted on 01 892 0035.
Education is a journey and the destination is a career that you love. I support the department that helps you to plan your journey so you can find the path that’s right for you. I have been with Portobello since 2018 and I love the elation that you can see on the face and hear in the voice of a student who talks through a complicated goal, who we can provide with a simple solution. When the conversation has finished and they can clearly see the path forward, I am thrilled. Education is a milestone in determining your future, and I cannot think of a better milestone to have a hand in.
How do I apply?
Entry to this course is by direct application to Portobello Institute.
We will be accepting applications for a 1 week window from late March 2024 and further information will be available here on the exact date in mid-March.
You will require a first or second class (2:1 or 2:2) BSc (Hons) degree in a relevant science-based subject.
Examples of relevant subjects include sport and exercise science, sports rehabilitation, sports therapy, human biology, biomedical sciences, anatomy and physiology, healthcare studies.
An existing qualification in nursing, midwifery or relevant Allied Health Profession (e.g: osteopathy or chiropractic).
Entry is interview based with a 15-minute interview conducted via MS Teams. We will look holistically at each applicant’s undergraduate degree, experience to date, interest in physiotherapy and commitment to completing this programme and working in the space in the future.
Applicants who are unsuccessful in this round will be given feedback so they may assess their opportunity to be successful with a future application for this programme.
Fees & Payment Options
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Payment Option 1
33% deposit payment (€5,200.47), followed by 4 scheduled payments on the first of each month, commencing the 1st of the month after the start date of the course. Includes one off instalment fee of €395.
- €2,639.63 due in month 1
- €2,639.63 due in month 2
- €2,639.63 due in month 3
- €2,639.63 due in month 4
Payment Option 2
40% deposit payment (€6,145.60) due on application of the course. Final balance is due on the 20th of September ’24, there is no instalment fee for this option.
Similar fees due in year 2.
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