Dan goes on to Study for a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy at RCSI

Sports Therapy Graduate


On successful completion of his sports therapy degree, Dan O’Mahony was accepted on the RCSI  master’s degree in  physiotherapy.

Dan was always interested in sport and he competed at a high level in his chosen sport of rugby.  He chose the Sports degree programme at Portobello Institute because it was honours Bsc degree (level 8) which could be completed over 3 years with international accreditation (London Metropolitan University).

He knew he wanted to study sport but was not quite sure where he would make his career in the sporting world.  By undertaking the sports degree at Portobello Institute, Dan did not have to make this decision for another year, as the first year is common for all sports students introducing them to different aspects of the industry.  Dan spent the year exploring the therapy, coaching and science elements of sport before choosing therapy as his way forward.  He reveals “before I started the course, I didn’t really understand what each area entailed, after year 1, I knew what I liked and what I was good at – I knew therapy was the route for me”.

As Dan progressed through the course, he decided to extend his sports therapy training to include physiotherapy.  Portobello Institute sports therapy graduates are eligible to apply for the masters (level 9) degree in physiotherapy at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI). Dan was successful in securing a place on this course for 2018/9 and believes this was the right path for him, he said, “Portobello Institute provided me with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge for me to attain my ultimate career goal … I was also very fortunate to be given the opportunity to study with a great class of students and extremely supportive lecturers”.  


Is this a pathway to Physiotherapy for you? Dan’s story shows that studying sports therapy at Portobello Institute is an alternative route to securing a career in physiotherapy.  If you would like to discuss your career options with a course advisor please call  01 892 0000 or come to one of our open days to meet with the lecturers from the sports department.



Dan goes on to Study for a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy at RCSI Dan goes on to Study for a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy at RCSI