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As a qualified UCD physiotherapist, you will be in a position to pursue one of the most rewarding of careers. You will provide services to people to develop, maintain and restore their maximum physical health and movement, and, ultimately, improve their quality of life.

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About Physiotherapy

The full time UCD BSc Physiotherapy degree programme is fully accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. As a student of Physiotherapy at UCD, you will benefit from the modern and progressive facilities at the School itself, as well as the UCD Institute for Sport and Health. The Institute includes two state-of-the-art research laboratories where you can study comprehensively the physiological and biomechanical analysis of human performance in health and sport.

In our fully equipped clinical skills laboratories you will also benefit from clinical teaching in small groups, where you will acquire skills under the tuition of highly qualified staff. In addition to campus-based learning, you will gain practical hands-on experience through clinical placements in UCD teaching hospitals and other clinical centres throughout Ireland. There are opportunities to study abroad for a semester, as part of an Erasmus exchange programme, and to undertake clinical placements in Europe, Africa, the USA, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

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Your first year in Physiotherapy will cover a broad spectrum of basic, applied and clinical sciences. These modules will provide you with the core knowledge you require for your degree course. You can also choose elective modules which give you the freedom and flexibility to explore other areas that interest you.

During first year the teaching takes place mainly in the UCD Health Sciences Centre. While lectures take place in large groups, all hands-on practical physiotherapy classes are in small groups in the specially designed clinical skills laboratories. Towards the end of the year you will have the opportunity to spend time in a clinical setting, where you can put theory into practice. This is also the ideal time to join some of UCD's many clubs and societies, and experience everything that university life has to offer.