Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Menu Search



Undergraduate

Physiotherapy

B.Sc. (Physio.); ; 40 places

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy – or physical therapy – places full and functional movement at the heart of what it means to be healthy. It involves treating patients of all ages with a range of illnesses and conditions, including those with back and neck problems, sports injuries, arthritis, or those recovering from strokes and operations. The methods employed include exercise therapy, manipulative procedures, and a variety of electrical treatments.

Physiotherapists may be part of a multidisciplinary medical team that includes physicians, nurses, speech and language therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers among others. Alternatively, they may work from clinics or specialise in particular areas of the discipline.

Physiotherapy: The course for you?

Physiotherapy is both physically and academically demanding and you will need to have considerable emotional stability and strong communication skills. Visiting a local general hospital or other area where physiotherapists work will give you a good understanding of what exactly is involved.

Physiotherapy @ Trinity

Physiotherapy is based in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in a purpose built complex at St. James’s Hospital. This complex houses other health science disciplines and allows physiotherapy students to share courses with those in the other health sciences to give a multidisciplinary approach to studying and working. The centre is about two miles from the main campus and is beside a Luas station on the line running between Tallaght and Connolly Station in the city centre.

All students will have clinical placements at Trinity’s associated teaching hospitals of St. James’s and AMNCH in Tallaght, where there is an established expertise in most areas of physiotherapy. These placements allow students to gain experience in some of the specialist areas of physiotherapy including neurology, respiratory care, coronary care, orthopaedics, women’s health, care of the elderly, sports and out-patients.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Successful completion of the course entitles you to membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, the accrediting body for physiotherapy in Ireland.

Physiotherapists are sought throughout the world and you will be able to work with a wide range of conditions or to specialise, as you wish. There is also great scope for you to continue to develop your skills and expertise in areas such as manipulative therapy, sports injuries, neurology, cardiology, respiratory, research, education, management or private practice.

Your degree and what you’ll study

The major objective of this four-year course is to enable you to become a competent professional with the ability to work independently with patients.

There are two components to Physiotherapy: theory and clinical practice. In the first year the emphasis is on laying a foundation of theoretical knowledge and the second year introduces students to the clinical skills and procedures used by physiotherapists. Clinical sciences are taught mainly in the second and third years. In the third and fourth years students spend up to fifty percent of their time on clinical placement. In the fourth-year, students have an opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in a particular area of physiotherapy and undertake a research project.

FIRST AND SECOND (FRESHMAN) YEARS

As a Freshman student you will have approximately 20 hours of teaching each week, divided between lecture and practical classes.

Courses covered in the first two years include:

  • Physiology
  • Anatomy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Pathology
  • Biomechanics and Movement – includes procedures to improve strength, mobility and balance.
  • Electrotherapy Procedures – includes the use of electrotherapy to alleviate pain, improve circulation and re-educate muscles.
  • Manipulative Procedures – includes the use of soft tissue massage and manipulations to improve mobility and improve circulation.
  • Exercise Therapy – the use of exercise in prevention and treatment.

You will also start to study various conditions and specialities frequently seen in physiotherapy, such as respiratory conditions and musculoskeletal conditions.

At the end of second year you will start clinical placements under the supervision of skilled and experienced tutors. These may be taken in hospitals, clinics, day centres or within private and community practice.

THIRD AND FOURTH (SOPHISTER) YEARS

In the Junior Sophister year half of the time is spent on academic studies and the other half on clinical placements in a variety of settings both within and outside the Dublin area.

In fourth year, the first term will be spent on two clinical placements. In the second term you will undertake an investigative project and study the following subjects: sports and exercise medicine, ergonomics, professional issues and advances in physiotherapy.

ASSESSMENT

End-of-year written examinations and tests in certain subjects, such as anatomy, make up the theoretical assessment structure. There are a number of submitted assignments in the Sophister years.

In addition, you will be continuously assessed during your clinical placement and will have practical exams on the skills element of the course, including your assessment of a patient while on a clinical placement.

GET IN TOUCH!

www.medicine.tcd.ie/physiotherapy

Tel: +353 1 896 2110 / 2111


 

Course Options

Award

B.Sc. (Physio.)

Number of Places

40

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR053

Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Leaving Certificate O4 or H6 Mathematics H4 In two of physics, chemistry, biology, physics/chemistry, mathematics or agricultural science GCSE Grade B Mathematics Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade C In two of physics, chemistry, biology, or mathematics Combinations of subjects not permitted: Physics/chemistry with physics or chemistry Agricultural science with biology Other EU examination systemsSee www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/GARDA VETTING: Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting. See for further details.


Apply

To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Physiotherapy, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 01/02/2017

Non-EU Applicants

  • Physiotherapy, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 30/06/2017
  • CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR053