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Welcome to the discipline of Physiotherapy

John GormleyPhysiotherapy or physical therapy  is the treatment of disease or injury by physical means such as exercise therapy, mobilisation or movement. It involves the treatment of patients of all ages with a range of presenting conditions including those with orthopaedic conditions, sports injuries, chronic diseases such as cardiac disease, respiratory disease, cancer and neurological conditions.

The main activities of the Discipline of Physiotherapy are undergraduate and postgraduate education.

The undergraduate programmes delivered by the discipline lead to a BSc (Physiotherapy) through the  four year undergraduate programme in Physiotherapy  or the one year programme with recognition of the three year diploma in Physiotherapy from Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

The discipline has a number of postgraduate students. We offer research MSc and PhD programmes and a new fully online certificate in Clinical Exercise Perscription.

Core staff consists of 6 assistant professors (from part-time to full-time capacity), 3 associate professors, a practice education coordinator, a regional placement facilitator and a clinical teacher in physiotherapy.

  • Head of Discipline: Dr. John Gormley
  • Deputy Head of Discipline: Dr. Emma Stokes
  • Executive Officer: Sarah McLoughlin
  • General inquiries: or +353 1 896 2110


'Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease', Trinity's free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), run in partnership with FutureLearn, begins on the 9th of January 2017. This two week free online course, led by Dr Cuisle Forde and Dr Aine Kelly, will explore the evidence behind exercise prescription, and how it has evolved as a tool for preventing and treating disease. Geared towards healthcare professionals, the course details how physiological adaptations to exercise can translate to improved health outcomes, and will help enhance confidence in exercise prescription as a treatment.

The free online course will address the role of exercise in the treatment of a variety of clinical populations including people with cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, paediatric conditions and cancer. Available to anyone with internet access across multiple devices including desktops, tablets and smartphones, the innovative course will enable healthcare professionals anywhere to experience a Trinity education.

Register for this free online course which starts on the 9th of January here:

Last updated 5 January 2017 School Web Administrator (Email).