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Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

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The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a four-year degree program which includes a total of 31 weeks of clinical practice in the last two years of the program. The first year provides a foundation in Anatomy and Physiology, communication and behaviour, and an Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice. Over the remaining three years you will undertake studies in the various disciplines of physiotherapy including cardiorespiratory care, clinical neurology and musculoskeletal disorders for people across the lifespan. Research and evidence-based practice are core elements underpinning the program.

Admission requirements

Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants will be required to hold at least an Ordinary Level O3/Higher H7 in the Leaving Certificate in any one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education, Agricultural Science.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Anatomy 1
  • Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice 1
  • Introduction to Major Physiological Systems

Semester 2

  • Anatomy 2
  • Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice 2
  • Exercise and Health Fitness for Physiotherapists

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Enquiry in Healthcare 1
  • Preparation for Practice Education (PPP1)
  • Foundations of Physiotherapy
  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care

Semester 4

  • Cardio-Vascular Physiotherapy
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Cases


  • Practice Education 1

Year 3

This year contains physiotherapy modules that encourage students to develop their practical, evaluative and interpersonal skills at a higher level and consider the needs of clients with complex problems, reflecting on their clinical practice experience. Research Methodology is studied in preparation for the final year research project.

Year 4

Semester 7

  • Research project 1
  • Multisystem Cases in Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Practice Education 3

Semester 8

  • Engaging Through Complexity
  • Research Project 2
  • Physiotherapy Practice Education 4

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tution fee for 2021/2022:

  • EU Fee: 8,460&euro
  • Non EU Fee: 16,794&euro


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree NFQ Level 8

Continuing studies

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry)
  • MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice
  • PhD in Physiotherapy
  • Advanced Clinical Practice - Postgraduate Certificate
  • Structured PhD in Clinical Therapies

Career paths

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Chartered Physiotherapist
  • Research Assistant

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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is renowned for its graduate employability, dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement. With close to 16,000 students, including 3,000 international students, UL is...

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University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

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