Why Physiotherapy at RCSI Dublin?
Application timelinesPlease note that you can apply to study with RCSI via the following websites – you should carefully note the closing dates for applications:
- Applicants residing in North America should apply through Atlantic Bridge by 15 January 2022.
- All other Non-EU applicants may apply directly through our website by 1 February 2022.
- Irish/EU applicants should apply through CAO by 1 February 2022.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession focused on maintaining or improving mobility, physical abilities, fitness and quality of life. Physiotherapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to employ movement, exercise therapy and other physical methods. Some countries refer to physiotherapy as 'physical therapy'.
Physiotherapists work with people of all ages who are affected by injury, illness or disability. They are a key member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team and play an important role in preventive health and maximising function.
Our student body
RCSI's BSc in Physiotherapy is offered in two formats:
- School Leavers do a four-year degree programme
- Graduate Entry students do a three-year programme
The programme is open to applications from students from all over the world who want to become physiotherapists. As with other programmes at RCSI, we have a very international student body. Please read the entry requirements to see which programme you are eligible for.
As an RCSI Physiotherapy student, you will study alongside your future colleagues in Medicine and Pharmacy. This will ensure that the multidisciplinary nature of patient care is reflected in your education at RCSI.
On graduation, you will be career-ready and competitively placed to work across all areas of the healthcare system. This practical course will provide you with clinical and critical thinking skills to meet the demands of a rapidly changing health sector.
Many of our graduates find employment in hospitals where they undertook their clinical placements in Ireland. A lot of them also go on to secure positions in countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.
RCSI's BSc in Physiotherapy is accredited by:
- The National University of Ireland (NUI)
- CORU, the regulator for Health and Social Care professionals in Ireland
- The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, the representative body in Ireland for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy
This degree is also recognised internationally. Our graduates enjoy recognition by healthcare regulators in countries of their choosing. They are also equipped to earn very high scores in licensing exams on foot of their training with RCSI.
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On the RCSI Physiotherapy programme you are taught to an exacting standard of practice. This ensures that you are fully-qualified to work in any clinical setting on graduation.
Rich learning experience
Learn from leading academics and expert practitioners in a class that will include both school leavers and graduates from diverse academic backgrounds.
Small class sizes
Our small class sizes will ensure you acquire core knowledge and clinical skills. You will learn through small group teaching sessions, hands-on workshops and individual support.
Develop and practice your clinical skills in Europe’s largest and most modern healthcare simulation facility. Then perfect those skills with real patients on clinical placement.
Enjoy opportunities to undertake a wide range of clinical placements. Gain over 1,000 hours of clinical experience in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities across Ireland.
Begin your career as a healthcare researcher. Become involved in an RCSI research project or participate in the RCSI Research Summer School.