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LM100 - Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy

Course Details

Course Code: LM100

Level: Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2013: 555* Course Leader: Clinical Therapies
Phone: 00 353 61 234232

Tel: 00 353 61 202015

*Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places

The Student Experience

Course Description

About You

If you are the type of person who enjoys working with people and has good communication skills; if you have an interest in working with people who are ill or disabled and would like a practical, hands-on, challenging career, then this programme might suit you.

Why study Physiotherapy at UL?

This programme is designed to prepare graduates who will contribute to the development of Physiotherapy in Ireland through their ability to act as competent, reflective and innovative practitioners, and through their expertise in research.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a four-year degree programme which includes a total of 31 weeks clinical practice in the last three years of the programme. The first year provides a foundation in the basic biomedical sciences, including Human Physiology and Anatomy, Physics, Psycho-social aspects of Health and Illness, and an introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Skills. Over the remaining three years, you will gain experience in the various disciplines of Physiotherapy: respiratory care, clinical neurology and musculoskeletal problems.

The evaluation of research underpinning physiotherapy practice is a core element of the programme. During the 4 years, there will be opportunities for you to be engaged in shared learning with other students at the University of Limerick, and be involved in peer learning and assessment.

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Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2


PY4001 Human Anatomy 1

PY4062 Human Anatomy 2


SS4202 Introduction to major Physiological Systems

PY4082 Human Anatomy 3


PH4301 Physics for General Science 1

SS4012 Exercise and Health Fitness for Physiotherapists


GM4001 Health Informatics

PY4092 Physiotherapy: Theory and Practice


PY4061 Introduction to Communication and Human Behaviour: Theory and Practice





Year 2

PY4093 Neurological Physiotherapy

SS4204 Support Systems to Muscle Contraction


SS4203 Physiology of Muscle in Movement

PY4033 Essentials of Respiratory care


PY4103 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 1

PY4104 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2


SS4023 Clinical Biomechanics 

PY4114 Lifespan Development and Behavioural Psychology in Healthcare


PY4113 Preparation for Practice Education

PY4124 Practice Education 1




Year 3

PY4085 Case Management in Healthcare 1

PY4056 Case Management in Healthcare 2


PY4015 Research methods in Physiotherapy  1

PY4036 Research methods in Physiotherapy  2


OT6045 Health systems & management for Therapy professions

PY4066 Psychosocial and Ethical Issues in Healthcare


PY4095 Physiotherapy Practice in Contemporary Healthcare

SS4418 Clinical Applications of exercise 


PY4115 Practice Education 2a

PY4076 Practice Education 2b




Year 4

PY4007 Project 

PY4008 Project


PY4047 Short Courses in Health 1

PY4088 Short Courses in Health 2


PY4057 Practice Education 3

PY4098 Practice Education 5


PY4067 Practice Education 4





Programme Content & Structure

The 4 year programme encourages students to explore the scientific basis of clinical practice and concepts of research and clinical evaluation are discussed at all levels of learning. Students are encouraged to develop independence in learning, problem-solving skills, the ability to engage in critical self-evaluation and personal development in order to meet the needs of patients, and the ability to adapt to changes within health care provision and the profession.

Year 1

Basic biomedical sciences form the major component of the first year of the programme and provide a basis upon which knowledge from other modules and later years are built. The modules studied are: Human Anatomy and Physiology; Physics; IT; Psychology and Sociology; and Physiotherapy Clinical Skills.

Year 2

The assessment, evaluation and management of disability provides the focus for this year of the programme. Physiotherapy modules therefore predominate, as the student is introduced to the management of respiratory and neurological problems, and continue to develop their skills in the management of musculoskeletal problems. Clinical Biomechanics and Psychology are also studied and the study of Human Anatomy and Physiology is completed within this year.

Year 3

This year encourages students to integrate physiotherapy theory with practice at a higher level and reflect on their clinical practice experience. Students are also provided with the opportunity to consider in greater depth the psychosocial aspect of physiotherapy intervention and the ethical and legal issues pertaining to practice. Research Methodology is studied in preparation for the final year research project.

Year 4

Student led activity forms the core of this year in the form of a final year research project, seminars on aspects of impairment and disability, and reflection on clinical practice.


Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects (including Mathematics; Irish or another language; and English). In addition applicants will be required to hold at least an Ordinary Level B3/Higher D3 in the Leaving Certificate in any one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science.

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Applicants are required to undertake the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) test. There is one sitting of the test annually. Further details, including test date and test centres, are available from

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to ensure I have chosen the right career?
Physiotherapy is a wide ranging and varied profession and you are strongly encouraged to seek some work experience in a hospital to increase your knowledge of the wide spectrum of the profession.

Do you need to be interested in sport to be a physiotherapist?
You do not need to be athletic or involved in sport to be a physiotherapist. Treating sports injuries is only a very small component of physiotherapy and only a small percentage of physiotherapists work in this area.

How intense is the course?
Because the course leads to a professional qualification the level of the work load is high compared to many other courses at UL.

Are some school subjects more useful than others?
Students who have studied Biology often find it an advantage during their first year of study.

How many places are there on the programme?
Currently there are 30 places available, which includes 3 places for mature entry students.

Where do students undertake their clinical placements?
Some, but not all, of the 1000+ hours of clinical placements will take place within the HSE Mid-West region. It is important that students gain a wide range of experience treating different groups of people in different environments and this will be facilitated by undertaking placements outside of this region.

Will I share lectures with other students?
Several of the modules will be shared with other health professionals and sports science students. As all students of UL are taught on the same campus, you will have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of students.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme will be eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and will be equipped to work in clinical practice in Ireland and other countries where their chartered status is recognised. Graduates of the programme work in all areas of clinical practice in HSE, for voluntary bodies and in private practice.

Follow-on study

We have a suite of taught postgraduate certificates for physiotherapy graduates wishing to further their education and specialise in areas such as Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Neurological Rehabilitation, Advanced Clinical Practice and Pain. A new taught Masters of Science in Advanced Healthcare Practice is now available at UL.

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Student Profile

Laura Comber
I was always interested in working with people. Physiotherapy appealed to me as it allowed me to make a difference to peoples lives.

During transition year I spent a week on work experience with the Munster rugby team’s physiotherapist in the UL Sports Arena. I instantly fell in love with the campus. From then on, I knew UL had to be my number one choice. Everything you need is on the university grounds or surrounding area.

Right from the beginning, there was a friendly atmosphere. Lecturers were approachable and the small class size helped us form good friendships. Everyone looked out for each other.

Over the four years I have had six clinical placements. This is my favourite aspect of the course. These placements give you the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills you learn in college. Every placement is in a different setting and each one posed different challenges, making each experience as rewarding as the last.

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