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Respiratory Physiotherapy (M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip)


Course Description

Respiratory Physiotherapy is one of the core areas of Physiotherapy Practice. The aim of this course is to develop physiotherapists knowledge and skills in the physiotherapy management of the patient with respiratory disorders. The course will take place on a part-time basis to facilitate physiotherapists working in clinical practice. The MSc course is run on a full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) basis. The PG Diploma is completed in 1 year. All students will attend 3 days per month for the first year. A 5-week clinical placement will either be timetabled for the end of year 1 (full-time MSc students and diploma students) or during year 2 (part-time MSc students). A research project will be undertaken in year 1 for full-time MSc students and in year 2 for part-time MSc students. Teaching will include lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars and tutorials. Clinical experience in Respiratory Physiotherapy will also be provided. Specialist themes covered include:Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology Exercise prescription Clinical Exercise Prescription Research Methods and Statistics Physiotherapy in Respiratory Medicine Clinical Practice in Respirator Physiotherapy. Health Policy and Management Research Dissertation. .
An individual research project on some aspect of Respiratory Physiotherapy shall be completed by MSc students. Students shall be assigned a supervisor with whom the research topic must be agreed. The proposal must be accepted by the course committee prior to commencement. Ethical approval for research projects will be sought as necessary. The dissertation will involve regular meetings between the student and supervisor. MSc students will present their research findings in a report in a paper format of no more than 3,500 words.

Students performance will be assessed by coursework that is completed throughout the year and by their performance during a clinical placement. Coursework will include case-based questions, case studies, essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews.

Entry Requirements

The course is offered as a PG Diploma and a Masters in Respiratory Physiotherapy. It builds on the basic knowledge gained in undergraduate study - clinical experience. As such, to be eligible for admission, applicants must fit the following criteria.Physiotherapists with a relevant undergraduate degree that deems them eligible for membership of the ISCP.

Course Fees

Full-time €10,010 EU / €20,995 non-EU; part-time €7,470 EU / €15,660 non-EU


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