Postgraduate
MSc Older Person Rehabilitation

University College Cork

Course Overview


The MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation is designed to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, with interdisciplinary learning in the theory and practice of Older Person Rehabilitation.

It is available as a part-time or full time programme. The full-time programme runs over one calendar year (12 months) from the date of first registration for the programme. The part-time programme runs over two academic years (20 months). The Programme includes a period of clinical placement.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC’s Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Exemptions at the Point of Entry to the MSc Programme

Following successful completion of the examinations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation, and subject to approval of the Programme Team, a student may opt to transfer to the MSc (Older Person Rehabilitation), with exemptions granted for modules already taken.
A student previously graduated with the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation/Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation (exit award from the MSc) may register for the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation within five years of completion, subject to approval of the Programme Team, with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,700

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • Established in 2011, the Older Person Rehabilitation postgraduate programme is a unique course which will allow you to develop your skills as a leader in gerontology and rehabilitation. This interdisciplinary course is the only one of its kind in Ireland and the UK.
  • A student-centred focus promotes flexible timetabling and blended learning to minimise travel time.
  • The flexible approach allows students to choose from a range of modules to build a course tailored to them.
  • Lecturers are experienced clinicians from a range of disciplines who promote interdisciplinary learning and practice.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:

  • An Honours Primary Degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent qualification and professional experience to be approved by the Programme Team.
  • Ideally candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least one year post-registration;
  • In some exceptional circumstances candidates, by virtue of their training and experience may, at the discretion of the Programme Team, be deemed suitable for entry to the programme. Such candidates may be requested to undergo an interview.

* A relevant health care discipline includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing science, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology, and social studies.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET):
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): DET 110-115 + Skills Check.DET 120 or more eligible for full offer
IELTS Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): 6.5 Minimum individual sections 6.5
TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): TOEFL 90; Listening – 23; Reading – 21; Speaking – 22; Writing 23
CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): 176 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): 176 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): 63 Minimum individual sections 63
Trinity ISE:
Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


In today’s competitive workforce, higher professional qualifications are an essential part of continuous professional development and career advancement. The MSc is particularly suitable for those who want to assume a management and leadership position in the care of older people.
On completion of this course you will:

  • Have gained the critical skills to evaluate rehabilitation models and settings, and the evidence base for current practices in older person rehabilitation.
  • Gain knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of key topics required to practice in stroke rehabilitation.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills required to design, undertake and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research in older person rehabilitation.
  • Have the skills to act as a leader and innovator in older person rehabilitation.

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