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MSc Older Person Rehabilitation

MSc Older Person Rehabilitation

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

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. Students enrolled in this programme come from different professional backgrounds.

You may exit from the programme at two other points:

  • Exit award: Postgraduate Certificate

Upon satisfactory completion of 30 credits in Older Person Rehabilitation, to include module CG6009, students may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation. A student who subsequently applies to continue to Master’s level must do so within 5 years of successful completion of the Certificate Examination.

  • Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma

Upon satisfactory completion of 60 credits, to include modules CG6009 and CG6010, students may opt not to complete the thesis and exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation. A student who subsequently applies to continue to Master’s level must do so within 5 years of successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Examination.


Course Delivery

A student-centred focus promotes flexible timetabling and blended learning to minimise travel time. Lecturers are experienced clinicians from a range of disciplines who promote interdisciplinary learning and practise. Most classes are held in one or two weekday blocks.


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 you if you want to assume a management and leadership position in the care of older people.

Learning Outcomes

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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Course Outline

The flexible approach of this programme will allow you  to choose from a range of modules to build a course tailored for you.  You will be taking a total of 60 credits of taught modules.

Core modules (25 credits):

  • CG6009 Principles and Practice in Older Person Rehabilitation
  • CG6010 Clinical Practicum in Older Person Rehabilitation
  • EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation

You will be taking elective* modules to the value of 35 credits from the following:

  • CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation
  • CG6003 Cognition, Communication, Capacity and Rehabilitation
  • CG6005 Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation
  • CG6006Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders
  • CG6007 Independent Study **
  • CG6011 In-depth Independent Study **
  • CG6012 Neuromuscular Discorder

30 credits:

  • CG6008 Research Dissertation which will be submitted at the end of the calendar year.

*Alternatively you may take up to a maximum of 15 module credits, relevant to the rehabilitation of older people (unidisciplinary or interdisciplinary), from designated courses in UCC, subject to timetabling restraints, in lieu of 15 module credits above. For example, physiotherapy students may choose to take 15 module credits from prescribed courses in UL or RCSI (list of external modules approved by the College of Medicine and Health is available from the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation).

**Note:  You cannot take CG6007 and CG6011 together.

Course Info

Course Code : CKX14

College : Medicine and Health

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Tuition Fee - International Fees


Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)


The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is September 11, 2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

Places on this programme are offered in rounds, according to the following schedule

Date a completed application is received

Date an offer will be made

January 16, 2017

January 30, 2017

March 1, 2017

March 15, 2017

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Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement. You must meet the following:
    • An Honours Primary Degree or an equivalent qualification and professional experience in a relevant health care discipline to be approved by the College of Medicine and Health;
    • Ideally candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least two years post-registration;
    • Active registration or eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional healthcare registration body in Ireland.
  • Your application may also be considered if you do not meet the conditions above following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Admission will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.


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  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.5.
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section are as follows:  Listening and Writing 17; Speaking 21; Reading 19.
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

Selection will be based on academic achievement and relevant work experience. Some applicants who do not fulfil the usual entry requirements may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme.  Moreover, your acceptance into the programme is subject to Garda/Police Clearance.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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