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Postgrad Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation

Postgrad Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

Develop your skills in this unique course, the only one of its kind in Ireland and the United Kingdom!  Applicants from a range of different professional health and allied healthcare backgrounds may apply.  

This Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation aims to provide you with interdisciplinary learning in the theory and practice of gerontology and rehabilitation.  Develop your skills and practice in this specialized field.

Once enrolled and you change your mind, you may choose to exit this program once you have satisfactorily completed 30 credits in Older Person Rehabilitation and still be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation.  To be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma, you must apply within 5 years after receiving the Postgraduate Certificate award.


Course Delivery

The flexible approach allows students to choose from a range of modules to build a course tailored to them.  A student-centred focus promotes flexible timetabling and blended learning.  Lecturers are experienced clinicians from a range of disciplines who promote interdisciplinary learning and practise.


In today’s competitive workforce, higher professional qualifications are an essential part of continuous professional development and career advancement.  This Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation will set you on the the path tward assuming a leadership role in the twin fields of rehabilitation and gerontology. You may also wish to apply for a MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation after graduation.

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

Students take core modules include:

  • CG6009 Principles and Practice in Older Person Rehabilitation (10 credits)
  • CG6010 Clinical Practicum in Older Person Rehabilitation (5 credits)

You may take elective modules from the following subjects after discussing your choices with the programme coordinator.  Do note though that not all modules may be offered every year:

  • CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation (10 credits)
  • CG6003 Cognition, Communication, Capacity and Rehabilitation (10 credits)
  • CG6005 Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation (5 credits)
  • CG6006 Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders (10 credits)
  • CG6007 Independent Study (5 credits)**
  • CG6011 In-depth Independent Study (15 credits)**
  • CG6012 Neuromuscular Disorders (10 credits)
  • EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (10 credits)

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

Course Info

Course Code : CKX16

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

View IMPORTANT INFORMATON about APPLYING for an Irish Student Visa

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 

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
    • Primary Degree or an equivalent qualification and experience in a relevant health care discipline to be approved by the College of Medicine and Health.
    • You must either hold active registration or eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional healthcare registration body in Ireland.


If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us KNOW.

  • You should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least one year post-registration.
  • 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 23; Speaking 22; Reading 21.
    • 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.

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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