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Welcome to the discipline of Physiotherapy

John GormleyPhysiotherapy or physical therapy  is the treatment of disease or injury by physical means such as exercise therapy, mobilisation or movement. It involves the treatment of patients of all ages with a range of presenting conditions including those with orthopaedic conditions, sports injuries, chronic diseases such as cardiac disease, respiratory disease, cancer and neurological conditions.

The main activities of the Discipline of Physiotherapy are undergraduate and postgraduate education.

The undergraduate programmes delivered by the discipline lead to a BSc ( Physiotherapy) through the  four year undergraduate programme in Physiotherapy  or the one year programme with recognition of the three year diploma in Physiotherapy from Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

The discipline has a number of postgraduate students both research and on the two taught postgraduate programmes delivered namely the MSc in Respiratory Physiotherapy and MSc in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention.

The discipline is also involved in teaching and research supervision for other programmes within the School of Medicine (Clinical Skills and Research module to undergraduate Medical students, delivering a module on Exercise Prescription to students on the BSc in Human Health and Disease,  teaching and supervision on the MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine, MSc in Exercise Physiology,  MSc in Molecular Oncology, MSc in Health Policy and Management). 

There are 8 academics (three senior lecturers, four full time lecturers and one post-doctoral research fellow) and 3 physiotherapy/clinical teaching staff in the Discipline. Offices, teaching facilities and research laboratories are housed in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8.

  • Head of Discipline: Dr John Gormley
  • Executive Officer: Ms Patricia Birch, +353 1 8962110 or

Last updated 23 June 2015 School Web Administrator (Email).