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University College Dublin: Integrating sports and exercise related sciences with physiotherapy in a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy (continuing professional development series)
  1. Adam G Culvenor1,2
  1. 1 Institute of Anatomy, Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg and Nuremburg, Salzburg, Austria
  2. 2 School of Allied Health, La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam G Culvenor, Institute of Anatomy, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg 5020, Austria; adam.culvenor{at}

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School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland


Master of Science (MSc) in Sports Physiotherapy


A Masters in Sports Physiotherapy provides physiotherapists with a recognised postgraduate qualification and mastery of foundation concepts and skills that are becoming increasingly important factors facilitating employability and mobility in sports and exercise medicine internationally. Such specialised knowledge and clinical skills enable the development of new and clearer frameworks for clinical, managerial and intellectual thinking and understanding, and is the definitive professional recognition of clinical expertise.1


The MSc in Sports Physiotherapy is aimed at Irish and international physiotherapists with at least 2 years of clinical experience wishing to develop a specialised career in sports and exercise-related physiotherapy (table 1). The programme is the longest running sports physiotherapy MSc in Ireland with a continuous student intake since 2003. The programme is directed by Dr Ulrik McCarthy Persson who has worked …

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  • Contributors AGC drafted and approved the manuscript for submission.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.