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RCSI School of Physiotherapy

The RCSI School of Physiotherapy is committed to undertaking high quality collaborative patient-centered research.

Staff are engaged in research in a range of areas including Respiratory Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Care of the Older Person,Technology in Rehabilitation, Movement Analysis and Education.

Research is taught throughout the undergraduate programme. In Year 1 students are introduced to the concept of research through the Methods of Enquiry Module which teaches them the skills of literature searching, formulating the research question and critically analysing the literature. In Year 2 the research process is taught to enable students to undertake a research project from design through to completion. This includes training in the selection of the appropriate methodology, the writing of a proposal, ethical considerations and statistics. Finally in Year 3 students prepare an extensive research proposal.

Opportunities to work with Researchers are presented over the summer in Years 1 and 2 (Research Summer School). Students can apply for summer research funding through a number of schemes and work with an academic and clinical supervisor to develop and carry out a research project. This allows students to gain invaluable experience working as part of a research team. Most students will proceed to presenting their work nationally and internationally and writing up their work for publication.

School of Physiotherapy Group Photograph