Trinity College Dublin

Bachelor in Science (Physiotherapy)

The aims of this one-year programme are to: develop skills in critical analysis and evidence based practice, provide an in-depth understanding of global health issues and how physiotherapy can address the many challenges in healthcare delivery. The one-year programme includes five modules in the following areas: Critical Appraisal and Evidence Based Practice, Advanced Exercise Prescription, Global Health and Service Development, Leadership and Management in Physiotherapy and Advances in Physiotherapy Practice.

The aspiration is that this course will lead to independent practitioners who can initiate, drive and evaluate the services required for the future health system in Singapore. These include: Primary/Community Care, Long-term/Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services - all of which are in the process of being developed and there is a need for a skilled workforce who can lead, deliver and evaluate services in these areas.

Trinity College Dublin Academic Calendar AY2016/17

Semester 1 Sep 2016 – Dec 2016
Term Break Dec 2016 – Jan 2017
Semester 2

Jan 2017 – Jun 2017

Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP): Mar 2017 – May 2017

Trinity College Dublin Academic Calendar AY2015/16

Semester 1 28 Sep - 18 Dec 2015
Semester 2

18 Jan - 10 Jun 2016

Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP): 4 Apr - 13 May 2016

Grading System

The examination, assessment and grading of all modules are governed by the Trinity College Dublin academic regulations.

All modules must be successfully completed.

Weighting of modules:

All modules contribute to the final degree classification and the relative weighting of each module is outlined in the student handbook. The student handbook is available to the student on commencement of the programme.

Degree Classification:

Degree classification Grade Percentage range
First class Honors I 70% - 100%
Second class Honors, first division II.1 60% - 69%
Second class Honors, second division II.2 50% - 59%
Third class Honors III 40% - 49%
Fail F 0% - 39%

Trinity College Dublin
Physiotherapy, BSc

Programme Structure

This one-year programme will consist of five modules. The modules will be delivered in Nanyang Polytechnic by TCD and SIT faculty. Students will go to Dublin for a period of six weeks for the Overseas Immersion Programme, during which time the clinical component of the module on Advanced Physiotherapy Practice will be completed.

Teaching and Learning

There will be a number of methods used for the delivery of the course. Lectures, small group and peer learning, clinical teaching, as well as self directed and guided study. There will be an emphasis on developing excellence in oral and written communication skills.

Semester 1

• Advanced Exercise Prescription (PT4001)

This module aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the exercise management for patients with chronic disease. The scientific basis for optimum exercise prescription and response in health and disease will be critically evaluated. While there is strong evidence at an epidemiological level for the benefit of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease, much remains to be discovered regarding dose response and exercise prescription in clinical populations. With an increase in the incidence of obesity and chronic diseases, there is considerable need for further investigation into optimising therapeutic responses through exercise. This area of research is a particular strength of the Discipline of Physiotherapy in TCD.

• Critical Appraisal and Evidence Based Practice (PT4002)

This module guides students in the process of systematically examining research findings. The students will develop the knowledge and skills to identify, source and apply the best available evidence to address clinical practice issues. Evidence based practice is the gold standard of clinical care and students will be able to utilise these lifelong learning skills to continue developing their own practice, and to contribute to service and policy developments in healthcare.

Semester 2

• Global Health and Service Development (PT4003)

This module provides the opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and understanding of global health issues. The major challenges in global health will be discussed and the management of such addressed. The main focus will be on the four main non-communicable diseases: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes which lead to death in three in five people worldwide.

• Leadership & Management in Physiotherapy (PT4004)

The diversity of health care services both nationally and internationally as well as the changing and developing role of physiotherapists within such services require entry-level students to be equipped with an understanding of management, leadership and wider issues such as health policy, health service delivery and implementation strategies for change and development.

This module recognises that graduates may be called to develop and manage their own service or other services from an early stage in their career. The course considers the 'individual and the organisation' where organisations may be units within more complex organisations, services and practice environments as well as communities of users. It places individual knowledge and skills within the context of service development/delivery and evaluation. It also explores how health policy and the nature and structure of health services impact on the experience of both health care professionals, and the patients and clients of such services.

Understanding organisational culture, individual and interpersonal behaviours, team roles as well as leadership styles will enable graduates to navigate the complex situations that they will face in their early careers. Understanding the development of services within organisational strategy and wider policy will be considered. Examples of successful implementation strategies and evaluation methods will be examined as a method for application of new learning.

The students will be exposed to examples of various health care systems and funding models including an extensive network of international peers as well as close collaboration with the Singapore Physiotherapy Association.

Overseas Immersion Programme

• Advances in Physiotherapy Practice (PT4005)

In recent years, the opportunities for physiotherapy have expanded considerably with the development of specialist posts, extended scope of practice positions and consultant therapy posts. This module is designed so that students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in areas of advanced physiotherapy practice. This module will facilitate learning in areas of extended practice, primary care, screening and long-term/extended care.

The Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) is part of this module and students will spend three of six weeks in Dublin on clinical placements in areas of Primary Care, Rehabilitation, Long-term/Extended Care, Early Intervention and Care of the Elderly. Prior to the overseas immersion programme, there will be a series of lectures/seminars introducing students to areas of advanced practice.

The first week of the OIP will consist of seminars on the areas of practice so that they can apply the concepts acquired while on clinical placements. There are a number of supports for students prior to and during clinical placements. Students will be supported in their learning and assisted in being part of the multidisciplinary team at all times. Each student will complete a case study where the justification for the physiotherapy management of a specific patient will be communicated to the group and academic staff.

Trinity College Dublin
Physiotherapy, BSc

Polytechnic Diploma 

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Physiotherapy


Trinity College Dublin
Physiotherapy, BSc

Students studying in the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) degree programmes are required to complete a six-week attachment including associated clinical sites at the home campus of the Trinity College Dublin, where they will get to experience living and studying in Dublin, Ireland. The estimated cost ranges from S$5,500 - S$6,500. Note:

Estimated costs are dependent on prevailing currency exchange rates and flight ticket prices.


 tcd main campus

 @TCD main campus – The day we visited the Provost. (Photo courtesy of Teng Mei Ling)



gaelic football

Physiotherapy students get to play one of the most popular sports in Ireland - Gaelic football. (Photo courtesy of New Hsio Wei)



dining hall

Yam Seng! Enjoying a “Harry Potter” style dinner at TCD dining hall. (Photo courtesy of New Hsio Wei)


 Students enjoying the Ceili dance!


The most memorable part of the OIP was site visits. The opportunity to “see practice” instead of just reading about it gave me much to reflect about my own practice in Singapore. – Emily Koh Tse Hui, Class of 2012

It felt great to visit Trinity College Dublin, to be physically present in the campus increased the affiliation we had to the university. From the time this trip was planned, to the day we came back, there was so much fun and learning.  – Nirmalayga, Class of 2012

“The most helpful learning experience from the OIP is that I was exposed to the acute rehabilitation unit (Geriatrics), a total different unit that I am working in Singapore (Outpatients). I was able to learn and apply the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health model during the clinical attachment.” – Mauricette Lee, Class of 2012  

“The OIP trip would be the highlight of the degree program. The clinical attachment was an eye opener as it taught me different skills that will benefit my practice. It is definitely worth the experience.” – Barron Soh, Class of 2012

Going for this OIP trip has really enabled me to step out of my comfort zone. This is the longest trip that I have been away from home. But overall, the environmental changes have honed my life skills and I find myself to be a more independent and street-smart person.  – Teng Mei Ling, Class of 2012

Trinity College Dublin
Physiotherapy, BSc

For admission-related queries, please email to 
For general and programme-related queries, please email to 

tan bhing leet

Associate Professor Tan Bhing Leet
Programme Director

Saitun Binte Abdullah

Ms Saitun Binte Abdullah
Executive, Academic Programmes


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