After I left school I began a degree in human biology at QMU. I had always enjoyed biology at school and I was always interested in anatomy and physiology. During my first year I realised that my real interest lay in physiotherapy. I was really inspired when I saw how much of an impact a physiotherapist can have on a patient’s recovery. As I had always wanted to do something medical and practical, it was wonderful when I was given the opportunity to transfer to the BSc Physiotherapy course.

The course is really interesting because a key element of physiotherapy is evidenced based practice, which requires me to keep up-to-date on the research behind practical and physiological interventions. It’s not just reading, there is a huge practical element to the course which is really fun. Working in a purpose-built laboratory with up-to-date equipment is exciting.

You get to practise techniques with your friends and learn from each other, and I have met people with a wide variety of skills from all backgrounds on the course.

 

 

"It’s not just reading, there is a huge practical element to the course which is really fun. Working in a purpose-built laboratory with up-to-date equipment is exciting."
Emma Moisey

The practical sessions are led by lecturers who are always supportive. I have particularly enjoyed going out on placement where I have been able to apply everything I have learned. I have been in a few different settings, each one completely different from the other; from outpatient musculoskeletal to inpatient geriatrics and community paediatrics.

One of the most memorable moments on the course was when a group of amputee patients came in to speak to us. They told us about their treatment and how physiotherapy had helped them. I have been able to take extra courses, such as sports taping and kinesiology taping, in addition to the main degree. These have complemented my university study as well as furthered my knowledge.

I am in my third year of the course now and I am looking forward to the professional modules this year so I can learn more about what is expected of a Band 5 physiotherapist. I am looking forward to choosing my elective placement, to complement my five other placements, and to working with the other health professional students in the University for my inter-professional module. After I graduate I hope to work as a band 5 rotational physiotherapist, or to study an MSc Physiotherapy course to develop my practical or research skills further.