Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy

Delivered by NTC and awarded by the University of Chester.

The Irish College of Neuromuscular Therapy is committed to the provision of the highest standard of professionally recognised education in order to graduate responsible and considered therapists with the ability and ethical approach to the treatment of fascia, trigger points and acute and chronic pain.

The College will contribute to the shaping of health care provision in Ireland and will meet the educational and professional requirements of a diverse student range.

The MSc Neuromuscular Therapy is an internationally accepted qualification, which will afford the successful graduate the ability to practice as a Neuromuscular Therapist in Ireland and many other European countries.

This modular programme aims to deliver neuromuscular therapy education relevant for the Irish and European markets that will match and exceed the standards set worldwide. The programme aims to enable students to develop a competence and confidence in all aspects of professional practice, by encouraging autonomy and criticality in thinking and action.

With a tutoring team of highly qualified and respected bodywork experts this programme will give participants a complete and fully rounded education.

If you woulkd like to book a place or would like to know more about this masters degree programme, please call us now on 01 882 7777




The programme is open to candidates with a lower second class honours degree in a related subject area, the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy, (via PG Cert Entry Route*) or equivalent professional qualifications. Consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills.

All applicants need to have a keen interest in working in a para-medical profession, and a firm commitment to upholding the professional standards and expectations of Neuromuscular Therapy. They need to be able to offer commitment to participation on this programme, which has been designed to fit in with the busy schedules of working individuals.

The programme is structured to run over two years, part-time. It involves weekend attendance and in the latter part of the programme the students will carry out a thesis.

Applications are invited from professions such as:

  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Dietetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Food Industry
  • Health Promotion
  • Leisure Industry
  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • Emergency Services (police, fire, ambulance, military)
  • Sport
  • Coaching
  • Physical Education
  • Sports Science

* PG Cert Entry Route means that eligible individuals enter the programme on the basis of exit at Post Graduate Certificate Level, however if these individuals are successful in assessment for the three modules leading up to PG Cert they have the option of continuing to Post Graduate Diploma. Upon successful completion of the modules leading to PG Diploma, individuals can elect to carry out the Masters Dissertation required to graduate at MSc level.

If you wish to apply for the PG Cert Entry route, please complete the University of Chester PG Cert application form which is available in the download area.


Each module is worth 20 Level M credits and involves approximately 200 hours of total study time, which includes attendance at a three-day intensive course followed by 12 weeks of self directed, home based learning.

The modules for this Masters Degree programme include:

Myofascial Trigger Points, Sensitisation and Neuromusculoskeletal Pain

  • This module will focus on myofascial trigger points: translating mechanisms, processes and biochemistry into Neuromuscular Therapy.
  • Critical evaluation of the scientific evidence.
  • Reliability of Myofascial Trigger Point Palpation.
  • Review of scientific evidence concerning low back pain and other common syndromes.
  • Management of the Myofascial Trigger Point.
  • Effectiveness of Treatments for Myofascial Trigger Point Pain.
  • Discussion concerning the costs to the HSE and the wider health insurance industry.
  • Additional hypothesis and future research.
  • Critical awareness and evaluative skills.

Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques

  • Focus will be on the causes and nature of Musculoskeletal pain.
  • Homeostasis: rest, physical activity and recovery. Integrative responses and control mechanisms. Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain considering peripheral / central mechanisms.
  • Neuromuscular Techniques and Clinical use including: Patient management and communication, Muscle Energy Techniques, Fascial Energy Techniques, Positional Release and Strain Counter-Strain and associated modalities. The need for formalisation of information and standardisation
  • Neuromuscular Techniques as Myofascial Trigger Point Therapeutic Interventions

Human and Fascial Anatomy

  • This module includes:
  • MyoTensegrity- the one muscle hypothesis
  • Gross applied anatomy through virtual (multi media) whole body dissection.
  • Review of literature related to the role of human fascia
  • Early Embryonic Development Human embryology Nervous System Brachial plexus
  • Fascial Anatomy - ubiquitous in nature and an emerging field of study for NMT
  • New Frontiers in Human and Fascial Anatomy Research.

The Science of Medical Exercise

  • Defining medical exercise within the NMT clinical environment.
  • Review the physiological peculiarities of myofascial trigger points and MPSs.
  • Identify appropriate time to implement medical exercise programme.
  • Implement knowledge of posture and stabilisation through an understanding of biomechanical principles.
  • Specific ailments that may be treated with medical exercise.
  • Learning the sub-disciplines of medical exercise: stretching, mobility, strength, movement patterns, etc.
  • Identify methods of increasing effectiveness of medical exercise commensurate to improvements in client skill level / abilities.
  • Explore theories of exercise modalities through knowledge of muscle movement patterns, Myofascial chains and muscle physiology.
  • Role of exercise forms and meditation movements as a means to controlling tension within the sympathetic nervous system.
  • Working with clients to profile and plan appropriate interventions.

Functional Nutrition Module

The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of how nutrition can alleviate and aggravate the repair processes of myofascial tissue. This requires a wholistic, systems based approach, to managing the contributing factors including nutrition.

  • Systems and functional physiology and core concepts of nutrition.
  • The central roles of diet, nutrition, inappropriate exercise, stress and exposure to environmental toxins in functional medicine.
  • Functional characteristics of food, emerging science and evidence based and diet nutrient interaction and their role in the alleviation or aggravation of the repair processes of myofascial tissue and reduction of chronic pain.
  • Provide underpinning knowledge of functional nutritional medicine as an alternative clinical approach that can focus on improving physiological function.
  • Contributing factors including: genetics, conventional medicine, endocrinology, natural medicines, gastroenterology, psychology and immunology. 

Additional Modules

  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Research Project

Taught modules are assessed by a 5,000 word written assessment or equivalent (e.g. seminar, poster presentation, or case study).

Modules are as follows:

  • XN7124 - Myofascial Trigger Points, Sensitisation & Neuromuscular Pain
  • XN7125 - Human & Fascial Anatomy
  • XN7127 - Functional Nutritional Medicine
  • XN7128 - Research Methods & Data Analysis
  • XN7123 - Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques
  • XN7126 - The Science of Medical Exercise
  • XNM129 - Research Project

The fee for the MSc in Neuromuscular Therapy is priced in sterling as it is awarded by the University of Chester and delivered in Dublin at the National Training Centre. Places, therefore cannot be booked online at present.

Fees can be paid using a sterling (GBP) draft or electronic transfer in sterling (GBP). Please contact our office of administration on +353 (1) 8827777 for details.

The cost of the MSc Neuromuscular Therapy degree programme is £7,470.00

£1,500.00 (non-refundable deposit) on receipt of acceptance with balance of £5,970.00 payable in advance of the course commencing.

​Students should not book accommodation or make travel arrangements until the programme has been confirmed. 

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