Both of those colleges are associated with hospitals in different parts of the country, so I’d say you’d be likely to get at least one, And possibly several placements outside of Dublin. Placements usually allocated based on clinical need first, geographical preference second.
It doesn’t matter what work you do in your spare time really, or what it relates to, you’ll still need to put in a lot of hours study in evenings and at weekends. I have had recent contact with physio students. The ones who do well on placement go home after a seven hour day on site and out in a few hours of study. The ones who do badly do not. In general.
When I studied physio, I worked every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, full days. I often had to cut this back while on placement. I couldn’t have worked evenings as well and got a decent degree. An awful lot of my class mates worked summers only.
The timetables seem to vary pretty dramatically tbh, this is one I need clarified cause, way I worked it during my own undergrad was, got the majority of my work done during free hours.
Like I said, I don't ever recall staying later than 6 pm unless thesis completion or the week or two before exams.
Looking at the modules from UCD at least, stength and condition, MSK, neurology - these are gonna come easy to me.
Medicinal chem via pharmacy however - that's something I'd have to sit down and work as have limited exposure to actual molecular structuring etc.
As the other poster commented on pharmacy, can you comment on your number of contact hours including tutorials, labs etc? All in?
Not including "the actual work", i.e. study time.