Master in Physiotherapy

«To meet changing requirements, the MSc in Physiotherapy study programme has been offered since 2015 with a clinical focus to strengthen scientific and clinical competencies. Graduates will then be able to fulfil the role of Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APP).»

Professor Karin Niedermann, PhD, Head of MSc in Physiotherapy study programme

The MSc in Physiotherapy is a postgraduate course that allows for clinical specialisation and scientific orientation.

Five reasons to enrol for an MSc in Physiotherapy at ZHAW

  • You extend your knowledge, clinical expertise and the application of research methods.
  • You network through clinical placements with (future) professional fields.
  • You are taught new approaches and perspectives from renowned lecturers from home and abroad.
  • As part of the “Musculoskeletal” specialisation, students are eligible for the Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy OMT.
  • Students reflect on their learning process through a learning portfolio and personal mentoring.

Master of Science in Physiotherapy

Entry requirements

  • Candidates with a BSc in Physiotherapy from a Swiss or foreign university with at least 180 ECTS credits and professional qualifications or with a recognised, equivalent degree in physiotherapy (holders of a diploma in physiotherapy having obtained a UAS title on the basis of previously awarded qualifications and proof of knowledge of scientific work equivalent to 5 ECTS credits ).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of scientific equivalent to 5 ECTS
  • Excellent knowledge of English and German
  • Professional activity: it is recommended that you work 1.5 to 3 days a week

Further information / registration / dates

Structure of the course

The master degree programme is a modular course with a clinical focus, research methods, transfer and master thesis.

Clinical focus

In these modules (with particular reference to current evidence, patient education and interprofessional cooperation), knowledge and practical skills in diagnostics, therapy and prevention of physiotherapeutically relevant and disease-related problems are deepened.

The clinical specialisation is offered in two-year cycles. ZHAW focuses on specialisation in musculoskeletal, sports and paediatrics. Bern University of Applied Sciences prioritises internal organs and vessels, neurology as well as the musculoskeletal system (in planning). Together, the two universities also offer a specialisation in Professional Development.

Registration for the MSc is possible at both universities, regardless of the chosen clinical specialisation. Once all applicants have completed the admission procedures, the heads of the study programme at ZHAW and BFH decide where candidates have to enrol (known as pooling). In doing so, the wishes of candidates are taken into consideration as far as possible.

Research methods

The modules provide in-depth clinical research methods in a physiotherapy-related, medical as well as interdisciplinary and professional context.

Transfer

The modules aim at transferring competencies acquired in the clinical specialisation as well as research methods into practice. Students get to know different fields of activity and acquire practical skills for clinical, research and professional development.

Master thesis

The master thesis is an academic project in which students demonstrate the application of acquired knowledge and work on a research topic relevant to physiotherapy. Students choose the topic for their master thesis within an ongoing project at ZHAW and BHF or their research partners. In particular cases, and after consultation with the programme director, students can select a project from their own field of work. Students working on their Master thesis are under the guidance of expert researchers from home and abroad.

Job profile and perspectives

An MSc in combination with a clinical specialisation paves the way to fulfilling the role of Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP). All specialisations open up various perspectives for new activities. Graduates are able to:

  • independently assess and treat and continue to work with complex clinical problems in a needs-oriented way within a broad theoretical context in their capacity as experts in physiotherapy (APP).
  • transfer clinically relevant knowledge – for example through the development and implementation of evidence-based clinical treatment concepts – in their capacity as line manager
  • teach in the undergraduate and continuing education programmes
  • work in research and assist in the planning, acquisition, implementation and publication of research projects
  • do a PhD

Degree

Students graduating in the MSc degree programme in Physiotherapy at Zurich University of Applied Sciences receive the federally recognised title “Master of Sciences in Physiotherapy UAS Zurich” **. Thanks to the Bologna system, the MSc in Physiotherapy UAS is also recognised in Europe and hence facilitates international mobility on the job market.

* ZFH = Zürcher Fachhochschule / ** UAS Zurich = University of Applied Sciences Zurich

At a glance

Degree: Master of Science ZFH in Physiotherapy

Workload: 90 ECTS credits

Duration of study: 6 semesters

Course structure: Part-time

Start of the course: September, calendar week 38

Registration deadline: 31 March

Teaching location: Winterthur and Bern

Language of instruction: German and English

Tuition fees: CHF 720 semester fees + additional study and living expenses