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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) MSc Physiotherapy

Frequently Asked Question about the MSc programme in Physiotherapy (MScPT)

  1. How long is the study programme?
    The duration of study is 6 semesters part-time. Classes take place normally every Thursday and Friday.
  2. Which entry requirements do candidates from abroad have to fulfil?- Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from a Swiss or foreign University of Applied Sciences /University, with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits; or a recognized equivalent degree in Physiotherapy, i.e. a PT diploma together with professional experience as PT and further education
    - Integrated (through BSc degree) or additional proof of basic scientific knowledge (5 ECTS credits)
    - One year of working experience as a physiotherapist after graduation.
    - Good knowledge of English (B2) and German (B2). German skills have to be proven by a certificate.
    - Professional activity during study: For all clinical focus areas, a working permit and clinical work with patients in your chosen clinical focus area is mandatory (see below 3.).
    More information about entry requirement at the ZHAW for all study programmes on our Website.
  3. Is it possible to work with foreign degree in Physiotherapy in Switzerland?
    Generally, we recommend that students work up to 3 days a week during study.
    Studying the focus area ‘Professional Development’,
    Students do not need to work with patients, but we strongly recommend working in physiotherapy or a related field during the MSc programme.
    Studying a clinical focus area
    For students of all clinical focus areas a working permit and clinical work with patients in your chosen clinical focus area is mandatory.
    Candidates/students are responsible to organise the registration at the Red Cross and a workplace.
    For getting a working permit, student’s degree (BSc or diploma) has to be registered at the Swiss Red Cross. Registration has to be obtained before the end of the first year of study (week 28). We recommend doing the obligatory pre-examination at the Red Cross early, i.e.when admitted to the MSc programme, so that all requirements are fulfilled in time.
    Red Cross information for the recognition physiotherapy degree (website available in German, French and Italian).
  4. How much does the MSc programme cost?
    Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester. An additional semester fee of 500 CHF per semester will apply to students entering Switzerland for the purpose of their studies and who do not have an established legal place of residence in Switzerland at the applicable start date of the MSc programme.
    More information you find under cost & expenses.
  5. What is part of the entry examination?
    After evaluation of all admission documents required, candidates will receive an invitation for   the admission interview, to clarify the scientific knowledge, motivation and aims. The interview is in English and German to check the language proficiency. The registration fee for admission process cost 100 CHF and has to be paid beforehand.
  6. How to choose clinical focus area? Which aspect should be considered to take a decision? 
    Students should choose a focus area that they are interested in and able to work in during the MSc programme. Students have to work in the chosen focus area, so that all skills and knowledge can be transferred directly into practice. If you are not sure which focus area to take you can contact our Student Advisory Service.
  7. According to which criteria the applicants get a place in the MSc programme?
    In every focus area are 30 places available. The University places will be assigned following your score during the entry examination.
  8. Is the Master of Science in Physiotherapy degree acknowledged abroad?
    Master of Science degrees are acknowledged internationally, so graduates can do clinical and scientific work, also abroad. Also a doctorate at a university is possible with this MSc degree.

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