Registration and deadlines
- Registration deadline*: 31 March
- Entrance examination for professional aptitude: April
- Mandatory introduction day: In September, calendar week 37
- Start of the course: September, calendar week 38
- Study day: Generally on a Thursday or Friday
- Duration of study: 6 semesters part-time study
*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.
Target group and entry requirements
The master degree programme in physiotherapy is suitable for physiotherapists who wish to broaden their competencies in the clinical and scientific field and qualify as physiotherapy experts or for professional development, research and teaching.
Candidates with a BSc in Physiotherapy from a Swiss or foreign university with at least 180 ECTS credits and a licence to practice or with a recognised, equivalent degree in physiotherapy (physiotherapy diploma, subsequent acquisition of title and proof of knowledge of scientific work equivalent to 5 ECTS credits) are eligible.
Depending on the university of applied sciences in Switzerland, qualification for the licence to practice may vary:
- BFH: successful completion of the BSc degree programme and the subsequent module B.
- HES-SO: successful completion of the BSc degree programme
- ZHAW: successful completion of the BSc degree programme and module C or a recognised and equivalent degree in physiotherapy (holders of a diploma in physiotherapy having obtained a UAS title on the basis of previously awarded qualification)
Excellent knowledge of English and German: knowledge of English at level B2 for applicants with German as a native language, and additional German language skills at level C1 for non-German speaking applicants are required. Your language skills are tested in the context of the «professional aptitude» entrance examination.
Professional activity: it is recommended that you work 1.5 to 3 days a week. You do not need to demonstrate professional experience in the respective area to choose a specialisation, but access to patients in your chosen specialisation must be guaranteed during the study period.
Admission documents from applicants with foreign diplomas are examined in an individual equivalency procedure. After evaluation of the admission documents provided, you will receive an invitation to take the «professional aptitude» entrance examination.
Free study counselling
Are you interested in a Master of Science in Physiotherapy? What is the best path for you? How can you combine the MSc study programme with your work life? What can you expect from a Master of Science in Physiotherapy? What opportunities does this degree open up for you?
We are happy to advise you, free of charge and without obligation.
Please contact us via email:
MSc Programme Secretariat
Costs and expenses
|Registration fee for admission process||once||CHF 100.–|
|Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes ||once||CHF 100.–|
|Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes ||per semester||CHF 720.–|
|Fixed charge for students on leave of absence ||per semester||CHF 300.–|
|Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents ||per semester||CHF 500.–|
|Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ)||per semester||CHF 30.–|
|Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (VSZHAW)||per semester||CHF 12.–|
|Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended)||per semester||CHF 100.– to 600.–|
 Applicants are exempt from paying the registration fee for the admissions process if they pass the admissions assessment/test and enrol for the next available programme start date.
 According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
 According to § 25, paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at the ZHAW, students on leave of absence are exempt from paying tuition fees. According to the regulations on fees and contributions (in German), they pay a fixed charge per semester of CHF 300 to cover their e-mail account, campus card, use of the University Library and general administration costs. This fixed charge also applies to students on the Bachelor’s programmes at the School of Health Professions who attend the additional module C and to students who do delay the completion of their programme (e.g. by postponing submission of their thesis).
 Additional tuition fee paid by all students who come to Switzerland for the purposes of studying and who are not officially resident in Switzerland at the start of their programme. This applies only to new students with effect from the autumn semester 2012.
|Entrance examination on professional aptitude||one-off expense||CHF 200.-|
|Flat rate for lecture notes||each semester||CHF 25.-|
|Registration of documents with the Swiss Red Cross||one-off expense||CHF 130.-|
Additional study-specific expenses for learning material.
You must have your own personal notebook computer for your studies financed at your own expense. Particular notebook specifications will be provided to you before the start of the course. ZHAW also supports you with the procurement of the notebook. You will be informed about the specific notebook configurations when you start your studies. With Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can establish a secure connection to ZHAW via an unsecured Internet connection, enabling you to use the IT infrastructure at any time.