Programme structure

The Master of Science in Physiotherapy course is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits, has a modular structure and takes the form of an extra-occupational study programme.

The MScPT has a modular structure and consists of the following subject areas:

Clinical specialisation (30 ECTS credits)

The modules in this subject area focus on knowledge and practical skills in diagnostic, therapeutic and prevention techniques relevant to physiotherapy and illness-based issues with a special focus on current insights, patient education and interdisciplinary cooperation.

The clinical specialisation subjects will be taught in an alternating two-year rhythm.*
At BFH:
- Pelvic floor physiotherapy (from 2015)
- Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy (from 2015)
- Neurological physiotherapy (from 2016)
- Lymphological/oncological physiotherapy (from 2016)
At ZHAW:
- Musculoskeletal physiotherapy (from 2015)
- Geriatric physiotherapy (from 2015)
- Sport physiotherapy (from 2016)
- Paediatric physiotherapy (from 2016)
The courses in general physiotherapy will be offered jointly at both universities.

Research methodologies (30 ECTS credits)

The modules in this subject area are designed to provide greater insight into the use of specialised clinical research techniques in the physiotherapeutic, clinical, interdisciplinary and interprofessional contexts.

Transfer (10 ECTS credits)

In various transfer modules, the knowledge acquired in the degree programme will be transferred to practice. The students will learn about various practical fields and will acquire practical skills for use in the clinical field,, research and development of their competencies.

Master's thesis (20 ECTS credits)

The Master's thesis is an academic project in which students will be required to apply the acquired research methods and work on an issue relevant to physiotherapy.

* Registration for the MSc is possible at both institutes of higher education regardless of the chosen clinical specialisations. On completion of the admission procedure, all candidates will be assigned to either ZHAW and BFH by the relevant head of the study course (so-called 'pooling'). The wishes expressed by candidates will be taken into account where possible.