Master of Science in Physiotherapy

Extend your clinical and academic skills with the federally accredited joint degree programme Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT) at Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH.

Students of cohorts of 2016, 2017 and 2018 will be able to complete their studies in the previous model (cooperation with the ZHAW). For these degree programs, up to and including the start of September 2018, the cooperation agreements with the ZHAW remain in force.
Starting the academic year 2019, the cooperation with the ZHAW will be terminated in the Master’s degree program in Physiotherapy. The distribution of clinical focus areas will continue to be agreed between the BFH and the ZHAW. Students will therefore still be able to choose different focus areas.

The study course MSc in Physiotherapy is available with different clinical focus areas, which are offered in an alternating two-year rhythm by BFH and ZHAW. Professional experience in the respective focus area is not required for admission to the program. Applicants are required, however, to have access to patients in the respective focus area during their studies.

Heads of the clinical focus areas are:

  • Neurology: Clare Maguire PT, PhD
  • Cardiopulmonary PT: Philippe Merz PT, MSc
  • Musculoskeletal: Balz Winteler PT, MSc
  • Sport: Ron Clijsen PT, PhD
  • Head of the non-clinical speciality Professional Development: Stefan Schmid PT, PhD

The aim of the study course MSc in Physiotherapy is to train physiotherapy specialists. During the course, the students will broaden their knowledge of evidence-based physiotherapy and will be trained in the use of research methodologies. Additionally, while students with a clinical focus area will extend their clinical expertise, students with the focus area professional development will dispute with topics such as implementation of research outcomes in clinical practice, new technologies as well as business models and marketing aspects in physiotherapy. By completing their internships as members of research teams and practices, students will have the opportunity to network during their studies and learn new approaches and perspectives from well-known Swiss and foreign lecturers.

Amir Tal

Heiner Baur

Martin Verra

Jan Taeymans

Lorenz Radlinger

Stefan Schmid

Marilyn Moffat

Lara Allet

Dirk Vissers