Physiotherapy (BSc)

At a glance

Study programme
Physiotherapy (BSc)
Nursing and Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard Duration
8 semesters
Admission Capacity
Start of study programme
Winter semester
Admission Restriction
Numerus clausus
Admission Requirements
University entrance qualification and proof of a six week work placement in patient care.
Language of instructions

Literature in English

Language Requirements
For international students: DSH 2 level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications submitted by 30 April: B 1 or equivalent, applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent
Application Deadline
15 July
External Partners
We cooperate with institutions of physiotherapy in the region. For more information, go to "Subject information" at the end of this page.
Specific Features
The state-recognised physiotherapy examination taken during the programme allows successful students to use the professional title of physiotherapist. The combination of the two qualifications allows you to work as a physiotherapist both in Germany and abroad. The training includes 1,600 hours of professional practice in partner institutions in both the in-patient and out-patient sectors, part of which count towards programme requirements.

What Is This Programme About?

Physiotherapy is an indispensable part of our health system and is an established component of prevention, therapy, and rehabilitation techniques.  Physiotherapy primarily involves exercise therapy. Physiotherapy includes passive and active exercise therapy techniques as well as the use of physical measures intended to treat and prevent illness. To be able to provide professional and compassionate treatment, physiotherapists must display a high level of responsibility and specialist knowledge when carrying out their diverse and complex tasks. The undergraduate programme in Physiotherapy offers science-based, practically-oriented training leading to an academic degree, and covers the basic requirements for a career in physiotherapy. It also covers the complete range of traditional physiotherapy activities as well as contemporary occupation-specific needs. The aim of the training is to produce reflective physiotherapy practitioners. The university qualification also guarantees that training and professional practice comply with international standards.

Why Choose This Programme?

If you have a keen sense of responsibility, are willing to learn, and have good social and emotional skills as well as the required commitment, then you have all the necessary prerequisites. The professional physiotherapeutic care of patients of all ages with a wide range of illnesses presents a considerable challenge, which you will tackle with specific knowledge and expertise. To ensure you derive the maximum possible benefit from your studies for your future career, you must be able to work and learn independently. This will involve making your own decisions based on scientific knowledge, and acting according to these decisions. This programme of study involves group learning and teamwork, followed by the opportunity to put the skills acquired into professional practice. You also develop the required communication skills over the course of the programme. Physiotherapy primarily involves exercise. You should enjoy exercise yourself and be able to share your enthusiasm with others. The role of physiotherapist will bring you into close contact with the human body.

How is the programme structured?

The programme is a full-time, campus-based programme of study that typically lasts eight semesters. You take 24 modules to prepare yourself for a career as a physiotherapist. Alongside the core physiotherapy skills, the programme focuses on the methodological skills required for scientific work and on the accumulation of research skills. It also incorporates a high number of hours of professional practical experience. In accordance with physiotherapy training and examination regulations, the programme includes 1,600 hours of practical experience. You acquire this practical experience throughout the semester and in block placements during semester breaks. You acquire and develop your professional physiotherapy skills in 11 separate periods of practice. The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences works in conjunction with physiotherapy departments in various clinics and out-patient physiotherapy facilities (including physiotherapy practices and therapy centres) in the surrounding area. In preparation for your placements, you receive practical instruction in the physiotherapy skills lab in each physiotherapy module. This enables you to acquire practical skills through project-based and problem-oriented tasks and to learn using the most up-to-date methods.

Where does it lead?

Physiotherapy is an established part of the health system and covers a diverse and challenging range of tasks. As a physiotherapist, you work with both in-patients and out-patients in curative care and rehabilitation as well as prevention, for example, in health promotion in the workplace. Physiotherapists can be self-employed, employed, or work in management. An integral part of the job is working in interdisciplinary teams. There are also employment opportunities in related fields. This could include roles in health insurance funds, associations, or in quality management. Your academic training qualifies you to work as a research assistant at universities and institutions of higher education, working on projects or in clinical or social science research. If you wish to continue your studies, either immediately after completing the undergraduate programme or later in life, you have the option of completing a Master's degree programme in science and research, education, management, or in subjects such as public health.

More about the subject

Prior To The Study Programme


How Is The Course Structured

Public Health (MSc)

Need help?

Subject-related advice

Olga Koch

Studiengangskoordinatorin Hebammenkunde, Pflege und Physiotherapie

Building 31 , Room 105
Olga Koch+49 661 9640-6401
Consultation hours
nach Vereinbarung

General advice

Tim Feldermann

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Student advisory service • Advisory service for people with professional qualifications

Building 10 , Room 214
Tim Feldermann+49 661 9640-1432
Consultation hours
Without registration: Tue and Wed 9.30 am – 11.30 am, With registration: Thu 9.30 am – 3 pm
Office hours
Mon to Thu 9 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 3 pm, Fri 8.30 am – 12 pm

Advice for international students

Britta Simon


Building 10 , Room 105
Britta Simon+49 661 9640-1405
Consultation hours
Montag bis Donnerstag 09:00 Uhr bis 15:30 Uhr Freitag geschlossen