Study Program Physiotherapy (Bachelor of Science)

Faculty of Health Sciences (University of Applied Sciences)

You wish to pursue a career as a physiotherapist, take on management tasks, substantiate your work with evidence-based practices and rely on sound practical knowledge? The Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy (B.Sc.), prepares you ideally for your professional future. Parallel to your studies at a University of Applied Sciences, you will complete practical occupational training with a state-approved degree. After four years, you’ll have a dual degree in your pocket, which qualifies you for various levels of physiotherapy and, if necessary, make it easier to also work abroad.

In addition to the dual degree, another advantage of the Bachelor's program in Physiotherapy (B.Sc.) at MSH, which runs parallel to your training, is the acquisition of interdisciplinary know-how. Those wishing to specialize in the disciplines of sports or neurosciences, for instance, will benefit from the extraordinarily well-founded range of courses at the MSH. Another big plus is that 90 of the 180 credit points required for the study course are already credited from the training (in the case of equivalent content). 

Teaching takes place in small groups and close contact with the highly-qualified scientific teaching staff. Ideal, too, is the close networking of the MSH with its own state-approved vocational school for physiotherapy. Both institutions share the same campus. There is also direct training or apprenticeship cooperation with the Segeberger Clinics and various other partners during the study course, where students complete practical training units in conjunction with the tuition units, especially in the field of neurosciences.

What makes the Bachelor's Program Physiotherapy at MSH unique

  • Dual qualification through the parallel study model. State recognition through examination at the vocational school and Bachelor of Science in only four years.
  • Assurance of a place in the Master's program in Health and Nursing Pedagogy, Sports Science, or Hospital Management at the MSH
  • Upon successful completion of a Master's degree, the opportunity to pursue a doctorate at one of our cooperation universities under the supervision of your trusted professors.
  • Participation in the staff development program for the promotion of young scientific talent at the MSH
  • Attendance of interdisciplinary courses at the MSH and thus a look beyond one's own discipline
  • Use of the MSH's extensive network in the healthcare sector
  • Focus in neurosciences and sports science and opportunities for further professional training in these areas
  • Course Contents and Structure
  • Admission Requirements
  • Career Prospects

Course Contents and Structure

Physiotherapists are trained to recognize and heal acute injuries or chronic diseases of the human musculoskeletal system or locomotor apparatus. Changes in the health care system have led to a growing demand for physiotherapists to apply interdisciplinary and scientific knowledge in their daily work. The Bachelor's program in Physiotherapy (B.Sc.) at the MSH is practice-oriented, but always with the latest scientific findings and methods in mind. This way, our graduates are ideally prepared for their professional future. 

A dual degree in four years
The Bachelor's program in Physiotherapy (B.Sc.) begins simultaneously with the practical physiotherapist training at the state-approved vocational school. The first six semesters thus run parallel to the training period. Evidence-based learning and practical occupational training go hand in hand. The 6th semester and degree as a state-approved physiotherapist, is followed by two full-time semesters, at the end of which, students have a Bachelor of Science degree and thus a dual degree.

Interdisciplinary know-how
The study program begins with theoretical aspects, such as scientific methods and legal parameters. Added to this, you will learn social skills and conversational techniques which ideally prepare you for patient consulting and team leadership. Not forgetting the foundations of business administration, which constitute another valuable skill-set always looked for at clinics, private practices, training centers, or rehabilitation facilities. 

Specialization in neuro- and sports sciences, law, management, psychology and rhetoric: Interdisciplinary learning and research are a top priority at the MSH. A special feature of our physiotherapy study course, however, lies in our focus on the subjects of neuro- and sports sciences. For example, comprehensive fundamentals of movement and sports therapy are combined with other fields of application. You will also learn to master neuropsychological challenges, for instance, in order to ensure patient adherence to therapy and motivation.  

Students who have completed the Bachelor’s Program in Physiotherapy (B.Sc.) at the MSH are not only equipped with sound practical and theoretical knowledge, but have also engaged with the subject with scientific intensity. The acquired overview of current research findings helps to recognize suitable diagnostic and therapeutic methods in everyday professional life and apply them individually for the patient’s wellbeing.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to the Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy?

Studying at MSH Medical School Hamburg is numerus-clausus free. For us, performance, talent, motivation and discipline count more than the final grade point average on your high school diploma. Punctuality, good performance and commitment during your studies are of greater importance.

Prerequisites for the study stage during training

  • General higher or subject-linked higher education entrance qualification, or technical university equivalent, in accordance with § 37 HmbHG (Higher Education Act)
  • Existing contract with a vocational school for physiotherapy

Requirements for the two-semester full-time study section

  • General higher or subject-linked higher education entrance qualification, or technical university equivalent, in accordance with § 37 HmbHG (Higher Education Act)
  • Successfully completed professional training as physiotherapist
  • State recognition of professional qualifications
  • Professional license as a physiotherapist
  • Successfully completed modules of the study section accompanying the training (proof of examination performance)
  • Recognition of non-university modules and internships

Career Prospects

By studying Physiotherapy (B.Sc.) you are laying the foundation for your career in the healthcare sector. You are prepared to take on responsibility. Your high degree of interdisciplinary expertise, as well as your management knowledge, enable you to lead teams and qualify you as a decision-maker. The ageing society, lack of population-wide physical activity and changes in the healthcare system offer secure development potential.

Areas of application

  • Medical practices
  • Clinics
  • Health centers
  • Sports clubs
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Educational institutions
  • Companies in the healthcare sector
  • Municipal facilities
  • Practical training
  • Research and Teaching

In addition, Bachelor graduates have the opportunity to follow up with a consecutive Master's program and pursue an academic career. The MSH offers interesting Master's programs, such as the Master's program:

We are here to inform you about further possibilities following the completion of your Bachelor studies. Give us a call!

Background information on physiotherapy can be found at the Deutsche Verband für Physiotherapie (ZKV).



Quick overview

Study commencement date
01. October (WS)

Study Duration
Parallel to practical training / 8 semesters
Dates for block weekends

Study Fees
200 Euro / month (1. – 6. semester)
450 Euro / month (7. – 8. semester)

Enrolment fees
One-off payment: 100 Euro

Bachelor of Science

Field of work
› Clinics
› Rehabilitation facilities
› Medical Practices
› Companies in the healthcare sector

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