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About the programme

Physiotherapy involves the application of scientific knowledge to study human movement, function, and activity. Our Physiotherapy program educates students in how to assess, diagnose, plan, perform, and evaluate the effects of treatments for disorders related to human movement, function and activity. The implementation of preventative interventions and the promotion of health are also key facets in our program.

Physiotherapy involves independently initiating or working in a team to implement health promotion, habilitation or rehabilitation intervention for individuals, groups or on a societal level. Physiotherapists work actively to empower patients and clients own physical and psycho-social capabilities to attain functional, activity and participatory goals. Physiotherapists also initiate and facilitate health promotional intervention, work related rehabilitation, insurance investigations, work place assessments, and ergonomics.

The Physiotherapy program includes six semesters of full time study, totaling 180 ECTS, where a minimum of 95 ECTS covers the physiotherapy core curriculum. Biomedical, societal and behavioral sciences are integrated in each subject. In the physiotherapy program, studies include human movement, functioning and activity with respect to an individual’s ability to understand, appreciate, control and apply their ability functionally with respect to the demands of the physical and societal environment.

Core knowledge of human movement is essential in a physiotherapist’s ability to analyse, prevent and treat functional impairments. The application of biomedical knowledge including anatomy and physiology as well as orthopedics, rheumatology, neurology, internal medicine, and mental health is also fundamental in physiotherapy. The study of societal and behavioral sciences is essential in understanding human psychology and interaction. Communication and motivation are core skills of importance for a physiotherapist’s pedagogical role in promoting health, function, activity and participation.

Physiotherapy theory and practice are interdependent. The program therefore includes theoretical, practical and clinical based education. The clinical based training occurs in hospitals also well as primary and community health care settings and encompasses 30-35 ECTS of the program. The clinical based training focuses on patient management and inter-professional collaboration. At the university campus, clinical teaching wards driven by students exist to develop team work, refine professional skills and give insight into other professions skills and roles. There is also the possibility to be involved in an international exchange program for part of the physiotherapy program.

Language of instruction



Undergraduate. Three years of full-time study.


Fluency in Swedish

General requirements
Mathematics B, civics A, natural sciences B (or physics A, chemistry A, biology A), physical education A.


Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, 180 credits


Mailbox for general study information, studyinfo@liu.se

Course start

Autumn and spring semesters


(University Hospital)

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Last updated: 2020-03-11