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Physiotherapy Programme

Physiotherapy as a profession is based on an academic education, specific knowledge about the human being and it is an independent professional discipline. A physiotherapist works with prevention, treatment and rehabilitative measures in different areas in both public and private care sector. Fysiotherapy aims to promote health with and through movement.

Swedish physiotherapy is world leading in several areas, which gives good opportunities to work internationally. The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy requires three years of full-time study. Further education provides opportunities for master’s and doctoral degree.

Structure and content

The physiotherapy programme comprises 180 higher education credits. The physiotherapy program is organized in courses with the gradual deepening of theoretical and practical knowledge, ability to independence, analysis and critical thinking.

At the beginning of the program, the students learn how the human body is built and how it works. The theoretical studies are then focused on anatomy, physiology and psychology. The students also learn basic theories and concepts in the subject of physiotherapy.

The second and third year of the programme entail a broadening and deepening in physiotherapy. The students learn to identify, analyse, assess and carry out rehabilitative and preventive measures for people with various functional impairments. The teaching covers various medical subjects such as rehabilitative medicine, orthopaedics and neurology. Fundamental theories in areas such as ethics and communication are integrated within the main subject of physiotherapy.

In the second year of the programme, the prospective physiotherapists do their first supervised clinical education period in in-patient care and community care. Later in the programme, the students do clinical education in rehabilitation and primary care. In a clinical training environment, the students can practice working in teams with prospective nurses, occupational therapists, and dieticians. The programme is concluded with a degree project in physiotherapy. After graduation, the students apply for a licence from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Theory and practice

The teaching formats in the physiotherapy programme are based on self-directed learning. Pedagogy that activates the students is a key. The students are considered active knowledge seekers and willing to change with a conscious and critical evaluative approach to knowledge.

Some of the teaching formats used are interactive lectures, seminars, group work, workshops and clinical education. Examination formats is written and / or oral and practical.

Examination can take place through written and/or oral practical exams.

The program contains a total of 22 weeks of clinical education at various clinics in the region of Västra Götaland.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

Every semester, 37 students are admitted to the physiotherapy programme in Gothenburg. Admissions take place in both the autumn and spring semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

To meet the general entry requirements you must:

  • have successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and meet the requirements for university studies in the home country.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B. See English Language Requirements.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish.. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course Swedish 3/Swedish as a second language 3.


See other ways of meeting the requirement in Swedish at the website (in Swedish): https://www.antagning.se/sv/Det-har-galler-for-dig-som-gatt/Utlandsk-gymnasieutbildning/Det-har-behover-du-ha/Behorighet-i-svenska/

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

  • the student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).


If you have an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish, English and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2, at least grade 4. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades of at least 4 in Swedish B.
  • English B, SL, at least grade 4, with language of instruction other than English
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c.


And specific entry requirements, with pass grades of at least E:

  • Physical Education A, Mathematics B, Science B and Social Studies A (field-specific entry requirements 17). Or: General entry requirements and Physical Education 1, Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c, Science 2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1 + 1a2 (field-specific entry requirements A15).


Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

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Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 9/19/2017
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