University of Cape Town

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
3764 USD/year
1608 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Physiotherapy progamme at the University of Cape Town is offered by dissertation only and should take two to three years to complete. Current areas of research include paediatric neurology, neuromusculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, orthopaedic physiotherapy, disability prevention, health promotion, and physiotherapy education.


Why to study

The Physiotherapy progamme at the University of Cape Town is an applied discipline dedicated to the study of human movement and function and its relevance to health and well-being.

The Division of Physiotherapy strives to be a world-class, African Division of Physiotherapy and is committed to the primary health care approach of educating physiotherapists who will be well prepared to meet the health, rehabilitation and research needs of our country.

The programme is designed to equip students both academically and professionally with the skills and clinical expertise required to practise competently and confidently within a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, community health centres, special schools, homes and other community-based facilities. Accordingly, students will be required to carry out clinical practice in urban and peri-urban areas as well as informal settlements.

The Division believes that registration for this programme is not only about getting a degree but it is about personal and professional growth. The Division of Physiotherapy, through it's very active Physiotherapy Student's Council, gives students the opportunity to provide services at different sporting events, such as the Berg Canoe Marathon and the Argus Cycle Race. It is possible to join SHAWCO, the student welfare organisation and be part of a multi-disciplinary team that provides care to residents of under-resourced areas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • paediatric neurology
  • neuromusculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy
  • orthopaedic physiotherapy
  • disability prevention
  • health promotion
  • physiotherapy education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

An applicant to the MSc (Physiotherapy) must have a BSc (Physiotherapy) degree.

As part of the application process, the Division of Physiotherapy requires the submission of a brief outline of a proposed study. Although a thesis supervisor will provide formal guidance and input in refining the research question and study design, at a Masters level it is expected that the student should have identified a specific research area of interest or a potential research question.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3764 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1608 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1608 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National : R 27 000
  • International fee: R 63 200


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

University of Cape Town


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