Knowledge creates movement: The bachelor’s programme in physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is an autonomous and very dynamic health profession. Modern developments in the healthcare sector place high demands on the qualifications of prospective physiotherapists. The physiotherapy studies at LUNEX University set high educational standards so that you can master these challenges with scientifically sound and practice-oriented specialist knowledge.
At a glance
Degree level: Bachelor
Start of course: April | October
Duration: 6 semesters
Credits: 180 ECTS
Tuition fees: €750 per month
Registration fee: €550 one-time payment
Student Union fee: €100 each semester
Our bachelor’s programme in physiotherapy offers you a sound, practice-oriented academic qualification that prepares you for your future tasks. You will acquire the technical basics of physiotherapy: anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology as well as the application of various physiotherapeutic assessment and treatment methods.
Following the bachelor, our Master in Physiotherapy is your chance to continue towards your goal. Here you will expand your clinical and scientific knowledge in various areas of physiotherapy and develop a self-reflective practice in the sense of clinical reasoning. After completing your master’s degree you will have the necessary qualifications to become a licensed physiotherapist.
Attain a professional physiotherapy licence
To be able to practise physiotherapy, you need a professional licence. You will receive your professional licence from the country in which you have acquired your qualification. In your case, as a student at LUNEX this means: Luxembourg. Your qualification can subsequently be validated in other countries. The prerequisites for the professional licence or validation may vary according to country.
From 5 November 2021 onwards, a Master in Physiotherapy and a university education with 300 ECTS and 1125 hours of clinical placement in this area will be required to attain a professional licence as a physiotherapist. By graduating from LUNEX University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physiotherapy, you will have fulfilled all the prerequisites to apply for a professional licence from the Ministry of Health in Luxembourg.
Other EU countries
As a licensed physiotherapist in Luxembourg, you can apply for professional recognition in other EU member states. The most straightforward method of recognition is electronically via the European Professional Card.
Outside the EU
Depending on the country’s respective regulations, your professional physiotherapist licence can also be recognised in countries outside of the EU. In some cases, it may be necessary to take an assessment test, present proof of your language skills or even attain a post-qualification.
Study the Human Movement System
As a physiotherapist, you will help individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. Extensive knowledge of the functioning of the human body and excellent communication skills are essential for your work. In the bachelor’s programme you will critically examine physiotherapeutic therapy and examination methods and learn how to select and apply them in a targeted and patient-oriented way.
Benefit from practical and research-oriented study
We prepare you to practice physiotherapy scientifically based on the latest evidence-based methods. During your studies, you will benefit from the experience and expertise of our unique and international team of lecturers. Many of our lecturers and professors work in research and support their teaching with their up to date scientific knowledge. Practical skills are also particularly important in physiotherapy. Practical exercises are therefore an important part of your studies. You will learn to understand bodily functions and complex movement sequences and to carry out therapeutic measures independently and purposefully. In our movement laboratory, we also instruct you in various measurement and analysis methods.
Your training plan: What you can expect in the Bachelor in Physiotherapy
During the bachelor’s degree programme, you will acquire the theoretical and practical basics for the physiotherapy profession. This includes sound knowledge of the structure and functions of the human musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and nervous systems and skills in dealing with patients. You will learn to practice physiotherapeutic examination and treatment methods in a patient-oriented manner and to reflect and justify your actions scientifically.
Bones, muscles, joints and more – as a prospective physiotherapist you will deal intensively with all the aspects of the human movement system. At the beginning of your studies we will give you a basic understanding of the structure and functions of the human body, both in a healthy and diseased state. You will acquire extensive knowledge in the fields of anatomy, physiology and pathology.
The course will also cover basic aspects of motor control and motor learning, as well as assessment and treatment techniques. Building on this, you will learn to apply scientifically sound treatment methods in a targeted manner. We attach great importance to the teaching of evidence-based practice. You will learn to analyse scientific data and assess their quality and to apply evidence-based examination methods and measuring instruments for clinical practice and research.
You put your theoretical knowledge into practice right from the start. In our modern equipped practice rooms and movement laboratories you practice treatment techniques, methods for muscle training and joint stabilisation and test different analysis systems and measuring methods. In addition, you will complete a total of three clinical internships (950 hours) during the bachelor, in health care facilities in Europe and outside Europe, in which you will further deepen your knowledge and skills. We cooperate with hospitals, rehabilitation centres and clinics that meet high international quality standards.
The courses at LUNEX University are conducted in English. Our professors and lecturers are international experts in the field of physiotherapy, meaning you will directly profit from their experience and expertise. An academic career is also facilitated by the fact that English is the lingua franca of science and research. As a LUNEX graduate, you will have the necessary tools to not only become a sought-after professional in international physiotherapy, but also to grow and develop your profession further.
The Bachelor in Physiotherapy is organised into blocks: Periods of university attendance alternate with periods of independent study. While on the one hand, attending lectures and practical courses at LUNEX University, engaging in periods of independent study deepen your knowledge of the course contents on the other. All necessary study materials are available via the LUNEX University online platform. You can therefore learn effectively and organise your learning times to best suit you.
Do you work, or are you in training for your next athletics competition? We support your dual career at the LUNEX University! We give you the possibility of arranging your studies flexibly to fit in with your vocational training and professional engagement. Your athletic or professional career can proceed unhindered while you work towards an academic qualification on your study course. Parallel to this, you can bring the knowledge and skills gained on your course into your sports training or put your attained know-how directly into practice at your place of work – a clear advantage over the competition!
Course of study
In the first year you will learn the basic knowledge that is essential for working as a physiotherapist. You will start by learning psychology and communication strategies to address and interact with your patients. Afterwards, the anatomy and physiology modules will provide you all you need to know about the structures and functions of all systems of your body, specially those involved in human movement. During biomechanics we will teach you to properly examine sequences of movement and you will have your first practical sessions where manual therapy will be the focus.
The second year is dedicated to developing your assessment, diagnosis and intervention skills. Thus, the majority of the modules will be practical, involving simulations of clinical case studies and evidence-based practice. You will learn basic techniques in patient transfers, and be able to educate a patient on the use of different walking aids. Furthermore, you will develop skills in assessing musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, and neurological pathologies by applying the proper therapeutic measurements. This will allow you to establish and implement treatment plans based on the most up-to-date evidence in physiotherapy. In addition, you will develop your research methods skills.
The third academic year is dedicated to practice. First, you will expand your knowledge to include internal medicine, geriatrics and paediatrics. You will then put your acquired knowledge and skills to practical use in a total of three internships. You will work for seven to eight weeks each in renowned physiotherapy practices, rehabilitation centres and clinics in various medical fields. At the end of your studies you will write your bachelor thesis.
The final step: Careers and perspectives
With your bachelor’s degree, you have successfully completed the first stage on your way to becoming an academically trained physiotherapist. The subsequent master’s programme will lead you to the goal of professional admission as a recognised physiotherapist. The perfect combination of bachelor’s and master’s studies opens up a wide range of opportunities for you.
To practice as a physiotherapist, you must have completed a Master in Physiotherapy. Nevertheless, the health and social sector offers a wide range of job opportunities for which the knowledge you acquired with your Bachelor in Physiotherapy is highly valued. Potential employers where a licence as physiotherapist is not mandatory are:
- Health offices and authorities
- Health insurance companies
- Healthcare suppliers
- Medical publishers
- International companies
- Sports clubs and associations
- Science and Research
Due to demographic changes and medical progress, the healthcare sector is constantly evolving. In an ageing society with growing health awareness, well-trained health professionals are becoming increasingly important. To actively shape your future, it is particularly important that you are well prepared for the coming changes. At LUNEX University you lay the foundation for a promising career.
As a graduate of the bachelor degree, you have an excellent basis for further deepening your knowledge. Our Master in Physiotherapy is the logical next step. Here you not only acquire advanced knowledge of physiotherapeutic practice, science and research, but also strengthen your skills in patient care. A key element: Upon completion of the master’s programme, you meet the requirements to apply for professional admission as a physiotherapist.
Your equipment: What you will need to bring with you
Would you like to actively support the health and well-being of other people? Do you enjoy exercise and sport? Do you find it easy to get in touch with people and to put yourself in their shoes? Great, then you already have some of the most important qualities for the physiotherapy bachelor’s degree.
- University entrance qualification or equivalent qualification
- Education of at least 12 years of age
- English Language Skills B2 Level (CEFR)
- Participation in one of our Application Days
As an applicant, we will invite you to one of our Application Days. There you will take part in a two-stage admission procedure, in which you will be tested to see whether you have the necessary linguistic and scientific background for your studies. The first part consists of a written test with scientific tasks and questions in the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and analytical thinking. Your knowledge of English and your reading comprehension will also be tested. In the second part you will work in a group with a presentation in English. Here you will be able to demonstrate your oral skills and social skills such as teamwork and critical thinking.
Your results at the Application Day have shown that there is still room for improvement? In the Foundation Programme you will refresh your knowledge of English and/or science and improve it. The length and intensity of the Foundation Programme depends on your individual level of knowledge. This is our formula to get you quickly back on track and can get your studies off to a good start.
On your marks, get set, go: How to apply
Ready to get started? Applying to LUNEX University is easy and possible all year round. It only takes four steps to start your studies. We’ll show you just how the application works.
1: Apply online
You can apply online at any time. Just fill out our Online Application Form.
2: Visit Application Day
After receipt of your online application we will invite you to one of our Application Days. Based on the test results, we will decide whether you will be admitted directly to the program or should first participate in our Foundation program to close any gaps in your knowledge and expand your knowledge. If you are unable to travel to Luxembourg on Application Day, please contact us – together we will find a solution.
3: Submit documents
Almost there! Now only a few documents are missing to complete your application. We will send you an e-mail with a link to our document upload center. Please upload the following documents at least one month before the start of your studies:
- Copy of the highest school-leaving certificate and/or vocational qualification
- health insurance certificate
- Passport photo (optional)
4: Complete the study agreement
Have you successfully participated in one of our Application Days and submitted all the necessary documents to us? Excellent! You have successfully completed your application. After checking your admission requirements, we will send you a study contract by post. Then all you have to do is sign it and send it back to us. As soon as we have received the signed contract, your place is secured and your studies can begin.