Our Bachelor programme in Therapy and Public Health Management - Speech Therapy or Physiotherapy is a dual programme that includes an apprenticeship. The programme was developed jointly by the technical schools of the University Hospital Münster (UKM) and Münster University of Applied Sciences. We specifically link academic education with practical training. In this way, theory and practice are rolled into one in your degree programme. What makes these two therapeutic professions so interesting and unique?
Speech Therapy: Communication is our life: language, speech, voice, swallowing - these skills we use to engage in exchange with the world are taken for granted. University trained speech therapists are specialists in language, speech, breathing, voice, listening, swallowing, verbal and non-verbal communication and other related areas. Speech therapists promote linguistic development in children. They examine and treat people of all ages who have language, speech, voice and swallowing disorders. Working hand in hand with the patient, the aim is to promote the patient's communication skills and quality of life, encouraging health and well-being.
Physiotherapy: Life is movement. University trained physiotherapists are specialists in human movement. They understand movement as a complex event with a wide spectrum: from the molecular micro level of an organism to the macro level in the sense of a person's activities and participation in social life. Working hand in hand with the patient, they use movement as a therapeutic means. The aim is to improve the patient's performance and quality of life, encouraging health and well-being.
The course content is mutually recognised for the state examination as well as for the Bachelor's degree. Over four academic years, you will therefore gain two qualifications: state recognition as a speech therapist or physiotherapist and a Bachelor's degree in Therapy and Public Health Management.
Which types of training and study are available for therapists?
In Germany, three main variants exist:
- traditional apprenticeship without studying
- undergraduate degree programme in Physiotherapy or Speech Therapy culminating in a Bachelor degree
- dual study culminating in a Bachelor degree, whereby training and study can be combined in different forms.
Which model is applied in Münster?
Together with the cooperating technical schools of Münster University Hospital (UKM), the Faculty of Nursing and Health offers the Bachelor programme "Therapy and Public Health Management" as a dual full-time degree programme with an integrated apprenticeship. The standard period of study is eight semesters, comprising state recognition as a Speech Therapist or Physiotherapist and the academic degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).
What is special about the dual model at Münster, comprising an integrated apprenticeship, is that training and studies are carried out in parallel from the first semester:
Students take specialist modules at UKM's Speech Therapy or Physiotherapy Schools as well as interdisciplinary modules at Münster University of Applied Sciences. In the final two semesters, optional in-depth courses and interdisciplinary projects enable students to pursue their individual specialisation.
Both study content and training are mutually recognised for the state examination and the Bachelor degree. Due to the dual nature of the programme, it takes four years to achieve the title B.Sc. Previously, it was customary to take a three-year apprenticeship followed by a three-year Bachelor programme.
Münster University Hospital (UKM)
The requirements for gaining a place on the degree programme are
- 'Fachhochschulreife' (entrance qualification for studies at universities of applied science) or a qualification regarded as equivalent
- proof of an apprenticeship contract with one of the technical schools that cooperate with the Faculty of Nursing and Health at Münster University of Applied Sciences within the framework of the degree programme in Therapy and Public Health Management.
Apprenticeships and places on the degree programme are awarded by UKM's technical schools. As soon as an applicant receives an apprenticeship, a place on the programme at the Faculty of Nursing and Health is secured. Around 35 places are available altogether for the disciplines each academic year.
Applications to the speech therapy school must be submitted between 1 October and 30 November of the year before starting university
Applications to the physiotherapy school must be submitted between 1 June and 15 November of the year before starting university
Advice and information prior to studying
Prospective students are recommended to make use of one of the following services:
Study objectives? What is the aim of the degree programme?
The degree programme qualifies graduates to assume a scientifically substantiated position as a therapist and to perform managerial tasks such as planning and implementing therapy services, quality assurance, project work in the fields of prevention, health promotion, rehabilitation and personnel development.
In addition, graduates from the Bachelor programme are entitled to apply for a place on a graduate Master's programme.
Where do graduates work?
Therapists with a Bachelor degree are employed in "traditional" institutions such as surgeries, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals / acute-care clinics and educational institutions, as well as in new fields of work such as research, development and counselling. As academic pioneers in their profession, graduates must be proactive and creative in opening up or helping to develop new tasks and jobs in health care.
Frequently asked questions:
Why should I study and train at the same time?
The degree programme was launched as a response to the altered range of tasks and increased qualification requirements in the therapeutic professions, putting the programme more in line with the rest of Europe and abroad, where most therapists have long been trained at university. The degree programme also contributes to the further development of the therapeutic professions, as required by legislation, which will in future be reflected in a reform of legislation governing the professions.
Why study Therapy and Public Health Management?
To be competent in the health care system, it no longer suffices to have excellent specialist knowledge; therapy and public health management means more than managing facilities from a business perspective.
Therapy and public health management means
- as a therapist, advocating a comprehensive view of health and disease that comprises various different, holistic perspectives geared towards people and their social and cultural environment
- the development of patient-centred, participative and interdisciplinary services in health care provision and health promotion that guarantee the use and strengthening of resources and potential for all those concerned and that are ethically appropriate and economically feasible
- scientifically substantiated approaches in planning and development, in the implementation and critical appraisal and evaluation of therapeutic processes
- search for process solutions instead of isolated product solutions
Which skills are acquired?
In order to be prepared to meet the wide range of new requirements in the future, students on the degree programme in Therapy and Public Health Management gain the following skills, in addition to receiving state recognition:
- the ability to take into equal account both the patient-/client-centred perspective and the perspective of the organisation in the therapeutic act
- the ability to plan and implement therapeutic services in various provision contexts
- the ability to undertake multiprofessional teamwork
- the ability to act in a methodologically controlled and evidence-based manner
- the ability to devise and implement quality assurance measures
- the ability to merge the perspective of social and economic framework conditions with the specialist perspective.