Therapy and Public Health Management (Speech Therapy or Physiotherapy - dual programme) (Bachelor)

Brief overview

DegreeBachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
DepartmentMünster Department of Health
Special type of studydual study, including apprenticeship
IntakeWinter semester
Standard period of study8 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman
Semester fee

Requirements and enrollment

Admissions restrictions No local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementNo
Additional entrance requirements

Language requirements:

Applicants who did not acquire their study qualification at a German-speaking institution must demonstrate that they have knowledge of German at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), for example by proving that they have passed the TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with an average score of ‘4’, or must furnish equivalent proof.

In order to enrol for this degree programme, you must demonstrate that you already have an apprenticeship contract with one of the cooperating technical schools. Apprenticeships are awarded by the speech therapy and physiotherapy schools.
Enrolment- Applications to the speech therapy school must be submitted between 1 October and 31 January
- Applications to the physiotherapy school must be submitted between 1 June and 30 November of the year before starting university
Once you have concluded an apprenticeship contract, apply online to Münster University of Applied Sciences.

Detailed description of the degree programme

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.


As a university trained speech therapist or physiotherapist, you will plan and manage therapeutic and health care processes for your patients. You will value your patients as partners and as co-producers of health, approaching them with understanding and appreciation. In addition, your degree programme will enable you to manage and lead teams, and to cooperate productively with other professional groups. You will use the economic resources available to you with care. The welfare of the patient will always be central to your actions. You will be able not only to reflect on your own therapeutic actions, but also to assess the benefit and efficacy of established and innovative therapeutic methods based on academic criteria. In this way, you will ensure the quality of speech therapy or physiotherapy, contributing to their future development.

Occupational fields

Our Bachelor programme will offer you a wide range of career prospects. You may take up employment in traditional working environments such as practices, hospitals, rehabilitation and acute care clinics, public health departments, health insurance companies and educational institutions. However, new occupational fields in research, development and counselling will also be open to you.

What is more, you will be an academic pioneer: the programme in Therapy and Public Health Management which includes an apprenticeship is unique in Germany. As a graduate, you will be able to initiate and develop entirely new tasks and fields of work in the health system.

Last but not least, your Bachelor’s degree will give you access to numerous Master’s programmes. In-depth subject-related degree programmes or degree programmes from the areas of Health Care Management, Public Health, or Vocational Education are possible.

Content and course sequence

The Bachelor programme in Therapy and Public Health Management takes eight semesters. From the very beginning, you will complete modules where theory is closely combined with practice. You will take these modules at the technical school for speech therapy or physiotherapy of the University Hospital Münster, at Münster School of Health, at clinics within UKM and other healthcare institutions.

At technical school, you will learn the entire therapeutic process – from examination and diagnosis to targeted therapy and the review of its efficacy. In the process, you will benefit from innovative teaching and learning methods. Experienced therapists will provide support while you apply your knowledge to the treatment of patients.

At Münster University of Applied Sciences, we will simultaneously teach you the academic foundation for therapy and public health management – using a practical, application-oriented approach. And since healthcare work always means teamwork, you will learn alongside students from other healthcare professions from the beginning. Examples of the issues you will explore within the various study modules include: What do I, as a therapist, understand by health and illness? How does our health system work, and which legal and economic aspects must I observe as a therapist? How can scientifically based services for health promotion or rehabilitation be designed? What is appreciative interviewing, enabling me to act professionally, even in difficult situations? How do I understand and assess research, and how can I put research results into practice? How can I collect and analyse data, and use it for evidence-based therapy? How can I make working conditions conducive to health? What needs to be considered when it comes to quality management?

During your last two semesters at Münster University of Applied Sciences, you will enhance your knowledge of therapy and management, focusing on a particular area of knowledge in optional compulsory modules and during your project work. At the same time, you will be able to gain your first occupational experience as a therapist. You will finish your degree after writing your Bachelor thesis.

By combining an apprenticeship with an academic degree, you will develop your professional profile. Ultimately, you will gain two qualifications: state recognition after six semesters and a Bachelor of Science degree after eight semesters.

Why choose us

Our award-winning Bachelor programme in Therapy and Public Health Management is outstanding. The Ministry of Health of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia designated it a ‘model degree programme’. As such, our dual programme acts as a pioneer and role model for the further professionalisation of healthcare.

What makes the Münster model special is that we link training with academic studies from the very first semester. The course content acquired during the apprenticeship and at university is mutually recognised for the state examination and the Bachelor’s degree. This will enable you to obtain both qualifications within the space of four academic years.

Throughout your programme, you will benefit from innovative forms of teaching and learning, such as a mentoring programme, peer counselling and team supervision. At the same time, we continue to develop our cooperation between learning locations within a sponsored practical research project to ensure that you are offered perfectly interlinked study modules.

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