Education in physiotherapy

There are 10 schools of physiotherapy in Denmark (Copenhagen, Hillerød, Odense, Aalborg, Næstved, Roskilde, Esbjerg, Haderslev, Holstebro and Aarhus). Information on admission criteria can be obtained from the schools.

About the education in physiotherapy

The professional education/training is of 3½ years duration and is theoretically and practically based and includes a clinical training programme. In addition to physiotherapy subjects the students study scientific subjects like anatomy and physiology, social science, and health science as well as pedagogy and psychology.

The education leads to a B.Sc. Professionsbachelor equivalent to 210 ECTS.

After the final examination the Danish Patient and Safety Authority grants license to the physiotherapists.

List of schools of physiotherapy in Denmark

Read more about the Danish education system

Continued professional development and postgraduate education

The Association of Danish Physiotherapists has a comprehensive and dynamic educational programme, which is continually being developed in close co-operation with educators, researchers and work places. Danske Fysioterapeuter offers courses at several levels. Some courses cater for physiotherapists from all over the country, while some are offered on a regional or local basis.

More and more physiotherapists supplement their basic professional training with one year diploma course (60 ECTS) or a degree courses (MSc. 60 ECTS, Cand. 120 ECTS) at university level in Denmark or abroad.

There are presently two master of science in physiotherapy available in Denmark:  

Master of Science in Physiotherapy at University of Southern Denmark 

Master of Science (MSc) in Health (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) at Aalborg University

Specialist in physiotherapy

Qualifications are: Clinical work, CPD, documented to approximately 60 ECTS. Theoretical and scientific education and experience, documented to approximately 60 ECTS.

The specialist areas for physiotherapists are at the moment:

  • Neurophysiotherapy
  • Musculosceletal physiotherapy
  • Paediatric physiotherapy
  • Geronto/Geriatric physiotherapy
  • Psychosomatic and psychiatric physiotherapy
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy for hearts and lungs
  • Sports physiotherapy
  • Urology

The Danish society of Physiotherapists is the recognizing body.