Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Master of Science in Physiotherapy

“To prepare physiotherapy professionals with high-level skills, , professional and ethical behaviors. As lifelong learners and reflective practitioners, they will serve the health care needs of the community while contributing to the advancement of the profession of physiotherapy”

The Master of Science in Physiotherapy (M.Sc. PT) programme at the University of Peradeniya aims to prepare physiotherapists to be evidence based, clinical decision makers who effectively communicate with and educate the patients. As lifelong learners, reflective practitioners and leaders, they will employ current concepts of physiotherapy practice through prevention and active engagement. Master of Science graduates will validate physiotherapy through research, serve the health care needs of the community, contribute to the advancement of the profession, and demonstrate ethical and legal practice. The Master of Science in Physiotherapy (M.Sc. PT) programme is a 60 credits course (SLQF Level - 10) and the duration of the programme is 02 years (04 semesters). The programme allows the students to acquire specialization in the selected subfield in physiotherapy. The specialization titles of the M.Sc. PT will be awarded as follows, depend on the subfield undertaken by the candidates.

  • Master of Science in Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders and Sports (M.Sc. PT-MSS)
  • Master of Science in Physiotherapy in Neurological Disorders (M.Sc. PT-ND)
  • Master of Science in Physiotherapy in Cardio-Respiratory Disorders (M.Sc. PT-CRD)
  • Master of Science in Physiotherapy in Community Rehabilitation (M.Sc. PT-CMR)
  • Master of Science in Physiotherapy in Pediatrics (M.Sc. PT-Ped)

Entry Qualification

Student should have Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy (Minimum of four-year [120 credits]; Equal to SLQF level 06) from a UGC recognized university/institution in Sri Lanka or abroad to apply for the MSc in Physiotherapy programme
Candidates will be selected through an interview

Programme Outcomes

Graduates of the M.Sc. Physiotherapy program will be able to

  1. Synthesize the knowledge of biological, physical, clinical sciences, and psychosocial behaviors for expertise in physiotherapy related clinical decision making.
  2. Independently perform physiotherapy assessments using evidence-informed tests and measures to identify impairments, activity limitations and participatory restrictions of clients with various disorders.
  3. Integrate basic medical sciences knowledge to design and implement evidence-based physiotherapy interventions using the patient management model in prevention and practice
  4. Demonstrate high standards of ethical and professional behavior in client management.
  5. Demonstrate effective communications in verbal and written formats, to facilitate the physiotherapists’ roles in education, consultation, patient management, and developing professional relationships.
  6. Design and carryout a research project to contribute the knowledge base of the profession.
  7. Incorporate leadership skills and exemplify professional roles and behaviors in multidisciplinary health care team.
  8. Display the skills of a reflective practitioner.
  9. Design a plan for ongoing personal and professional development.

Program Structure


Course Code

Course Name


Y1 S1

MSPT 5101

Applied Anatomy and Physiology


MSPT 5102

Physiotherapy Professional Practice


MSPT 5103

Movement Sciences


MSPT 5104

Research Methodology and Statistics


Y1 S2

MSPT 5201

Differential Diagnosis in Physiotherapy


MSPT 5202

Evidence Based Practice


MSPT 5203

Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy


MSPT 5204

Advanced Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy


MSPT 5205

Health Promotion and Exercise Prescription


MSPT 5206

Physiotherapy in Women’s Health


Y2 S1

MSPT 5301

Advanced Neurological and Paediatric Physiotherapy


MSPT 5302

Sports Physiotherapy


MSPT 5304

Geriatric Physiotherapy


MSPT 5305

Community Based Rehabilitation


MSPT 5306

Professional Investigation


Y2 S2

MSPT 5401

Research Project


Course work: 45 credits
Research work: 15 credits
Total Credits: 60 credits