Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Physiotherapists provide services to people and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. Physiotherapist practice includes the provision of services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by the process of aging or that of injury, disorders, or diseases. Physiotherapist practice is concerned with identifying and maximising quality of life and functional movement potential, within the spheres of promotion, prevention, maintenance, intervention/treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being.


Four (4) Years:Full Time


January, May, October

About the Programme 

This course was established to fulfil societal and market demand on physiotherapy profession. Currently, only limited numbers of higher education institutions in Malaysia are offering this course and UTAR is one of the pioneer academic institutions to offer such a programme. The programme has been fully accredited by the MQA since August 2014 [MQA Approval (R/726/6/0061)10/20(A10816)]. It is envisaged that this course will produce graduates that will help fulfil UTAR’s vision- “To be a global university of educational excellence with transformative societal impact”.

The Objectives

  1. To prepare graduates with necessary theoretical and clinical knowledge in order to function as safe and competent physiotherapy practitioners.
  2. To produce graduates with clinical exposure and training for conducting safe assessment and implementation of evidence-based treatment.
  3. To produce graduates who can practice effectively with professional attitude, integrity, ethical values and conduct in both health care organization and community.
  4. To equip graduates with requisite soft skill, including communication, managerial, team work and problem solving skills to promote leadership and entrepreneurship.
  5. To train graduates with an enquiring mind and equip them with knowledge of ICT and the scientific process to promote creativity and innovation in research, and instil lifelong learning and development
Upon completion of this programme, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate fundamental and advanced knowledge in disciplines underpinning Physiotherapy
  • Apply practical knowledge and skills in patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and use evidence based practice in instituting appropriate therapeutic interventional procedures for various physical dysfunctions or disabilities
  • Apply knowledge, clinical reasoning and judgement to determine situations (eg: medical/surgical emergencies, complications) beyond their capability to handle and make referral as       appropriate
  • Communicate effectively in verbal and written form with individuals from diverse socio-cultural and psychological backgrounds, and different spiritual belief systems including patients, their family/caregiver, peers, professional colleagues and the stakeholders at large
  • Demonstrate the capacity of constructive empathy for patients and sensitivities towards the community, culture and environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the professional code of conduct and adhere to professional responsibility and ethical behaviour as a clinical practitioner
  • Apply softs kill to effectively manage and coordinate daily activities, to work constructively as part of a team to collaborate with other healthcare professionals, and for enhancement of entrepreneurship
  • Use critical thinking and reasoning to manage ambiguities and gaps in knowledge, and for the pursuit of lifelong professional learning in academic and career development
  • Apply knowledge of research process and methodology for engaging in research and development activities
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons.) programme at UTAR aims to:
  • Provide the educational experience, practical training and technical competence necessary for the practice of physiotherapy.
  • Prepare graduates to work as physiotherapists who are professionally competent and who demonstrate good ethical judgment and compassion in the treatment of patients.
  • Train students to develop good communication skills, critical thinking, leadership quality, ability to make independent clinical decision, and to engage in continual professional development as part of life-long learning.
Programme Structure
The course is offered in three trimesters every year. Students will gain clinical exposure at hospitals, clinics and other health-care centres beginning from second year of the programme. Year four of the programme will focus on clinical placement in specialized area such as orthopaedics, neurology, paediatrics, etc. Students will also gain knowledge of relevant research methodology and are required to submit a research project in third year of study. For more details on subjects offered in each year please refer to the course structure.
   Trimester 1
   Trimester 2
 Trimester 3  
    Year 1
  • English for Health Sciences
  • Professional Development and Practice I; Malaysian Health Care 
  • Community Project 
  • Sun Zi's Art of War and Bussiness Strategies 
  • Regional Anatomy of Musculoskeletal System 
  • Electrotherapy I 
  • Kinesiology 
  • Anatomy and Physiology I 
  • Introduction to Psychology and Sociology 
  • Electrotherapy II 
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A or Communicative Tamil for Health Sciences or Introduction to Chinese Language 
  • Hubungan Etnik or Malysian Studies
  • Anatomy and Physiology II 
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A or Communicative Tamil for Health Sciences or Introduction to Chinese Language 
  • Hubungan Etnik or Malysian Studies
    Year 2
  • General Pathology 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Physiotherapy Skills I
  •  Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal Conditions I
  • Exercise Physiology and Exercise Prescriptio
  • Exercise Physiology and Exercise Prescription 
  • Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal Conditions II 
  • Physiotherapy in Cardiopulmonary Conditions I 
  • Basic Clinical Skill Clinical Practice I   
  • Pharmacology for Physiotherapy 
  • Professional Development and Practice II 
  • Research Appreciation Process and Methodology 
    Year 3
  • Clinical Reasoning & Therapeutic Decision 
  • Physiotherapy in Cardiopulmonary Conditions II 
  • Physiotherapy in Neurological Conditions I 
  • Clinical Practice II  
  • Sports and Exercise Science
  • Clinical Practice III 
  • Physiotherapy in Neurological Conditions II 
  • Sports Rehabilitation 
  • Physiotherapy in Geriatrics 
  • Physiotherapy in Women's Health   
  • Research Project    
    Year 4
  • Clinical Orthopaedic Posting 
  • Special Clinical Posting : Paediatrics, Geriatrics and Women's Health
  • Clinical Cardio-Pulmonary, Medicine and Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology Posting  
  • Major Elective