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    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

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Our research vision is to contribute towards understanding of physical function in order to design, validate and evaluate evidence based diagnostic, preventative and rehabilitation strategies to optimize function and thereby enhance quality of life and health.

Key benefits

At the Division of Physiotherapy, we currently offer postgraduate students access to the following equipment and facilities for research purposes:

•3D motion analysis lab
•Portable motion analysis equipment
•Physiotherapy gym and gym equipment
•Diagnostic Ultrasound
•LODOX machine
•Virtual reality equipment
•Electrotherapy machines
•Electronic portable lung function equipment

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Course details

- Purpose -

The aim of the programme is to:

- equip students with the necessary skills in order to undertake original, advanced and independent research inthe field of Physiotherapy;
- prepare students for various forms of scientific professional communication;
- produce professionals with the skills and critical cognitive capability to advance the profession and to contribute to a pool of professional and academic practitioners in the field of Physiotherapy

- Format -

Applications are considered through the following application process, whereby students can apply to work on current research offered by the institution, or opt to suggest new research areas:

Selection Phase:

Selection occurs through the postgraduate program committee of the Physiotherapy Division. The purpose is to identify candidate suitability, and whether the division will be able to provide supervision for the specific research topic area.

The division will publish potential research topic areas:

o These research areas have been described by staff and supervision can thus be provided for the intended study year.
o Alternatively students may also motivate for alternate research topic areas. A clear motivation must accompany the divisional application.

Students must submit the following documents electronically to the Physiotherapy postgraduate administration officer [email protected] :-

o Two page Curriculum Vitae;
o One page letter to motivate why you should be considered for selection
to the postgraduate program;
o The chosen research topic area

The following are some of our main research focus areas:

•Pain/chronic pain disorders
•Clinical guidelines
•Posture analysis
•3D Motion analysis
•Neuromusculoskeletal disorders
•Sports injuries
•Pulmonary tuberculosis
•Outcome measures

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Stellenbosch University is recognised internationally as one of the top research-intensive universities on the African continent. The number of NRF-rated researchers, South African Research Chairs, and the national research Centres of Excellence based at Stellenbosch University attest to the exceptional academic leadership available in a stimulating and vibrant academic environment. We are building our good reputation and eminence as a university of excellence and relevance by providing a sustainable impetus for cutting-edge and significant research. To find out more about postgraduate studies and research at Stellenbosch University, download the document below.


While the University tries to assist postgraduate students as far as possible in providing funding for their studies, there are also external organisations that provide funding. In such cases, Stellenbosch University is not involved in administering the funds of said organisations, and the application processes, guidelines and criteria of these external funding mechanisms should be consulted. Find out more here:

English Support

Stellenbosch University Language Centre is a vibrant hub for students, staff and clients who require language and communication assistance. The Centre is tasked to improve the institutional multilingual teaching offering as well as individual multilingualism at the University. In keeping with the growing number of postgraduate students at the University, the Language Centre is constantly increasing its offering to this group of students. This can be seen from the wide range of services that the Centre is already providing to the postgraduate community. Find out more:






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