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Department of Physiotherapy (and the Division of Physical Education)

Address H-1088 Budapest, Vas u. 17.
Mailing address: H-1085 Budapest, Üllői út 26.
Tel.: (+36-1) 486-5980
Fax: (+36-1) 486-5981
Website: Faculty of Health Sciences

Head of the Department Associate Professor Mónika Horváth, Ph.D.

Background Underwater therapy was used in the Császár Baths as early as 1891. The first physiotherapy training in Hungary, which was more of an artistic movement therapy, was started by Alice Madzsar in 1912. The need for physiotherapy arose during the time of the poliomyelitis epidemic, resulting in the foundation of a proper physiotherapy school in Budapest in 1955. At this time, training was two years long; the duration of studies increased to four years in 2000.

Education The Department’s aim is to train physiotherapists who can be valuable members of a health care team of prevention, care and rehabilitation.  The physiotherapy undergraduate program consists of  240 credits, which corresponds to the requirements of a Bachelor’s degree.

The Department also offers the 3-semesters Master’s level Physiotherapy training programme (90 ECTS).

The physiotherapy BSc programme comprises eight, and the MSc programme comprises 3 semesters. Each term consists of courses corresponding to 30 credits. Courses are divided into theoretical and practical units, each unit covering a particular field of physiotherapy.

At the BSc programme the supervised clinical practice takes place during the 7th semester (two to four weeks), and in the 8th semester (15 weeks) at a variety of medical centres. And the programme comprises an independent graduate project corresponding to 20 credits.

The Master programme’s last semester can be divided into two halves. At the beginning the students have theoretical and practical courses and in the last 8 weeks they attend specialised clinical practice and scientific research.

Successful completion of the program requires that students have:

  • Acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to work independently as physiotherapists;
  • Acquired knowledge and skills of physiotherapeutic methods of assessment and treatment, as well as knowledge of the connection between science and long-established experience;
  • Developed their self-recognition and capacity for empathy, thereby paying attention to ethical considerations;
  • Familiarized themselves with conditions in society which affect people’s health, and gained an ability to initiate and take part in health promoting and preventive efforts.

Biomechanical Lab 

The biomechanical lab equipped with the latest technology. With these modern pieces of equipment we can perform dynamic and kinematic measurements to demonstrate the discrepancies of musculoskeletal, neurological and other problems. And to and we can compare the physiological and pathological movement patterns. The use of these devices helps us to test the validity of traditional physiotherapy examination methods, as well as measuring the effectiveness of the therapies by objective data. In addition, our laboratory with the new visual stimulation biofeedback equipment can be used not only to analyse the walking but to correct and develop it. So now it is suitable for therapeutic interventions.

Both the BSc and MSc programmes’ curriculum include subjects that instruct the students how to use these devices for their thesis, dissertation research and for projects in the Students’ Scientific Association.

Division of Physical Education

Contact person:
Head: Gábor Soós
Phone: +(36-1)486-5850

The Division of Physical Education teaches the 4-semesters long criteria subject, the Physical Education (PE) for each full-time BSc student. PE classes enable students to several opportunities for sport (swimming, volley-ball, handball, basketball, football, floorball, conditioning, aerobic) in different locations (gym, swimming pool).

Apart from the PE course, therapeutic swimming that is highly demanded by our students is also launched as a selective subject in each semester.

Colleagues of the Division participate in the operation of the Student Sport Association (DSE). Primarily, the Association provides student participation in the university’s system of sport competitions.


Some areas of research at the Department include:

  • Controlled study of a prevention programme in physical education in schools;
  • The effect of exercise on cardiac rehabilitation;
  • The effect of exercise on musculoskeletal rehabilitation;
  • Gait analysis according to the D3 method;
  • Physiotherapeutic treatment possibilities of temporomandibular malfunction of joints (TMJ);
  • Strengthening the subjective examination methods of physiotherapy with more objective assessment methods;
  • Biomechanical characteristics of the stability of standing and the keeping of balance;
  • Correction of posture with the methods of physiotherapy;
  • Chest physiotherapy of cystic fibrosis (CF) adapted to different ages;
  • Effect of positive expiration pressure in cystic fibrosis;
  • Up-to-date approaches of the complex physiotherapeutic treatment of incontinence;
  • Clinical appearance of the syndrome of paraneoplasia with special regard to the locomotor system;
  • Conservative therapeutic possibilities of knee instabilities.


Last updated: April 7, 2017