Year 3

European School of Physiotherapy

The third and last year contains another 80 credits. In the third year, students need to complete a minor, a professional assignment project (thesis) and their final internship, combined with more very interesting special courses. It is the grand finale of the ESP programme and this is finalized in an official graduation ceremony, which is planned in early July.

In the final year at ESP, during semester 5, students need to choose a minor in order to specialize further into a specific field.


We recommend to choose between either of the following two options:

  • Minor Rehabilitation
    The minor Rehabilitation is offered by the School of Physiotherapy of the AUAS – to get better skills and understanding of complex patient categories. Musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary oncology as well as other patient categories will be discussed and studied extensively, which makes this minor a perfect choice for students that want to fully prepared as international practitioner.
  • Minor Master Preparation
    This minor is also offered by ESP in collaboration with the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU University in Amsterdam – get fulfil the pre-master courses of the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences or Human Movement Sciences Master programme during ESP. This will prepare students for an academic career in physiotherapy and allows the completion of MSc within only four years, i.e. three years at ESP and one more year at the VU.

Writing a 'professional assignment project'

Parallel to the minor, students need to write a “professional assignment project” (in short “PAP”) which includes an extensive literature review (thesis) and a practical product for a client in physiotherapy. While the final clinical internship is the “grand finale” of all earlier internship and underlying practical courses, the PAP is the grand finale of all earlier research projects as done in the Evidence Based Practice courses.

Published by  Faculty of Health 18 January 2021