Ph.D. (Physiotherapy) - Course Overview




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    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physiotherapy Eligibility, Top Colleges, Syllabus, Duration, Salary

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    Ph.D. in Physiotherapy is a 3- year pre-doctorate degree program, the minimum eligibility is master degree in Physiotherapy from a recognized college or university or its equivalent exam. For admission to Ph.D. in Physiotherapy depends upon commencing of applicant's performance in a relevant entrance exam, and resulting round of counseling.

    Some of the top colleges and institutes which provide admission to Ph.D. in Physiotherapy are as follows:

    The average tuition fee charged for Ph.D. in Physiotherapy program in India ranges between INR 1,000 to 2 lacs, for a span of 3 years.

    Ph.D. in Physiotherapy, one of the branches of Medicine & Health, is an interdisciplinary subject, where candidates, both Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates, learn how to help people with physical impairments. Candidates will have to be familiar with notions of Psychology so as to help peoples to overcome their insecurities and encourage patients into facing their fears and get better.

      It provides an opportunity to analyze human motion in a variety of activities utilizing clinical and research instrumentation. It enhances framing of research designs to draw conclusions. It encourages the managerial skills necessary to continue the advancement of the physiotherapy research.

      With a Ph.D. in Physiotherapy course, candidates can develop a leadership role in physical therapy profile. Candidates can also join research groups to grow new treatments and teach at a university or college level. Candidates can work as a private physiotherapist, take on a not-for-profit position or work in the public sector. 

      Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Osteopath Lecturer Researcher Therapy Manager Research Assistant Customer Care Assistant Assistant Physiotherapist Sports Physio Rehabilitator Self Employed Private Physiotherapist etc.The average salary of the applicants in this field is INR 5,50,000.  

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy: Course Highlights

      Given below are some of the main highlights of the course:

      Course LevelDoctorate Degree
      Duration of the Course3 years
      Examination TypeYear Wise
      EligibilityMaster Degree in related subject
      admission processEntrance exam and Merit Based
      Average Course FeeINR 5000 to 25 lacs
      Average Starting SalaryINR 2 lacs to15 lacs
      Top Recruiting CompaniesHelp Age India Medybiz Pvt Ltd Hosmat Hospital Apollo Hospital Fortis Hospital Talwalkars Pantaloon Fitness Pvt Ltd Intellectual Resource Training Private Limited
      Top Job AreasGovernment or Private Hospital, Medical Colleges & Universities, Private Clinics, Medical & Research Labs, Content Writing (medical) etc.
      Top Job PositionsOsteopath Lecturer Researcher Therapy Manager Research Assistant Customer Care Assistant Assistant Physiotherapist Sports Physio Rehabilitator Self Employed Private Physiotherapist

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy: What is it all about?

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy focuses on the science behind physical rehabilitation. Candidates in this course attend lectures, seminars, conferences, and classes that concentrate on the evidence-based process of physiotherapy. The course prepares candidates for an extensive range of fields, they also do research and write papers to display their own discoveries regarding physiotherapy. At the end of the course, a candidate will usually be able to diagnose and treat physical impairments and educate future physiotherapists, patients or their families.

      Physiotherapy is a branch of healthcare that applies modes of physical movement such as exercise, massage, besides education, advice, and counseling services to circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, pain, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions, or other environmental factors.

      Taking this course is beneficial because candidates gain an intimate knowledge of exercises, motivation techniques, education methods, advocacy tools and equipment uses. A Ph.D. degree in Physiotherapy program can relate to geriatrics, sports medicine, pediatrics, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, and different other areas of medicine.

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy? course aims to empower and encourage engagement in physiotherapy research broadly. The system tries to energize development in the numbers of researchers associated with physiotherapy research, and enhance the amount of research produced – and its implementation and integration into practice. All suitable resources and services access needed to support this research is accessible from the School of Health and Rehabilitation and collaborating organizations.

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy: Top Institutes 

      Given below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course:

      Loyola CollegeChennaiINR6,000
      Presidency CollegeChennaiINR2,220
      Basanthali UniversityJaipurINR 87,500
      Jadavpur UniversityKolkataINR8,000
      Meenakshi College for WomenChennaiINR 6,000
      Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s UniversityJaipurINR75,000
      Nalanda Open UniversityPatnaINR10,000
      Tilak Maharashtra VidyapeethPuneINR1,21,000
      Indian Institute of TechnologyVaranasiINR27,500
      Maharshi Dayanand UniversityRohtakINR2,030
      University of CalcuttaKolkataINR3,400
      University of HyderabadHyderabadINR5,750

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy: Eligibility 

      Post Graduate degree in relevant subject or equivalent with at least 50% marks in aggregate. Applicant should clear the common entrance exam conducted by the University for the Course.

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy: Admission Process

      In India, universities have rights to set their own procedure and standards for the Ph.D. programme admissions. But the set of requirements for the application are similar. This is referred to as NET (National Eligibility Test) and is administered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for most subjects, with the exception of Science and Engineering which are covered by CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research).

      Following are a few entrance tests that are conducted by some of the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology colleges in India:

      • UGC NET exam
      • Symbiosis Ph.D. Entrance Examination
      • AIMA Ph.D. Entrance Exam
      • JNU Ph.D. Entrance Exam
      • NIPER Ph.D. Entrance Exam

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy: Syllabus and Course Description

      Subjects of Study
      Research in PhysiotherapyResearch Fundamentals
      Research DesignResearch Ethics
      BiostatisticsMeasures of central value
      Measures of DispersionNormal Distribution Curve
      Correlation analysisSampling
      Parametric & Non-Parametric testsHypothesis Testing
      Regression analysisProbability

      Ph.D. in Physiotherapy: Career Prospects

      Physiotherapy is one of the recognized professional careers and is among the top career choices made by candidates in India. Talented professionals in this field are rising day by day, which has lead to the creation of lots of employment opportunities for talented physiotherapist. Graduates can seek employment in centers that help physically challenged people, orthopedic departments, private & government sectors, health institutions, rehabilitation centers and in defense medical organizations.

      Graduate professionals with some experience can also start his/her own private clinic. This helps them to gain more confidence as well as revenue. Skilled professionals in this field can also find employment in universities, fitness centers, nursing homes, schools, sports clubs, hospitals, offices and in colleges. There are lots of job opportunities available in India as well as in foreign countries for physiotherapists.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Physiotherapy annual salary
      PhysiotherapistA Physiotherapist is responsible to help peoples suffering from ailments with physical movement resulting from injury, illness, disability, and aging to increase their movement, and devise and review treatment programs.INR 2 to 7 Lacs
      LecturerLecturer is in charge of teaching at undergraduate and graduate level candidates in areas allocated and reviewed timely by the Head of Department.INR 2.5 to 6 Lacs
      ResearcherThey are responsible to work with different team members to evaluate and identify project goals, research procedures, and various test parameters, and offer recommendations on enhancing the strategies used.INR 3 to 7 Lacs
      OsteopathThey are responsible to treat patients by stimulating various areas of the body using an extensive range of physical procedures such as stretching, touching, and massaging.INR 2.5 to 5 Lacs
      ConsultantThey are responsible to provide services directly to healthcare facilities, working for association, organizations, providing medical-consulting services.INR 2 to 5 Lacs

      Ph.D. (Physiotherapy) Fee Structure in India

      59 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES3.43 L (Maximum Fee)
      2.05 L (Average Fee)
      26.29 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES5.4 L (Maximum Fee)
      2.44 L (Average Fee)

      Ph.D. (Physiotherapy) Fee Structure by State


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      2.29 L


      2.7 L
      2.8 L



      1 Comment

      Is the NET Qualification is necessary for PhD in physiotherapy??

      06 Mar, 2020 21:30
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hello, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission as some of the universities provide admission on the basis of UGC NET score while others conduct entrance exam of their own.

      07 Mar, 2020 16:52

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