Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Master of physical therapy is a clinically oriented study program which is only one of its kind in UAE. The aim of the program is to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables students to develop as competent, evidence-based and patient-centred physiotherapy practitioners, capable of making a valuable contribution to the workplace.

It is a two year (39 credits) program, spanning four semesters and accredited by Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), UAE.

This program provides an opportunity for students to learn through didactics, problem-based learning, team-based learning, online learning, skill labs, evidence-based clinical physiotherapy practice and an independent research project which leads to successful completion and the award of MPT degree.

Movement is life. Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) prepares physical therapy professional with highly-developed clinical reasoning skills to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems in the areas of orthopaedic, sports, neurological, cardiopulmonary, women’s health, paediatrics, oncology, emergency, aged care, and community service

With critical enquiry and evidence-based practice as the foundation, the program promotes the acquisition of cutting-edge clinical and research skills/ behaviours that are essential for a physical therapy practice in a complex and continually evolving healthcare environment.

This program provides quality graduates who contribute significantly to the wider community, by using non-invasive, physical activity based lifestyle promotion for the healthy body and graduates with the potential to self-learn to grow professionally and to respond to change and challenges.

  • Emphasis on advanced clinical skills
  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Hands-on training in state of the art research facility
  • Flexible study schedule for working professionals
  • Curricular Concentration on Research projects and publication
  • Graduate with cutting-edge clinical skills with our on-campus Thumbay physical therapy and rehabilitation center technologies
  • 360-degree clinical assessment and feedback.

Admission Criteria for AY2020-21

  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2019) published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from an accredited University in the UAE or equivalent one from outside the UAE.
  • Distinct undergraduate performance of minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent grade.
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the TOEFL, IELTS, or UA CESL Endorsement Exam, minimum requirements are listed below. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 79 on the iBT or 550 PBT (web-based) test or higher.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6 is required, with a score of no less than 5 on any individual band or module.
  • A Valid license as a Physiotherapist issued from MoH / DHA / HAAD, UAE is preferable

Conditional Graduate Admission Read More

  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is allowed take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program to progress to second semester or be subject to dismissal.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to 2.4 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is required to successfully complete a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program.
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to be admitted to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Required Documents

  • Attested copy of the baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from all accredited institutions of higher education previously attended
  • Equivalency Certificate of the Bachelor’s degree from the Ministry of Education, U.A.E.
  • Valid English Language Proficiency Test (EmSAT/IELTS / TOEFL)
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID Card (For UAE Nationals Family Book and Ethbara).
  • Passport-size Photographs x 5.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Statement of purpose and objectives.
Semester Courses Credits Total
1 Physical Therapy in Musculo Skeletal Conditions 4  



Sports Rehabilitation 1
Physical Therapy in Systemic and Psychosomatic Disorders 4
Ergonomics 1
Patho- Mechanics and Kinesiology 2
Exercise Physiology and Nutrition 2
2 Physical Therapy in Neurological Disorders 4 13
Physical Therapy in Pediatric Disorders 1
Physical Therapy in Cardio Vascular & Respiratory  Conditions 4
Research Methodology 2
Bio Statistics 2
3 Clinical Rotations 6 6
4 Thesis 6 6
Total 39

Master of Physical Therapy program (MPT) at Gulf Medical University is a graduate program aimed to equip students with advanced musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, and evidence-based professional practice training as a next-generation physical therapy clinician.

Physical therapists specialize in the assessment and treatment related to movement with a strong foundation of clinical training at our state of art Thumbay Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Hospital, Ajman [Link] & Thumbay Hospital, Ajman [Link]

Renowned experts from different specialization of physiotherapy with state of art facilities and laboratories such as gait-balance, virtual reality, robotics, ergonomics, hydrotherapy, electromyography, isokinetic, and exercise testing and prescription will define and advance your career progressed into the specialist level.

Clinical Training Sites

  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Private practice
  • Sports facilities
  • Schools
  • Public health organizations
  • Community centers
  • Aged-care facilities
  • Military
  • Pursue higher education and research career