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Undergraduate PROGRAMMES

BSc Physiotherapy

The degree is a basic four year (4) undergraduate programme which upon completion a graduate register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a physiotherapist.

Admission requirements
  • Applicants must be in possession of a Matriculation Exemption Certificate with pass marks in Mathematics, Physical Science, Biology and English on the higher grade with a minimum symbol D.
  • Applicants with a National Senior Certificate (NSC), who qualify for a Bachelor’s degree, require the following minimum Admission Point Score (APS) for admission into the programme.
Applicants require the following minimum Admission Point Score (APS)

Applicants require the following minimum Admission Point Score (APS)



Life Sciences




Physical Sciences


Language of Learning


Life Orientation


2 Additional Subjects

4 = 8

Total Points


Postgraduate PROGRAMMES

Master of Science in Physiotherapy

We offer an MSc by coursework which consists of a two year study programme. The MSc coursework (Sports Physiotherapy and rehabilitation) is aimed at preparing a qualified physiotherapist for the field of sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation. The course places focus on advanced sports injury physiotherapy assessment, treatment and rehabilitation strategies as well as advanced physiology and anatomy.

The advanced sport physiotherapy and rehabilitation course entails;

  • Professional practice, administration and ethics
  • Sport specific injury management and return to sport guidelines across major sports and all joint structures.
  • Specialised sports injury rehabilitation and management techniques and application across all sports and all joints.
  • Application of rehabilitation and return to sport guidelines (both injury and sport specific).

In completing the course the MSc student will also complete a research study ending of with the submission of a mini-dissertation.

PhD Physiotherapy

Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy

The Sports Injury Rehabilitation Unit (SIRU)

The Sports Injury Rehabilitation Unit (SIRU)

The Sports Injury Rehabilitation Unit (SIRU) is a sports physiotherapy setting aimed at becoming a high performance centre involving a multidisciplinary approach. SIRU was established in 2018 by Mr Muhammad Dawood from the SMU physiotherapy department with the support and encouragement by Professor Douglas Maleka (HOD) and has since grown exponentially.

Our mission at SIRU

Our mission at SIRU: It has been said on numerous occasions at the highest level of academia that exercise is medicine. There are hundreds of thousands of recreational athletes and gym goers in our country. Physiotherapy and sport nutrition are regarded as some of the basic needs of the above mentioned athlete. Prevention strategies are the current hot topics of FIFA, cricket South Africa and sports medicine currently although injuries are inevitable and need to be managed.

The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University sport injury rehabilitation unit (SIRU) has a mission of providing sport injury and performance management for the athletes of SMU and the surrounding areas.

This centre serves

This centre serves as a teaching centre where our postgraduate sports master’s students as well as our undergraduate student will be able to manage and treat highly skilled sportsmen.

Research is conducted at this facility and is a great opportunity to bring in funding from external sources. Exercise is medicine and this is the way forward. SIRU has grown to now run the gym, service all sporting codes and is an actual site for the clinical sports physiotherapy block. We have had thousands of patient treatments and are self-funded. We remain a third stream income for the department of physiotherapy.


It’s a positive place where students grow and learn and find their place in the physiotherapy world. It’s a place where struggling students realise their potential and patients come to get better for a fraction of the price.

For appointments

For appointments please email:

or call:

012 5213245


We are situated in the upstairs gym at the SMU sports complex.


SIRU director:

Muhammad Dawood: