From now on, the degree is no longer based half on continuous assessment, and half on a written work defense. The graduation announcement by the final jury at the end of the fourth year is dependent on the student obtaining all credits corresponding to the training course (240 ECTS). The dissertation defense is a notoriously important component (UE28) as regards to the production requirements of this one in IMRAD format (50 to 70 pages in accordance with university standards). As expected, a dissertation director will guide the student in order to produce and defend a post-graduate dissertation in front of a jury consisting of the dissertation director, a university teacher and one or several physiotherapists with expertise over the chosen theme (BO Santé, 2015/8 of 15 September 2015).
That being said, all 31 UEs must also be validated. In general, the type of test is chosen by the physiotherapy accredited training institute (IFMK) based on its educational project (written, oral, practical, documents production). CEERRF emphasizes on the validating participation of students in conferences, fairs, training days. It should be provided for that optional UEs or UIs (Integration Units) make it possible to develop such projects. Clinical training in internship is, of course, one of them. By law, courses are optional (theoretical courses) and compulsory (ED). A personal working time is also planned to make it easier for the student to conduct various research works.
- The 4 years’ curriculum is legally attested by a Master degree, which officially grants the right to practice as a physiotherapist.
- Application to a Master degree requires the validation of all UEs and acquisition of all 240 ECTS.
- Graduation depends on the defense of a post-graduate dissertation.