The department of Physiotherapy has been in existence, in Kasturba Hospital, since 1972. Initially it was under the department of Orthopedics. From 1981- 1991, the department conducted a 2-year diploma course. From 1992, a Bachelor's programme was offered and Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) was started in 1997. Since 1996, it has been an independent department and with the inception of the College of Allied Health Sciences in 1999, physiotherapy became an integral part of it.


The department has grown in stature through guidance from leading physiotherapists. The current state of the department owes its gratitude to BabuShetty, Male nurse, Mr. Babu Samuel, Mr. Joy Varghese, Mr. Chacko, Mrs. Annamma and Mrs. Jean Dennese.


The department was integrated into the School of Allied Health Sciences from 1999 and has been the leading department in education, clinical services and research. Since then, the department has initiated Bachelor’s program and Master’s program in various specialities. Recently, full time PhD programs have been started in the department.


Key features

  • Excellent infrastructure
  • Speciality clinics
  • International collaborations
  • Attracts overseas aspirants for clinical and research exposure
  • Funded projects
  • Multi-disciplinary environment


Core competencies

  • Highly qualified faculty
  • Diverse specialities and hands-on clinical skill training
  • Trained in pedagogic and personal effectiveness
  • Evidence based curricula
  • Research intensive environment


Academic and Research Collaborations



  • AIHMSA (Malaysia)
  • Robert Gordon University (Scotland)




McGill University, Canada


The Department of Physiotherapy, MCHP Manipal offers the following programs:


Masters in Physiotherapy (MPT)




The Department of Physiotherapy has a well-equipped labs and clinical facilities


The department is one of the team member in a multidisciplinary, tertiary care set up.

Innovative Centre

State-of-the-art Innovation Centre to facilitate multi-disciplinary research


Laboratories give students the opportunity for practical experience

Sports & Fitness

Marena is the world-class facilities with courts for badminton, tennis, soccer & squash as well as a well-equipped gymnasium


Libraries have publications on the latest developments in oral healthcare

Student Housing

Student hostels are their homes away from homes