Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, M.Sc.

Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


This is a two-year Master's programme that can be taken up on a full-time or part-time basis after a mandatory preparatory programme (spring semester prior to the Master’s programme).

The preparatory programme (February – July) is developed specifically for all incoming students to improve and further develop their knowledge, insights and skills in all majors offered in the Physiotherapy programme. The programme enables students to increase their success rate in the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy.

The first year of the Master’s programme offers a general, evidence-based approach to the various domains of physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences. Students will be trained in research methodologies and its applications. Evidence-based practice is introduced and discussed in multiple classes and assignments. Next to this, the first year consists of courses in the general field of physiotherapy (e.g. the treatment of different patient populations).

In the second year of the Master’s programme, the focus shifts towards knowledge and skills related to one of the majors offered at the faculty. Classes on advanced theories and skills are combined with a 3-month internship period within the chosen major.

Career Perspectives

Graduates pursue careers as specialised, self-employed physiotherapists or join healthcare teams in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, centers for people with chronic diseases or psychiatric institutions. Moreover, some graduates work in the field of special education or provide care for persons with motor disabilities. A number of graduates go on to pursue a PhD.

Let your strong theoretical and scientific insight be your ticket to success in a rewarding career and to provide expert, high-quality care in the field of rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy.

The Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy programme is offered at the KU Leuven.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interpreting Scientific Evidence in Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Medical Imaging for Physiotherapists
  • Research Methodology in Adapted Physical Activity
  • International Perspectives in Physiotherapy
  • Physical Activity, Physical Fitness and Mental Health

        Detailed Programme Facts

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:


          The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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        • Minimum required score:


          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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        Academic Requirements

        • Only students with a relevant background in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy will be considered for admission. The preparatory programme is not a bridging programme for students who have a different academic background (e.g. Kinesiology, Sport Sciences). Students should have a solid background in at least two of the following fields:

          • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
          • Neurorehabilitation in Adults
          • Neurorehabilitation in Children
          • Rehabilitation for Internal Disorders
          • Rehabilitation in Mental Health Care

          Both students with a Bachelor of Science (3 years) and a professional Bachelor in Rehabilitation Sciences/Physiotherapy (at least 3.5 years) will be considered.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          922 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 922 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          922 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 922 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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        Living costs for Leuven

        • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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