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Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy aims to train graduates to conduct research-based practice in physiotherapy and to develop expertise in a specific domain. This highly specialized programme is organised in collaboration with top Flemish universities and experts within this vital field of social scientific research.
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Overview

The Master in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy aims to train graduates to conduct evidence-based practice in physiotherapy and to develop expertise in a specific domain of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. 

Organized in collaboration with other Flemish universities, this programme is highly specialized.

Programme outline

The first year of the Master’s of Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy (Leuven) programme offers a general, research-based approach to physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences. You will be trained in broad research methodologies and their vital applications in the field.

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

  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Manual Therapy or Sports Physical Therapy)
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation for Internal Disorders
  • Rehabilitation in Mental Health Care

To obtain international and professional recognition (e.g. IFOMPT), some majors will require study credits in addition to the 120 required for the master's programme.

Strengths

  • One of the only programmes in the field that offers an MSc degree where evidence-based practice and strong research are combined. Our research centres top the 11th place on the global QS ranking.
  • Excellent facilities due to close collaboration with University Hospitals Leuven.
  • A flexible programme that allows you to custom design the content of your curriculum depending on the competences you wish to acquire. International options: the faculty is very active on an international level; students have the possibility to undertake (part of) the programme’s internship at an institution abroad should they want to.
Career Perspectives

Graduates pursue careers as self-employed physiotherapists or join healthcare teams in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, health centers and institutions. Many work in the field of special education, or motor disabilities, and a number choose to 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.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

The majors offered at the Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences are: 

  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation for Internal Disorders
  • Rehabilitation in Mental Health Care

Master Courses

  • 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

Internship

  • Clinical Placement in Rehabilitation: 20 weeks
Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The academic year 2020-2021 starts 21 September 2020.

    Applications are possible until 1 October 2020, both for EEA students and for non-EEA students.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

Only students with a relevant background in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy will be considered. The preparatory programme is not a bridging programme for students with 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

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

For more information, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 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.

Funding

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