Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy
Master of Science
EducationThe aim of the two-year initial Master's programme and its various study tracks in the second year is to train physiotherapists with the necessary knowledge, insight, skills and professional attitude needed to provide expert, high-quality care in the field of rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy:
For the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy,the Common additional education and examination regulations (OER) for post-bachelor programmes in 'Physiotherapy' and in 'Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy' in Flanders apply.
ProfileYou are interested in rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy in general and are motivated to pursue advanced studies in this domain from a scientific perspective. You possess the physical capacity to develop and master required skills. You are a social person and enjoy helping others. You have a critical and active attitude towards the subject material and are eager to learn.
ObjectivesGraduates will have a strong theoretical and scientific insight into the field of rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy. They will possess the necessary skills to plan and carry out evidence based physiotherapy treatment and preventative strategies, including musculoskeletal rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation, neuromotor rehabilitation, cardiac/respiratory rehabilitation or psychomotor rehabilitation. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership functions in the field of rehabilitation and physiotherapy and provide high-quality care.
Certified graduates of the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy programme will:
- be able to practice evidence-based physiotherapy in a global health care setting,
- be able to develop patient assessment and intervention programmes through clinical reasoning and critical scientific reflection,
- be able to plan and conduct clinical and applied research independently,
- be specialised in one of the following fields: musculoskeletal rehabilitation, paediatric and neurological rehabilitation and rehabilitation for internal disorders or mental health care.
See also Learning outcomes.
After graduationGraduates of the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy programme pursue careers as specialised self-employed physiotherapists or join health care teams in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, centres 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 research career by obtaining a doctoral degree at the faculty.
(Inter)nationalAs part of the Master's programme, students are invited to carry out part of their internship abroad. The faculty has cooperation agreements with several (university) hospitals in neighbouring countries (France, Germany and the Netherlands) and countries further afield (Scandinavia and Switzerland).
SpotlightThe Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy programme is organised in collaboration with the other Flemish universities and taught by specialised and experienced experts in the field.
Our international Master's courses are conducted both in smaller groups made up exclusively of international students as well as in larger groups including Flemish students attending the programme. Students complete a clinical internship as part of the programme at one of KU Leuven's university hospitals or at a private practice or rehabilitation centre in Leuven.
Our faculty provides a pleasant and stimulating environment for sustained study and practical training. Situated in the peaceful surroundings of Arenberg Park (Heverlee, just outside Leuven), the faculty also boasts sports facilities, a student restaurant (Alma 3) and university housing.