Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (Leuven)
Master of Science
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. Organised in collaboration with other Flemish universities, this programme is highly specialized.
Choose your courses of study
What’s the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy all about?
This is a two-year, initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
The first year of study 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, some general courses on Physiotherapy and treatment of different patient populations are taught.
In the second year of study, the focus is on the 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.
Available majors and organisation of the study programme
The majors offered at our Faculty are:
- Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Paediatric rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation for internal disorders
- Rehabilitation in mental health care
Please note that some majors will require additional study credits, in surplus to the 120 credits master programme, to obtain international (professional) recognition.
Our international Master's courses are conducted both in smaller groups made up exclusively of international students as well as in larger groups, which include Flemish students attending the Dutch version of 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 Flanders.
Enjoy the mobility offered by our many international partnerships and fulfil part of the programme's internship at an institution abroad.
Application deadline for 2017-2018
1 March 2017 (for non-EEA citizens)
1 June 2017 (for EEA citizens)
KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can download and submit your application form via www.kuleuven.be/application.
The current tuition fee is 890 euro. The tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year will be determined in the spring of 2017. Please consult the website for the most recent information: www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees.
We do not offer any scholarship options for our Master’s programme. Students can check with their local government or the Flemish government for scholarship opportunities.
The preparatory programme and Master’s programme are only open to students with a bachelor degree in (rehabilitation sciences and) physiotherapy.
Is this the right programme for me?
You are interested in rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy in general and are motivated to pursue advanced studies in this domain from a scientific perspective. 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.
Applicants must be fluent in English, a basic knowledge of Dutch is an advantage. Nevertheless, Dutch classes can be taken during the preparatory programme. A Dutch level 1 proficiency is required before the start of the internship periods.
All applicants for the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy must start by taking the preparatory programme.
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,
- can choose a major in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, rehabilitation for internal disorders or mental health care.
More information on learning outcomes of the Master's programme can be found at: Learning outcomes
The KU Leuven master programme is to a highly extend professionally oriented. Students should not expect a purely scientific program.
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.
Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences
3001 HEVERLEE, Belgium
tel. + 32 16 32 90 01
Study Advice Service
Naamsestraat 80 box 5415
3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
To contact us, please complete the contact form on our website.
Information sessionsKU Leuven organises a Graduate Fair each spring. In addition, faculties also organise information sessions for many of their bridging and graduate programmes.
Click here for the schedule of upcoming information sessions.
(Inter)nationalAs part of the Master's programme, students are invited to carry out a portion of their internship abroad. To this end, 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, which include Flemish students attending the Dutch-language version of 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.
Admission requirementsMaster of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (Leuven)
In the context of the wellbeing law certain data must be stored for each student and they must be informed timely on the subject of:
- the risks to which the student is exposed during the study programme (practicals, traineeships, master's theses,…)
- the associated preventive measures for each risk, such as medical follow-up, personal protective equipment and instructions.