Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (Leuven)

Master of Science

This is a two-year, initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

The MSc 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.

The first master's phase consists of a general, evidence based approach within the various domains of physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences.

In the second master's phase, the focus is on the knowledge and skills within one of the majors:
  • Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy for Neurological Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy in Children
  • Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy in Mental Health Care
  • Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy for Internal disorders.

Enjoy the mobility offered by our many international partnerships and fulfil part of the programme's internship at an institution abroad. Finally, 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.

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 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.
Graduates 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.
Career paths
Graduates pursue careers as specialised, self-employed physiotherapists or join healthcare 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 PhD at the faculty.
KU 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.
As 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).

The 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.
Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences
Tervuursevest 101
3001 HEVERLEE, Belgium

Lies Van Gestel
tel. + 32 16 32 91 55

Study Advice Service
Naamsestraat 80 box 5415
3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
To contact us, please complete the contact form on our website.

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.
The risks and preventive measures are collected in the HSE-file for students. Through this link you can consult the HSE-file. The HSE-file will be used for traineeships and/or master’s theses. For more information about traineeships, we refer to the following site: traineeship.. For questions, please contact the HSE Department.