Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (Leuven)

Master of Science

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.

International options?

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

Tuition Fee

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:

Scholarship opportunities

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.

Admission requirements

Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy

Preparatory programme?

All applicants for the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy must start by taking the preparatory programme. 


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

Tervuursevest 101
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.

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.
When allowed:
  • Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (2e afstudeerrichting) (this programme is not offered this academic year)

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.