Programme info

What does the programme entail?

The Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy in Neurological Conditions comprises 120 ECTS credits (or study points), which is equivalent to two years’ full time study if the model plan is followed. It is possible to follow a part-time track, and complete the programme in three or four years instead of two years.

First year

The compulsory courses in the first year will help you to integrate your existing knowledge within the field of physiotherapy. The programme covers a wide range of topics such as:

  • Specific Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy
  • Concepts of Sports Physiotherapy
  • Neurology
  • Gynaecology
  • Urology
  • Cardiology
  • Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Vascular Pathology

Additionally, you will spend 12 weeks (16 ECTS) on clinical internships during which you will acquire practical knowledge within private practices or hospitals in Belgium or abroad.

You will conclude your first year with a Master’s thesis that is based on a systematic literature review related to a topic within the broad area of neurological conditions.

Second year

In the second year all courses are related to the field of neurological conditions. During the first semester you will focus on the theoretical aspects of advanced methods in neurological rehabilitation. During the second semester you will do internships (13 weeks) and write an evidence-based practice case report.

During the second part of the Master’s thesis you will conduct scientific research (preferably in line with the thesis of year 1) within the domain of rehabilitation and physiotherapy, analyse data and publish the results as a scientific paper.

The second year of this programme is highly specialised and organised in collaboration with other universities in Flanders.

Are you eligible to start the programme?

Access requirements

  • Direct: academic Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy
  • With bridging programme: graduate in physiotherapy/physical treatment; NL: HBO bachelor of physiotherapy
  • After permission with bridging programme: other professional Bachelor's degree in the field of physiotherapy
  • After permission with preparatory programme: other academic Bachelor's degree in the field of physiotherapy (based on file)

Language requirements

The Master's programme is taught in English. Candidates must be proficient in this language.

If your degree was not issued by a recognised educational institution in Belgium or the Netherlands, you will have to provide evidence of your level of English.

You can do this in two ways:

  • By submitting proof that you have studied at least one academic year (or 60 ECTS credits) in an English-language Bachelor's or Master's programme. The Admission Board may require additional proof of your command of English.
  • By submitting your results on a TOEFL or IELTS language test, with the following minimum scores:
    • Paper-based TOEFL: minimum 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum 80
    • Computer-based TOEFL: minimum 213
    • IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 and minimum score of 6.0 for each individual component
    • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): minimum B2

Results obtained on other language tests will not be accepted.

See also: general information on language requirements.

Research in your programme

The Master’s thesis is the corner stone of this programme. It involves a supervised research project that you conduct independently. You will get the opportunity to actively participate in projects of highly specialised research units that conduct relevant and translational research in an international setting. You will improve and demonstrate your understanding of primary literature, your practical experience in collecting and analysing data, your scientific writing skills and your ability to correctly share your findings with an audience.

Practical experience in your programme: clinical traineeship

This programme puts particular emphasis on clinical practice.  

During a series of different clinical traineeships you will learn how to deal with a variety of patients and diseases. The first year includes 12 weeks (16 ECTS credits) of clinical traineeships at different locations in Antwerp and its periphery. In your second year the traineeships last 13 weeks (19 ECTS) and are more related to your major.

Traineeship positions are available in university and regional hospitals, polyclinics, pediatric departments in hospitals, schools for special education, rehabilitation centers, private practices, sports clubs and so on. You can also choose to do a traineeship abroad. 

During your traineeships you will be guided and evaluated by a supervisor from the Faculty and by an on-site mentor. They will evaluate the practical execution of physiotherapeutic techniques, your theoretical knowledge, your social skills towards colleagues, medical doctors and patients, and your written reports.

An international experience during the programme

In the first year of the Master’s programme you have the opportunity to go abroad to study or to do a clinical internship.

  • In the EU
    You can go to partner universities with which the programme has a bilateral/multilateral or informal agreement. You need to stay min. 60 days abroad (Erasmus Placement). Erasmus scholarships are available. The amount depends on the destination.
  • Outside the EU
    You can go to an institution of your choice, but approved by the Traineeship Commission. You can stay 6 or 12 weeks abroad, without or with a scholarship (e.g. VLIR-UOS travel grant).

Internationalisation at home?

  • International guest professors are invited on a regular basis. 
  • In the module ‘Specific Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy’ you will work together with students from Breda (The Netherlands) on an integrated case. 
  • All classes are taught in English. 
  • We welcome many international students at the faculty every year.