Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences


The Master's degree programme Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences is a one-year, full-time programme (for part-time options, see below). The programme is taught in English. Various teaching formats are used, such as lectures, practicals, work groups, seminars and directed self-guided learning. The different formats enhance your theoretical knowledge and research skills, and integrate those within the context of relevant physiotherapy-related problems. The programme also involves a 5-month substantial individual research project. This project can be conducted within the labs of our own faculty or in clinical practices that are part of the VU Science Network. Selected students can conduct their research project abroad. Regardless of the location, you will be supervised by an experienced staff member from our faculty.

The programme
The Master's degree programme consists of 60 EC. The study load of most courses is 6 EC, elective courses are 3 EC and the research project is 24 EC. The programme is spread over 6 blocks. The educational programme will start with courses on clinical experimental research related to current “hot” topics as pain, body and mind, arthroses, aging, low back pain and exercise physiology. Basic principles of data acquisition and data processing in measuring human movement will be trained supported by advanced knowledge on research design, statistics and appraisal. Main focus will be on the translation of this knowledge and skills to the clinic. In blocks 3-6 (January – June) you will prepare and perform your research project. In addition, you can select two elective courses based on your individual interest. Another course in this period will focus on the process from lab research to clinical implementation


Level Master
Language English
Duration 1 years
Type Fulltime
Credits 60 EC
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science