While the Bachelor’s programme focuses on the roles of the clinician, the scientist, and the professional, the Master’s programme goes more into detail and concentrates on integration, internationalisation, practice, and scientific research.
The Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy is specifically designed for students who are motivated to pursue advanced studies in the domain of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. The programme focuses on the scientific perspective and evidence-based practice in physiotherapy and comprises a balance between theoretical training and clinical practice (internships, seminars, Master’s thesis).
Are you interested in the rehabilitation of patients with internal conditions such as heart- and lung diseases or in metabolic disorders like diabetes? Then the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy in International Conditions is an excellent choice.
In this major special attention goes to:
safe reconditioning of patients after a heart attack and practical organisation of the cardiovascular revalidation;
taking stress tests;
registering and monitoring parameters such as oxygen intake;
improving mucus transport after an operation;
As a Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy in Internal Conditions graduate, you will have the necessary practical skills and theoretical knowledge to start a professional career as a physiotherapy practitioner and/or scientific scholar.
The Master has specialised knowledge of and insight into domain-specific health problems in different target groups.
The Master can communicate orally and in writing in a professional way with patients and other concerned parties within a multidisciplinary context.
The Master can do a screening and a physiotherapeutic examination for complex and/or specific conditions, taking international frameworks and evidence-based practice into account.
The Master can stimulate health-enhancing behaviour in various target groups in the framework of preventative health care.
The Master can make a physiotherapeutic diagnosis and draw up, execute and evaluate a treatment/action plan in an ethically sound way in case of a complex pathology and for various target groups, taking international frameworks and evidence-based practice into account.
The Master can apply legal, deontological, and organisational aspects for the start-up or management of a physiotherapy practise or department.
The Master can organise himself and reflect individually and in a team in the function of optimal (quality) care in a multidisciplinary setting.
The Master can critically reflect on the policy with regard to the offer of physiotherapeutic care and service, taking into account the broader social context.
Profession developer and scientific researcher
The Master can perform scientific research related to the domain of rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy.
The Master can evaluate research results, indicate their limitations, and propose solution-oriented adjustments to make a contribution to international scientific research or the physiotherapeutic professional practice.
The Master can communicate orally and in writing in a clear and structured way about his/her own research in the domain of rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy.
The Master constantly acquires new insights in the domain of physiotherapy in the function of self-development and of making a contribution to the further development of the field.
At the University of Antwerp, we ensure the quality of our programmes. Every programme goes through a quality assurance cycle of six years.
In year 3, a balance is drawn up of the quality assurance of the programme during internal process monitoring and control. In 2017 this took place for the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy.
Year 6 concludes the cycle with a peer review. The study programme reflects on itself and has a discussion with internal and external experts and an independent student.
On 10 and 11 May 2017, the peer review team visited the Master Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy and decided to confirm confidence in the programme.
The positive effects of physiotherapy have been well documented in the scientific literature. The expertise of physiotherapists is highly appreciated and sought after, and physiotherapists are becoming increasingly important in the changing landscape of health care.
As a Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy graduate, you will find employment in both intramural and extramural health care.
Intramural health care
You will have the necessary practical skills and theoretical knowledge to start a professional career as a physiotherapy practitioner. You will be well prepared to pursue a career in a clinical setting such as a rehabilitation clinic, a day centre, or a hospital where you will work in collaboration with other clinical experts (medical doctors, nurses, occupational therapists) and where you will be in close contact with your patients.
The professional network you have established throughout your clinical internships and Master’s thesis trajectory will be an advantage when searching for employment in the broad field of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy.
Extramural health care
You can also start as an employee in private practice or become self-employed and start a private clinic in collaboration with partners or in an association.
The research skills you have developed throughout the program may also help you to continue your education in a PhD or an Advanced Master's programme in Belgium or abroad.
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. You will then participate in the clinical evaluation of patients with cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and other internal conditions, treat patients with acute, sub-acute, and chronic internal conditions, and participate in multidisciplinary rehabilitation. Furthermore, you will also report during team meetings and present at least one detailed report, mentioning the progression of the patient and formulating advice for further treatment.
Traineeship positions are available in university and regional hospitals, polyclinics, paediatric departments in hospitals, schools for special education, rehabilitation centres, 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.
Applicants should hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy. The admission board will advise applicants with a professional Bachelor’s degree or graduates in Physiotherapy/Physical Treatment to first complete the English-taught bridging programme (45 ECTS credits). If your degree were not issued by a recognised educational institution in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Luxembourg, you would have to prove your proficiency in English.