MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
In the last 10 to 15 years, research in physiotherapy has increased exponentially, both in volume and quality. Many clinicians are consumers of research when reading the literature to stay up-to-date. But to really understand the ins and outs of research, you have to conduct research yourself. At least once. Producing science is a lot more exciting and satisfying than consuming it. If you are interested in clinical research and in disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system, the Master's degree programme Musculoketal Physiotherapy Sciences might be exactly what you are looking for. You will learn how to conduct high quality research in physiotherapy, from pre-clinical research in a lab environment to evaluating the effects of novel interventions in the clinic, and apply the acquired knowledge and skills in your own research project. This Master's degree programme is unique in its multidisciplinary focus on clinical experimental research in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. It offers the students the necessary expertise to advance physiotherapy practice.
With a Master's degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences a large and varied range of career opportunities awaits. Graduates of the programme may use their scientific perspective and training to join or return to clinical practice, being more competitive for (more senior and leadership) positions in primary, secondary or tertiary care facilities. Having a Master's degree from a leading institution can be helpful when applying for management or policy-making positions in physiotherapy. Others may aspire to an academic or commercial research career. The program is an ideal preparation to commence a PhD in Physiotherapy or related fields in Health Sciences. Others may become successful lecturers at a vocational institute. And for those not specifically looking for a specific career opportunity, having had a well-rounded scientific training will give you much better perspectives on developments in physiotherapy care and related health domains.
Structure of the programme
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 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.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Djamilla van der Stap