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Manual Therapy
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This programme is taught in English.

Manual Therapy refers to the diagnostic and therapeutic process regarding the impairments related to the functioning of the musculoskeletal system. This is completed by the evaluation of the possibly resulting disabilities and participation problems. Due to the fact that all participants have a profound preliminary background in the field of rehabilitation science and especially in the methodology of Manual Musculoskeletal Therapy this course focusses on two major learning trajectories.

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Within the learning trajectory on ‘Biomedical Sciences’ the main focus is on exact sciences:

Advanced Anatomy including dissection practices, Advanced Biomechanics including Arthrokinematics and Medical Imaging focus to explore the musculoskeletal system in detail. The trajectory ‘Scientific thinking and research’ includes courses on applied research methodologies and statistics for Musculoskeletal Research. It also includes the master thesis which covers an experimental research within the field of Manual Therapy presented in a paper ready to be published in some of the highest rated journals within the field.

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AFTER GRADUATION
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A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

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THE VUB HELPS YOU TO MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOB MARKET WITH WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING EVENTS, JOB FAIRS, TIPS ‘N TRICKS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS. ALL AN AMBITIOUS STUDENT NEEDS!
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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?
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Admission is based on the review of each application: proof of meeting academic and language requirements, personal motivation, etc.

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The master is open for students with a master degree in physiotherapy, obtained in an officially recognised university or institute for higher education. This degree should cover a 240 ECTS programme. In some cases, students with a professional bachelor degree can be accepted, provided they can document additional education in the field of Manual Therapy totalling their overall curriculum to at least 240 ECTS. In all cases candidates must have a Diploma in Manual/Musculoskeletal Therapy recognized by IFOMPT (The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapist).

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Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

- having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • TOEFL: minimum level: 213 for the computer-based test (CBT); 72 for the internet-based test (IBT); 550 for paper-based test
  • TOEIC: minimum level: 785
  • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6
  • CAE: minimum grade B
  • CPE: minimum grade C
  • ITACE for Students certificate with ERK/CEFR score B2
  • Cambridge English First (FCE)
  • Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage)
  • Cambridge Michigan ECCE
  • Trinity College London: ISE II, GESE Grade 7-9; or ALTE Q mark
  • The Pearson Test of English General (PTE General): minimum level 3
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): minimum level 59

- having successfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as language of instruction, or having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution;

- having successfully completed program units in higher education with a minimum of 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction.

For more details on admission requirements and application: www.vub.ac.be/en/apply

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Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree.

Applications can only be submitted through our website www.vub.ac.be/en/apply

• All non EER students must apply before April 1st, all EER students must apply before September 1st

• Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

Together with the course coordinator an individual trajectory may be planned if necessary

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The tuition fee for the Advanced Master of Science in Manual Therapy is euro 2085.5/year, given you take up all 45 credits in one year.

A detailed overview of the tuition fee and its calculation can be found on:

www.vub.ac.be/en/tuition-fees

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Classes are teached through distance leaning using assignments during the year. Fixed contact moments with the course titulars can be arranged on demand.

Two separate weeks of interactive classes are foreseen at the Health Science Campus in Brussels. The first week of on-site classes will be held in week 45 of the calendar year (5th to 9th of November 2018). The second week of of on-site classes will be held in week 11 of the calendar year (11th to 15th of March 2019).

Exams wil be held on Monday morning of week 11 of the calendar year (for the first week of on-site classes) and in week 24 of the calendar year (for the second week of on-site classes)

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