To gain admission to the programme we have 3 requirements:
First, to gain admission to the programme we require sufficient knowledge and insight on clinical reasoning. Applicants who a successfully completed the following Bachelor of Science programmes meet this requirement:
- Occupational or exercise therapy (Cesar Mensendieck)
Second, sufficient knowledge on basic mathematical and analytical skills are required to successfully complete our academic Master programme. This requirement can be met in either of the following ways:
- By successfully completing an academic Bachelor of Science programme
- By successfully completing courses on mathematical and analytical skills at an academic level. The Admission Board will determine whether the courses taken are of a sufficient level.
- By completing a GMAT test. For admission, a minimum score of 300 is required to be eligible for admission. Note that successful students of the master’s programme Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences typically have a GMAT score of at least 450. If your score is between 300-450, we therefore advise you to follow an additional educational programme to meet the required mathematical and analytical standards.
More information on the GMAT and the costs. Please note that it takes time to make a GMAT test and to receive the results! On average the process will take you three months. The cost of this test is about 250 US Dollar.
Third, VU Amsterdam requires all applicants for a Master’s programme, taught in English, to have a sufficient level of English. Therefore all apllicants have to to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application.
An exception is made for:
- Students who completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia
The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission are:
- IELTS: 6.5 - please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one!
- TOEFL paper-based test: 580
- TOEFL Internet-based test: 92
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C
- VU-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP: 580
To apply for the Master programme Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences, you need to complete the appropriate forms and submit them together with the required documents. Please consult the complete admission procedure. You will receive a letter from the Admission board with their decision regarding your admission within 4 weeks.
The following documents are required (to be submitted in English):
- Copy of your valid passport
- Copy of your diploma(s)
- Transcript of records from you Bachelor's programme
- Relevant courses in statistics and methodology and the use of SPSS
- English language test results
What if you do not meet all admission criteria? If you do not meet the admission criteria, the Admission board may decide that you are admissible after you have eliminated your deficiencies. These deficiencies depend on your educational background. Please contact us as soon as possible to find out whether this is the case for you, and which options you have to become admissible before the start of the new term.
- For international students who have obtained a relevant Bachelor's degree in higher education in The Netherlands, this implies direct admission. Relevant Bachelor’s degrees obtained in the Netherlands are:
- Occupational therapy
- Exercise therapy (Mensendieck, Cesar)
For students with another Bachelor's or Master's degree than those listed above, the Admission board will decide on whether or not you are admissible after you have eliminated specific deficiencies.
- The Admission board will also determine whether the courses on mathematical and analytical skills are of an adequate standard.
Overview Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences.
- Language of instruction: English
- Duration: 2 years
- Application deadline: 31st of May for Dutch students and EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit
- Start date: 1 September
- Study type: Full-time
- Field of interest: Health and Movement