Is Manual Therapy for you?

Want to know if you are suited to the master in Manual Therapy programme? See the information and activities below to find out.

What does this programme involve?

Manual therapy refers to the diagnostic and therapeutic processes used to address impairments in the functioning of the musculoskeletal system. All participants have a profound preliminary background in the field of rehabilitation science. The course is intended for the practitioner who wants to further deepen their knowlegde of the musculoskeletal system through distance learning.

The content of this programme includes advanced anatomical dissection, biomechanics and medical imaging. The course also focusses on applied statistics for musculoskeletal research. The master thesis covers an experimental study in the field of manual therapy presented as a paper ready to be published in a high-impact international journal.

This programme is ideal if you're a practitioner who wants to deepen your knowlegde of the musculoskeletal system. This online course offers you the flexibility of studying from anywhere and at any time.

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Why study at the VUB?

Studying at VUB gives you more than a diploma. You learn to view the world with an open mind and without prejudice. You hone your critical thinking, and you learn to express your opinion. You commit not just to study, but to participate in meaningful social projects that make the world a better place. In short, this is where you shape your identity. Who you are today and want to be tomorrow.

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Spread the study load

Would you prefer the default track or a personal study path?

Your personal situation may make it harder for you to follow a full-time course of study. You may want to combine study with work, for example, or practise an elite sport. This needn't be an issue in itself, as the bachelor's isn't necessarily a full-time programme.

You can always opt to spread the studies over a longer term by taking 25 to 35 credits per academic year (for an idea - one credit equals 25 to 30 hours' study time). Which courses you take, you choose in consultation with your study path counselor. Need more info?

What does a study pathway look like?     Contact your faculty's study path counselor

Study and examination flexibility

Reflex status

Do you have a physical disability, learning disability or chronic illness, or are you starting a business or finding it harder to study because of your personal situation? If so, you qualify for Reflex Status.

With this you can ask for a flexible approach to your studies and exams, to maximise your chances of success. You may need access to course materials, for example, or more time to sit an exam, a translator or interpreter, staggered examinations, and so on.

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Keen on combining your studies with a job?

Combining your studies with a job

At the VUB, you have the possibility to follow the master's programme in Manual Therapy in evening classes, following the default track or by spreading our your study over multiple academic years. In addition, you can count on many other benefits to make the combination of work and study possible: from study advice to training leave and training cheques.

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Elite sports and studying

Elite sports and study

Keen to combine your elite sporting career with a programme at VUB? It makes sense, as it strengthens your position in the jobs market after your sporting career ends.

Our Elite Sports & Study department helps you work out a personal study pathway and guides you through to the end.

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Studying with a disability

Studying with a functional impairment

Do you have a disability (for example, a learning disability, chronic medical condition, psychiatric or sensory disability)? If so, you qualify for a flexible approach to your studies and exams through Reflex Status, to maximise your chances of success. You may need access to course materials, for example, or more time to sit an exam, a translator or interpreter, staggered examinations, and so on.

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For extra support there are other student services to draw on at VUB. For example, a wheelchair-adapted room, study guidance and a personal study-pathway, mental healthcare, medical care, etc.

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Study Guidance

Study Guidance

An experienced team of student psychologists, student counsellors and study-pathway supervisors are there to give you personal study advice, guidance and training. At every phase in your study career.

  • Individual - Advice on your choice of programme, stress and anxiety training, help with exam planning, help for students with dyslexia...
  • Group (workshops, courses) - Choosing a subject for your bachelor's or master's thesis, learning to present, dealing with stress and anxiety...
  • Tools - An example of good weekly planning, tips and tricks for a good study method, a step plan to help you choose the right programme...

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