Online studies

  • study places: 20
  • duration of studies 2-3 years
  • next application period: joint application 3.-17.1.2024
  • Tuition fees for students from outside the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland is 13 500 euros/academic year. Scholarship scheme and further information

Master School is a learning community for Master’s degree students at Xamk

Strengthen your competence in rehabilitation

The master’s degree programme in rehabilitation aims to strengthen your professional competence in client-oriented and evidence-based rehabilitation.

The master’s degree programme offers you a possibility to develop your professional competence and share your work experiences in an international and multidisciplinary student network.

Master’s degree studies strengthen your competencies in producing client-oriented, evidence-based and effective rehabilitation services.

You improve your ability to participate in demanding research-oriented development processes and work in management and expert positions in the field of multidisciplinary rehabilitation. 

Having completed these master’s degree studies, you are able to apply multidisciplinary and evidence-based knowledge and development methods, which strengthens your professional competence in rehabilitation practices and related research-oriented development activities.

You will gain a deeper understanding of the health effects of interventions and technologies that aim to promote individual physical activity. You also receive the competence required in the management and reorganisation of rehabilitation practices.

In addition, the studies enhance your abilities to evaluate and improve the quality and effectiveness of client-oriented rehabilitation services.

You also develop your skills to communicate and work in multidisciplinary national and international teams and networks in the field of rehabilitation

Physical activity | Wellbeing | Wellbeing technologies | Management | Rehabilitation | Rehabilitation services | Multidisciplinary approach | Evidence-based practice | Functional abilities | Research-oriented development

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Study contents

The scope of rehabilitation studies is 90 ECTS credits divided into three parts: core competence (45 ECTS credits), complementary competence (15 ECTS credits) and master’s thesis (30 ECTS credits).

Core competence – 45 ECTS credits

  • Scientific theory and methods 5 ECTS
  • Leadership 5 ECTS
  • Musculoskeletal functioning 10 ECTS
  • Management of the promotion of physical activities 5 ECTS
  • Wellbeing technologies in rehabilitation 5 ECTS.
  • Multidisciplinary assessment of functional abilities 5 ECTS.
  • Basics and methods of research-oriented development 5 ECTS
  • Sustainability in rehabilitation management 5 ECTS

Complementary competence – 15 ECTS credits

Masters’s thesis – 30 ECTS credits

Complementary competence

You can choose complementary competence studies from a wide supply of Xamk Master School’s common studies according to your interests.

These common studies cover courses both in Finnish and English and include the following:

  • Research and development
  • Management, leadership and entrepreneurship
  • International working environments
  • Information, digital services and networks.

You can also choose complementary competence studies from other universities, if they are at the level of master’s degree.

In case you have previously completed studies at the level of EQF 7, and they match the objectives of the degree, they can be accredited as part of your studies.  More information is provided by the Degree Programme Coordinator.

Master’s thesis

The master’s thesis (30 ECTS credits) is an important part of your studies.

Its topic should be aimed at developing your own work or work community.  In writing the thesis, you identify development needs in your professional field, and plan and implement a related research or development process.

You can also complete your thesis as part of Xamk’s RDI projects or by commission of the degree programme partners.

Study while you work

In total, the duration of studies ranges from two to three years (90 ECTS credits).

The degree programme studies are fully implemented through an online learning platform and online courses, including webinars, group meetings, project work, independent tasks and peer discussions.

Online lessons take place on predetermined days. The number of online lesson days is 2–3 per month for the first year and 1–2 for the second year.

Students must have a computer equipped with a webcam and software necessary in the studies and a microphone (headset).

You are advised to integrate report writing and other assignments into your own field of work with a focus on the development of rehabilitation practices.

The language of instruction is English. Tuition, assignments, exams and the master’s thesis writing process are instructed, conducted and completed in English.

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Further information on studies

Lecturer Marjo Heikkilä
tel. +358503125139

Further information on applying

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