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Develop your expertise in manual medicine

The Master’s Degree Programme in Naprapathy is a groundbreaking programme in evidence-based manual medicine in Europe, deepening your skills in examining, treating and preventing musculoskeletal disorders.

You will not only improve your skills in clinical work, but also develop new expertise required when working as a specialist in the field as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team. Graduating with a master’s degree from the programme, you will be equipped with the latest knowledge and skills in the field.

The studies focus on deepening the students’ knowledge and skills in manual medicine, based on evidence.



By familiarizing yourself with the latest research and international trends in the field you will expand your existing skills, improve your competencies to work in specialist positions and broaden your understanding of the causes and effects of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

You will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of physical activity in the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and conditions associated with the western lifestyle. At the same time, you will also develop your expertise in sports physiology and sports medicine.

Evidence-Based Manual Medicine (EBMM) | Naprapathy | Manual medicine | Manual therapy | Musculoskeletal disorders | Sports injuries | Sports medicine | Physical activity | Evidence–based rehabilitation | Neck and back pain | Muscles and joints | Work and functioning capacity

Study Contents

The studies in the master’s degree proramme in naprapathy total 90 ECTS credits and are divided into three parts: core competence (50 ECTS credits), complementary competence (10 ECTS credits) and master’s thesis (30 ECTS credits).

  • Scientific theory and methods – 5 ECTS credits
  • Leadership – 5 ECTS credits
  • Musculoskeletal functioning – 10 ECTS credits
  • Advanced skills in musculoskeletal disorders – Spine – 5 ECTS credits
  • Advanced skills in musculoskeletal disorders – Extremities – 5 ECTS credits
  • Wellbeing technologies in rehabilitation – 5 ECTS credits
  • Management of the promotion of physical activities – 5 ECTS credits
  • Testing, measurement and assessment in physical exercise and sports – 5 ECTS credits
  • Special aspects of sports medicine – 5 ECTS credits
  • Complementary courses – 10 ECTS credits
    • Complementary studies in manual and sports medicine
    • Complementary studies in sports and exercise science
  • Master’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

Master’s theses completed in the degree programme are related to manual medicine, physical activity in the examination, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and sports medicine.

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Study while you work

The duration of the studies is 2–3 years, and the studies are, as a rule, conducted flexibly online.

The degree programme includes one contact teaching period (3-4 days) at the beginning of the first academic year in autumn 2024 in Kotka.

If you wish, you can complete the Scientific theory and methods course (5 credits) and the Leadership course (5 credits) at another higher education institute. These studies will be accredited in the degree you are pursuing at Xamk.

Learning environments

Blended learning enables you to study in a flexible way. You can plan your own schedules and focus on studying when it is convenient for you. Despite this, it is advisable to prepare your own study plan to ensure your studies progress as intended.

During the contact teaching periods, we will discuss field-specific questions in the form of lectures, group work and practical demonstrations. This gives you the opportunity to meet other international students and create networks with colleagues interested in developments in the field.

Career opportunities

The programme provides you with expertise and skills needed when working as a naprapathy specialist in various roles, including development and expert positions.

In Finland, a Master’s degree awarded by a university of applied sciences ensures the same eligibility for public positions as a Master’s degree taken at a university.

During the studies, you not only deepen your own specialist skills, but can also make a valuable contribution to developing the activities of your own organisation in the field of musculoskeletal disorders.

At the same time, your competence to work as a specialist in research-based development projects in the working world will increase.

You can focus on various interventions related to physical activity and competitive sports, in particular.

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Further information on studies

Petteri Koski

tel. +358 44 702 8736

Further information on applying

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