Part-time and online studies

  • study places: 30
  • location: Kotka
  • duration of studies 2-3 years
  • application period: not known
  • tuition fee: for non-EU/EEA citizens 7000 euros,
    scholarship scheme and further information

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

Develop your expertise in manual medicine

The first of its kind in the Nordic countries, this new Master’s degree programme offers you the opportunity to develop and expand your naprapathic skills.

Xamk will launch a new Master’s degree programme in naprapathy in spring 2021. The programme will deepen and expand your development and specialist skills in naprapathy, providing you with new opportunities to work as a specialist in musculoskeletal disorders in the multidisciplinary health care field.

The degree programme brings together naprapaths operating in the Nordic countries, all working in similar environments. In this way, you have the opportunity to learn about the work of other international students and adopt good practices from them.

Total duration of the studies is two to three years.

The degree programme focuses on promoting competence in musculoskeletal health and acting in the field of physical exercise and sports medicine.



The primary language of instruction in this programme is English. Most of the studies are organized online. Contact lessions will be held in Kotka, Finland and in Stocholm, Sweden.

The programme is aimed at applicants having a Bachelor’s degree in naprapathy who are licensed to practise the profession in their own country and have at least two years of work experience. The studies may be performed alongside work, but having a job is not a prerequisite.

The degree programme is implemented in collaboration with Naprapathögskolan – Scandinavian College of Naprapathic Manual Medicine, Stockholm.


Evidence-Based Manual Medicine (EBMM) | Naprapathy | Manual medicine & therapy | Musculoskeletal disorders | Sports injuries & medicine | Physical exercise | Evidence–based rehabilitation

Study Contents

Studies cover 90 ECTS credit:

Module I 10 ECTS credits

  • “Research and Development in Naprapathic Manual Medicine”
  • Scientific theory and methods – 5 cr.
  • Leadership – 5 cr.

Module II 20 ECTS credits

  • “Advanced Diagnostics and Treatment Methods in Naprapathic Manual Medicine”
  • Advanced skills in musculoskeletal disorders – Spine – 10 cr.
  • Advanced skills in musculoskeletal disorders – Extremities – 10 cr.

Module III 20 ECTS credits

  • “Physical Exercise and Sports Medicine”
  • Testing, measurement and assessment in physical exercise and sports – 10 cr.
  • Special aspects of sports medicine – 10 cr.

Module IV 10 ECTS credits

  • Complementary Courses”
  • Complementary studies in manual and sports medicine
  • Complementary studies in sports and exercise sciences

Module V 30 ECTS credits

  • Master’s thesis – 30 cr.

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.

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

By familiarising 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 medicine.

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Study while you work

The programme is primarily implemented in the form of flexible online courses, including four contact-teaching periods.

The contact-teaching periods cover 3-4 consecutive days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of intensive studying. Three of these are organised in Kotka and one in Stockholm.

  1. spring 2021
  2. autumn 2021
  3. spring 2022
  4. autumn 2022

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.

Feedback from Xamk graduates tells that Xamk is valued by our students.

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.

One of the naprapathy degree programme’s most significant partners is Testausasema (Fitness Testing Center) located in Kotka.

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Further information on studies

Petteri Koski

tel. +358 44 702 8736

Further information on applying

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