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Conduct high-quality clinical research on musculoskeletal health

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences

Are you interested in clinical reasoning and motivated to perform clinical research in the area of musculoskeletal health?

Then the Master’s programme in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences is the right programme for you.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, or bachelor's degree at another university)

    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:

    • Physiotherapy
    • Occupational or exercise therapy (Cesar Mensendieck)
    • Medicine


    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 (scroll down for more information). 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. 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 applicants have to take an English language test and need to submit their score as part of their application. An exception is made for:

    • Dutch students who have obtained a VWO degree
    • Students who have obtained a diploma of a Bachelor of Bachelor of Science programme that was taught in English


    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

    GMAT test 
    The GMAT test is a standardized test that measures the suitability for a programme on university level. The GMAT test is used worldwide in well-known universities. In the GMAT test elementary mathematical and analytical skills are tested. A test will cost about Dollar 250. The GMAT test consists of four parts: Analytic Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Section and the Verbal Section. For admission to the Master’s programme Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences we only consider your combined score on the Quantitative Section (Mathematics) and the Verbal Section (English). More information on GMAT and application can be found on www.mba.com. Keep in mind that it will take about 20 days to get your results of the GMAT at our department. For more information on getting more time to make the GMAT test (f.e. in case of dyslexia) you can contact the test centers. Please note that this is a very strict and long procedure. You can make a GMAT test once every 16 calendar days and maximally 5 times a year. At the start of your test you fill in that ‘Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’ may receive your score. 

    A thorough preparation can help you to get a good score for the GMAT test. On the Internet you can find several preparation courses.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    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 or ID (only for EU residents)
    • Copy of your diploma(s)
    • Motivation letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Transcript of records from you Bachelor's programme
    • Description of courses (and associated literature) that are relevant for MPS. Please use this form.
    • English language test results

    The deadlines for application:

    • Deadline for submitting application in Studielink and in VUnet: 1 June.
    • Deadline for completing your enrolment (including payment of tuition fees): 31 August.
  • I have an international degree

    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:

    • Physiotherapy
    • Occupational or exercise therapy (Cesar Mensendieck)
    • Medicine

    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, equivalent to the academic level in the Netherlands.
    • 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 (scroll down for more information). 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. 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 approximately 250 US Dollar.


    Third, VU Amsterdam requires all applicants for a Master’s programme, taught in English, to have a sufficient level of English proficiency. Therefore all applicants have to to take an English language test and need to submit their score as part of their application.


    An exception is made for:

    • Dutch students who have obtained a VWO degree
    • Students that have 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

    GMAT test 
    The GMAT test is a standardized test that measures the suitability for a programme on university level. The GMAT test is used worldwide in well-known universities. In the GMAT test elementary mathematical and analytical skills are tested. A test will cost about Dollar 250. The GMAT test consists of four parts: Analytic Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Section and the Verbal Section. For admission to the Master’s programme Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences we only consider your combined score on the Quantitative Section (Mathematics) and the Verbal Section (English). More information on GMAT and application can be found on www.mba.com. Keep in mind that it will take about 20 days to get your results of the GMAT at our department. For more information on getting more time to make the GMAT test (e.g. in case of dyslexia) you can contact the test centers. Please note that this is a very strict and long procedure. You can make a GMAT test once every 16 calendar days and maximally 5 times a year. At the start of your test you fill in that ‘Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’ may receive your score. 

    A thorough preparation can help you to get a good score for the GMAT test. On the Internet you can find several preparation courses.

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl. 

    Note that deadlines for the scholarships are earlier than those for application to the programme.

  • Application with an international degree

    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 or ID (only for EU residents)
    • Copy of your diploma(s)
    • Motivation letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Transcript of records from you Bachelor's programme
    • Description of courses (and associated literature) that are relevant for MPS. Please use this form.
    • English language test results

    The deadlines for application are as follows:

    • 1 April: Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit.
    • 1 June: Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need a study visa/residence permit.
    • 1 June: EU/EEA or Dutch students with an international degree.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences for questions and practical information: toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fbms@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

Contact

  • Jet van der Wouden
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • masters.fbms@vu.nl