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Master of Rehabilitation Sciences

The Course of Study

  • prepares students to take over leadership responsibilities, concept development, and directing process  and research
  • qualifies for leadership activities in prevention and rehabilitation in the health, social and rehabilitation systems as well as in social planning and organisation
  • conveys skills in case and care management, advising, adaptability to various environments, and technology, and offers access to the corresponding scientific fields


Structure of Studies

In the first semesters, the course of study places its focus on specific topics of Rehabilitation Sciences. The second and third semesters concentrate on the course specialisations, and the fourth semester is used to complete the Masters thesis

120 credits are distributed as follows:

  • Basic module: 40 credits
  • Course specialisation modules: 30 plus 20 credits
  • Masters thesis: 30 credits


Basic studies

The Basic studies encompass the following modules:

  • Professional ethos and professionalisation
  • Resource management
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Research and Evaluation methods
  • Research practice


Course Specialisations

Three course specialisations are offered in the  Masters course of study, of which one is studied in greater detail:

  • Theory of Rehabilitation
  • Structures and Systems of Rehabilitation
  • Diagnostics, Therapy and Developing Concepts in Rehabilitation


In the “Theory of Rehabilitation” profile, students should acquire consolidated competences, which will qualify them for an academic career. This involves theory, reflection, research, i.e. methodological and methodical competences as well as presentation skills, interdisciplinary discourse,  dealing with complex contexts, and teamwork.

In the “Structures and Systems of Rehabilitation” profile, competences in the areas of analysis and reflection on the current social and systems of welfare, the knowledge and implementation of controlling tools as well as the use of theoretical perceptions and central sociological questions in structural planning are placed in the foreground. In addition, deepened knowledge of international systems and of debates on the further development of social systems.

In the “Diagnostics, Therapy and Developing Concepts in Rehabilitation” profile, the students can deal with both structural and systematic of conditions (phases of life, circumstances), but concentrate primarily on the contents of rehabilitation and help for disabled people. They become acquainted with and are able to classify diagnostic processes, reflect on therapeutic measures, and develop, implement and evaluate supportive measures for handicapped people.

Each course specialisation contains a module of projects, in which small groups of students can develop and implement a project on their own and present its results.


Entry Requirements

  • A completed BA in Rehabilitation Education, or a Diploma equivalent in Rehabilitation and Education Sciences for Disabled People, BA in Orthopedagogy or in Special Education is required to be accepted into the course of study.
  • A final grade of at least “good” (2,3 German equivalent).
  • Other academic qualifications which deal with an appropriate speciality can be recognised by the board of examiners.


Commencement of Study

The Masters course of study can only be commenced at the start of the Winter semester.

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