Healthy Ageing and Rehabilitation

Master's degree programme

This innovative, online learning programme focuses on interprofessional issues related to healthy ageing and rehabilitation.


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Why study Healthy Ageing and Rehabiltation?

You will get the knowledge and skills necessary for healthy ageing and rehabilitation practice, research and policy development from a global and interprofessional perspective. Upon completion you will be a competent scholar capable of leadership and interprofessional practice in the field.

You will learn about:

  • Globally relevant theories, practices and research in the field of healthy ageing and rehabilitation
  • Critical approaches to challenges of healthy ageing and rehabilitation locally, nationally and globally with reference to socio-cultural, economic and political contexts
  • How to collaborate in interprofessional and intersectoral teams and with various stakeholders in the field of healthy ageing and rehabilitation
  • How to use innovation, technology, and leadership in rehabilitation for shaping services and policies to address capabilities and well-being in everyday life for ageing populations globally
  • How to conduct research and use of evidence in policy and service development
  • How to direct focus to health promoting and reabling measures, ranging from older adults’ functioning and their living conditions, to the environmental contexts

Student Emmanuel Waluge (27) recommends Healthy Ageing and Rehabilitation to scholars who are interested in contributing to the global challenge of a large geriatric population.

Content and structure

The programme is a cohort-based, two-year, full-time programme (120 ECTS) in English. To earn the degree, you are required to take six courses (for the total of 80 ECTS) and complete a master`s thesis (40 ECTS). The programme is fully online with a two-week hybrid session in the second year of the programme. If circumstances require, HVL reserves the right to change the hybrid session to fully online. 

The study is flexible and most of the time the students work on their own. There are however, regular online, synchronous sessions for all students.

Programme structure and content for current students.

Study plan for current students.

This programme prepares you for positions in:

  • International, governmental and non-governmental organisations with relevance for ageing and rehabilitation
  • Management, policy, advocacy and practice work with older adults
  • Leadership positions within education, rehabilitation or health and social sector

Student exchange

There will be possibilities for student exchange at semester 3. To apply for a student exchange programme, your application must first be approved by HVL. An approved application means that you have been given an academic pre-approval for the course or traineeship you will be doing abroad. The academic pre-approval specifies what you will be doing while you are on an exchange programme and confirms these activities will be fully approved as part of your education plan at HVL.

Partner universities you may choose from:

Bangladesh | University of Dhaka

Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI) is an affiliate of the University of Dhaka. BHPI is an academic branch of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), located in Savar, about 1,5 hours from Dhaka. CRP is the only specialized rehabilitation hospital in Bangladesh that provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary medical and rehabilitation services with a focus on physical, social, psychological and economical aspects.

You do not pay tuition fees when you go to this exchange agreement. There will be other expenses, such as visas and vaccines. Teaching takes place in English. Visa is required.

Belgium | University of Leuven

KU Leuven is a large University with roots back to the 15th century. The University has 15 campuses located in 11 cities. The University has an international master's programme called Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy and several Phd programmes in the same field.

This is an Erasmus+ agreement and Erasmus students do not pay tuition fees at this institution. You will also be eligible for an Erasmus grant. B2 in English is required to study at this university. Everyone participating in an Erasmus+ exchange programme must take an online language test online before they travel, and they will be given access to a language course.

Tanzania | Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre

KCMC is located approx. 5 km from Moshi town in the Kilimanjaro region. The hospital collaborates with various universities and schools in Tanzania and has many international students. It is considered one of Tanzania's largest and best hospitals.

Everyone going on an exchange to Tanzania must have student travel insurance and liability insurance. In addition, one must remember to take necessary vaccines well in advance of departure. To have an internship in Tanzania, you must obtain a student visa for the entire period you will be in Tanzania. Student visas are ordered through the Tanzania Embassy in Stockholm. There are no specific language requirements for exchange to Tanzania.

Further studies

The master's programme also qualifies you for entering PhD-studies and a research career.

Programme Faculty