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Study plan - Master in Healthy Ageing and Rehabilitation

Autumn 2021

The Master`s Programme in Healthy Ageing and Rehabilitation is an innovative, online learning programme in English with two on-campus sessions, focusing on interprofessional issues related to healthy ageing and rehabilitation.

The goal of the programme is to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills necessary for healthy ageing and rehabilitation practice, research and policy development from a global and interprofessional perspective. The master`s programme aims to improve students' understanding of diverse evolving needs of ageing populations by providing a critical, global perspective on healthy ageing and rehabilitation. The programme is designed to provide the core research competencies as well as to cover a wide range of topics related to healthy ageing and rehabilitation globally ensuring needed breadth and depth of relevant knowledge.

Learning outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student...

  • has advanced knowledge of theories, practice, and research issues in the field of healthy ageing and rehabilitation with global relevance
  • has thorough knowledge of scientific theoretical traditions, research methods and designs
  • can apply knowledge related to healthy ageing and rehabilitation to new contexts, levels of services, organisational models or countries
  • can identify and analyse challenges and resources for healthy ageing and rehabilitation in a local, national and global context, with particular reference to socio-cultural, economic and political contexts

The student...

  • can critically appraise various sources of information and knowledge and use it to structure scholarly arguments about healthy ageing and rehabilitation globally
  • can analyse critically contemporary theories, methods and approaches and employ them to independently solve practical and theoretical problems in healthy ageing and rehabilitation within various contexts globally
  • can design research project and use appropriate methods for research independently/under supervision
  • can carry out an independent limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics

General competence:
The student...

  • can critically examine relevant challenges to healthy ageing and rehabilitation and apply knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced interprofessional initiatives
  • can communicate and disseminate independent work to specialists and general public, across professions and cultures, and engage in public debates on healthy ageing and rehabilitation, locally and globally
  • can conduct research independently
  • can contribute to new critical thinking, resource mobilisation and innovation processes in health promotion and rehabilitation to address capabilities and well-being in everyday life for ageing populations globally
  • can collaborate, and engage in decision-making and action with relevant stakeholders: older adults, next-of kin, volunteers, lay persons, professionals, and policy makers


The programme is a cohort-based, two-year, full-time programme (120 ECTS) in English. To earn the degree students are required to take six courses (for the total of 80 ECTS) and complete a Master`s Thesis (40 ECTS). All students are required to attend two two-week on-campus sessions if physically possible. The first two-week session is at the beginning of the programme. The second one is at the beginning of the third semester to support the development of the Master's Thesis. If it is not possible to attend the two sessions physically, students are required to attend digitally.


Various teaching methods will be used in the programme, depending on the content to be taught as well as the needs of students. Efforts will be made to provide learning choices for students by presenting materials using different modes (text, voice, video), creating multiple avenues for students' engagement (individual and group activities), and allowing student to express the newly acquired knowledge, skills and competencies in multiple ways (paper, presentation, video, poster). Instructors are responsible for setting the climate, selecting the content and curating the resources, and supporting the discourse.


Individual written term paper, portfolio and Master`s Thesis.


Students may study physically and/or digitally at:

  • University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Master in Rehabilitation Science
  • Leuven University, Belgium, Master of Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy
  • Duke University, US, Mobility agreement for students within the field of Physiotherapy
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania – Master of Public Health

There will be student exchange at semester 2 and 3.