Musculoskeletal Therapy (Manual Therapy – OMT) (M.Sc.)Program structure
Structure of the program
The strong application orientation requires a practical activity for the continuous development and application of the acquired skills. For this reason, the course is offered extra-occupationally.
The standard period of study is 7 semesters. The lectures take place in the form of six-day attendance seminars, which are divided between three attendance weeks per semester.
The course of the degree program can be divided into the following three phases:
- Phase 1: Basics of Musculoskeletal Therapy and basic modules (semesters 1 and 2)
- Phase 2: Basics of Musculoskeletal Therapy and subject-oriented modules (semesters 3 to 6)
- Phase 3: Master's thesis (semester 7)
Modules in semesters 1 and 2
The first two semesters focus on gaining basic knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal therapy and scientific work.
- Refresher and Deepening of Evidence Based Practice: Lumbar Spine and Lower Limb
- Methodology 1: Quantitative Research Methods for Experimental Studies
- Management in Healthcare
- Refresher and Deepening of Evidence Based Practice: Cervical and Thoracic Spine and Upper Limb
- Clinical Pattern in Manual Therapy and Motor Control
Modules in semesters 3–6
In semesters 3–6, students acquire specific manual therapy competences as well as treatment and management strategies. A particular focus is on the clinical placements which can also be completed abroad. Another focus is on deepening knowledge in scientific methods and statistics and their application.
- Pathology and Differential Diagnosis: Theory
- Advanced Practice of Evidence Based Practice: Lumbar Spine and Lower Limb
- Methodology 2: Quantitative Research Methods for quasi- and non-experimental Studies
- Advanced Practice of Evidence Based Practice: Cervical and Thoracic Spine and Upper Limb
- Clinical Placement (1)
- Pathology and Differential Diagnosis: Practice and Reflection
- Advanced Practice and Research in Motor Rehabilitation and Reeducation
- Methodology 3: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Research Methods
- Ethics in Therapy and Research
- Clinical Placement (2)
- Integrated Neuromusculoskeletal Assessment and Management
Master thesis in semester 7
- Master Thesis
In the 7th semester, students complete a scientific research project that forms the basis for the Master thesis. The research project may also be undertaken in cooperation with a partner university, such as Curtin University in Perth/Australia, in Madrid or Santiago de Chile.