- Master degree in Neurophysiotherapy
Master degree in Neurophysiotherapy
- LanguagesCatalan, Spanish
- Duration1 academic year
Blanquerna-URL - Carrer Padilla, 326-332. 08025 Barcelona
Blanquerna School of Health Sciences
Who is it for
Physiotherapists interested in addressing neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions caused by nervous system disorders (central and peripheral) in all areas of care (hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home care, among others).
URL's Master Degree in Neurophysiotherapy provides physiotherapists with the skills to address dysfunctions of the neuro-musculoskeletal system caused by nervous system disorders (central and peripheral) in all areas of care (hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home care, among others). The program also delves into the clinical reasoning in neurophysiotherapy to obtain the best therapeutic options, based on scientific methodology and the development of clinical and research skills.
The master degree aims to train physiotherapists in the knowledge and skills needed to plan and develop therapeutic interventions based on critical thinking and clinical reasoning in neurophysiotherapy in a model of person-centered care and on the basis of more advanced neuroscience.
- Possess and understand the knowledge that provides a background or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas, usually in a research context.
- The students should know how to apply the knowledge they acquire, and have the capacity to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of study.
- The students should be capable of integrating knowledge and tackling the complexity of formulating judgments from incomplete or limited information, including reflections on social and ethical responsibility linked to the application of their knowledge judgments.
- The students should be capable of communicating their conclusions and knowledge and the reasons that support them to experts and non-experts clearly and without ambiguity.
- The students should possess the learning skills that allow them to pursue self-directed and autonomous learning.
- Analyze, organize, and plan the activities of their professional field.
- Demonstrate ability and flexibility for problem-solving and effective decision-making in their field of work.
- Know how to evaluate, select, and draw conclusions from the scientific literature related to their fields of study.
- Develop self-learning skills and critical thinking in their field of work.
- Demonstrate the ability to work in a team, both at an interdisciplinary level and in an international context, through oral or written communication in different languages.
- Demonstrate skills in interpersonal relationships based on attention to diversity and multiculturalism through ethical commitment in professional practice.
- Demonstrate the ability to generate and lead innovative ideas in their professional environment.
- Demonstrate ability to manage information and communication technologies (ICT) applied to their professional environment.
- Know the basic principles of clinical research methodology, its applicability, interpretation, and management of results for the development of research projects in the field of their professional environment.
- Demonstrate autonomy to formulate, plan, design and develop scientific or technological projects in their professional field for an improvement in their area of specialty.
- Be able to identify and assess the morphology, physiology, pathology, and behavior of people with acquired, congenital or traumatic nervous system disorders.
- Have advanced knowledge of the models, techniques, and therapeutic instruments on which the professional activity in neurophysiotherapy is based, articulated, and developed.
- Be able to apply and integrate the methods, procedures, and actions of neurophysiotherapy as tools aimed at functional reeducation or functional recovery, as well as promoting and maintaining health in people with functional nervous system disorders.
- Be able to apply and integrate knowledge to assess a patient's condition, with a fundamental consideration of physical aspects and, within an interdisciplinary framework, nutritional, psychological, and social factors, using internationally-recognized validation tools.
- Have advanced knowledge to design, execute, direct, and coordinate the intervention plan in neurophysiotherapy based on scientific evidence and in accordance with criteria of adequacy, validity, and efficiency.
- Be able to predict and control the evolution of the results obtained with the treatment in relation to the objectives set.
- Know how to evaluate and select the appropriate scientific theory and precise methodology in the field of neurophysiotherapy to formulate clinical judgments and acquire skills to develop programs adapted to the needs of people with functional nervous system disorders.
- Have autonomy to manage and/or develop neurophysiotherapy centers or units for people with functional nervous system disorders and their relationship with other health services.
- Be able to formulate, plan, design, develop, and defend scientific projects in neurological physiotherapy.
Great areas to grow professionally
Physiotherapeutic care for people with neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Physiotherapeutic care for people with disabilities or functional diversity.
Research in the area of neuroscience
If you choose Blanquerna's Master Degree in Neurophysiotherapy, you choose...
Clinical seminars in different leading centers with patients presenting complex pain and motor-sensory functional deficits where the student can apply operational clinical reasoning tools to neurophysiotherapy
Increase clinical reasoning in neurophysiotherapy to obtain the best therapeutic options
Be able to take the Master Degree in Child Physiotherapy, with the validation of 17 credits
Access to the PhD
Specialization and recognition
Blanquerna offers a wide and renowned program of postgraduate courses (official master degrees, master degrees and post graduate studies specific to Ramon Llull University, and PhD programs), which guarantee the best specialization, research training and response to the emerging demands of the professional sectors we cover.
Humanism and innovation in the healthcare and business sector
The Blanquerna-URL School of Health Sciences, located in the center of Barcelona in a building constructed in 2002, is a humanistic and innovative school in the field of health sciences. Fully integrated into the healthcare and business sector, it is a leader in updating curricula to meet the new needs of the sector. That is why, for over 10,000 active professionals, it is the benchmark when it comes to retraining and specializing in such changing areas as Nursing, Physiotherapy, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and Pharmacy.
Training that adapts to your interests and professional future
|Master's degree project||8|
|Descriptive neuro-autonomy, embriology and neuro-development of the central nervous system||4||Compulsory|
|Functional neuro-anatomy of the central nervous system||4||Compulsory|
|Clinical reasoning in neuro-physiotherapy||4||Compulsory|
|Research methodology and bioethics applied to health science||6||Compulsory|
|Anatomy pathomechanics and physiology of the peripheric nervous system||5||Compulsory|
|Specific concepts and treatment methods||4||Compulsory|
|Application of new technologies to neuro-rehabilitation||4||Compulsory|
|End-of-master project||8||Master's degree project|
Compulsory professional placements
The placements of the Master Degree in Neurophysiotherapy are a key component in the training of professionals who want to specialize in neurophysiotherapy. Students experience the professional environment in different areas of reference.
In addition to leading centers in this field, such as Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Step by Step and FEMcat, we also have links with specialist units at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona and the Hospital Trueta in Girona in order to integrate different professional dimensions.
All this is complemented with clinical seminars in different leading centers with patients presenting complex pain and motor-sensory functional deficits where the student can apply operational clinical reasoning tools to neurophysiotherapy.
Where can you do your internship?
- Apply and integrate: Learn to apply and integrate knowledge to assess a patient's condition, with a fundamental consideration of physical aspects and, within an interdisciplinary framework, nutritional, psychological, and social factors, using internationally-recognized validation tools.
- Design, execute, direct, and coordinate: Learn to design, execute, direct, and coordinate the intervention plan in neurophysiotherapy based on scientific evidence and in accordance with criteria of adequacy, validity, and efficiency.
- Prediction and control: Be able to predict and control the evolution of the results obtained with the treatment in relation to the objectives set.
- Management and development: Acquire autonomy to manage and/or develop neurophysiotherapy centers or units for people with functional nervous system disorders and their relationship with other health services.
The master's thesis consists of drawing up a research project or systematic review (subject to approval of relevance by the director) and written in the format of a scientific journal. The paper will be a project integrating the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the master degree with content of a theoretical nature or that is applicable at a professional level in any of the areas corresponding to the master degree.
The thesis is an additional subject in the master's, and it must be passed in order to obtain the master degree. The assessment and grading of the thesis will be carried out by a panel selected for the presentation and defense, and the director's follow-up evaluation.
Guidelines are established for the completion of the thesis of the Master Degree in Neurophysiotherapy, which is carried out at the Blanquerna School of Health Sciences of Ramon Llull University (FCSB-URL), as outlined in the student's subject file.
The student will have fifteen minutes to defend the project. They will have to prioritize the issues they consider most relevant to the work and summarize them in a clear, precise, and complete manner. After the presentation, the student will have to respond to observations, comments, and questions from the panel. The defense is estimated to last 45 minutes.
The assessment criteria for the master's thesis are concerned with the competences acquired during the process of preparing the project, the final written paper and the defense of the thesis itself. This means that the final grade will be the result of various partial evaluations.
Competences acquired during the project preparation process: the organization and research skills, persistence in the different stages of the project preparation, and the progression in the acquisition of the skills and attitudes necessary for the research will be assessed.
Final written paper: different aspects that are taken into account in most scientific publications will be assessed to ensure the coherence and quality of the research. The student's advisor will issue the assessment panel with a conformity certificate so that the project can be presented before its defense.
Competences acquired in the oral defense: the synthesis and consistency of the oral presentation, mastery of the topic and originality, and the appropriate use of the latest technology in the oral presentation of the project will be assessed according to the conditions required for the presentation before the panel.
The final grade for the project will be issued by the assessment panel in accordance with the competences specified in the curriculum
Specialized physiotherapists to work in public or private care centers.
Intervention in neurophysiotherapy
Physiotherapists who develop or want to implement neurophysiotherapy intervention programs.
Care for people with neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction and functional diversity
Physiotherapists specializing in care for people with neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction, disability or functional diversity.
Research physiotherapists in health sciences with an interest in neurophysiotherapy and neuroscience.
A direct link to your future career
Our work doesn't finish the moment you graduate. The Alumni department will support you to enable us to achieve an employment rate of 90% of students in the first year after graduation
State-of-the-art equipment at the students' disposal
All the services you need throughout university
University master degrees are official degrees awarded by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, in accordance with the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the guidelines set out in the Bologna Declaration. To access the official master degree, you must hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country that is part of the European Higher Education Area. Access to master degree studies is regulated by Royal Decree 822/2021, of 28 September.
These studies are also open to students with a degree issued by an education system outside the European Higher Education Area, who do not need to have it approved, provided that the level of training is equivalent to that of an official Spanish degree and that, in the country of origin, the degree gives access to graduate studies. However, admission does not in any case imply the convalidation of the degree or any other type of recognition beyond allowing the student to access master and graduate studies at the University.
The application process consists of two parts:
Students can pre-enroll online (by accessing Pre-enrollment | Blanquerna or the pre-enrollment option for each course). You can also pre-enroll in person at the School. During the process, the candidate must submit the required documentation:
- ID card, passport or NIE residence card.
- Certified photocopy of the qualification that gives the student access to the course or documentary proof that the relevant document has been requested.
- Copy of the official academic transcript with grades for the courses taken and the average mark of the qualification justifying admission.
- Letter of intent.
- Students with studies qualifying them for access completed outside Spain: certificate issued by the relevant body (university, embassy, consulate) confirming that the studies qualify the student to undertake master degree or graduate studies in the country of issue. Students who come from a foreign university must provide details of the grading system used at their university, as well as the aforementioned documentation, which must comply with the requirements for translation and legalization established in current regulations.
Payment of €100 pre-enrollment fee. If you are not admitted to any of the options requested or if the course is cancelled by the School of Health Sciences-Blanquerna, the amount will be refunded during the academic year in which you pre-enrolled, subject to presentation of the corresponding receipt. Payment is by credit or debit card using a secure, confidential process.
When pre-enrollment has been completed, the candidate will be offered a date for an interview with the director and/or coordinator of the master degree, who will assess their suitability and resolve any doubts they may have about the course for which they are enrolling. For the selection of candidates the following will be taken into account:
- Personal interview
- Professional experience
Once the assessment is complete, the student will be informed of the result of the interview and how to enroll, if admitted.
Students who are admitted can choose between two options, depending on whether or not they already qualify for university admission:
- Conditional enrollment: This option is available to students who have not yet obtained a bachelor degree and who want to study a master degree at the same time. For conditional enrollment, students need to be enrolled for the pending credits in their bachelor's degree. This is subject to a maximum of 21 credits including the bachelor degree thesis. The master degree thesis cannot be graded, and the master degree cannot, therefore, be awarded, until the student has completed the bachelor degree. The student must sign an application accepting the terms of conditional enrollment. An Official Academic Certificate (CAO) cannot be issued to students who are enrolled conditionally.
- Definitive enrollment
Enrollment is considered definitive when the student already meets the requirements for admission.
Enrollment is the final step in the procedure to access the master degree. Students will be informed individually of the enrollment date. When enrollment is complete, and the corresponding fee has been paid, the student will have secured a place. Course fees are paid in installments without any interest. When students enrol, they will have two business days to pay 50% of the total cost of the credits for which they have enrolled, by bank transfer or using a barcode at the bank; the remaining 50% is split into nine monthly installments, from October to June, payable by direct debit using the bank account indicated at the time of enrollment.
School alumni are given a 15% discount on the enrollment fee (non-cumulative discount). This discount will only apply to students who enroll full-time for all the credits required in the course. Prices are updated each academic year. Once enrollment is complete, the amount paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.
Students must bring the following documentation with them when they enroll:
- Certified photocopy of the qualification that gives them access to the course or documentary proof that the relevant document has been requested.
- Original official academic certificate or certified copy of the bachelor degree transcript.
- Current account number for direct debit (if payment is to be by installments).
When a student enrolls, a contract for the provision of teaching services is formalized between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation, which is legally binding from the time of payment. Payment includes the corresponding insurance and, for students under the age of twenty-eight, compulsory academic insurance. If a student declines to take up a place, he/she will lose in full any amount he/she has paid.
The student accepts the rules for the use of computer services established by the Blanquerna Foundation. The student's personal data will be included in an automated file under the responsibility of the Blanquerna Foundation, so that this contract can be maintained and fulfilled. Students should note that their data may also be used to inform them about the future activities of the Foundation, or for the institution to send them publications.
In accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999 on the protection of personal data, students have the right to access their data to update, rectify or cancel them, or object to their use, by sending a letter, indicating which right they want to exercise.
This section is a summary of the general conditions for enrollment. It is only for guidance and therefore has no contractual value. In the event of any discrepancy, the provisions of the general conditions for enrollment specified in the receipt generated at the time of enrollment will prevail; this receipt formalizes the contract between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation; students can consult it on the intranet whenever they wish.
The School reserves the right to ask candidates with qualifications obtained outside the EHEA for a letter from their university, embassy or consulate to certify that their studies qualify them to pursue a master degree or graduate studies.
Students are responsible for having all the official documentation necessary for their stay in Spain while studying at the School. Applicants can ask for a pre-acceptance document attached to the pre-enrollment receipt to initiate applications for visas or scholarships or carry out any other administrative procedure. Under no circumstances does this document guarantee a place if all the access and admission requirements are not met.
Once applicants have been accepted and enrollment is complete, they can request a letter of admission from the Academic Secretary, if required, by paying the corresponding fee.
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