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Official University Master's Degree in Child Physiotherapy

Official title

  • Modality
  • Languages
    Catalan, Spanish
  • Duration
    1 academic year
  • Credits
  • Schedule

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m / 3 p.m to 7:30 p.m

  • Date
    October 6, 2023
  • Places
  • Location

    Blanquerna-URL - Carrer Padilla, 326-332. 08025 Barcelona

  • Faculty

    Blanquerna School of Health Sciences

Who is it for?

The entry profile of students taking this course is physiotherapists interested in treating patients with disorders associated with injuries to the nervous system, whether due to trauma, acquired or congenital disease, from a functional approach to theoretical knowledge for its application and understanding in order to design a therapeutic intervention.

Improve your qualifications

URL's Official University Master's Degree in Child Physiotherapy addresses all aspects of child development, from the neonatal stage to adolescence. Based on a knowledge of the assessment tools oriented to this group, a physiotherapeutic diagnosis is made and an individualized treatment plan is drawn up. The treatment chosen depends on a comprehensive view of the child and his/her environment and is based on the best available scientific evidence.

  • Develop students' knowledge, attitudes and skills in the field of pediatric physiotherapy.
  • Introduce students to the most frequently used procedures in pediatric physiotherapy.
  • Provide a multidimensional approach to the child patient, planning treatment based on scientific evidence, the level of activity and participation in the environment.

  • Assess and identify the child’s conduct and evaluate their pathology, physiology and morphology from a physiotherapeutic perspective.
  • Recognize the tools and techniques used to assess child development and their scientific basis, and types of care within the sphere of physiotherapy.
  • Recognize the methods, assessment tools and treatment normally applied within the area of child physiotherapy to enhance functionality and promote health.
  • Assess and explore the most relevant aspects of child development from a multidisciplinary perspective, using instruments with a recognized international scientific basis.
  • Design and implement plans for treatment according to physiotherapeutic assessment based on the scientific evidence available.
  • Verify the efficacy and efficiency of the treatment implemented.
  • Adapt to the variable complexity of assessments and therapeutic treatment, according to the different stages of child development and the pathology in question.
  • Plan and develop innovative scientific projects in the field of child physiotherapy.

Great scope for professional growth

Care centers

Healthcare centers, in the public or private sector, providing physiotherapy for children.

School environment

In a school environment, either as part of a pedagogical counselling team or in schools for children with special educational needs.

Business management

Management of the search for new business models based on comprehensive care for children with disabilities.


Research into health sciences with an emphasis on child physiotherapy.

If you choose the Blanquerna-URL Official University Master's Degree in Child Physiotherapy...

You will learn about the procedures used most often in child physiotherapy.

You will have professors who work in leading centers and hospitals.

200-hour internship.

This course gives access to the PhD and allows students to take the Official University Master's Degree in Neurophysiotherapy, with the validation of 17 credits.

Specialization and recognition

Blanquerna-URL offers a wide and renowned program of postgraduate studies (official university master's degrees, Blanquerna-specific MS/MA and Diplomas offered by 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.


Academic information

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Training in line with your interests and future career


Internships, an experience to introduce you to the labor market

The master's degree internship is carried out in established pediatrics centers, so that the student can assimilate the theoretical knowledge acquired and apply it in a setting devoted to the promotion of children's health, their recovery and preventive medicine. The role of the physiotherapist within a multidisciplinary team and an exhaustive knowledge of the psychosocial and motor development of the child underlie the holistic vision of the therapeutic approach.

Academic rules and regulations (chapter 8)

  • The objectives of the subject Mandatory external internships are to acquire the knowledge needed to assess the child's deficits and abilities, using validated instruments, to define objectives, to design individualized treatment plans and to evaluate progress in the results obtained with the child physiotherapy treatment.

  • During the internship students will be able to learn about the normal work of the pediatric physiotherapist. In special or delicate situations, the student's role will be limited to observing the work of his/her clinical advisor with a view to discussing the case subsequently.

  • 200-hour internship: There are 200 hours of internships and the periods are established according to the availability of the students and the centers. An internship can be arranged in a new national or international destination if proposed by the student and approved by the course directors.

Where can you do your internship?

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (university hospital specializing in pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics) · Hospital de Nens de Barcelona (pioneering center for healthcare, teaching and research in pediatrics) · Hospital Can Misses (Ibiza and Formentera: university hospital specializing in pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry and midwifery) ASPACE Catalunya Foundation (center specializing in the care of patients with cerebral palsy and other related pathologies) · Fundación Step by Step (center specializing in the care of patients with neurological pathologies) Nexe Fundació (center for special attention to children with multiple disabilities and severe developmental disorders) · DFA Foundation (Zaragoza: benchmark center specializing in the care of patients with physical disabilities · Madrid Spina Bifida Association (Madrid: comprehensive care service - education and rehabilitation - specializing in pediatrics) · L'Arboç School of Special Education (care of school-age children with neurological impairments that seriously interfere with their development and learning) · Jeroni de Moragas School (educational center for children with intellectual disabilities) · NIN Center (center specializing in neurorehabilitation for children and adolescents) · CDIAP (center for child development and early care) · Pacem Service Management Center (Figueres: center for child development and early care) · Aremi Association (Lleida: center providing care for people with disabilities) · RHB HUSM-GESTIÓ SERVEIS SANITARIS (Lleida: hospital, outpatient and home care center) · Provincial Cerebral Palsy Association (Tarragona: comprehensive care center for children with cerebral palsy and other related encephalopathies) · Clínica de Neurorehabilitación Paso a Paso (Pamplona: center for pediatric physiotherapy, early care and neurorehabilitation) · ComunicaT. Area de Fisioteràpia Pies Descalzos (Guadalajara: center specializing in child pathology) · Tipisalta (San Sebastián: center for early care and child physiotherapy) · ESPACIO ATEMTIA (Zaragoza: center for early childhood care)

The master's degree dissertation, a prelude to entering the labor market

The master's dissertation is an individual assignment that brings together the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the course. Students will have to design and develop a research project or study of a children's rehabilitation center.

It consists of developing a research project or study of a children's rehabilitation center, contextualized in a real environment in which the student is interested and justifying the need to carry out the project.

At the end of the project a master's degree dissertation must be submitted by the student and defended before an academic panel.

The master's dissertation is prepared individually, under the supervision of individual and group tutorials.

Individual supervision will be by a master's dissertation advisor, who will determine the viability of the project and confirm that the research dissertation is ready to be presented to the panel.

In the case of advisors who are not members of the master's degree faculty, a system of tutorials will be established to assess the progress of the project and determine when the dissertation is suitable to be presented. Group tutorials will be held in the Seminar space throughout the course, especially during the second semester.

A broad range of specialties

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Care centers

Specialized physiotherapist working in healthcare centers, in the public or private sector, providing physiotherapy for children.

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School environment

Physiotherapist in a school environment, either as part of a pedagogical counselling team or in schools for children with special educational needs.

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Therapeutic care

Physiotherapist forming part of a team providing therapeutic care for complementary activities such as parasports, water therapy or equine-assisted therapy.

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New business models

Entrepreneurial physiotherapist looking for new business models based on comprehensive care for children with disabilities.



Physiotherapist conducting research into health sciences with an emphasis on child physiotherapy.

Companies that trust our students

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu

ASPACE Catalunya Foundation

Nexe Foundation

Hospital de Nens de Barcelona

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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

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Application process

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.
  • Resume.
  • 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 in terms of pre-registration fee. The amount of the application will only be returned in case of cancellation of the course by the center. The amount will be returned during the course in which pre-registration has been made, upon presentation of the corresponding receipt. Payment is by credit or debit card using a secure and 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Foreign students

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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As the European Union points out, gender equality is not only a matter of social justice but also affects the results of teaching and research. Promoting gender equality in research and innovation is one of the European Commission's commitments, and it supports the explicit integration of a gender perspective in Horizon 2020 projects. However, this recommendation is often poorly understood and misapplied. Various documents are presented here with a view to contributing to a better understanding and application of the gender perspective in teaching and research.


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