New Professional Master’s Degree Programme in Neurorehabilitation Will Strengthen Practitioners
The University of Copenhagen is introducing a new professional master’s degree programme in neurorehabilitation. It is targeted at physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists, doctors and other practitioners, who concurrently with their job can learn more about the brain and neurorehabilitation.
Beginning in 2020, doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses and other professionals can apply for the new professional master’s degree programme in neurorehabilitation at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The programme is meant to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice and offer concrete practical tools and strategies the students can take with them and use in their work.
‘Our objective is to offer a basic understanding of neuroplasticity, neurorehabilitation and neuroscience and transfer it to a clinical context. How can this knowledge be used in practice – by occupational therapists, nurses, doctors and others in the municipalities working with brain-damaged patients? The professional master’s degree programme will help answer this question,’ says Associate Professor and Head of Studies for the new programme Jakob Lorentzen from the Department of Neuroscience.
Together with Professor Jens Bo Nielsen, Jakob Lorentzen is responsible for the new programme. They will both be teaching the programme, together with both internal and external teachers. Together Jens Bo Nielsen and Jakob Lorentzen have previously held courses and given lectures on neurorehabilitation.
‘We have researched neurorehabilitation for many years now. We have communicated this knowledge to practitioners and seen a great demand for our courses and lectures. Now we have taken the next step and put together a solid package, a professional master’s degree programme, that covers the entire area,’ says Jakob Lorentzen.
Minimum of Two Years’ Work Experience
The programme is targeted at people who are already integrated into the labour market, and participants must have a minimum of two years’ work experience in order to apply for the professional master’s degree programme. Therefore, the one-year programme in fact takes two years to complete, making it possible for the participants to continue in their job.
Because Jakob Lorentzen wants the students to continue to be affiliated with the labour market and return to their job after completing the programme. He also hopes to see a lot of different professions represented in the programme, making it possible for them to share experiences. Part of the programme will be based on group work, and the composition of the groups is therefore a main part of the programme.
‘Within neurorehabilitation we are beginning to realise the need for a lot of different actors and professions in these people’s lives. In the programme we therefore wish to put together as multidisciplinary groups as possible. We therefore hope to see students from a lot of different professions. And we will then try to organise the group work in a way that facilitates input from the different professions, creating the optimal strategy and plan for the individual patient’, says Jakob Lorentzen.
The programme will be open to applications from January 2020, and it can accept up to 25 students. Subsequently, the programme will be open to applications every other year. Read more about the new professional master’s degree programme here.