Master of Arts Applied Health and Therapy Sciences (iV)


Program Description


The distance learning medical professions with the Master of Arts (MA) degree is aimed at people who work in health, therapy and nursing professions and who have already acquired an academic bachelor's or diploma degree, e.g. the Bachelor of Arts in medical professions at DIPLOMA . The course can also be studied alongside a job and is particularly suitable for access professions from the areas of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, elderly care as well as health and nursing care. In addition to increased leadership and communication skills, the course provides five semesters with in-depth knowledge and skills in both health-related research and project and innovation management.

Master's degree in medical professions

The interdisciplinary master's degree in medical professions offers distance learning as an ideal further academic qualification for all those working in therapy and nursing professions who would like to continue their professional training at the master's level. To make it easier to combine studies and work and to be more independent of location, students can take this course on Saturdays either close to home in one of the numerous study centers of the DIPLOMA University in Germany or in a virtual variant with online lectures.

In addition to the knowledge and skills already acquired in the bachelor or diploma course, the students acquire knowledge in the areas of science and research theory, the qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research, evidence-based action and project and innovation management. In the compulsory elective modules for health management, the students deepen their knowledge and skills in organizational and personnel development in the healthcare sector in the inpatient and outpatient sector, while they specialize in the elective subjects for hand rehabilitation or neuroprosthetics for special patient needs.

Major areas of study in the master’s degree in medical professions

health Management

The degree in health management enables students to take on a management position in inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities, for example in hospital management, as department or main department management or as ward or nursing service management. The management of multidisciplinary outpatient care centers, geriatric care facilities, outpatient care services and hospices is also possible.

Health education

The focus on health education in the master's program deals with expanding and in-depth scientific questions on (professional) pedagogy and didactics for medical professions. The target group are students who are already teaching at vocational schools or universities in the health sector and are therefore already teaching. The focus contributes to the professionalization of teaching. In particular, this focus should also prepare for management tasks in this area, for example for training management at vocational schools. Students are also empowered to develop and introduce new educational concepts. It is pointed out that in the individual federal states there are very different requirements for the professional and pedagogical qualifications of teachers and senior teachers at schools for health professions. By letter of January 2015, the Lower Saxony State School Authority confirmed that the master's degree in medical professions with a focus on health education meets both the requirements for teachers and the management of schools for health professions in Lower Saxony. The courses of the main focus take place exclusively at the study center Hanover.

hand rehabilitation

In the focus on hand rehabilitation of the master's degree in medical professions, students learn to set up and manage hand-therapeutic facilities and to implement quality management standards in the healthcare system. In collaboration with hand surgeons, they can also develop and implement guidelines for the treatment of hand-injured and hand-sick patients. In addition, they have the specialist knowledge required to write subject-specific literature and can be used in the training of physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the field of hand rehabilitation. Thanks to the existing expertise in the field of prosthesis and splint care, you can develop new systems for these areas in cooperation with orthopedic technicians and research their applicability through studies.


Students with a focus on neuroprosthetics are particularly empowered to work in clinical patient care and to take on management tasks here. They have specialist knowledge in neurorehabilitation, biomechanics and prosthetic medical technology. They adapt prostheses appropriately and create individual treatment concepts for patients. The students learn to assess established therapeutic procedures with regard to their evidence-based and to introduce new therapeutic approaches. In collaboration with Rehabilitationsalt = "medical professionals, they can develop guidelines for neurorehabilitation patients.

Career prospects after distance learning

The job market opportunities are very good, among other things due to the steady scientific development in medicine as well as the academization of medical professions, which has been going on for a long time. There are possible uses, for example, in the following fields of action:

Corporate management, management and organization:

  • Management of departments in hospitals, clinics, early childhood facilities, assistance for the disabled, assistance for the elderly and care for mentally ill people, for example in job-related personnel management
  • Conception and implementation of new organizational structures, departments and therapy offers
  • Independent and active design of systematic professional tasks that require academic training, e.g. B. as the responsible quality manager
  • Effective and efficient establishment and management of multidisciplinary practices and care centers, in which various professional groups in the healthcare system are coordinated, taking into account changes in the market economy and developments

Training and further education:

  • Management and development of further education programs
  • Conception and communication of subject-related further and advanced training offers
  • where applicable, teaching and teaching activities in further and advanced training with regard to one's own specialization

Area deepening old = "medical-therapeutic knowledge in hand rehabilitation:

  • Particularly suitable for physiotherapists and occupational therapists, e.g. B. in your own practice or in a hand surgery clinic
  • Introduction and support of new procedures in patient care with increased independence and using systematic evaluation

Rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, prosthetics and neuroprosthetics:

  • Management and design of specialized clinical activities in rehabilitation, especially neurorehabilitation
  • Patient-oriented research with prosthesis wearers

Development of the range of activities and the scientific foundation of the profession:

  • Expansion and expansion of therapeutic services taking into account evidence-based and evaluation
  • Development of a constant perspective of reflected and researching professional practice
  • Realization of scientifically based and systematically developed solutions
  • Planning and implementation of further, empirically based scientific research studies

Normal period

Distance learning: 5 semesters

Workload *: 120 credit points according to ECTS

* Workload includes the time for preparation and follow-up and participation in face-to-face events, for self-study and for exam preparation and execution. It can be assumed that an average workload of 25-30 hours can be used for each credit point to be acquired according to ECTS. The distance learning study plan shows a 5-semester variant, which can be extended by up to four semesters depending on the workload - free of tuition fees. The weekly workload can thus be individually adapted to the professional and / or family conditions.


Winter semester (October) and summer semester (April)


Accreditation of the course by the accreditation agency AHPGS

tuition fee

Distance learning: € 297.00 / month (total € 9,895.00 plus one-off examination fee of € 985.00), financing alternatives on request.

study form

Distance learning with real or online face-to-face events: Distance learning takes place alternating between self-study with study books and all-day Saturday seminars (approx. 12-14 Saturdays per semester) at one of our numerous nationwide study centers or online in the "virtual lecture hall" of the DIPLOMA online campus.

admission requirements

Proof of a university degree with a bachelor's or diploma (180 credit points according to ECTS) and a final grade of at least "satisfactory" in the fields of health sciences, therapeutic sciences, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, elderly care or health and nursing (or more on request) , for example Bachelor of Arts medical professions at DIPLOMA University, DIPLOMA University will be happy to provide further information on special degrees upon request.

For foreign degrees, equivalence for admission must be demonstrated.


Master of Arts (MA)

Major fields of study

Elective course health management

Module 8 M: Hospital management and quality assurance


  • hospital management
  • Quality management and certification

Module 9 M: Management in health and care contexts


  • Management of inpatient healthcare facilities
  • Outpatient health care management

Module 10 M: Human Resources Development in Health Care


  • human Resource management
  • Personnel management in healthcare companies

Elective course hand rehabilitation

Module 8 H: In-depth functional anatomy of the hand


  • Hand preparation
  • Functional anatomy of the hand
  • Hand surgical techniques

Module 9 H: Complex injuries and hand rail supplies


  • Complex hand injuries
  • Handicraft techniques and material science for hand rail supplies
  • Hand orthosis and prosthesis care in various alt = "medical disciplines

Module 10 H: Practical reflection in hand rehabilitation


  • Clinical reasoning in hand rehabilitation
  • Individual therapy concepts and assessments in hand rehabilitation

Elective course neuroprosthetics

Module 8 N: Neuroscience for prosthetics


  • Neurobiology and Neuroanatomy
  • Neurorehabilitation

Module 9 N: Biomechanics and Medical Technology


  • Biomechanics
  • Medical technology

Module 10 N: Practice of Neuroprosthetics


  • Adaptation of prostheses
  • Gait training

Elective subject health education

Module 8 P: Vocational Education


  • Fields of action for teaching in the health professions
  • Teaching and learning content of the health professions

Module 9 P: Competence-oriented teaching-learning processes


  • Learning and motivation
  • Competence orientation in vocational training

Module 10 P: Didactics and methodology of lesson planning


  • Goal planning
  • Implementation planning
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