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Sports Injury Rehabilitation


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): September


Full time
MSc (12months full-time)
PgDip (12 months full-time)
Pg Cert (12 months full-time)

Part time
MSc (three years or two years part-time) 
PgDip (two years part-time)
PgCert (one year part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

In Brief:

  • This course will give you the opportunity to take a lead role in sports injury rehabilitation
  • Theoretical content is available online so you can study at a time convenient to you
  • High practical content means you’ll develop the skills that will impress employers
  • Part-time study option

Course Summary

This course will further the knowledge, skills and abilities of sports rehabilitators, sport therapists, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals currently working in the area of sports injury rehabilitation and prevention.

This was the first exercise rehabilitation masters in Europe to be recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) though their recognition programme. The programme is delivered by some of the world's leading experts. The contact sessions on campus, including keynote sessions followed by practical and seminar sessions, are applicable immediately to professional practice and involve a high practical content.

Course Structure

The MSc programme is offered as either a full-time or part-time programme.

The full time course runs over three academic semesters (October through to September the following year), whilst  giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: completion of one module
  • Postgraduate Diploma: completion of two modules
  • Masters: completion of two modules plus a dissertation

In order to achieve an award of MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation you must successfully complete the modules Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Injuries and Injury Prevention and Performance Measurement, along with producing a thesis for the dissertation module.

You will develop the ability to critically evaluate the scientific principles and theories of athletic screening and a clear understanding of the science behind performance measurement and appropriate interpretation of those measurements and learn to apply them in a real world context. You will experience carrying out a systematic and structured group/individual project. This will further develop your critical evaluation and research skills in relation to your own professional practice and includes dissemination of research and good practice.
You will develop an understanding of the biology of tissue loading and how this significantly influences exercise rehabilitation. Through a series of keynote lectures and online material you will gain greater insight into assessment and management of musculoskeletal injuries, specifically aiming to improve management of acute injury, overuse injury and post-operative management of typical musculoskeletal injuries. This course also covers integration of other non-exercise treatment modalities into the exercise rehabilitation programme for patients. This will include ‘real life’ practical application, in relation to optimising patient management in specific sports.
You will undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own practice. This is a substantial, independent, research project.

Entry Requirements

BSc (Hons) graduates with an appropriate sports injury related subject area (Physiotherapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Therapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Sports Medicine Physician). Prospective students will normally be required to have achieved a 2.1 Honours Degree, but consideration will be given to students with a 2.2 Honours Degree with appropriate experience and satisfactory references.

You will also need access to an athlete or group of athletes to use as case studies to apply the theory you have learnt to practice. You will need to be able to effectively evaluate their treatment and training, and implement appropriate interventions as this forms part of the assessments for some modules.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

APEL: Sports injury practitioners with lower formal academic qualification will be assessed on suitability to enrol on this programme based on experience and vocational qualifications and via interview.

English Language Requirements

Overseas students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.5 band score (with no element below 6.0) or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is aimed at a wide range of sports professionals including physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, sports therapists and sports rehabilitators and sport medical physicians.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

Scholarships and Bursaries

There are also other sources of funding available to you. For more information please see our funding section.


This course is available both part-time and full-time and is delivered via a blended learning approach, which includes:

Workshops (three days per module, per semester)

These are interactive, discursive, reflective, participatory, collaborative and practice related and employ a variety teaching and learning methods. As the programme progresses these will become progressively more student led, with you presenting case studies for peer and tutor review.

Individual Scholarly Activity

Self directed learning, personal reflection, practice based application and reflection, including peer and tutor review.

Distance Learning Resources

Delivery of supporting resources such as study guides and lecture material online. Facilitated group work, including tutor and peer evaluation are a key component of this course. 

Personal Tutor and Peer Support

To provide an academic, practice based and personal support mechanism alongside facilitated networking.


Assessment methods will vary depending on the module, they include:

  • Case Studies (written and oral presentations)
  • Viva vocé
  • Literature review
  • Practical assessments
  • Journal articles (research reports written in the format of a journal article)
  • Research proposal

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Lee Herrington

Programme Leader for the MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation. Lee has worked with Wigan rugby league, Great Britain Basketball and Great Britain swimming team and is a consultant physiotherapist for the English Institute of Sport. He has published extensively with a focus on knee and shoulder injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Dr Paul Comfort

Programme Leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning. He co-ordinated the Strength and Conditioning for England Mens Lacrosse from 2009-2012, and works with Salford City Reds rugby league football club and Sale Sharks rugby union. Paul is also widely published in the area of strength and conditioning and co-editor of the text Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention.

Dr Paul Jones

Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning. Paul also works within paralympic sports and his research focuses on lower limb injury prevention and the enhancement of athletic performance.

Dr John McMahon

Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning. He has worked with Sedgely Park rugby union, Bury FC Academy and currently works with Manchester Thunder Netball team. John’s research interests focus on muscle and tendon mechanics and their application to performance and injury prevention.

Clare Marsh

Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Physiology. Clare’s research interests lie in the assessment of aerobic capacity and aerobic training.

External lecturers

Professor Jon Sommaru, Consultant Cardiologist, Countess of Chester Hospital

Professor Len Funk, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Professor Phillip Turner, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Ian Horsley, Technical lead Physiotherapist English Institute of Sport.

Mr Fraser Mckinney, Lead Physiotherapist, Newcastle Falcons RUFC and Great Britain Basketball

Mr Leigh Halftech, Physiotherapist UK Athletics

Ms Donna Strachan, Chiropractor, Chester


Take a lead role in sports injury rehabilitation with this practice-based course and make a difference to your clients with higher level skills. You’ll also learn how to conduct research and then apply it to the real world, with numerous students successfully publishing their research in peer reviewed journals.

The skills developed within the programme are recognised within organisations such as the English Institute of Sport as critical to the development of key competencies to move through there competency lead career structure.

Career Prospects

Jade Leeder, National Lead Physiotherapist England Squash

Jade, who graduated from the programme in 2011, has gone on to become national lead physiotherapist for England squash.  

Rick Porter, Lead Physiotherapist England Women’s Rugby Union

Rick graduated from the programme in 2012, moving from Sale Sharks to the England job with the help of the skills learnt on the cour.

Alumni Profile

“The course has some phenomenal lecturers such as Lee Herrington and Ian Horsley who are at the top of their game and specialists for the English Institute of Sport (EIS). I loved the fact that the course was very logical and really allowed you to research an area in depth, first with a pilot study, then a research proposal, a literature review and then finally your dissertation. It is all linked up and flows nicely.

The university also has excellent facilities which are modern and have equipment that is second to none such as 3-D analysis, isokinetic machines, force plates, ultrasound and an incredible gym for research. I haven't seen any other facilities like this. They are linked in to top sports teams which I think just shows how at the forefront of research and current practice they are.”

Jo McGilchrist, MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation, 2015

Links with Industry

This course has been developed to include the key competencies identified by the International federation of Sports Physiotherapists in the domains of exercise rehabilitation. It is also recognised as providing key exercise rehabilitation skills by the English Institute of Sport.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of the course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.

As a University, we are committed to your continuing professional development. We run short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of developments in Sports Injury Rehabilitation.


You will have access to some of the best facilities in the UK, including our purpose-built Human Performance Lab, which contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment:

  • FT700 Ballistic Measurement System
  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system
  • KinCom and Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometers for muscle strength testing
  • Portable Kistler force plate
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood flow
  • We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems.
  • We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates
  • There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and haemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analysers.

In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs.

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold callipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats & timing gates

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