Sport Rehabilitation
BSc (Hons)

Clinical Placement
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Sport Rehabilitation at Salford


Professional membership of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) available on graduation


Learn about treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries


Strong industry links with professional sports clubs

Course Summary

This course allows you to apply high-level academic and practical management skills to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries arising from sport and physical activity. On completion, you will have been taught the necessary skills to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries in the physically active. You will also be eligible for membership of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and benefit from the professional industry insight they provide.

Clinical placement

You will attend a minimum of four one-month clinical placements at a sports injury clinic, professional sports club and a private practice. You will also have a placement under the direct supervision of a specialist orthopaedic consultant surgeon. These placements are organised for you by the University, giving you experience of a wide range of workplace environments.

Course Details

You will study musculoskeletal injuries, therapeutic techniques and exercise rehabilitation skills, supported by a foundation in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology.

You will learn how to help injured people get back to full sporting activity by applying cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques in a lively and supportive environment. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in real-life situations.

Year 1

Structure and function of the human body with special attention to an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal system.
Understanding basic principles of exercise prescription and strength and conditioning for sport.
Covers the use of soft tissue treatments including massage, electrotherapy, and hot and cold therapy.
Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the common pathological conditions that may arise from physical activity.
A foundation in the physiology of healing and exercise.
This module introduces the concept of statics and dynamics in understanding the movement of the human body, and how this can be analysed.

Year 2

Experiential learning in our in-house sports injury clinic.
Gain competence in a range of orthopaedic treatments including joint manipulation and mobilisations.
Understand the aims and principles of progressive rehabilitation for sport.
A generalised understanding of aspects of sports science and its use in the world of sport rehabilitation, including aspects of sports biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports nutrition and strength and conditioning.
This module covers aspects of psychology involved in management of injured athletes including coping strategy, motivation, mental toughness and motor control.
Understanding fundamentals of research as applied to evidence-based practice.

Year 3

Experiential learning of an advanced nature with our partners from professional sports clubs, private clinics, and orthopaedic consultants around the UK.
Gain competence in a range of advanced therapies including neuro-dynamics, complex rehabilitation and manual therapy.
A student-driven research project with a focus on future publication.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Open University Open University offers made on an individual basis
GCSE Five A-Cs to include English language, maths and science (Dual Award)/Biology
UCAS tariff points 300 points
GCE A level BBB, 3 A2 subjects including at least one of maths, biology, physics, chemistry, human, biology, sports science/studies, PE, dance, psychology
BTEC National Diploma DDD (must be in sports science or science) with distinctions in all Year 2 modules
Irish Leaving Certificate 300 points to include English, maths and science
International Baccalaureate 29 points including biology

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course.  As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Typical Sport Rehabilitation students are keen, hard working, and committed with good interpersonal and communication skills and a genuine interest in wanting to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports people or the physically active.

Entry may be directly from school at 18 or after a period of gaining experience in the workplace.

Prospective students may discuss their qualifications or experience with the admissions tutor who will be pleased to advise. All candidates will be required to hold a full and current HSE approved First Aid certificate.

Acceptance on the course is subject to:

  • Satisfactory health clearance
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance


Teaching is delivered in a variety of ways including lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, clinical visits, group discussion and self directed study. To facilitate this, we have our own dedicated treatment rooms and state-of-the-art human performance laboratory, which contain specialised equipment for testing, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and training.


  • Exams - theory - 25%
  • Exams - practical work and clinical assessments - 45%
  • Essays and projects - 20%
  • Presentations - 10%


Career Prospects

This course opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the management of musculoskeletal injuries in venues such as professional sports clubs, clinics, private hospitals and the NHS. Some graduates choose to go on to further study or research while others have used their degree as a stepping stone to joining the armed forces or emergency services. Recent graduates from this course went on to work for: Manchester City FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Warrington Wolves RLC, Chester Rugby Union Football Club, Manchester Basket Ball Club and Queens Park Rangers.

Graduate roles encompass a wide range of areas including Physiotherapists and Health Associate Professionals.

Alumni Profile

“I managed to achieve really good grades in college and so I wanted to go to a high standard University. I was aware that Salford is BASRaT accredited and is also the best university for Sport Rehabilitation. It also meant I was living right next to the city which I enjoy, being from Chester myself. It is also not that far to travel back home, so it is the ideal location.”

Rachel Williams, BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation graduate, 2015 

Graduate destinations include:

  • Macclesfield RUFC
  • Military Rehabilitation Centre, Headly Court
  • Sale Harriers Athletics
  • GB women's U-20s basketball
  • Caldy RUFC
  • BASRaT CPD officer
  • Everton FC
  • ACL Rehab Ltd
  • Lecturer in sports rehabilitation, Hull University
  • Lecturer in sports therapy, UCLAN
  • Lecturer in sports rehabilitation, Bolton University
  • Hull RUFC
  • BASRaT membership officer
  • Caldy RUFC
  • Oldham Athletic
  • Bolton Wanderers FC
  • Professional boxing
  • Yorkshire County Cricket Club
  • Clinical director, Anatomy, Chorlton
  • Warrington Wizards RLFC
  • BASRaT accreditation officer
  • Manchester City FC
  • Warrington Wolves RLFC
  • Southampton FC
  • EIS (GB Taekwondo)
  • Leigh Centurions RLFC
  • Hyde United FC
  • Oldham Athletic FC
  • Sedgley Park RUFC
  • Northern Ballet
  • Scarborough Athletic FC
  • Kilmarnock FC
  • Leicester Tigers
  • Tranmere Rovers FC

Links with Industry

We have strong partnerships with top sports clubs in the North West including Salford Red Devils, Sale Sharks, Manchester City FC, and Lancashire County Cricket Club. You will have the opportunity to work alongside our partners in fields such as pre-season injury screening, fitness testing, and placements.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£13,300

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP and £60 for uniforms. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance are required in Year 1 of study only; uniforms will be required each year. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Optional costs include £20 per year for professional body membership, should the student wish to register. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.  

Financial support for this course



State-of-the-art teaching facilities

Our teaching facilities including state-of-the-art lecture rooms, practical (plinth) rooms, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning rooms.

Human performance laboratory

Our world-class human performance laboratory is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion cameras, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns. We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes and isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.

The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct groundbreaking research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research that underpins your learning.

Sports injury clinic

Our Sports injury clinic provides valuable practical experience for you to practice your skills under the direct supervision of qualified staff. The clinic is open to staff, students and the general public and offers a full range of rehabilitation services including:

  • Injury assessment and rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal screening
  • Injury prevention courses
  • Exercise and sport-specific courses
  • Postural assessment