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The Physiotherapy MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wishing to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more

The Physiotherapy MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wishing to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

The course helps you to develop your clinical and communication skills, and broaden your knowledge of the physiotherapy specialty whilst earning a formal qualification.

A wide range of optional modules means you can create a study programme to suit your professional or personal aspirations. 

The course is designed to fit around your existing physiotherapy practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments. 

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.  

Course structure

A flexible modular framework normally involves six one-week study blocks at the university.

To be awarded the MSc you need to complete three core modules, three option modules and a relevant dissertation. The dissertation may be based on research carried out either in the university or in another suitable environment.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, workbooks for work-based learning and practise in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and Clinical Skills and Simulation Rooms.

Assessment is via the method most appropriate to your chosen modules. 

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education

This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects.

Syllabus

As a student on the course, you will share your learning with other health and care specialities, allowing you to benefit from intra-professional collaboration. Our programmes are designed to allow students from other disciplines, and in some cases other professions, the opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise.

Core modules

  • Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • Dissertation

Plus two from:

  • Key Issues in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • The Health Professional as an Educator
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chronic Lung Disease
  • Ergonomics for Health Professionals
  • Analysis of Function
  • Exercise in Rehabilitation
  • Key Issues in Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Extended Scope of Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in the Health and Wellbeing of Older People
  • Practice Development Through Independent Learning
  • Exploring Pain
  • Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection
  • Exploring Health and Wellbeing
  • Developing Professional Learning

Plus

Facilities

Practical Skills and Simulation Rooms

Our practical skills rooms are equipped so that you can learn and practise practical skills including palpation, massage and manipulation with other students before you work with real patients and clients.

We also have specialist classrooms for physiotherapy practise, including manual skills and exercise therapy rooms, which are equipped with treatment couches.

Human Movement Laboratory

The high-tech Human Movement Laboratory is used widely in teaching and research for students in the school of health professions studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Some roles that our graduates have secured include clinical specialists, consultant physiotherapists, physiotherapy management positions, general management roles, clinical educator and physiotherapy education positions.

Completion of the Physiotherapy MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.



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The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more

The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

This course has been developed with the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). Course graduates benefit from being able to apply for full membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

You will develop your advanced evaluative and problem-solving skills for the examination, assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Choosing option modules means you can create a CPE study programme to suit your professional or personal interests and aspirations. 

The course is designed to fit around your existing physiotherapy practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments. 

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.

Course structure

The flexible modular framework enables you to tailor your degree course to suit your professional and personal interests and aspirations.

You will complete two one-week modules and two three-week modules at the university, as well as two three-week clinical placements which can be completed part- or full-time.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via group discussion, case studies, supervised placements, lectures, seminars, and practical sessions in our Human Movement Laboratory, and Clinical Skills and Simulation Rooms.

Assessment is via the method most appropriate to your chosen modules. 

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education

This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects.

Syllabus

Modules

  • Musculoskeletal Management – Cervico-thoracic spine and upper limb
  • Musculoskeletal Management – Lumbo-sacral spine and lower limb 
  • Research Methods for Healthcare
  • Dissertation (not necessary for award of PGDip)

And

  • Musculoskeletal Clinical Placement – Lumbo-sacral spine and lower limb 
  • Musculoskeletal Clinical Placement – Cervico-thoracic spine and upper limb

Plus

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Exploring Practice

OR

Facilities

Human Movement Laboratory

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy. 

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Practical Skills and Simulation Rooms

Our practical skills rooms are equipped so that you can learn and practise practical skills including palpation, massage and manipulation with other students before you work with real patients and clients.

We also have specialist classrooms for physiotherapy practise, including manual skills and exercise therapy rooms, which are equipped with treatment couches.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

The course enhances professional and academic development, enabling graduates to pursue careers in research, lecturing in higher education, or expanding and developing their own clinical practice.



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The Physiotherapy and Management MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more

The Physiotherapy and Management MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

The course helps you to develop your clinical and communication skills, and broaden your knowledge of the physiotherapy specialty while earning a formal qualification.

If you are already involved in NHS or private sector management or wish to pursue this specialty then this course will be especially suitable for you.

A wide range of optional modules means you can create your own study programme to suit your professional or personal aspirations. 

The course is designed to fit around your existing physiotherapy practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments. 

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.  

Course structure

A flexible modular framework normally involves six one-week study blocks at the university.

To be awarded the MSc you need to complete three core modules, three option modules and a relevant dissertation. The dissertation may be based on research carried out either in the university or in another suitable environment.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, workbooks for work-based learning and simulation in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and Clinical Skills and Simulation Rooms.

Assessment is via the method most appropriate to your chosen modules. 

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education

This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects.

Syllabus

As a student on the course, you will share your learning with other health and care specialities, allowing you to benefit from intra-professional collaboration. Our programmes are designed to allow students from other disciplines, and in some cases other professions, the opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise.

Modules

  • Research Methods for Health Professionals 
  • Dissertation

Plus two from:

  • Key Issues in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • The Health Professional as an Educator
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chronic Lung Disease
  • Ergonomics for Health Professionals
  • Analysis of Function
  • Exercise in Rehabilitation
  • Key Issues in Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Extended Scope of Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in the Health and Wellbeing of Older People
  • Practice Development Through Independent Learning
  • Exploring Pain
  • Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection
  • Exploring Health and wellbeing
  • Developing Professional Learning

Plus

Facilities

Practical Skills and Simulation Rooms

Our practical skills rooms are equipped so that you can learn and practise practical skills including palpation, massage and manipulation with other students before you work with real patients and clients.

We also have specialist classrooms for physiotherapy practise, including manual skills and exercise therapy rooms, which are equipped with treatment couches.

Human Movement Laboratory

The high-tech Human Movement Laboratory is used widely in teaching and research for students in the school of health professions studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry, and is also used for commercial consultancy. 

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Some roles that our graduates have secured include clinical specialist, consultant physiotherapist, physiotherapy management roles, general management roles, and clinical and physiotherapy education positions.

Completion of the Physiotherapy and Management MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.



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The Physiotherapy and Education MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification. Read more

The Physiotherapy and Education MSc is for qualified physiotherapists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.

The course helps you to develop your clinical and communication skills, and broaden your knowledge of the physiotherapy specialty while earning a formal qualification.

If you are already involved with professional training in the NHS or private sector or wish to pursue this speciality then this course will be especially suitable for you.

A wide range of optional modules means you can create your own study programme to suit your professional or personal aspirations. 

The course is designed to fit around your existing physiotherapy practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.

We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments. 

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.  

Course structure

A flexible modular framework normally involves six one-week study blocks at the university.

To be awarded the MSc you need to complete three core modules, three education modules and a relevant dissertation. The dissertation may be based on research carried out either in the university or in another suitable environment.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, workbooks for work-based learning and simulation in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and Clinical Skills and Simulation Rooms.

Assessment is via the method most appropriate to your chosen modules. 

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education

This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects.

Syllabus

As a student on the course, you will share your learning with other health and care specialities, allowing you to benefit from intra-professional collaboration. Our programmes are designed to allow students from other disciplines, and in some cases other professions, the opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise.

Modules

  • Research Methods for Health Professionals 
  • Dissertation

Plus two from:

  • Key Issues in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • The Health Professional as an Educator
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chronic Lung Disease
  • Ergonomics for Health Professionals
  • Analysis of Function
  • Exercise in Rehabilitation
  • Key Issues in Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Extended Scope of Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in the Health and Wellbeing of Older People
  • Practice Development Through Independent Learning
  • Exploring Pain
  • Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection
  • Exploring Health and wellbeing
  • Developing Professional Learning

Plus

Facilities

Practical Skills and Simulation Rooms

Our practical skills rooms are equipped so that you can learn and practise practical skills including palpation, massage and manipulation with other students before you work with real patients and clients.

We also have specialist classrooms for physiotherapy practise, including manual skills and exercise therapy rooms, which are equipped with treatment couches.

Human Movement Laboratory

The high-tech Human Movement Laboratory is used widely in teaching and research for students in the school of health professions studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry, and is also used for commercial consultancy. 

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Some roles that our graduates have secured include clinical specialist, consultant physiotherapist, physiotherapy management positions, general management positions, clinical and physiotherapy educator roles.

Completion of the Physiotherapy and Education MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.



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We actively encourage postgraduate students on this course to undertake internships and build up a portfolio of clients and practical experience. Read more
We actively encourage postgraduate students on this course to undertake internships and build up a portfolio of clients and practical experience.

Course overview

Careers in Sport and Exercise Science can develop in at least two directions. Firstly you can help elite athletes reach their optimum sports performance. Secondly you can help the general population to improve fitness through exercise referral and community programmes.

This course allows you to specialise in both those areas, by providing you with a solid grounding in measurement, evaluation, research methods, data analysis, and sport and exercise psychology. Additionally, you will get the chance to study applied physiology, applied biomechanics or complete a personal project. The final stage is a research project that reflects your developed knowledge and skills.

Compared to undergraduate studies, this Masters has more emphasis on self-directed lab work, data collection and analysis. We encourage you to undertake real-world internships and build up experience with external clients and sports clubs. This practical experience will complement the rigorous research elements of the course.

By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of work, feedback from clients/employers, and a record of practical and academic projects. This will give you a clear advantage when it comes to applying for jobs.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and self-directed study. There is flexibility to pursue personal interests in considerable depth, with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors.

Core modules:
-Measurement and Evaluation (20 Credits)
-Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 Credits)
-Applied Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Designated core modules (you must choose one of the following, but you may choose the other as an option):
-Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 Credits)
-Applied Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise (20 Credits)

Optional modules (choose at least one):
-Strength and Conditioning in Practice (20 Credits)
-Sports Injuries, Management and Rehabilitation (20 Credits)
-Applied Weight Management (20 Credits)
-Professional Skills and Practice (20 Credits)
-Independent Learning Project (20 Credits)
-Applied Public Health (20 Credits)
-Brief Interventions (20 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, problem-based learning seminars, web-based resources, small group discussions and debates. You will develop your practical skills with workshops and laboratory classes.

Assessment methods include essays, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations, scientific reports, practical exams, data analyses, critical reviews, poster presentations and a dissertation.

Facilities & location

We have invested in the latest software and equipment so that you have maximum scope to measure and improve performance. Our facilities will propel your learning in sport and exercise sciences.

Biomechanics equipment

Our equipment can measure motion, muscle activity and forces on the body during high intensity sports and the activities of daily living. Equipment and techniques include the following:
-3D motion capture systems including Vicon® systems and Xsens® motion capture suits
-Software such as Dartfish®, Kinovea® and LongoMatch® software to capture live action images for match tagging and coaching feedback
-Movement tracking tools such as Actigraph® and Catapult®
-Delsys® Trigno electromyography equipment to see how the muscles of the body are working
-Kistler® force platforms and Batak® reaction walls to analyse sporting performance
-Novel® Pedar systems to analyse foot pressure

Exercise Physiology and Psychology
Our laboratories include the most up-to-date equipment for assessing human performance. You’ll get hands-on practical experience with the following:
-Polar® Team2 heart rate monitoring system for assessing the heart rates of a full squad of team players in real time
-Cortex® gas analysers to evaluate cardiovascular performance
-Biochemical analysers from Randox®, Jenway® and Gonotec® to measure substances and enzymes within the body
-Tendo®, Myotest® and Globus® equipment to profile your strength and power and develop specific training programmes
-Fusion Sport® SMARTSPEED light gates for assessing speed, agility and reaction times
-Assess and enhance cognitive performance using our Neurotracker® 3D multiple object tracking equipment

Sports Medicine and Anatomy
Anatomy is taught by experienced staff in a specialist clinical lab using skeletons, anatomical models, 3D software, online material and human subjects. You will learn techniques for sports injury rehabilitation, including the use of sports massage and ultrasound equipment.

You will also examine balance and stability using our Biodex® stability and balance trainer and assess strength imbalances using our sophisticated Biodex® dynamometer and new BTE Primus® rehabilitation equipment. You can investigate how new techniques such as thermal imaging are being used in injury assessment with Flir® IR cameras.

Fitness and Conditioning Suite
In our lab, you'll find fitness and conditioning equipment that would be the envy of most modern gyms. From a wide range of cardiovascular equipment to machine and Olympic weights, you will receive hands-on teaching in a professional environment.

University Library Services
The University library has thousands of relevant books, e-books and journal articles, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We subscribe to useful resources such as SPORTDiscus, which provides journal articles, book chapters and summaries about sport, fitness and related disciplines.

Sciences Complex
This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investments. The IT facilities are excellent and, across the University, there are hundreds of workstations as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Sports facilities
Students at Sunderland have easy access to some of the best facilities in the region. These include:
-50m Olympic size swimming pool
-95m artificial ski slope
-Climbing wall with some of the best route setters in the UK
-Football training pitches at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light
-Marine Activities Centre for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and powerboating
-LTA indoor tennis centre with 13 indoor and outdoor courts
-Floodlit athletics tracks

CitySpace
Our City Campus features a state-of-the-art facility called CitySpace. It features:
-Sports hall (suitable for hosting large-scale events)
-Fitness suite/gym
-Strength and conditioning room
-Injury prevention and support suite
-Fitness classes
-Climbing wall

Employment & careers

Potential employers of graduates from this course include national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services, local authorities, health bodies including the NHS, schools and colleges. Job roles include the following (some require further training):
-Sports and exercise scientist
-Performance Analyst
-Sports coach/instructor
-Manager of health promotion initiatives
-Manager of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise referral
-Fitness centre manager
-Personal trainer/specialist fitness instructor
-Lecturer

Recent Sunderland graduates are now working within the fitness industry, sports development and in Further Education colleges.
A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers and the Sports Therapy Organisation. It gives you a clear pathway towards a career in sports therapy, sports rehabilitation, health and exercise and related fields with eligibility to become a practicing member of both organisations. Read more

This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers and the Sports Therapy Organisation. It gives you a clear pathway towards a career in sports therapy, sports rehabilitation, health and exercise and related fields with eligibility to become a practicing member of both organisations.

Course details

Using a problem-based learning and practical skills development approach, you will gain an advanced understanding of: assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of a range of health and sports related conditions and develop these skills through supervised clinical experience. You will explore evidence-based practice, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation combined with physiological, biomechanical and psychosocial factors, evaluating how they impact upon or are affected by health and exercise, sports injury, treatment and rehabilitation and you will apply your learning from these modules to conduct a self-initiated research project.

Professional accreditation

This course is the only one of its kind in the North of England to be accredited by the Sports Therapy Organisation and BASRaT.

What you study

Practical experience is an essential element of the programme and over the course of the programme you will attain 400 hours of supervised clinical experience in a range of settings. You will benefit from hands-on experience with local sports teams. Examples of prior experiences are with Darlington Rugby Club, Middlesbrough FC and Hartlepool FC, Aquatic Rehabilitation as well as University teams, the nearby MOD Infantry Training Centre and within gyms and University Massage and Sports Injury Clinics.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Advanced Inquiry in Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Physiology for Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic Modalities

Year 2 core modules

  • Rehabilitation for Special Populations
  • Sport and Exercise Research Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

A wide variety of teaching strategies appropriate to each module is used, including formal lectures and tutorials, seminars, online learning, practical workshops, problem-based learning, work-based learning, guest speakers and student-led research projects.

You have the opportunity to develop continuing professional development throughout all modules on the programme. The delivery of modules is via blended learning, which uses a combination of face-to-face learning and online delivery. The modules have a site in the University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard), which adheres as a minimum to the University’s Threshold Quality Standards.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods include assignments, critical review, presentations, portfolios and practical examinations.

These methods allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding and application of the relevant curriculum. Professional and key transferable skills are also developed through these assessments. You are required to undertake appropriate research, using the skills developed in the core modules and this provides the impetus for the development of your project proposal. The sport and exercise research project module gives you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialist area, selected by you, displaying an original and/or compelling study or review of that area. 

Employability

Typically graduates are employed as sports therapists and sports rehabilitators. However, you are also well prepared for employment in related areas including the health and fitness industry, sport development, research and sport science support.



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Aimed at graduates of related subjects, our MSc Sport Rehabilitation offers BASRaT (British Association of Sport Rehabilitation and Trainers) accredited training in orthopaedic sports medicine diagnostics, injury prevention, and recovery. Read more

Aimed at graduates of related subjects, our MSc Sport Rehabilitation offers BASRaT (British Association of Sport Rehabilitation and Trainers) accredited training in orthopaedic sports medicine diagnostics, injury prevention, and recovery. This course offers an exciting array of placement opportunities, trauma management training, master classes and voluntary experience, all delivered by our expert team who will support you to achieve Graduate Sports Rehabilitator status.

What the course offers

Designed to help you get to the top in the field of injury rehabilitation and prevention, our British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) accredited Master’s degree in Sport Rehabilitation focuses on clinical diagnostics, patient management, and the comprehensive rehabilitation of musculoskeletal issues.

Based in Bolton One, the University of Bolton’s specially designed sports and health teaching and research centre, this practically-focused course covers injury diagnostics, specialised early and late stage rehabilitation, trauma management and movement analysis. Practical laboratory and clinical work are essential elements of the course, and we host two commercially-active facilities on campus to support this – our Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic and our Athlete Development Centre. We also work with an extensive network of partners, offering external professional placements with professional sports teams, private clinics, and orthopaedic departments.

Our dedicated team of experienced academic practitioners have worked at all levels of elite and professional sport. We wish to share our expertise and passion to help you gain a high-level of academic and theoretical knowledge (for evidence-based practice), and the professional, vocational, and practical skills needed to be a successful clinician in this exciting and dynamic field of sports healthcare.

Course Highlights:

  • Graduates of this Sport Rehabilitation Master’s degree will be eligible to join BASRaT, and subsequently use the title of Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR).
  • You’ll be expected to gain a minimum 400 hours of professional experience before joining BASRaT, giving valuable, hands-on, real-life experience of clinical practice under the mentorship of experienced clinical supervisors. Our extensive network of industry contacts and partners means we can offer a wide variety of placements in sports teams, private clinics, and the Ministry of Defence.
  • We offer an integrated level two Immediate Care in Sport trauma course, endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), which helps to prepare you for your professional placement module.
  • You’ll have opportunities to engage with research that influences the Sport Rehabilitation profession and enhances your evidence-based practice.
  • We offer the opportunity to undertake an academically-credited student exchange and internship in the USA.
  • Guest speakers in current practice in elite level professional sport with expertise in the orthopaedic, sports and private practice arenas contribute to the course, providing an authentic perspective from experienced professionals to further enhance your learning and employability.

Key Features:

  • Our highly-qualified lecturers are Chartered, State Registered or BASRaT-accredited, have extensive experience in elite full-time sport, are all in clinical practice and are involved in current research.
  • Specialist facilities in Bolton One include our practitioner-led Sports and Spinal Injuries Clinic, our Athlete Development Centre, hydrotherapy and swimming pools, a rehabilitation suite, a strength and conditioning suite, sport and exercise laboratories focusing on physiology and biomechanics, fully equipped teaching clinics, and much more.
  • You’ll be encouraged to attend relevant master classes, external courses and voluntary events, such as sports massage for professional teams, to enhance your learning. These help you to make contacts in the industry and contribute to your professional development.
  • Alongside specialist sport rehabilitation knowledge, you’ll have the chance to further develop your skills in research, data collection and evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, as well as in areas such as communication, presentation, team working, and problem solving.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, specialist sports and clinical teaching facilities, and excellent IT and library services. You’ll also be able to access a great range of recreational sport and exercise facilities for when you need to exercise your body instead of your mind.

For more information, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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