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MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation

Course content


This UK masters in Sports and Biomechanical Medicine programme is designed to cover a wide variety of sport-related topics including: 

  • research design and medical statistics
  • measurement systems in motion analysis
  • biomechanics in sport
  • sports injury management and rehabilitation
  • dissertation on a substantive laboratory-based or focused research project in the field of sports rehabilitation and biomechanics

We offer you a wide ranging curriculum that will help you to achieve your career goals no matter what your speciality. Our distinguished visiting lecturers are specialists at the forefront of sport, sports injury, biomechanics, exercise physiology and other sports medicine related areas. You will have access to:

  • Fully equipped Sports Lab (Institute of Motion Analysis and Research)
  • Opportunities to publish your research in peer-reviewed sports journals
  • Lectures from leading multi-disciplinary teaching faculty from medicine, sports and biomechanics
  • Close working relationships with the University of Dundee's Institute of Sports & Exercise (ISE)
  • Facilities within Ninewells, a large, modern teaching hospital

Graduates from this sports MRes will be able to use their skills and knowledge to successfully increase their level of integration of sport and exercise medicine within their respective professions and disciplines at an advanced practitioner level. Graduates will be able to contribute to team work with a greater understanding of the inter-relationship between movement mechanisms, the fundamental nature of human performance at all levels and clinical outcome. 

Aims of the Programme

After completing the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Expert knowledge on the roles of physical activity and sports exercise in rehabilitation.
  • The means and techniques to ensure athletes and sports people can perform to their maximum capacity whilst limiting the injury process.
  • The ability to use your skills and knowledge to successfully increase your level of integration of sport, biomechanics, exercise medicine and rehabilitation within your respective profession or discipline. 
  • The skills and knowledge to undertake a substantive research project in your specialty. You will gain new insights and also the foundations for studying for a higher research degree. 

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

What you will study

The MRes programme consists of five mandatory modules. 

Taught modules: 90 credits

Research Project: 90 credits

  • Module 1: Research Design and Medical Statistics
  • Module 2: Biomechanics in Sport
  • Module 3: Measurement Systems in Motion Analysis
  • Module 4: Management of Soft Tissue and Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Module 5: Research Project

After completing the research project, the Master of Research (a minimum of 180 credits) will be awarded. 

How you will be taught

Teaching of this MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation will primarily be through a combination of flexible learning modules and formal lectures. 

Assignments and coursework will foster the development of an enquiry-led, self-directed student approach to learning.

Assessment of modules 1-4 will be by examination upon completion of each individual module and a summative assessment on completion of all four modules. Assessment is weighted - 80% exam and 20% coursework.

During the research project, learning will be partly experiential, partly directed and partly self-directed. The research project will be assessed through the presentation of a dissertation, and the final mark will be moderated through an oral exam in Dundee (90 credits).


Dundee's MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation will give you the opportunity to understand why sport must be considered a science. Sports medicine brings together many diverse specialities including Anatomy, Physiology, and Orthopaedics; to which the addition of biomechanics and rehabilitation makes this MRes course almost unique.

From the physiological aspects of muscle tissue, to understanding the biomechanics, kinetics and kinematics of motion, from the study of musculoskeletal injuries to conducting a substantive piece of original research, this course provides key knowledge and understanding to those professionals interested in exercise as an allied healthcare professional.

Whilst boasting an exceptional teaching and lecturing faculty drawn from experts in many sports-related fields the course also has a strong element of self-learning which incites more independent study and allows for a more critical understanding to research and sports in general. The sports laboratories in the department are so well equipped and state of the art that the research possibilities are endless allowing candidates the opportunity to perform further specialised research and complete a Thesis that can be published in peer-reviewed sports journals.

This MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation will therefore prepare graduates for a research-focused clinical graduate career in either the NHS or academia, and is particularly well positioned to prepare for entry into a clinical academic career path if you are a clinical graduate. Those students not already in academia or the NHS will broaden their scope of being able to do so and additionally benefit from the multitude of opportunities in the public and private sectors involving sport and exercise.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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