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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full time: MSc: 12 months Part time: MSc: 24-36 months.

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    24 August 2018

Course content

This innovative and dynamic MSc course is appropriate for all health, social care and exercise professionals working with different patient or client groups, adults or children. 

It provides you with the opportunity to challenge and critically evaluate your multi-professional and uni-professional clinical expertise in order to respond to the current and future needs of rehabilitation. 

You will have opportunities to work with practitioners from different professions, different patient and client groups, and a variety of countries - providing diverse views of rehabilitation. 

Please note: the January start is only available to part-time Home / EU students.

Why choose this course?

  • Working with the Centre for Rehabilitation provides a strong research focus and provides you with the opportunity to link your dissertation to your research.
  • The ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, WHO 2001) - a key framework used internationally to guide rehabilitation practice, research and policy - is used throughout the course. 
  • Our teaching team is multiprofessional, promoting interprofessional learning and teaching, and offering excellent opportunities for shared learning.
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction and high employability.
  • There is an Academic Cultural Orientation Programme run by the Faculty for students whose first language is not English. For further information please see the Suport section below. 

This course in detail

PG Cert Rehabilitation:

  • Rehabilitation: Application of the ICF (20 level 7 credits)
  • Physiological Bases to Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation Practice (20 level 7 credits)
  • The Evidence Base of Rehabilitation Practice (20 level 7 credits)

PG Diploma Neurological Rehabilitation Pathway and PG Diploma Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Pathway:

The PG Cert Rehabilitation modules, plus

  • Disability: Individual and Global Perspectives (Compulsory for Musculoskeletal and Neurological pathways; 20 level 7 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Research Design and Methods (20 level 7 credits)
  • One other acceptable module.

PG Diploma Exercise Rehabilitation Pathway:

The PG Cert Rehabilitation Modules, plus

  • Exercise Prescription for Neurological Conditions (Alternative compulsory for Exercise pathway; 20 level 7 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Research Design and Methods (20 level 7 credits)
  • One other acceptable module

PG Diploma Posture Management Rehabilitation Pathway:

Prior to entry students must first complete the 60 credit course in Posture Management from the Oxford Centre for Enablement. Students then take:

  • Rehabilitation: Application of the ICF (20 level 7 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Research Design and Methods (20 level 7 credits)
  • One other acceptable module

MSc in Neurological Rehabilitation, MSc Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, MSc Exercise Rehabilitation, MSc Posture Management Rehabilitation:

The MSc consists of the modules specified for the specific pathway PG Diploma, plus 

  • Rehabilitation Dissertation (60 credits at level 7)

All of the compulsory modules for the specific pathways are acceptable modules to the other pathways. The following acceptable modules are also available:

  • Advanced Communication and Supportive Relationships (20 level 7 credits)
  • Independent Study (20 level 7 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning (20 level 7 credits)

You may take any of the compulsory rehabilitation modules individually as part of your own continuing professional development. Please see the attached download on the right for a diagram of the pathways and CPD options.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies are intended to promote an interprofessional, patient-centred and practice-focused approach to rehabilitation.

Opportunities for interprofessional learning - sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience - are maximised through the use of  variety of teaching and learning strategies, including seminars, group work and case studies. All teaching, learning and specific assessments are focused on the individual and their rehabilitation programme. If you are not in practice, or not from a health care background, the sharing of knowledge and experience can be of particular value. 

Assessment methods used within the course are varied; they are designed to be stimulating as well as academically rigorous, and are based on your learning needs, individual aims, content, and the academic standards expected for the course. Assessment is based on coursework consisting of academic and reflective essays and case studies.

The course team is committed to providing flexibility, and is exploring ways of offering blended-learning approaches.

Visit the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Rehabilitation page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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