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MSc Rehabilitation

Course Description

This MSc Rehabilitation course is for those with qualifications in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy who wish to take their career to the next level - whether in a leadership role, in academic research or by advancing their clinical expertise.

Designed by UWE Bristol academics with input from industry specialists, the core modules of the course equip students with the skills, thinking and perspective to be able to implement change in settings ranging from established health and social care settings to marginal communities. Not just within the UK/ NHS framework but within a global context.

With several optional modules available, you can tailor the course to your own areas of interest, including neurorehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, long term conditions, fatigue, health economics and knowledge mobilisation.

Course detail

The course can be taken entirely by distance with only a minimal amount of set hours for online contact. Students can set their own study schedule within each module's delivery time, so you can fit the course around working life.

Two optional modules include approximately 5 days of face-to-face time. You can choose to attend conference days across other modules but all lectures and other resources are posted online to enable an entirely flexible and distance based learning.

Throughout the course, you will be stimulated to think about the broad scope of rehabilitation provision, exploring how to meet the needs of services users in all kinds of situations around the world.

We also support the development of your cognitive abilities. For example, writing skills, which are a vital part of requesting funding, communicating with stakeholders and future research.

Beyond the course, graduates will be ready to work autonomously, put their forward thinking into action, and make a positive impact in whatever type of setting they choose to work.


Core modules:
• Rehabilitation (30 credits)
• Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (15 credits)
• Contemporary Leadership in Rehabilitation (30 credits)
• Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (30 credits)
• Neurorehabilitation (30 credits)
• Dissertation (45 credits)

Optional modules:
• Health Economics
• Evidencing Work Based Learning
• Knowledge Mobilisation
• Independent Study
• Long Term Conditions
• Fatigue Management


This Masters is one of several distance learning courses offered by UWE Bristol that make use of our established interactive Blackboard portal.

The majority of modules will be posted online, so you can access video lectures, virtual classrooms, forums and other resources from wherever you are. You will submit assignments online throughout the course. In addition to self-directed study, some virtual learning will be in small groups and with partners.

The face-to-face days that are part of the optional modules will be delivered in a workshop style, giving you the opportunity to practice your skills.

On the optional conference days, teaching will be delivered though lectures and facilitated group work. These conference days will be captured and made available online for all students.


The course uses a range of assessments chosen to help you develop skills for the real world, including presentations, posters, vivas and written assignments.

Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will have the qualification required to advance to Band 6, 7 or 8 within the NHS and its partners.

Overseas students will be able to register with the UK's Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and be eligible for work in the UK or Europe.

This Masters enables British students to seek out licencing opportunities in the USA.

In addition to these routes, the course will equip you with the skills needed to innovate and design services for patients and users in a diverse range of situations around the globe.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MSc Rehabilitation page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have a good honours first degree or equivalent qualification in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy from a recognised institution of higher education or overseas equivalent.It is envisaged that applicants to the course may be from a diverse range of backgrounds both in terms of education and experience. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements detailed above will be assessed on an individual basis taking into account work experience and academic study/qualifications.We are able to accept international students (overseas fee status applies) for this course.

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