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MSc Sport Rehabilitation

You will develop your understanding of the principles, practices, and techniques involved in the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries through this BASRaT-accredited programme.

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Entry requirements

A degree at 2:1 or above in a subject related to sport and health sciences

Applicants with other relevant professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

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UCAS institution code P63

Duration Two years part-time. Mandatory attendance 2 consecutive days per month plus online study equivalent to 2 days per week

Any questions about postgraduate study at Marjon?

Contact Rachel Bailey-Lewis, our Student Recruitment Officer (Postgraduate).

Course Summary

Our MSc Sport Rehabilitation has been designed to develop autonomous practitioners who can function as part of an interdisciplinary team across various sport, physical activity, and public health settings. It develops the five core competencies of a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator: Professional Responsibility and Development, Prevention, Recognition and Evaluation of the Individual, Management of the Individual – Therapeutic Intervention, Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement, and Immediate Care.

You will apply your skills during clinical placement opportunities in a range of settings, such as Plymouth Argyle FC, Plymouth Patriots, Exeter Chiefs, the FA Women’s High-Performance Centre, Armed Forces partnerships and in our on-site Health and Wellbeing Clinics, accumulating more than 400 hours of experience. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to obtain an advanced trauma care qualification, endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Pre-Hospital Immediate Care.


Why this course at Marjon?

Blended learning approach allows you to combine digital learning with face-to-face practical teaching two days per month

On completion of this master’s you can apply for BASRaT accreditation as a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator

Acquire over 400 hours of clinical experience across a range of sport and health settings

Access to the latest technologies within world-class clinical and laboratory facilities

Established partners to gain clinical experience in sport and public health contexts

Specifically designed to enhance knowledge for individuals with a background in sport and health science

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

We’ve been learning about the prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation of a wide range of injuries. The majority of learning is spent doing practical work, in small classes, or on placement at the Marjon clinic or helping out pitch side with Marjon teams. In the first year, so far we have learnt about the procedures needed to identify injuries, manual therapy techniques such as massage and joint mobilisations and the potential healing effect of electrotherapy. We’ll be moving on to study fitness training, therapeutic exercise and writing our Master’s thesis; all back up with many more hours of clinical experience.
Ryan - First year, MSc Sport Rehabilitation

1st Year

Clinical treatment skills
You’ll become equipped with the practical skills required for pain management and the rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. The module develops a wide range of patient management skills such as sports massage, joint manipulations, therapeutic stretching, electrotherapeutic modalities and taping and bracing.
Pathophysiology and clinical assessment
You’ll understand the stages of tissue healing and apply anatomical knowledge to the common musculoskeletal injuries and public health conditions that occur within sport. You will learn to clinically assess patients and develop your clinical reasoning skills to manage clients.
Fundamentals of exercise and rehabilitation
You’ll develop a comprehension of the principles and techniques related to exercise and rehabilitation. The module covers the physiological, psychological, and sociological factors, and well as performance measures which should be considered in programme design for individual clients and for group-based exercise. This will enable you to design effective programmes tailored to your clients’ needs.
Research methods
Research methods
Clinical experience
You’ll develop your hands-on experience in clinical settings, working with clients with a range of injuries, chronic conditions, and disabilities, under the supervision of experienced clinicians. You will develop your clinical skills, decision-making abilities, and communication skills through at least 100 hours of placement experience.

2nd Year

Applied functional rehabilitation
You will develop tailored exercise programmes for a range of clients, including those with injuries, chronic conditions, and disabilities. This module covers pre-participation methods and application of strength and conditioning principles, which are essential components of designing evidence-based programmes that aim to restore movement, function, and performance.
Professional practice
You’ll apply your professional skills and competencies into practice during placement experiences. You will work alongside other healthcare professionals in various settings to gain a minimum of 400 hours of placement learning under the guidance of experienced clinicians, applying your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios.
Research project
You'll develop a measurable and meaningful research question, specific research methodology and produce your research thesis.

Current students say...

Carmen Ansley

“The transition to studying the Masters programme at Marjon has accelerated my learning and understanding of injury management and diagnosis. I have found all the lecturers are on hand to help develop practical skills by offering brilliant opportunities and links within the university and externally. The small focused lecture groups are perfect for a focused and driven individual, striving towards their future career.”

Arun Nair

“I chose this course to further my knowledge of rehabilitating injuries and manual therapy as well as learning new skills such as sports massage. The mix of theory, practical sessions and seminars is great for me because it helps to reinforce the theory and my understanding. I already feel that I have improved my knowledge of stretching and strengthening techniques as well as anatomical knowledge. So far it has been challenging but I have thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to each lesson.”

This course is perfect if you're curious about

The science of sport rehabilitation

Injury prevention and management

Human anatomy and physiology

Evidence-based practice

Collaborative healthcare

Professional development

What might you become?

After obtaining the MSc in Sport Rehabilitation you will be eligible to register with the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) as a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR) and pursue a variety of career paths in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation. As a sport rehabilitation specialist, graduates have gained employment in a variety of settings including professional sports (Plymouth Argyle FC, Torquay United FC, Exeter City FC, Plymouth Albion RFC, Exeter Chiefs RFC), Cornwall and Devon County Football Associations, amateur and semi-professional sports teams, private clinics, the armed forces, the NHS and charities such as the Firefighter’s Charity.



British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)

BASRaT is the professional association and sole regulator for sport rehabilitation in the UK.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

You will be taught through blended learning consisting of online delivery of live and pre-recorded sessions and learning tasks, with mandatory attendance two days per month on campus.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment methods are based on the practical competencies of a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator and appraises underpinning theoretical knowledge and critical thought. Assessment methods include a range of essays, written exams, case studies, clinical competency exams and critical appraisal on your performance on work placement.


Sarah Martin

Course leader

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Sarah has been employed as a full-time lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University since 2008. Following graduation from the University of Birmingham in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy she trained as a Higher Education lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. Sarah, as a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator, works closely with the accrediting body for the BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation and Conditioning and MSc Sport Rehabilitation programmes, the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT).

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £6,750

Fees for International students: £13,000

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

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Sarah Catlow

Senior Lecturer

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Sarah has worked with international, national and local sports persons from a variety of disciplines for over 20 years. She holds professional qualifications in manual therapy, acupuncture and she is a tutor for the RFU Intermediate Care in Sport qualification. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO) and a member of the   Federation of Holistic therapists (FHT) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) . Her research expertise is in the use of kinesiology tape in the reduction of acute and chronic pain.

Darren Crocker


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Vicki Evans

Lecturer in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Vicki specialises in exercise rehabilitation and has worked with diverse groups including adolescents, sports people, disabled and fire service personnel. She currently leads the physical performance services for the FA High Performance Centre

Frequently asked questions

Q1   How many days a week will I be on campus?

This course is part-time and you'll have timetabled academic sessions on the first Thursday and Friday of every month. You will be expected to commit 2 additional days per week to online learning based on your own commitments. The 2023-24 dates for attendance are: 5-6 Oct, 9-10 Nov, 7-8 Dec, 11-12 Jan, 8-9 Feb, 7-8 Mar, 2-3 May, 6-7 Jun.  

Q2   What sort of undergraduate course should I have completed before doing this?

We welcome students who have completed an undergraduate course with a strong foundation in human biology, anatomy, and physiology. Our MSc Sport Rehabilitation programme is also suitable for those with undergraduate degrees in health or social care fields. We consider all applications and encourage individuals with non-traditional backgrounds to apply, especially if they can demonstrate recent and relevant work-based experience.

Q3   Do I get support to achieve my 400 clinical hours?

Yes. We have our own commercial clinic and NHS Clinics on site. We also have links with local and professional clubs in the area. Alternatively, we encourage you to source placements which are aligned with your career aspirations and you may wish to complete your placement nearer to your home. This can be done on a regular basis or in block placements.

Q4   What facilities are available?

You will learn in dedicated Sport Rehabilitation clinical teaching rooms and in our state of the art sport and exercise science laboratory. There are also dedicated strength and conditioning facilities. You’ll work with clients in our on-site commercial sports injury clinic. Outside of the Sport and Health centre, the University also has a well-stocked library, 24 hour computer room and a wide range of study spaces.  

Q5   What types of qualification will I achieve on this course?

This is a pre-registration Master’s programme, meaning that upon completion of the course you are eligible to register as a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator with the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRAT), subject to passing BASRaT's Registration Exam. As a part of your studies you will also have the opportunity to complete an Immediate Care Award which is recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.

The Sport and Health clinic has a number of treatment beds and an active rehabilitation area. There is a reception and waiting area for clients too.

The rehab area is well equipped with equipment used to prevent injury and return you to fitness, including weights, medicine balls, steps, bands, foam rollers, exercise balls, mats and wobble cushions.

The Game Ready system is used to reduce swelling and pain and to increase range of motion, applying ice and compression to areas of the body.

A range of electrotherapy modalities are available including therapeutic, diagnostic ultrasound and TENS machines. These are used to diagnose and treat many different injures.

All first-time clients have a thorough consultation and assessment discussion with a therapist to establish an accurate diagnosis, from which they devise the best course of treatment.

The Strength and conditioning lab offers an extensive range of weights equipment as well as a treadmill and rowing machine. There is also a large smart screen which is used during lectures.

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