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MSc Sport Rehabilitation

Accredited and very practical Master’s degree. Designed for graduates from a sports science background, this course uses an evidence-based approach to develop the advanced skills you need to clinically assess athletes and return them to full functional fitness.

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Professional accreditation with BASRaT

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Entry requirements

A degree at 2:2 or above in Sport and Exercise Science, Health and Physical Activity, Strength and Conditioning, Physiotherapy or Sports Coaching

Or a strong vocational background and another degree at 2:2 or above would also be considered

Interest in this course is high and places are limited so early applications are encouraged

You may be placed on our reserve list depending on the number of applications we receive

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UCAS institution code P63

Duration Two years part-time

Course Summary

Enhance your skill set as a sports scientist by developing the clinical competencies needed to establish yourself as a Sport Rehabilitator with this Sport Rehabilitation Master's degree. Our world class sports science and rehabilitation facilities enables students to combine the theoretical content with practical application.

In our Sport and Health Clinic you will be able to apply your clinical skills under expert supervision in addition to engaging in professional placements through our strong links with local sports teams, the Armed Forces, local private practices and businesses and at sports events to achieve a minimum of 400 clinical hours.

The course includes the RFU Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS) level 2 qualification with fees embedded within your tuition fees.

This Sport Rehabilitation Masters degree is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) which enables Alumni to promote themselves as a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR). The role delineation outlined by BASRaT has been aligned with our curriculum to provide students with the academic knowledge, practical and critical thinking skills to excel in the field of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Why this course at Marjon?

Accreditation from the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)

State-of-the-art sports injury clinic, teaching rooms and sports science laboratories

Practical work placements with local professional clubs and strong industry links

Progression route into Sport Rehabilitation for those from a sports science background

Development of clinical competencies and evidence-based practice for injury management

Includes the RFU Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport level 2 qualification

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

Manual therapy
You’ll learn to apply sport and remedial massage techniques, advanced soft tissue techniques and joint mobilisations with application of Maitland’s and Mulligan’s methods of patient management.
Clinical assessment
You'll adopt knowledge of functional anatomy and musculoskeletal kinematics to underpin the orthopaedic subjective and objective assessments. You'll develop knowledge of musculoskeletal pathologies and injuries which underpin the assessment process.
Sport rehabilitation
Fitness training, strength and conditioning and therapeutic exercise principles will form the practical skills needed to manage a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in the return to play process.
Injury management part one
You'll explore the key principles and modalities associated with sports injury management. You'll develop clinical reasoning skills to justify use of a range of manual, electrotherapeutic, psychological, physiological and biomechanical methods used in the process of return to play.

2nd Year

Injury management part 2
You'll develop your clinical skills working with live patients within our onsite commercial clinic and onsite NHS Health Clinics.
Professional and reflective practice
Within this module students will develop their clinical practice through work-based learning and placements.
Masters thesis
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

How do we prevent sports injuries from occurring?

Why are injury rates so high in professional sport?

How do we treat musculoskeletal injuries?

How can we ensure athletes safely return to play?

How can sports science underpin the skills of a Sport Rehabilitator?

How do I plan a rehabilitation programme for an athlete after ACL reconstruction?

What might you become?

Graduate Sport Rehabilitators work in a variety of health care settings. We expect graduates of this programme to go on to careers in professional sport, the military, private and state health care.

Gradutes have pursued careers in professional sports teams including Plymouth Argyle FC, Torquay United FC, Exeter City FC and Plymouth Albion RFC, Cornwall FA, Devon FA, private clinics, the Ministry of Defence and armed forces, the NHS and charities such as the Firefighter’s Charity. In addition the MSc Sport Rehabilitation will also prepare students for higher and research degrees in the field of sport and exercise medicine.



British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)

BASRaT is the UK regulator and professional association for Sport Rehabilitators and advocates improving health through physical activity. This Master's degree is accredited by BASRaT which enables graduates to practice as Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSR).

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical clinical and rehabilitation experience with access to contemporary high-specification sports injury, physiology and biomechanics laboratories. Taught content will be on a Monday and Tuesday during term-time for the first academic year of study. 400 clinical hours and the Master’s Thesis will be completed during the second year of academic study with remote supervision and guidance from academic staff.

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.

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Sarah Catlow

Course leader

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Sarah has worked with international, national and local sports persons from a variety of disciplines for over 20 years. She has worked within championship football, professional basketball, academy squads within professional rugby and football and professional ice hockey. She holds professional qualifications in manual therapy, acupuncture and she is a tutor for the RFU Intermediate Care in Sport qualification. She is also a member of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO) Executive Committee, Complementary and Natural Health Care Council, Federation of Holistic therapists (FHT), British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT).

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £6,500

Fees for International students: £12,500

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

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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Sherrie Choy


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Sherrie is a Chartered Physiotherapist in both UK and Kong Kong and an accredited member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. She has over twenty years extensive clinical experience in NHS and private sectors. She is passionate in clinical teaching and research support evidence-based practice in healthcare. She specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation. She is currently studying for a PhD sponsored by the University Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust about vision and balance changes in Cataract patients receiving lens replacement surgery. 

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, disabled and injured members of the fire service. She currently leads Sport Rehabilitation for the FA High Performance Centre

Sarah Martin

Senior Lecturer

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Sarah teaches Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. She managed her own successful private clinic in Plymouth, and worked with Plymouth Devils Speedway team before joining the University. She is working on a PhD focusing on the ageing process in senior female golfers.

Professor Gary Shum


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Gary is an Honorary Associate Professor for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust where he conducts research in back pain and nerve biomechanics. He is a practising chartered physiotherapist and brings a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal injury and diagnosis including diagnostic ultrasound imaging.

Frequently asked questions

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

This course is a part-time course and you'll have timetabled academic sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays.  

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

We look for students who have completed an undergraduate course which includes large amounts of human biology, anatomy, and physiology. The MSc Sport Rehabilitation is also well suited to students who have completed undergraduate studies in health or social care programmes. We consider all applications and encourage applicants with non-traditional backgrounds if they can demonstrate recent 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. 

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 able to register as a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator with the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRAT). 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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