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Oliver Blenkinsop
Oliver Blenkinsop

Programme Director - Sport Rehabilitation MSc
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Are you looking for a career helping people return to sport at all levels after injury, and enhancing their performance? If so, the MSc Sport Rehabilitation is for you. This programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)

This course is now closed for September 2019 entry.

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Why study Sport Rehabilitation (Pre-Registration)?

By studying this degree you will gain the skills and knowledge to work as an independent practitioner, assessing injuries, and aiding recovery through manual therapies and exercise prescription. The programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and is one of the few MSc courses whose graduates are accredited for entry to the BASRaT register.

Our graduates work in a wide range of environments including sports clubs/teams, sports injury clinics, the ministry of defence and the performing arts.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s was one of the first universities in the country to offer a Sport Rehabilitation degree. Our academics have a vast amount of experience working with athletes at all levels of competition. Many are engaged in leading-edge research, and all are passionate about teaching.

You will have access to teaching facilities designed with Sport Rehabilitation in mind, including our state-of-the art Performance Education Centre where you can learn and practice exercise-based assessments and interventions.

Our biomechanics laboratory is particularly valuable to MSc Sport Rehabilitation students undertaking dissertation testing. In addition, we operate a Sport Rehabilitation Student Placement Clinic and rehabilitation gym, where many will undertake part of their clinical placements. All this is in addition to the fantastic sports facilities at St Mary’s.

Key facts

  • Accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), the professional body overseeing and regulating the practice of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers in this country.
  • Includes an Immediate Care in Sport (Level 2) course, leading to a recognised qualification in pitchside immediate care skills.
  • Focusses on the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Course content


  • Acute Management of Injury and Specialised Treatment Techniques 
  • Advanced Research Methods 
  • Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Clinical Assessment and Soft Tissue Management 
  • Dissertation 
  • Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Placement 
  • Late Stage Rehabilitation and Factors Affecting Performance 
  • Principles of Rehabilitation and Neuromechanics 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MSc in Sport Rehabilitation will be eligible to join BASRaT, the professional body overseeing and regulating the practice of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers in this country. The 400 clinical placement hours required for BASRaT membership are included in the Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Placement module. BASRaT also has a minimum attendance requirement for lectures, practicals and seminars. To qualify for BASRaT membership students must complete and pass an Immediate Care in Sport (Level 2) course, which is included.

"BASRaT graduates are trained solely in Sports and Exercise Medicine, with an emphasis on the design and implementation of exercise and rehabilitation programmes in both health and disease. St. Mary's University and the University of Salford were the pioneering institutions to run degree programmes of this nature, and have since been joined by several other institutions. To ensure that all accredited courses were of a high equitable standard and that all graduates conformed to strict codes of professional practice and conduct, the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers was born."

For more information on BASRaT membership criteria, and career destinations please consult the BASRaT website.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Modules are taught through lectures, practicals, seminars and placements. The Advanced Research Methods module will include an intensive week. A wide variety of teaching approaches will be utilised and you'll be expected to actively engage in teaching sessions and undertake a significant amount of work beyond the formal contact hours.

Attention is given to the formative process that will encourage the development of key practical skills in assessment and critical thinking.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations, vivas, practical demonstration, and written examinations.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: £7,000
  • International: Tier 4 Visa not accepted

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £7,280
  • International: Tier 4 Visa not accepted

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 10% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

At your cost, a Data and Barring Service (DBS) check and First Aid certificate are pre-requisites for clinical placement. Where necessary, St Mary’s can assist students in gaining a DBS check and a reduced-price First Aid certificate.Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

Previous dissertations

  1. The effect of anaerobic fatigue on functional hamstring to quadriceps ratio in sprinters: A prospective study
  2. The Optimal Volume of High Intensity Plyometric Contacts for a Novice Rugby Player
  3. The effect of load on the kinetics and kinematics of the lower extremity during the snatch
  4. The effects of a static stretching programme on hip range of motion and lower back pain
  5. The acute effect of pre-activation exercises to improve performance and lower-extremity biomechanics in female athletes; a randomised controlled study
  6. Correlation between condition of shoes used for road-running and risk of running-related injury. A Pedobarography study.
  7. Scapula muscle recruitment patterns of competitive swimmers with shoulder pathologies
  8. A comparison of body kinematics and kinetics in single legged vertical and horizontal jumps in females: An Impact on return to sport criteria.
  9. Foot Posture Index and Pedobarography Results of the Rear-foot And Pronation After Running Induced Fatigue In Long Distance Runners
  10.  Can increasing hip extension increase hip flexion? A Randomised Control Trial.