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Elaine Mullally

Programme Director for Sports Rehabilitation BSc

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A practical and vocational programme - professionally accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitations and Trainers (BASRaT) - providing you with the skills required to work in sports and healthcare settings.

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Why study Sport Rehabilitation?

This modern, vocational programme provides skills and knowledge for the management of musculoskeletal injury, progressing on to health and fitness training programmes.

Sport Rehabilitation graduates are trained solely in Sports and Exercise Medicine, with an emphasis on the design and implementation of exercise and rehabilitation programmes. As a Sport Rehabilitator, you may work alongside many other health professions or as an autonomous practitioner.

You will also undertake a work-based clinical placement as an integral part of your degree, allowing you to experience the benefits of combining academic theory with clinical practice in a working environment. Previously, students have completed placements with England Women’s Rugby, Harlequins, London Broncos, Millwall Academy, Crawley Town FC and many others.

The programme has excellent partnerships with professional sports clubs and sport injury clinics in the region, enabling you to develop the necessary clinical skills required to secure employment after you graduate.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s has a long tradition of excellence in sport-related degrees, and as such we were the founding higher education institution for Sport Rehabilitation in the UK, with our first intake of students in 1994.

The Sport Rehabilitation degree at St Mary’s has evolved into a highly successful programme with an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally for producing world-class sport rehabilitation practitioners.

Sport Rehabilitation at St Mary's University provides a unique environment to study the subject with a broad interdisciplinary team of academics and clinical practitioners, with teaching and research interests across a broad spectrum of rehabilitation techniques and practices.

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are used in the programme. These include theory and practical sessions as well as group and seminar work. 

The Level 4 (year one) programme begins with an induction in which you work on group activities designed to develop communication, listening and team work skills. There is also the opportunity to work together and get to know your peers in a fun setting, whilst practising the skills that are needed throughout the course of the programme.

These themes continue into Levels 5 and 6 (years two and three) where clinical placements are included. Surrounding the placements are intensive periods of teaching where the appropriate clinical and academic skills are taught.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including written theory examinations, vivas, oral presentations and written coursework across all Levels. 

The practical viva's form a significant part of the assessments due to the clinical nature of the programme. In addition, at Level 6 there is a 5,000 word research project to complete, as well as a formal clinical examination at the end of the degree.

Key facts

  • 92.6% of Sport Rehabilitation students are in professional employment, further study or both six months after graduation (HESA, DLHE 2015/16)
  • Highly qualified and experienced clinical academic staff
  • A range of high-quality placements provided in professional sport or clinical practice
  • Onsite teaching clinic where you can practice and enhance your clinical skills under supervision
  • Taught in excellent, specialised teaching facilities on our historic Strawberry Hill campus
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Course content

Year one

  • Clinical Assessment and Soft Tissue Management: Lower Limb 
  • Clinical Assessment and Soft Tissue Management: Upper Limb and Trunk 
  • Scientific Underpinning of Rehabilitation 
  • Skills for Sport Rehabilitation and Clinical Observation 
  • Structure and Function: Lower Limb 
  • Structure and Function: Upper Limb and Trunk 

Year two

  • Applied Neuromechanics 
  • Clinical Placement One 
  • Management and Rehabilitation Principles of Musculoskeletal Injury 
  • Rehabilitation: Lower Limb 
  • Research Methods One 
  • Specialised Treatment Techniques 

Year three

  • Clinical Placement Two 
  • Factors Affect Rehabilitation and Performance 
  • Neurophysiology 
  • Rehabilitation: Late Stage 
  • Rehabilitation: Upper Limb and Trunk 
  • Research Methods Two and Project 
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The degree in Sport Rehabilitation will lead you to opportunities in:

  • Sports injury clinics
  • Health clubs
  • Professional sporting clubs
  • Fitness centres
  • Rehabilitation units
  • The military 
  • GP referral schemes.

More information on career destinations please consult the British Association of Sport Rehabilitations and Trainers website.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Sport Rehabilitation students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

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

Students will need to purchase St Mary's University Sport Rehabilitation kit to be worn in class and on clinical placement. Students will also need to purchase the appropriate massage kit to be used during the relevant modules in Level 4 (year one).

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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