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+ 3 years (degree)



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Claire McLoughlin
Claire McLoughlin

Senior Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation
020 8240 4836

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

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Why study Sport Rehabilitation (with a Foundation Year)?

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

Sport Rehabilitation graduates are trained in Sports and Exercise Medicine principles, 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 undertake work-based clinical placements 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.

In addition, there is the opportunity to go on international placements as part of the course.

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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Health Science Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Sport Rehabilitation.

Key facts

  • 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

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergradaute degree.

The programme is structured so that the underpinning knowledge and skills are taught in your first year. These are built on during the second and third year, with clear strands running through the programme.

Foundation year

  • Foundations of Life 
  • Personal Learning Competencies 
  • Principles of Physics and Mathematics 
  • Taking a Professional Approach 
  • The Chemistry of Nature 
  • The Individual Project 

Year one

  • Biomechanics 1 
  • Clinical Assessment of Neuromusculoskeletal Injury 
  • Clinical Human Anatomy 
  • Exercise Physiology and Prescription 
  • Patient Management 1 
  • Research Methods 1 

Year two

  • Athlete Management 1 
  • Biomechanics 2 
  • Clinical Placement 1 
  • Patient Management 2  
  • Rehabilitation 1 
  • Research Methods 2 

Year three

  • Athlete Management 2 
  • Clinical Placement 2 
  • Late Stage Rehabilitation 
  • Patient Management 3 
  • Rehabilitation 2 
  • Research Methods 3 and Dissertation 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a 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.

How the degree is taught

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. In addition, there are multiple online resources available to students to support their learning.

The level 4 (year one) programme begins with an induction in which you work on group activities designed to develop communication, listening and teamwork 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 an independent research project to complete, as well as a formal clinical examination at the end of the degree.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

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

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 for students needing to gain their first aid qualification or for those applying for international placements. For further information about additional costs please contact

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