Sport Rehabilitation Masters - MSc

This course has three exit points/awards:

PgCert Rehabilitation Studies

PgDip Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation

MSc Sport Rehabilitation

This Master's degree in Sport Rehabilitation aims to develop highly competent, industry ready Sport Rehabilitation practitioners with a critical awareness of the field. This aim is achieved by developing independent, reflective students with an understanding of professional issues, clinical reasoning and evidence based practice, whilst simultaneously equipping them with the wide spectrum of practical skills essential to Sport Rehabilitation. The course has a strong focus on practical skills and competences and all students must complete a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement experience; a requirement directly linked to (BASRaT) accreditation*.

 We have placement opportunities with sport rehabilitation clinics, University based and local sports teams and teams further afield for students who are prepared to travel. As part of the course students will complete a recognised advanced trauma care qualification (Level 2) that is endorsed by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. This qualification is a requirement stated by BASRaT and will serve to provide students with additional knowledge and skills that will be of great benefit while completing the Professional Clinical Practice module (SSP7155) and for their working careers.

The Cyncoed campus of the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences (CSSHS) is well resourced with extensive and world-class practical facilities for the teaching, learning and research components of the programme and to support the recreational and elite sport culture within the CSSHS.

Please note: BASRaT accreditation will only apply to the MSc award and not the PGDip or PGCert.

This course will be closed for applications at midday on Thursday 1st April 2022. Please contact the programme director or the Admissions team for further information.

​Course Content​​

The taught element of this course is full time (12 months) and part-time (24 months). 

Sports Injuries and Clinical Assessment

The aim of this module is to develop students' knowledge of the biomechanics and pathophysiology of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and to enhance their skills in applied clinical anatomy and assessment of neuromusculoskeletal function and dysfunction.

Rehabilitation Principles and Injury Management

The aim of this module is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to apply sports massage and peripheral mobilisation treatment methods to treat an injured person. To compliment the treatment of an injury, students will also be expected to understand training principles and methods required to design an effective and specific rehabilitation programme.

Applied Functional Rehabilitation

The aim of this module is to provide students with a high level of knowledge of the competencies and considerations necessary to effectively manage the health and rehabilitation of a range of individuals with different health and sporting backgrounds. Students will learn to develop and implement a range exercise modalities; to consider how healing may influence exercise choice; to incorporate objective lab and field based performance tests; and gain insight into how performance may be influenced by nutrition and performance enhancing substances.

Professional Clinical Practice

The module aims to develop the theoretical knowledge acquired during the course and allow the student to apply this in practice within the field of sports rehabilitation. The overall aim is to produce advanced reflective practitioners in the field of sports rehabilitation, with a sound understanding of the needs of the population(s) and the requirements of the professional body. This will be achieved by developing a critically reflective practitioner through promotion of a problem-solving approach to sports injury management and the working environment. Through exposure and immersion in the professional environment the student's professional autonomy, accountability and evidence-based practice will be enhanced to meet the industry standards and needs.

Research Methods in Sport

The aim of the module is to provide students with the insight to make informed decisions and to design and plan a piece of independent research. The focus is for students to gain an advanced understanding and appreciation of the research process as an evolving phenomenon from either a qualitative and/or quantitative approach.

Dissertation Project

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the opportunity to work independently in an area of specific interest related to their programme of study. Aligned and in a progression to the aims of the Research methods in sport module, the Dissertation Project module enables a student to select, rationalise, conduct and appropriately present and represent a supervised research project in an academic style.

Learning & Teaching​

The course will be delivered using theoretical and practical lectures, seminars and work placements. Students will be expected to undertake direct study to prepare for forthcoming lectures, plan seminar activities/deliveries and read relevant research literature that tutors direct them to. Independent study time will also be a requirement and includes time when the student engages in additional problem-solving or research based activities that are related to a given module but where the activities are not directed by the module tutor.

Students will be exposed to the latest technologies and communication mediums such as, kahoot, panopto and moodle.

As postgraduate students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, your Programme Director will be your personal tutor and will provide pastoral care and academic support. Further information will be available in your programme handbook.


Formative assessment will be used to provide students with feedback on their progress and will help them to learn more effectively and aid in the development of key practical skills and critical, reflective thinking.

Summative assessment methods will include written assessments, unseen examinations (written and practical), portfolios, placement evaluations, presentations, dissertation proposal and a dissertation thesis.

A number of support mechanisms are available to aid students with assessments, these include, personal tutoring, academic support in the library and student services.

Employability & Careers​

As a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR) you will be an autonomous healthcare practitioner specialising in musculoskeletal management, exercise based rehabilitation and fitness.

The course is designed to achieve BASRaT accreditation and students who complete the accredited MSc programme will be eligible to apply for registration with BASRaT, which is the professional body that oversees and regulates the practice of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers in the UK. The 400 clinical placement hours required for BASRaT membership are included in the Professional clinical practice module, and this will provide students with the opportunity to use a problem-solving approach to sports injury management in the working environment. Through exposure and immersion in the professional environment the student’s professional autonomy, accountability and evidence-based practice will be enhanced to meet the industry standards and needs.

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

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

More information on career destinations is available on the BASRaT website.

The course also provides an excellent springboard for students wishing to progress to MPhil/PhD study.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: Due to the level of interest and limited numbers on the MSc Sport Rehabilitation a gathered field approach to admissions is operated. This means that applications will be considered all together after the closing date of the 1st of April 2022. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact Admissions. The course will start in September.

All applicants will be required to complete an application form (including a personal statement) and will be expected to attend an interview.

Applicants for the MSc in Sport Rehabilitation are expected to satisfy the following requirements:

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Strength and Conditioning, Sport and Exercise Science and Podiatry.

Exceptional entry routes may be available to applicants with significant and relevant industry experience. Usually more than 3 years’ experience in Sport Rehabilitation. Candidates with extensive experience in elite level sport may also be considered. All exceptional entry routes are available for non-graduates will be in line with the University criteria for the admission of students to modular Masters Degrees (and for Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes).

A student who has successfully completed modules in a similar programme at another institution might gain direct entry onto the programme as long as they have satisfied the aforementioned entry requirements and meet the University Criteria for the admission of students to modular Master’s Degrees, and to Post Graduate Diploma programmes – advanced standing.

All applicants will be required to complete an application form (including a personal statement and transcript of undergraduate modules) and will be expected to attend an interview. Students whose first language is not English, a minimum International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 7.5 overall is required with no lower than 7.0 in Speaking and Reading and no lower than 6.5 in the remaining element. These requirements have been agreed by BASRAT. Further information on English Language requirements can be found at: For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 7.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:

For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Adeline Miles:
Tel: 029 2020 5826

Key Course Information

Place of Study:
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
The taught element of the programme is 12 and 24 months for full time and part time students respectively. The students then have additional time to complete their dissertations and placement hours which makes it 18 months in total for FT students and 42 months for PT.

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