Course overview

Please note: we expect that applications will open in June 2024, for September 2025 entry*. To register your interest please fill out the form.

Our new master's programme will develop your skills and expertise to rehabilitate people after traumatic injury and provide exercise interventions for a range of health conditions including injuries sustained in high-pressure environments.

We will expand on your existing healthcare experience using evidence-based practice to repair and build a healthy body and mind.

You will develop your:

  • clinical judgement skills
  • rehabilitation techniques
  • understanding of prehabilitation and rehabilitation of health conditions
  • research methods
  • intervention and assessment skills for a wide variety of health conditions

This programme offers a unique progression route for students from a variety of backgrounds within the field of exercise rehabilitation to study.

You’ll conduct research at the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC), a new 70 bed NHS rehabilitation facility that's currently being built near Loughborough as well as at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Stamford Hall. You will also be taught at Queens Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

This degree is ideal if you have a background in sport rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiology, sports therapy, sport and exercise science or physiotherapy. You’ll also be suited to this course if you have substantial professional experience in exercise prescription for injury and want to specialise in exercise remedial instruction.

If you have any questions about the course or NRC, please email us

*The date on which applications open and the course start date are dependent on the completion of the building of the National Rehabilitation Centre, which is scheduled for the end of 2024.

Why choose this course?

Access to the NRC

Develop your skills with the opportunity to study at the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC), a new 70-bed NHS rehabilitation facility, currently being built near Loughborough, designed for research, innovation and education.

Top employer in the UK

Ranked 2nd in the UK for top employers in 2023. *

A top 20 university

The University of Nottingham is ranked a top 20 university in the UK 2023. *


Rehabilitation Research Project 60 credits

In this module, you’ll design, develop and implement your own research with supervision from a researcher within our team.

It’s a key part of your course that allows you to explore an exciting area of research, such as:

  • rehabilitation
  • sports injury rehabilitation
  • neurorehabilitation
  • exercise remedial instruction

Carrying out a research project to this scale gives a valuable insight into the world of rehabilitation research while allowing you to put your skills and knowledge into practice.

Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation of Health Conditions 40 credits

Developing your scientific and evidence-based knowledge in contemporary health issues along with relevant interventions. You will be taking part in a range of physical activity and exercise interventions, designed to augment specific aspects of health issues. Learning will take place within the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC). 

Technology in Rehabilitation 20 credits

Technology uses in Rehabilitation

Building knowledge and understanding the application of technology currently being used in contemporary rehabilitation in healthcare. You will also critique the current evidence around the use of technology in healthcare.   

  • conceptual framework: from movement neuroscience to technology application
  • mobile devices and wearable biosensors
  • interactive rehabilitation technologies 
  • robotic technologies for neurorehabilitation
  • brain-computer interface
  • intelligent systems in rehabilitation
Research Methods in Rehabilitation 20 credits

This module will build on your previous research experience to understand the research methods that underpin rehabilitation practices.

You’ll be exposed to a wide range of techniques and approaches, so you can understand the intricacies of each method. We’ll also cover the principles of research design and application. This will allow you to critically evaluate research to inform further research and professional practice.

Throughout the module, you’ll consider issues of equity, reflexivity and ethics that may impact research and practice.

Rehabilitation for Pain Management 20 credits

Rehabilitation for Pain Management

Completion of this module will develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes to:

  • assessment and triage of patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • evidence based rehabilitation strategies to manage musculoskeletal pain conditions
  • evaluation and management of prognostic indicators in the rehabilitation of patients
  • consideration of national (UK) and international pathways of care
Critical Reflection, Reasoning and Appraisal in Clinical Practice 20 credits

Focusing on the concept elements of criticality including reflexivity, clinical reasoning, critical appraisal, communication and leadership.   

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 30 April 2024.

Due to timetabling availability, there may be restrictions on some module combinations.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Case-based learning
  • Case studies
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars

Teaching methods include case-based learning, case studies, tutorials and seminars.  

How you will be assessed

  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Case studies
  • Assignments

Assessment of learning include presentations, case studies, assignments and a research project.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Undergraduate degree2.1 in a relevant degree*
Additional information

These entry requirements apply for 2025 entry only.

*Sport Rehabilitation, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Sports Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning, Physiotherapy, or substantial relevant professional experience in exercise prescription in addition to a minimum of a 2:2 in a previous degree.

We may consider applicants with a professional experience background on a case-by-case basis.


This course will not be open for application until June 2024. You can register your interest for this course and we will contact you to let you know when applications are open. 

Register your interest

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply


UK fees are set in line with the national UKRI maximum fee limit.

Additional information for international students

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time, you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).


There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate funding


We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

Each year 1,100 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

International students who complete an eligible degree programme in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters and research degrees, and PGCE courses.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates

This content was last updated on Tuesday 30 April 2024. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.