Rehabilitation Psychology MSc


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MSc Rehabilitation Psychology
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course provides education and training in research and clinical skills relevant to people’s physical and psychological rehabilitation, chronic illness and disability.
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Is this course for you?

The course is designed for psychology graduates and those working as part of a multidisciplinary team as assistant psychologists, or conducting rehabilitation research in healthcare settings.

It is also suitable as a preparation for clinical psychology training. There is a focus on clinical application throughout the course: how to use what you learn in practical settings.


What will you gain?

On the MSc Rehabilitation Psychology you will:

  • Learn about the impact of physical illness and disability on psychological functioning
  • Understand issues related to assessment, rehabilitation and recovery of people with physical illness and disability
  • Develop in-depth knowledge about rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions
  • Evaluate evidence about the effectiveness of rehabilitation
  • Develop the ability to apply psychological knowledge within a rehabilitation context
  • Receive training in research and clinical skills relevant to working as a clinical psychologist in healthcare and research
  • Design and conduct a research project in your area of interest 

On graduation, you will have received a thorough grounding the relevant theories, and be able to approach work more effectively in rehabilitation settings. By expanding your research skills you will also be able to engage in evidence-based clinical practice in your future career. 


Why Nottingham?

  • The MSc Rehabilitation Psychology benefits from the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing's established expertise in areas such as chronic illness, neuropsychological rehabilitation, complex interventions and web-based research.
  • Our teaching is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered together, to help students and staff make a difference in the real world.  
  • We are proud to welcome a truly international community and, although this course provides training in skills that are relevant to the UK’s National Health Service, it will also provide an excellent foundation in Rehabilitation Psychology for international students.


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Course details

Course director

Dr Shirley Thomas, Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, School of Medicine


The MSc Rehabilitation Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years. 

The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits’ worth of core and optional taught modules and a 60-credit research project. 

Part-time students on this course are taught alongside full-time students and the choice of modules (and therefore the timetable) is flexible and a matter for agreement between student and course director. In all cases, part-time students can access a wide range of teaching and learning facilities remotely via the student portal.  

Teaching methods

Teaching is delivered by a wide range of staff and guest lecturers, including local clinical psychologists and multidisciplinary clinicans. Some modules are shared with students on other courses such as the MSc Health Psychology, as well as other courses within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. However, the MSc Rehabilitation Psychology is distinct in its focus on issues related to rehabilitation.



Semester one modules

Semester two modules

Full year modules

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Postgraduate Taught Funding

Financial support and highly competitive scholarships are available, and we encourage potential applicants to explore all funding possibilities. Please check the Graduate School for opportunities you may be eligible for in addition to those outlined here.

The University's Careers and Employability Service also provides a useful information service about further studies and sources of funding for graduates.

NB: Please note that scholarship applications cannot be considered until an offer has been made.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,280 for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding

Applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.

See also: Fees 



The MSc Rehabilitation Psychology will be of value to psychology graduates who have an interest in working in healthcare settings, as psychology assistants conducting research in rehabilitation and healthcare, or as a preparation for clinical psychology training. 

Our former MSc Rehabilitation Psychology graduates have gone on to varied and interesting careers and further study, including:

  • Psychology assistants and assistant psychologists in a range of settings, eg brain injury, community mental health, neuropsychology, forensic, learning disabilities
  • Researchers (eg neuropsychology, stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, health psychology)
  • Clinical psychology doctorate
  • Trainee psychological well being practitioner
  • Rehabilitation support worker
  • Counselling psychology doctorate
  • PhD programmes (Visit the Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research.)

Why Nottingham?

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

What our students say

Read our student testimonials describing this course and how it has helped them further their careers.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

All programme directors will be happy to provide general information about career prospects in relation to their courses and to advise you on the most appropriate course depending upon the career path you have in mind. 

The University's Careers  and  Employability Service will also help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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Vanessa Ziegler
Postgraduate Administrator
Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
School of Medicine
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Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham. NG7 2UH
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