Postgraduate study
This course provides education and training in research and clinical skills relevant to people’s physical and psychological rehabilitation, chronic illness and disability.
MSc Rehabilitation Psychology
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£7,290 - Terms apply
International fees
£21,375 - Terms apply
Jubilee Campus



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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Full 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

Clinical Skills

This module will introduce students to practical skills needed for working with clients in a health care setting. Practical training will be given in interviewing, assessment and counselling. Theoretical models will be linked to clinical practice. Evidence to support clinical skills will be considered.

Assessment of Cognitive Function

This module will consider various aspects of cognitive assessment. The tests used will be evaluated in terms of standardisation, reliability and validity. Practical issues in administration and interpretation will be considered. The role of cognitive assessment will be evaluated within a research context.

Introduction in Research Methods

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and design research as well as to critically appraise published research. Student will be introduced to how to write a literature review in a systematic way, how to write a research proposal, study designs (including developing research questions), ethics and practical issues when planning and conducting research. The module will also cover designing questionnaires, psychometric issues such as reliability and validity, using interviews and focus groups, and use if the internet and an introduction to online research methods.


This three-day workshop will be aimed at a multi-professional audience and will be of particular interest to individuals who want to familiarise themselves with the current evidence for stroke rehabilitation, the gaps in current knowledge, the methodological issues and the difficulties in interpreting the evidence. Topics include recovery and rehabilitation, acute stroke care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, perceptual problems, stroke management and speech and language therapy.

Semester two modules

Cognitive Rehabilitation and Evaluation

The content of this module is designed from the perspective of psychologists working in multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams. Topics are covered from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. These include intervention strategies for impairment of language, perception, memory, attention and executive skills. In addition, techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical intervention will be discussed. There will be an emphasis on evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and there will be teaching on systematic reviews as part of the module.

Theoretical Foundations of Rehabilitation

This module provides an overview of concepts central to all forms of rehabilitation. Students will be introduced to an understanding of disability from different perspectives: models of disability, the biopsychosocial model and the WHO conceptual framework. Links between theory, research and practice in rehabilitation will be considered. The module will cover research issues in rehabilitation research, focusing particularly on complex interventions, evaluating interventions and measuring outcome. The module will also discuss how research evidence informs approaches to rehabilitation. Examples of rehabilitation in practice in different conditions from psychological and multidisciplinary perspectives will be included. The module will consider the spectrum of rehabilitation, reviewing the broad range of health and social contexts in which rehabilitation occurs.

Full year modules

Qualitative Research Methods

This module considers a range of qualitative approaches suitable for psychologists. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings and practical application of a number of qualitative research methods. The teaching will combine lectures, workshops, student-led seminars and self-directed study. Specific topics included will be: - developing qualitative research questions -consideration of philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative methods - choosing an appropriate qualitative method - the methods available - ethical issues in qualitative research - evaluation and critical appraisal of qualitative research evidence

Quantitative Methods

Through a series of lectures, practical workshops and assignments, the module will take students through the design, operationalization, data-collection, data analysis, and report-writing processes of a quantitative research study in mental health and applied psychology, covering the following topics:

  • Formulating the study question; correlational vs experimental methods; within-subjects vs between-subjects designs; testing longitudinal effects; confounds; control conditions.

  • Operationalisation: Measurement instruments; standardised tests and normed values (Standard Scores, Scaled scores, T scores); summary statistics, distributions (normal and non-normal), expressing the null hypothesis; the concept of falsification.

  • Refining the study design; statistical power, sampling, randomisation, blinding, pre-and post-tests, test-retest reliability, inter-rater reliability, correction for multiple hypotheses.

  • Data Analysis: General Linear Model including multiple regression analysis, and factorial ANOVA; concept of residuals; concept of model fitting and the meaning of a “p-value”; Parametric and Non-Parametric statistics: t, F, r and chi square; Control of Type I and Type II error; reporting effect sizes and interpreting null findings.

  • Advanced techniques and software including Multi-Level Modelling;Meta analysis;Factor Analysis; Path Analysis

The above is a sample of the typical modules that 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

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

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

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 you apply for your course with enough 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 Health Education England East Midlands. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.

See also: Fees 


Careers and professional development

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 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.)

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. 

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 95.7% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £28,625 with the highest being £76,001.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

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.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The Graduate Market 2013–2019, High Fliers Research







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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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