MSc Football Rehabilitation


UKPASS Code:P039364
Course Length:2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Department of Sport and Physical Activity
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Specific focus on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to prepare you for the demands of professional football;
  • Balance between practical and theoretical skills to prepare you for work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • Delivered by staff and visiting lecturers with extensive work experience in professional football.

If you’re a registered practitioner of physiotherapy, sports therapy or equivalent, looking to enhance your professional practice within football rehabilitation, become a more rounded, holistic, evidence-based practitioner and advance the profession by engaging in practice-related research, then this MSc could be for you. This programme focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to prepare you to meet the demands of professional football. With a good balance between practical and theoretical skills, a range of appropriate assessments help prepare you for work in a multidisciplinary team. The course is particularly suitable for graduate physiotherapists and/or sports therapists with at least two years post-graduation experience, currently working within football in some capacity and keen to progress both academic and specific practical skills.

Department of Sport and Physical Activity

Course in Depth

What will I study?

There are various exit qualifications for this programme; Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

The Postgraduate Certificate is ideally suited to those wishing to enhance their professional practice within football rehabilitation. It consists of two core modules that together form the foundations for working as a safe and effective evidence based practitioner within this field. It is ideal if you are not able to commit to full-time study but wish to enhance your practice and fulfil continuing professional development requirements.

The Postgraduate Diploma is an extension of the Postgraduate Certificate and aims to produce a more rounded holistic evidence-based practitioner, capable of embracing the multi-disciplinary nature of a medical and exercise science team within football. Alongside the two modules that provide the foundations of football rehabilitation, you will study modules on strength training and conditioning, preparation and planning for performance and research design and analysis.

As well as producing a rounded, holistic evidence-based practitioner, the MSc also looks to develop you into a practitioner keen and able to advance the profession by engaging in practice related research. In addition to the modules studied on the Postgraduate Diploma, the final stage of the MSc is your own independent research project where you will be required to conduct, with guidance, a piece of independent research related to rehabilitation in football.

How will I study?

The curriculum will be delivered in a blended approach with a combination of module study books providing problem based tasks, taught sessions at Edge Hill University delivered in intensive three day blocks, virtual learning environment support throughout the duration of study and candidates completing their own clinical experience.

Completion of the full MSc programme should take two years but a range of flexible options are available to meet the demands of those practising as physiotherapists and/or sports therapists.

Alongside the taught element of the modules, you will be required to complete, reflect upon, and report, relevant clinical experiential practice. It is your responsibility to ensure you have access to an appropriate environment to gain this clinical experience.

In total you should be prepared to give up 1,800 hours of time to complete the MSc, with 1,200 hours required for the Postgraduate Diploma and 600 hours for the Postgraduate Certificate.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes gym and field-based practical rehabilitation exams, oral vivas, literature review, presentation and clinical portfolio. You will also complete an independent research project.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by physiotherapists and sports therapists with experience of working within football from grass roots to premiership level. The programme is also delivered by sports scientists with experience of providing scientific support for football players across the full performance spectrum. This team of staff will be complemented by lecturers from a range of services used to support the rehabilitation of football players, together with visits from current practitioners working in professional football.

A Great Study Environment

MSc Football RehabilitationThe Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work, underpinned by outstanding facilities including dedicated biomechanics, physiology, kinanthropometry and psychology laboratories, as well as a sports therapy clinic and a sport and exercise rehabilitation centre.

There are £30 million of sport and leisure facilities across 60 acres on campus, including top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, a competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. A new sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.


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SPT403 Research Design and Analysis (20 credits)

Research Design and Analysis offers the opportunity to further develop the necessary skills to design, analyse and critically evaluate research within the field of football rehabilitation. Approaches and quality issues associated with research designs will be examined and students will also be offered the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of statistical procedures. There is no intention that the module will address all statistical needs but will provide a platform to enable you to develop additional statistical skills through the remainder of your programme. The skills developed during this module are helpful for practitioners keen to examine the ever expanding and sometimes equivocal evidence base that underpins their practice.

SPT404 Current Issues in Strength Training and Conditioning (20 credits)

Current Issues in Strength Training and Conditioning is designed to develop knowledge in the area of strength training and conditioning through analysing current research and practical issues in the area. The module embraces a range of strength and conditioning practices that could be applied within a football setting to prevent injury, aid full rehabilitation and enhance performance. This approach should provide you with an ideal foundation to achieve further qualifications in strength and conditioning such as the UK strength and conditioning association (UKSCA) accreditation or become a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist.

SPT408 Research Project (60 credits)

Research Project provides you with the academic and practical skills necessary to independently undertake a piece of research of near-publishable quality within a relevant football rehabilitation topic. Specifically, the module allows you to undertake a comprehensive critical review of literature and to select appropriate methods and analytical procedures to conduct original research in a self-chosen topic. The skills developed during this module are essential for engaging in further research, public presentations and publications in your future career. By completing this module, you should embrace the challenge of advancing the profession of football rehabilitation.

SPT409 Injury and Rehabilitation in a Football Environment (30 credits)

Injury and Rehabilitation in a Football Environment provides you with an opportunity to develop practical and theoretical skills in the understanding of rehabilitation specific to football. It concentrates on the earlier stages of rehabilitation to and including later stage rehabilitation in the gymnasium setting. The module aims to link ‘on the pitch’ handling to further management and planning of care pathways available to the injured athlete. The module also provides you with a sound base of certain strategies and policies that the Football Association adopts in respect of the prevention, recognition, reduction of injuries and the general welfare of the footballer.

SPT410 Current Concepts of Rehabilitation in Football (30 credits)

Current Concepts of Rehabilitation in Football concentrates on the later stages of rehabilitation including the functional stage in field based setting. The module links the earlier stages of rehabilitation with the need for detailed testing and training at the final stage prior to the footballer returning to train with the fit and healthy squad. The module provides you with a platform to discuss and debate key current concepts and issues of football rehabilitation. A sound base of certain strategies and policies that the Football Association adopt in respect of the prevention, recognition, reduction of injuries and the general welfare of the footballer will also be discussed.

SPT411 Preparation, Planning and Performance in Football (20 credits)

Preparation, Planning and Performance in Football examines a multi-disciplinary consideration of sport and exercise science within football. The module explores factors pertinent to the role performed by sport and exercise scientists at professional football clubs, considering all aspects of the physical and physiological development and preparation of players. The periodisation of the competitive season and training week, the nutritional demands of professional sport, the trainability of those physiological systems contributing to performance, and the increasing use of innovative technologies are all considered within this module. The overlap overlap between scientist and sport/physiotherapist and their integration within a sports medicine team will also be investigated.


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Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

  • 2:1 Honours Degree in physiotherapy or sports therapy or equivalent;
  • HPC registered and member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and/or insured member of the Society of Sports Therapists;
  • A minimum of two years relevant post graduation work experience;
  • Evidence of suitable standard of English literacy and numeracy (e.g. GCSE passes at Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics and English or equivalent);
  • Fitness to practice medical clearance;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This Masters degree will equip you with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment within football rehabilitation. The course also provides a stepping stone for the continued pursuit of relevant research in the form of an MPhil or PhD.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £27 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18, i.e. £540 per 20 credit module.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at

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Course Changes

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