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MSc Sport Rehabilitation and Soft Tissue Therapy

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September 2024
1 year Full time
In person teaching with supportive online content
£10,500 (UK) *
£16,800 (INT) *
Course leader
Robert Walsh

Become a skilled practitioner in Sport Rehabilitation and Soft Tissue Therapy. Middlesex University's MSc programme equips you with advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills, enabling you to assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries effectively. Develop teamwork, communication, and data analysis abilities while working with multidisciplinary sports medicine teams. Modules cover client assessment, anatomy, soft tissue therapy, injury rehabilitation, and research and prepare graduates for success in the dynamic sports medicine sector.

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What will you study on the MSc Sport Rehabilitation and Soft Tissue Therapy?

The MSc in Sport Rehabilitation and Soft Tissue Therapy at Middlesex University develops students into safe and effective practitioners.

They gain expertise in assessing and treating injuries, using evidence-based approaches. The curriculum fosters critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills. Students learn to interpret and analyze data from various disciplines, facilitating informed decision-making.

Modules cover client assessment, anatomy, therapy, pathology, skills, rehabilitation, and research. Graduates excel in objectively assessing clients, constructing evidence-based treatment plans, reviewing research, designing rehabilitation programs, applying soft tissue therapies, and communicating complex issues. They also develop the ability to search, evaluate, and apply relevant literature. The program empowers graduates to contribute to the field through independent research projects supporting evidence-based practice.


  • Modules

    • Client Assessment and Anatomy (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop an advanced knowledge of and mastery in the student’s understanding of anatomy with particular focus on structure and function. The module will concentrate upon in depth knowledge of how structure affects the function of the musculoskeletal system and the advanced methods by which a health practitioner assesses both the injured and non injured person. Advanced skills in terms of assessment, clinical reasoning and professional conduct will be developed alongside the theoretical bases.

    • Soft Tissue Therapy & Pathology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores soft tissue therapy skills which will allow students to conduct client assessments and develop their client handling and interpersonal skills while delivering massage treatments. It will critically review the mechanisms of injury and detail the patho-physiological processes of healing and pain as they relate to recovery and treatment.

    • Therapeutic Skills (15 credits) - Compulsory

      Students will gain advanced knowledge of soft tissue techniques and their practical application in the management of injuries and enhancing athletic performance. Through this module, students will explore a diverse range of advanced therapeutic skills, which will expand their toolkit of techniques to promote healing, reduce pain and inflammation, and aid in recovery. Additionally, students will develop the ability to analyze, evaluate and apply these therapeutic skills and modalities in clinical situations

    • Rehabilitation and Programming(15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops a detailed knowledge of the screening methods to identify muscle imbalance, risk factors for injury and performance. The underpinning theories, science pertaining rehabilitation and training programme design will be presented.

      Throughout the module students will develop the necessary skills through a range of resources to critically appraise, plan and implement effective corrective exercise programmes. The module will address conditioning and recovery methods to promote an innovative rehabilitation journey to develop robustness while encouraging performance gains, mitigation of risk of re-injury, and promoting career longevity.

    • Placement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the student’s ability to apply and see the application of knowledge gained from other modules in relation to a real work scenario. You will be required to adopt a reflective and critical approach to your working practice and to promote a problem-solving approach in a work environment.

    • Research methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills to undertake appropriate research in their subject areas. Students will learn searching strategies to identify relevant literature, how to critically appraise literature and relevant research methods topics such as research design, selecting and using suitable statistical tests appropriate to the subject area. This module will be delivered predominantly through shared and subject-specific online video tutorials allowing students to access a wide variety of resources which will prepare them for undertaking their dissertations. This innovative approach allows students to develop their research methods skills at their own pace with relevant step-by-step videos produced, allowing students to revisit the content at any time. This can be supplemented by traditional seminars and lecturers as deemed appropriate per programme. Students are also assigned an academic advisor which will support the students through their assignments and ensure that they receive appropriate and relevant guidance to successfully complete this module.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      To support students to undertake research, with a focus appropriate to their programme and area of practice and building upon the research proposal formulated in research methods . To create a peer learning community for students to critically support each other in the research process. To provide guidance, additional to that provided by the students’ supervisors, on matters of ethical application, research methods, data collection, analysis and writing-up.

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How is the MSc Sport Rehabilitation and Soft Tissue Therapy taught?

The programme is taught face to face with online supportive content. A large volume of time is dedicated to developing and fostering applied clinical skills and the ability to justify your chosen treatment/rehabilitation plan based on clinical reasoning and objective measures


The assessments are heavily focused on employability and are designed to match the practical, presentation and clinical reasoning type questioning one would encounter when interviewing or working in the sports performance world

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International
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  2. International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

Robert Walsh

Rob has been in the industry for over 25 years working across the field of corporate fitness; physical therapy; higher education, youth development; adaptive sport and elite sports performance He returns to Middlesex after two Olympic cycles as the Head of Physical Performance for the Netherlands Olympic Ski, Snowboard and Skeleton Bobsleigh programme.

Paul Holmes

A chartered physiotherapist his experience is exceptional spanning professional rugby (WASPS), National Sports Institute of Malaysia and UFC performance institute in China.

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