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Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc Honours

With access to our brand-new West Stand building and world-class facilities at the London Sports Insitute, this specialist course will prepare you for working with athletes and sportspeople
September 2024
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK)*
£16,600 (INT)*
Course leader
Mark Richardson

The London Sport Institute is top in London for Sport Exercise Science and Rehabilitation – Guardian League Tables 2023.

This means we'll help you thrive in a variety of professional sports coaching roles. this course is taught by active sports professionals involved in coaching, sports rehabilitation and performance.

Why choose Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc Honours at Middlesex?

The course is also based in our modern facilities at StoneX Stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club. You’ll have access to the brand new £23 million redevelopment project of the West Stand, offering state-of-the-art facilities as a top educational and high-performance centre for teaching and research excellence. With some of the most advanced equipment in the UK, you will be able to utilise the new specialist spaces, simulation suites, specialist labs, plus much more.

What you will gain

You'll graduate armed with the knowledge and understanding of risk management and programmes to prevent injuries and illnesses as well as the nutritional requirements of the physically active and/or professional sportsperson.

You'll understand the social, psychological and physical behaviours of the physically active or professional sportsperson and will have gained the laboratory and clinical skills necessary for assessing and treating injuries and illnesses.

You'll come to understand the principles of safe and effective training for a variety of clients including elite athletes and special populations taking into consideration national and professional bodies' guidelines as well as the client's social and cultural background.

We have 145 years of experience delivering professional, creative and technical education that prepares students – like you – for success in global careers.


The BSc Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation programme is accredited by BASRaT (The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators). BASRaT provides a platform from which Sport Rehabilitators can promote their work, both nationally and internationally, and indeed further themselves through a rigorous process of continuing professional development.

Being registered with BASRaT provides access to support throughout a GSR’s career as well as access to an international network of highly-skilled practitioners in the field of NMSK healthcare.

What you will learn

This specialist degree emphasises injury prevention, primary healthcare and lifestyle management. You'll learn how to provide immediate care following acute injury or illness and to recognise potential causes of injury for all sportspeople, at all levels of fitness.

You'll learn how to devise and implement strategies to reduce injury risk. You'll also learn how to evaluate an individual's health to determine the appropriate evidence-based therapeutic and exercise interventions for recovery of function, return to physical activity or high performance.

Practical studies and lectures are taught on campus and at nearby StoneX Stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club, where you will spend a significant amount of study time, in addition to 400 hours of clinical practice.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • High satisfaction for support and teaching staff
    97% of students were positive about the level of support from teaching staff – National Student Survey 2023
  • Build career-enhancing connections
    We collaborate with sports teams like Tottenham Hotspur and Saracens Rugby, fostering valuable industry connections for students to develop alongside their studies
  • State-of-the-art facilities
    Specialised spaces, simulations suites and labs all at the Stone X stadium partnered with Saracens Rugby Club as well state-of-the-art facilities at the Hendon campus

Study at our world-class facilities: The London Sports Institute

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This is a three-year degree it can also be studied part-time over six years. Your full-time study years are structured like this:

Year 1

We'll introduce you to the foundational anatomical and musculoskeletal assessment skills needed to become a competent practitioner, as well as introduce you to clinical research skills.

Year 2

We build upon the Year 1 foundations skills and continue to develop a variety of clinical assessment tools. You'll also learn alternative treatment modalities for managing challenging musculoskeletal conditions.

Year 3

You'll learn advanced techniques used in musculoskeletal healthcare as well as different pathologies. You'll be exposed to different healthcare environments during organised clinical placements.

Please note, this course does not accept applications to Year 2 or Year 3 entry.


  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • Fundamentals of Research Methods in Sport & Exercise Science (15 credits)

      This module will provide a broad understanding and the fundamental knowledge of the key academic skills required for you to successfully complete your undergraduate degree. You will know the underlying core and theoretical frameworks for research methods and academic writing by demonstrating your understanding of data collection and analysis, literature, sourcing literature, the components of research and by identifying strengths and weaknesses.

    • Pathology, Classification and Mechanism of Injury (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the common mechanisms of a variety of musculoskeletal injuries within sport. They will develop a knowledge base around the classification of these injuries with regards to specific tissue structures as well as an understanding of the body’s reaction to injuries and the healing process. Students will develop the communication skills to work effectively with others to apply basic principles of rehabilitation to sporting injuries in order to develop a treatment plan.

    • Anatomy, Client Assessment and Sports Massage (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide students with broad knowledge of clinical and functional anatomy and provides a platform upon which to build understanding of human movement and joint assessment. This module will also introduce students to the fundamentals of sports massage allowing them to undertake client assessment, understand the underlying theoretical knowledge, and demonstrate basic massage techniques along with an awareness of professional practice guidelines.

    • Fundamentals of Training Principles in Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is to introduce the underlying theoretical frameworks of health and fitness, to provide students with the confidence and practical skills to deliver effective training sessions. Students will develop their coaching knowledge through a variety of topics, ranging from the benefits and risks of physical activity, the development and maintenance of health, fitness, and understand how to optimise and monitor sports performance. The theoretical sessions will support students to undertake complex and routine practical performance tasks, orientated around developing effective coaching skills, both on an individual and group basis.

    • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits)

      To introduce and apply key scientific concepts and principles across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics. Students will gain a broad understanding of human movement, physiological mechanisms that underpin these movements and core psychological concepts that affect health and sporting performance. Students will learn how to work effectively in a team by carrying out practical investigations in all three sport and exercise disciplines.

    • Made in Middlesex Expansion Module (Cognitive Me) (15 credits)

      This module is aimed at transforming the personal and professional outcomes of undergraduate students at Middlesex University. By working in partnership within and beyond sporting disciplines, learners will be challenged to transfer skills and harness free-thinking knowledge from a range of inter-related sectors. Utilising multi-department collaboration, students will harness expansive information from experts within Support and Wellbeing, Employability, Learning Enhancement and the Students Union through a practice-oriented educational environment. Through applying broader educational principles, students will have new opportunities to develop innovative skills that inspire a life-long aptitude for individually and co-operatively solving problems within inclusive socio-economic development, the sustainability of communities and the underlying concepts of equity, health and wellbeing.

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Research Methods (15 Credits)

      This module will provide the students with the skills to analyse a range of academic information, comparing alternative methods and techniques. This will involve them collecting and synthesising this information to inform a subject specific research question. The student will have knowledge of well-established research methods and concepts evidenced by the awareness of inconsistencies, gaps, and limitations within literature.

    • Applied Soft Tissue Techniques (15 credits)

      This module will explore manual therapy and soft tissue techniques to establish detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of the methods used in treating musculoskeletal injuries or dysfunction.

      Throughout the module students will develop clinical reasoning skills in order to select appropriate techniques in which to base a treatment plan on to effectively treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions.

    • Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities (15 credits)

      This module provides you with a detailed knowledge of key concepts for a range of therapeutic modalities.

      During this module, you will demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate and apply these modalities to various musculoskeletal injures.

      This module will explore the well-established concepts of pain theories in order to understand and apply appropriate management techniques to both acute and chronic injuries.

    • Pitch-side and Immediate Care (15 credits)

      This module explores the complex procedures of emergency and immediate care of athletes whilst working in a pitch side environment.

      You will obtain a detailed knowledge of the various treatment modalities appropriate for this environment, and understand the importance of risk assessment, management, and referral to appropriate medical personnel.

      This module requires you to interact confidently on placement, ensuring you have the sufficient knowledge to work effectively as part of a treatment team.

    • Corrective Exercise Based Rehab (15 credits)

      This module develops a detailed knowledge base of clinical assessment and pre-participation screening methods to identify muscle imbalance, risk factors for injury and potential issues that impact performance.

      You will utilise established theories to select appropriate techniques in managing a range of sporting injuries.

      Throughout the module you will develop the necessary skills through a range of resources to assess clients, identify risk factors, plan and implement effective rehabilitation programmes to manage client’s needs.

    • Made in Middlesex Expansion Module (Associative Me) (15 Credits)

      This module builds on the personal and professional outcomes of undergraduate students that were secured at level 4. By continuing to work beyond sporting disciplines, learners will be challenged to provide opinions and back this up with reasoning and evidence throughout a range of inter-related sectors. Utilising multi-department collaboration, students will appraise, assess and critique the information from subject experts within Support and Wellbeing, Employability, Learning Enhancement and the Students Union.

      Through comparing broader educational principles, students will further develop innovative skills that inspire a life-long aptitude for individually and co-operatively solving problems within inclusive socio-economic development, the sustainability of communities and the underlying concepts of equity, health and wellbeing.

  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

      This module aims to synthesise existing learning from the students' undergraduate programme, providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth.

      It fosters academic curiosity; requiring students to use an inquiry-based approach, for the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic relevant to their degree on which they wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study.

      Students will judge the reliability, validity and significance of the evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations.

    • Advanced Client Care (30 credits)

      This module focuses on student’s ability to develop critical thinking and evidence-based practice in the treatment of musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation. Emphasis is on being autonomous and linking of skills and in depth knowledge from all modules and its application to practice. Advanced topics will allow students to understand the multidisciplinary approach of sport and exercise rehabilitation within a range of environments.

    • Work Based Practice (30 credits)

      This module develops the student’s ability to apply the in-depth knowledge and skills gained from prior learning in relation to a professional practice environment. Students will be required to reflect and evaluate their working practice and be able to adopt a problem-solving approach to practice and a working environment.

      Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation Pathway only; There is a compulsory placement module where students will be encouraged to seek short term (minimum of 400 hours) of work experience in a suitable Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation environment; this should be supervised by a suitably qualified practitioner (certified and registered/insured with a professional body; Sports Rehabilitator, Sports Therapist, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Sports Medicine doctor, or equivalent, dictated by the programme leader).

      Sport and Exercise Science (S&C, PE & Coaching) There is a compulsory placement module where students will be encouraged to seek short term (minimum of 50 hours) of work experience in a suitable Sport and Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning, Teaching and Coaching environment determined by your programme; this should be supervised by a suitably qualified practitioner. Suitability of the placement and supervisor is dictated by the programme leader.

    • Advanced Rehabilitation and Performance Programming (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide students with advanced skills in exercise-based rehabilitation, which will include; complex factors effecting performance and recovery, monitoring of athletes and clients, performance enhancement and advanced exercise-based rehabilitation in relation to injury.

      Students will gain an understanding of working within a multi-disciplinary team and demonstrate the ability to evaluate their own performance as independent learners.

To find out more about this highly regarded course, please download the Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc Honours (PDF).

We review our courses regularly to improve your experience and graduate prospects so modules may be subject to change.

  1. Teaching and independent learning
  2. Assessment and feedback


Our sport and exercise science facilities are based nearby to our Hendon campus in StoneX Stadium, offering unique access to elite athletes and coaches.

The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

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Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the BSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation support your career?

With the ever-increasing focus on the sporting world to achieve the best results possible, sports rehabilitators are in high demand.

After graduating from this course, you'll be qualified to pursue a career as a graduate sports rehabilitator under BASRaT, or progress into postgraduate study, particularly in the sports medicine, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and teaching/lecturing field. You'll also be well placed to progress into postgraduate study, particularly in sports rehabilitation or physiotherapy courses.

Graduate job roles

Our BSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles including performance analyst, rehab assistant, massage therapist, gym instructor, supervisor, and teaching assistant.

Graduate employers

You can gain employment within sports rehabilitation clinics, health clinics, elite or amateur sports teams, the leisure and fitness industry, or occupational health units.

Transferable skills

You'll gain knowledge of human anatomy and physiology with reference to exercise, health, development and ageing. You'll gain valuable experience in working with various clients, including the general public as well as high-level athletes, allowing you to develop your skills in managing and treating both acute and long-term injuries.


Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has put us in the top 20 UK universities for business leaders and entrepreneurs – Business Money 2023 and a top 10 university for producing CEOs (Novuana, 2023).

Global network

You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year:

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

Part-time: £77 per taught credit

International students2

Full-time students: £16,600

Part-time students: £138 per taught credit

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free specialist software for your course
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees, and you will need to budget for these:

  • First Aid training (£40)
  • London Sport Institute Sports Kit (£80)
  • Up to one course-related day trip ( £100) –TBC
  • RFU Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport Level 2 (£250 + VAT) – optional, though required to gain BASRaT accreditation upon completion of the degree.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees
  • Our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Mark Richardson
Programme Leader

Mark graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy before going onto study his MSc in Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation. Since graduating Mark has worked in the NHS, Private practice, the Military and professional Sport such as England Touch Rugby, GB Slalom Canoeing and part of the medical team for British Judo.

Danny Baker
Lecturer in Sport Exercise Rehabilitation

Danny graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science before going on to study MSc Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation at the Middlesex University London Sport Institute.

Danny has worked in professional football with clubs such as Arsenal FC, West Ham United FC & Southend United FC. Danny has also worked within the NHS, private practice, Rugby and owns his own rehabilitation clinic.

  • Robert Lee

    Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc graduate

    Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation is a new, exciting and budding profession that I wanted to become a part of. I chose Middlesex due to the reputation of the course, which is heavily weighted as a practically applied course, and the expertise of the lecturers teaching.

    I believe that my course at Middlesex has stood me in good stead for the realistic demands of Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation and I have now decided to further my education by staying at Middlesex and applying for the MSc Strength and Conditioning. I would definitely recommend Middlesex to any prospective students, especially for Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation. The University has just invested in a brand new state of the art facility with a rehabilitation suite which new students can take full advantage of.

  • Sophie Sandy

    Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc student

    Middlesex University was the only university that offered me a scholarship for competing as an international judo player. It has an amazing set up of support for athletes and sports students and has been fantastic at understanding both my academic and athletic commitments.

    The course allows you to take on a multitude of roles such as a team leader in group projects and also as an independent individual as a researcher, a presenter (to the rest of the class to pitch your ideas and findings) and as a confident practitioner both in a clinical setting and with sports teams at pitch side.

  • Glenn Cranham

    Glenn Cranham

    Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc graduate

    Glenn now works as a Senior Sports Rehabilitator at Active Choice.

    I couldn't do my current job without my degree, so for me the decision to go to university is one of the best decisions I have made. My degree has enabled me to work clinically which is something I couldn't have done before as a personal trainer. I run my own clinic now and get a huge amount of job satisfaction. The course gave me a good grounding in the skills required to run a private practice.

    One piece of advice I would definitely give to anybody thinking of applying is make sure you go to the Open Day and talk to your prospective tutors. It's really important to find out whether you think you will get along as the relationships you develop with your tutors are important.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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