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Sport Rehabilitation Integrated Masters


This is an exciting and practical programme which provides you with the skillset to work with active individuals or sports teams of all ages, from recreational to elite standard. Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSRs) may work as autonomous clinicians in a sports injuries clinic, or within a multi-disciplinary team alongside Physiotherapists, Sports Medicine Doctors, and Strength and Conditioning coaches. The programme is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) which is the professional body and regulator for Sport Rehabilitation professionals.

LSBU GSRs are trained to be first response practitioners working pitchside/courtside/trackside at sporting events and are qualified to assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries from the point of injury. There is a large emphasis within this programme on injury prevention and exercise prescription, including programming for return to sport, performance enhancement and health and fitness.

Whilst initial teaching is university based, there is a minimum of 400 hours of clinical practice required to complete the degree. This may be carried out in a variety of settings including sports injury clinics, sports clubs, pitchside or in the gym. Students are able to develop their knowledge and skills in a safe and supported work environment with athletes, supervised by appropriately qualified and experienced professionals, such as GSRs, physiotherapists and Doctors.  We have our own clinic at LSBU where you can be supervised by the programme teaching staff, all of whom are experienced clinicians and work with national and international athletes.

This course can also be studied as a 3 year BSc (Hons) course. There is an option to transfer between these courses at the end of the second year depending on the grades achieved.

6 reasons to study here

Career prospects: Sport rehabilitation students are taught alongside health care profession courses to the highest standard of professionalism
Ranked highly: No.2 London modern university for research quality, overall score and graduate prospects in Sports Science (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
Great teaching: Staff members are experts in their respective fields, currently working with national and international athletes.
Industry relevance: Completion of the course confers eligibility for membership of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and benefit from the professional industry insight they provide
Work experience: You’ll have the opportunity to gain clinical experience with our placement partners across London and the South East, this can include sports clubs, sport injuries clinics and gyms
Dedicated facilities: We offer access to a range of dedicated clinical skills labs and outstanding virtual learning environments on campus, as well as access to the gym facilities within the Academy of Sport
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


Modules are assessed by a range of relevant modes including written exams, projects, coursework and practical examinations.

Year 1

The first year modules are designed to provide a sound foundation in the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, injury pathology, assessment and clinical skills, and exercise prescription. Teaching will comprise of the key underpinning theory, as well as large, applied, practical components.

  • Concepts of Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice (IPL)
    This module introduces students to the place and value of interprofessional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support the development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients and diverse populations. Students will work collaboratively with other Health and Social Care students, with face-to-face and online teaching and action learning sets.
  • Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
    This module provides students with an underpinning knowledge of the physiology and function of the human body systems. Students will also explore the pathophysiology of common disorders and diseases that they may encounter in sport rehabilitation practice.
  • Functional Anatomy, Kinesiology
    This module allows students to gain an understanding of neuro-musculoskeletal anatomy and human movement. Anatomical knowledge will be applied in a practical setting through the use of palpation, observation and analysis of basic movement function and assessment. This fundamental knowledge will be further developed through the application to neuro-musculoskeletal injury and movement. 
  • Therapy and Clinical Skills
    This module provides students with a range of hands on therapy and clinical skills that are required to work clinically as a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator (GSR). Students will be taught fundamental assessment methods and approaches and therapy skills in this largely practical module which will include sports massage, electrotherapy, cryo and thermo therapy, taping and strapping. Students will also explore their clinical decision making. Within this module students will also commence with their placement hours, with 50 hours of sports massage practice, as well as the fundamental massage skills that start their progression towards the Sports Massage Association (SMA) Level 2 or 3 qualification.
  • Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription
    In this module students will develop an understanding of key knowledge underpinning physical activity and exercise-based interventions. Students will develop the practical skills to undertake health-related fitness assessment, including heart rate, blood pressure, body composition and submaximal exercise evaluation. Students will develop knowledge of responses and adaptions to aerobic exercise, as well as activities involving strength, speed, flexibility and power. This module is designed to align to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Level 2 Gym Instructor, to allow registration at a suitable point in the course. 

Year 2

  • Appraising Evidence Based Practice
    This module extends students’ understanding of the concept of evidence based practice and research in practice. The module equips students with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. Conducting research, research methods, approaches to data analysis and presentation are explored, as well as the knowledge and skills that are pre-requisite for critical appraisal and evidence synthesis. 
  • Pitchside Assessment, Trauma Management and Advanced Clinical Skills
    Students will develop the knowledge and skills to work in sporting pitchside environments with assessment, critical decision making and management of injury, minor and major trauma, including concussion identification and management protocols. This course will prepare students for the RFU Immediate Care in Sport (ICIS) Level 2 certification. This module will also build on the theoretical and practical therapy and clinical skills from year one, with further soft tissue techniques such as soft tissue release, frictions, neuromuscular technique, muscle energy technique, joint mobilisations and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques. These skills, along with further placement practice and experience, will prepare students to attain Sports Massage Association (SMA) Level 4 certification. 
  • Lower Limb Rehabilitation
    This module will develop the students’ knowledge of the underpinning theories and concepts of neuro-musculoskeletal and common sporting injuries, focusing on the lower limb regions of the ankle and lower leg, knee and thigh, pelvis and hip. Students will gain knowledge and skills in the application of assessment, early, mid and late stage treatment and return to activity and sport.
  • Upper Limb and Spinal Rehabilitation
    This module will develop the students’ knowledge of the underpinning theories and concepts of neuro-musculoskeletal and common sporting injuries, focusing on the upper limb and spinal regions including the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, trunk and abdomen, spine and neck. Students will gain knowledge and skills in the application of assessment, early, mid and late stage treatment and return to activity and sport. Within this module students will also learn the theory and practice of hydrotherapy rehabilitation in water.
  • Applied Biomechanics
    The aim of this module is to develop the practical skills required for assessment of human motion and in particular those relating to gait and functional lower limb motion. Areas covered include motion analysis using subjective and objective methods, such as 2/3D analysis, electromyography and isokinetic analysis. A deeper understanding of the gait cycle is included, with particular reference to the role of the foot and ankle, as well as the major lower limb joints.
  • Placement 1
    Placement provides the opportunity for students to gain essential practice-based experience in a range of different settings. Students will develop their skills in assessment and management of injuries and conditions across a range of settings and environments, such as our own teaching clinic, sports and injury clinics, sports teams and pitch side at games and events. Student progress and competencies will be monitored and recorded through the placement portfolio, which will see them through the minimum 150 hours for their second year of study, working towards the total of a minimum of 400 hours by the end of the course.

Year 3

  • Psychological Principles for Rehabilitation and Human Performance
    This module provides an opportunity for students to develop the biopsychosocial approaches in relation to injury, rehabilitation and human performance. Focus on the development of understanding of psychological determinants of health and well-being across a range of populations including elite athletes, sports active populations, healthy and unhealthy populations, and how this impacts a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator’s (GSRs) practice.
  • Screening and Conditioning for Performance
    Students will develop their knowledge and practical skills in optimising training and rehabilitation programmes, as well as methods for performance enhancement through programming and training. Methods for screening athletes and individuals for movement impairment, muscle imbalance and key performance indicators are covered, with methods for correction, improvement and optimisation. 
  • Clinical Rehabilitation and Health Promotion
    This module examines the management and rehabilitation within a range of special populations, and how a range of clinical conditions affect human performance and recovery. Health promotion and lifestyle management are considered in relation to the wider populations necessitating the development of more advanced clinical decision making within this module.
  • Research in Health and Social Care
    This module aims to consolidate and extend the students’ knowledge of research approaches and methods and enhance their ability to be critical users of research evidence. The module examines philosophical and theoretical perspectives underpinning sport rehabilitation related research, including exploration of research design and key aspects of data gathering and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The module will develop practical skills for identifying, critical reviewing and synthesising research evidence relevant to professional practice.
  • Placement 2
    This module is a continuation of the Year 2 placement where students will continue to gain further practice based experience during a range of placements. Students will continue to complete their placement portfolio whilst implementing their increase in knowledge and skills in to clinical and sports environments, and complete the minimum requirement of 400 hours. Implementation of advanced skills in assessment, treatment and clinical decision making will be encouraged, with a view to building the student’s confidence as a practitioner.

Year 4

  • Dissertation (Core Module – 60 Credits)
    This module enables the student to plan and conduct an in-depth investigation of a topic that contributes to professional practice. It provides the opportunity to apply an understanding of research methods to the investigation and allows demonstration of their ability to work with relative autonomy in undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning.

Optional modules

  • Strength and Conditioning
    This module is designed to advances student’s understanding of strength and conditioning from the late stage and performance content in earlier modules. This module includes selection, administration and interpretation of exercise tests, as well as development of scientifically supported periodised programmes to optimise performance for different athletes and sports.
  • Independent Professional Study
    This module enables students to study areas of personal interest within their own developing professional context. The topic will form and be if benefit to development of their practice. For example, there are opportunities to follow further registration with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)to support exercise referral schemes in health or focus on more specialist populations (cardiac rehabilitation, falls prevention. An individually tailored outcomes-based programme of study will be developed with guidance from an academic tutor and relevant registrant body.
  • Advanced Practice and Clinical Decision Making
    This module focuses on the development of more advanced skills in assessment to support clinical reasoning in first contact practitioner and specialist environments. The emphasis is on the synthesis of a range of clinical information and data, including diagnostic and clinical tests used in the sports medicine fields, to support comprehensive clinical decision making.
  • Advanced Skills 1
    This module provides focused clinical practice at a negotiated placement of 100 hours, where students will develop a deeper and broader knowledge base within a chosen area of their practice. Students will increase their use of critical reading and appraisal skills to support a deeper appreciation of the underpinning theory, knowledge and skill base.
  • Advanced Skills 2
    This clinical placement/academic module has a clinical practice placement associated with it and there is an expectation of 100 hours of logged clinical hours will be achieved through negotiated practice placements that are different to those undertaken in Advanced Skills 1 if it has been taken as an optional module. This module is positioned within the schedule to allow for placements nationally and internationally should they be appropriate.


A Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR) is a graduate level autonomous healthcare practitioner specialising in musculoskeletal management, exercise based rehabilitation and fitness (British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers – BASRaT).
Graduates of this Sport Rehabilitation degree will have demonstrated and achieved the skills and knowledge to fulfil these roles, as well as completed a minimum of 400 hours of clinical and sporting environment placements which prepares our students for a competent and high level of performance upon graduation. 

In addition, as the degree is within the School of Health and Social Care at LSBU, students benefit from working within a multidisciplinary team of academics and courses, all taught to the highest standard of professionalism required across these professions.

GSR’s will be able to seek employment in a range of environments including:

  • Sports injury clinics
  • Amateur, Academy and Professional sports clubs
  • Health, Fitness Clubs and Gyms
  • Rehabilitation units
  • Jobs within the military
  • NHS and Private Practice
  • Sports massage
  • One-to-one and group personal training

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page


The course is planned to ensure that you’ll complete the requisite number of hours in both theory and practice (not less than 400 hours in assessed clinical practice). Placement opportunities may include Private Practice Clinics; Variety of sport teams from amateur, school level, academy and seniors; Health and fitness sectors. 

A practice placement portfolio that monitors and records progress and competencies throughout the course is used. The aims of the portfolio are:

  • Act as a focus for activities and experience related to clinical practice
  • Profile experience and development in a coherent and measurable manner
  • Provide a structure for clinical training and competence development
  • Provide evidence for continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Used as part of assessment for clinical placement modules.


Clare Deary

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor - Sport Rehabilitation

Clare Deary is an Associate Professor for Sport Rehabilitation in the School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University, (LSBU).


You’ll benefit from an array of outstanding facilities, providing the perfect environments for you to practice and develop your skills. Some of the facilities you’ll have access to include:

Clinical  skills labs 

We have a variety of skills labs which replicate real-life work environments, and provide an ideal setting for simulation learning using the latest technologies. Facilities include adult wards, physiotherapy suite, and critical skills lab.

Human Performance Centre 

Equipped with modern technology, the Human Performance Centre enables word class research in the fields of sport, health, physical activity and exercise science.

Academy of Sport 

You'll have access to a range of facilities and equipment within the Academy of Sport, including a fully equipped fitness suite with SMART Centre Technology, a Functional Training Zone, Free Weights Room and Sports Hall.

You can explore these facilities further, including viewing virtual tours of some of the areas, by selecting the links above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods are variable across academic and practice-based settings, and will include classroom teaching, practical simulation in clinical laboratories, human performance laboratory testing, and practice in gym and rehabilitation facilities.  

There will be extensive online resources to develop your digital skills and support your learning. You’ll also have a dedicated personal tutor and access to the University’s wide range of student support services.

Year 1 time table - indicative Semester 1

AMFunctional Anatomy & KinesiologyIPL Module Concepts Inter-professional Collaborative PracticeStudyIPL- ALG/ groupPeer sessions and Workshops
PMHuman Physiology and PathophysiologyIntermittently timetabled Therapy and Clinical SkillsSelf-directed Study

Year 1 time table - indicative Semester 2

AMFunctional Anatomy & KinesiologyIPL Module Concepts Inter-professional Collaborative PracticeStudyIPL- ALG/ groupPeer sessions and Workshops
PMPhysical Activity and Exercise PrescriptionIntermittently timetabled Therapy and Clinical SkillsSelf-directed Study

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or, including at least one of; maths, biology, physics, chemistry, human biology, sports science/studies, PE, dance, psychology, or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD, in sports science or science, or:
  • Access to HE Diploma in Science with 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 144 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths, Science and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Additional requirements

The following additional requirements apply to this course:

  • Evidence of commitment to the profession
  • Completion of at least one week of work experience in a sport or exercise rehabilitation setting
  • Passing of occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • Ability to meet travel requirements to attend placements
  • Students from outside the UK will be required to provide a police check from their home country
  • English Language: Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 6.5 overall (including 7.0 in the written element and a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening elements) for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS)

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
4 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Personal statements

Please include a reflective statement that demonstrates your experience of Sports rehabilitation as a profession (work experience, observational visits, as a patient or other contact).

The reflective statement should be sufficiently explicit to demonstrate your commitment to Sports rehabilitation and show that you have an understanding of the depth and breadth of the profession. For further advice on work experience and other areas of Sports Rehabilitation as a career, please consult the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) 


The School of Health and social Care has a values based recruitment (VBR)  process.  This enables the recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the strength of their UCAS application. The interview process focuses on 'how' and 'why'  an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found on the Health Education England website.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview panel consists of LSBU staff, lecturers, service users and clinicians. You will be assessed through multiple mini interviews (MMIs) which will include a simple practical task that will not require any special clothing or preparation.  Applicants will be assessed on their academic ability, work experience, insight into caring and helping others and their ability to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • working with others
  • a caring and respectful attitude to others
  • reliability, honesty and trustworthiness
  • problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative.

International applicants

The application process may involve further steps for International applicants (non-EU nationals). All non-EU applicants for this course must therefore contact the International Office as soon as possible to discuss the admissions steps and the immigration requirements : or +44 (0) 20 7815 6189.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for 2017/18 entry.

Year of study UK/EU fee International fee
Year 1 Full-time £9,250.00 £15,100.00
Year 2 Full-time £9,250.00 £15,100.00
Year 3 Full-time £9,250.00 £15,100.00
Year 4 Full-time £9,250.00 £15,100.00
Total £37,000.00 £60,400.00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves
the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate
students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

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Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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