MRes Sport, Exercise And Rehabilitation

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    12 months full time

Course Description

With advancing technologies and an ever-growing global emphasis on the role of sport, exercise and rehabilitation, our research-focused Masters will expose you to advanced tools and techniques in a highly research-active environment. This distinctive one year MRes has a strong emphasis on developing skills for practice as a specialist and practical application within exercise and rehabilitation environments.

Our MRes is based in the sport and exercise sciences department which has a wealth of expertise in the area of rehabilitation, with students being taught by some of the country’s leading sport and exercise scientists. Being part of the cardiovascular and sport and exercise sciences group, we are ranked highly in both UK and international studies*. The group covers a wide range of topics, which are underpinned by fundamental research, meaning you’ll be able to use an interdisciplinary approach to answer shared research questions.

*Top 10 in the UK for Sport Science – Complete University Guide 2024; Top 20 in UK for Sport Science – Guardian University Guide 2023

Make an impact in an ever-changing field.
Researchers in sport and exercise sciences use exercise as a fundamental physical challenge to gain insight into normal biological control processes and functional adaptability. This is fundamental to understanding the dynamic relationship between activity patterns, physical and mental health, predisposition to and recovery from chronic conditions (such as: cardiorespiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer) across the lifespan.

We believe exercise is currently under-utilised in diagnostic procedures, and that targeted exercise interventions are likely to be more effective than many current therapeutic approaches. Our approach involves an unusually broad molecular cell-to-systems research portfolio, with translational benefits ranging from the promotion of physical activity to rehabilitation strategies.

Course highlights

  • Provides specialised knowledge in sport and exercise rehabilitation disciplines including; functional sports anatomy, movement assessment, musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine, sports injuries, exercise physiology and health, sports nutrition, physical activity and health, exercise prescription.
  • Embeds student into wider research activities to build the skills and knowledge necessary to develop as a successful researcher in exercise rehabilitation.
  • Gain first-hand experience by conducting an individual research project demonstrating competent use of a range of practical techniques.
  • Access to brand new sports facilities and labs.
  • Learn to analyse laboratory data from current researchers.
  • The learning and teaching strategies used on the programme are intended to develop quantitative and computational skills, problem-solving skills, critical evaluation and enhance autonomous learning.

Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)

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Student Destinations

There’s an increasing demand for people skilled in the knowledge of biological sciences applied to healthcare in the form of medical and exercise. The knowledge of innovative use of fresh developments in the fields of data gathering and analysis is critical and is leading to a drive forward towards an innovative and disruptive technological development for improving diagnosis with translational benefits ranging from promotion of physical activity to rehabilitation strategies.

Upon completion of this programme you’ll be well-placed to undertake a PhD in this field or as junior research assistants if working in an academic or industrial environment. You’ll also be qualified to undertake a career in exercise rehabilitation and other healthcare related occupations both within and outside the NHS. Employment within the field of sport and exercise could include preparation and recovery at both the novice and elite level.

Module Details

Year 1 compulsory modules

Advanced Data Analysis Techniques 15
Advanced Research Topics 30
MRes Research Project 120
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Module Name Credits
Bioimaging 15
Motor Control and Neurorehabilitation 15
Exercise and Psychological Health 15
Advanced Exercise Physiology 15
Motor and Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation 15

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