We operate a modular system for this programme which means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation - a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

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The full time route is 12 months; plus 3 months supervised project write up which can be carried out remotely. 

The minimum period of study for the part-time programme route is 24 months; plus 3 months supervised project write up which can be carried out remotely. The maximum period of study is 60 months.

It is possible to study modules on a standalone basis leading to an MSc, PgDip or PgCert over five years. See how the modules integrate with the course structure.

A full MSc consists of 180 credits, so in addition to the Core Modules, you will choose 2 Optional Modules.

Core Modules

Critical thinking in practice (30 credits)

This postgraduate core module will introduce students to the concepts and practice of argument formulation, critical reading and writing skills. Students will examine and discuss a selection of research problems and critically evaluate their research design. This course includes a selection of outside speakers from different settings who have been selected to present issues from their wide-ranging research experiences. It will focus on the wide area of public health and will particularly concentrate on rehabilitation and exercise for health arenas. The assessment is individually tailored to a topic of each student’s choice. This module will support and  inform students  final research projects.

Evaluation of reflection in rehabilitation (15 credits)

This module will help students develop reflective skills relevant in their own working environment. Demonstrating continuous professional development through reflection is an essential requirement for maintaining registration with the professional regulatory bodies (eg HCPC, NMC, GMC or equivalent) or advancing practice in health and social care.   This module provides the strategies to achieve this and students will explore the value of these approaches in changing their own practice or rehabilitation outcomes.  Action learning is facilitated in the module and students develop methods for influencing colleagues and teams.  

Practical data analysis (15 credits)

The data analysis sessions give student a ‘hands on’ opportunity to analyse qualitative and quantitative data and present their results.  The need for critical interpretation of results will be emphasized, with reference to the underlying research theories, methodology, study design, and method of data collection. This module supports the application of the statistical and qualitative methods taught in the research methods module.  The assessment is a practical analysis of either a quantitative or qualitative data set.

Policy and practice in rehabilitation (15 credits)

Policy shapes health and social care services. The focus of this 15 credit postgraduate module is an in-depth study of current, past and future trends in rehabilitation. With a focus on the UK perspective, we will examine policy, key research and opinion with particular emphasis onPain  rehabilitation. We will consider the extent to which policy aspiration is reflected in practice and in the experiences of individuals with different complex health and social care rehabilitation needs, across traditional health and social pathways and beyond.

Research methods (15 credits)

This postgraduate module is designed to foster an understanding of the research process, hone skills of critical appraisal and develop research skills as applied to both quantitative and qualitative research. The delivery follows a logical progression which starts with the scientific process and hypothesis formulation and ends with the production of a research protocol. Along the way reviewing the literature, selecting an appropriate research method, sampling, data collection, analysis and presentation and ethical issues are covered. This course has preparatory work, a taught component and self-directed learning/assignment time.

The preparation time prior to attendance, and the self-directed learning/assignment time after the taught course, are  equally important parts of the course as a whole. The preparatory work includes pre-reading of recommended texts and the basic critique of a provided paper with the emphasis being on the ease of information extraction. Moodle is used to support learning and provide clarification and practice via student based activities.

Research Project (60 credits)

The Research Project is your opportunity to explore a topic related to the Rehabilitation course in much more detail.  It is guided by your personal tutor and is written during the final third of your MSc.

Optional Modules

Cardiac rehabilitation (15 credits)

This 15 credit postgraduate  module is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to organise, manage and deliver a Cardiac Rehabilitation programme within a hospital or community setting. The module will provide a special focus to rehabilitation of athletes or individuals with cardiac disorders who wish to return to exercise and work, learn to manage their condition and deal with activities of daily living. It will be based on the European guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation, which promote evidence-based practice for individuals who have had a known cardiac event. Students will be equipped with knowledge of aspects of cardiac disease, be exposed to the multi-disciplinary nature of effective cardiac rehabilitation services and learn to modify rehabilitation programmes for athletes and older people with cardiac disease.

Professional development in rehabilitation (15 credits)

The focus of this 15 credit postgraduate course is the compilation of a reflective practice portfolio. The portfolio offers students the opportunity to compile evidence that relates to their own learning experience in the context of their own working environment. While this is an assessed piece of work, it is hoped that it also becomes a valuable resource for the student. In addition it is hoped that students develop a reflective approach in their own practice; reflecting on their learning, performance and on issues relevant to advance practice in Health, Social Work and Social Care.

A reflective approach to professional practice is a vital part of continuing professional development. Registration bodies such as the HCPC and NMC demand that registrants demonstrate their continuing professional development by keeping a portfolio. Therefore this course is designed to complement this process and assist students to develop this in line with their own registering body requirements. The assessment for this course is a Profile of Reflective Practice Portfolio: This is an evaluation of your practice.

Pain management (15 credits)

Pain is one of the most frequent causes patients seek help for from the health service.  The focus of this 15 credit postgraduate course is the clinical application of current concepts of pain. Pain is considered a multi-dimensional experience and there is increasing amounts of quality literature to support the efficacy of adopting a bio psychosocial approach to pain management. This approach requires an in-depth understanding of the neurophysiology of pain and the adoption of cognitive-behavioural principles, the foundation of which is sound communication.

This course provides a high level of knowledge and skills that will enable you to effectively assist patients and clients in managing complex pain experiences. The course aims to enable students to develop an evidence-based approach that equips them in assisting individuals with painful conditions to optimise participation in life situations. This course is suitable for all practitioners working with people in the management of their pain.

Psychology for exercise (15 credits)

The focus of this 15 credit postgraduate course is to explore the practice and application of psychological concepts to physical activity for health and well- being.  It will develop an in-depth understanding of psychological correlates, psychological well-being and psychological interventions to promote physical activity.  It presents an understanding of the theory and rationale of how psychology can aid adherence and maintenance of exercise in various populations and  introduce and critically discuss different psychological applied approaches to enhance participation in physical activity.

Self-management in long term and neurological conditions (15 credits)

This  module will help students explore  key underlying concepts which influence self-management in people with long term conditions. These include the individual nature of experiencing illness, coping and resilience; professional attitudes toward person centred self-management approaches and factors associated with implementation of self-management at an organisational/service delivery level. Students are encouraged to use evidence and policy initiatives to evaluate their own area of practice and develop a proposal for service change which promotes self-management. 

You can download an overview of all the modules leading to the PgCert, PgDip and MSc here.

You can obtain the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation but must achieve a pass mark in the following modules:

  • Policy and Practice in Health Care (PP1)
  • Evaluation of Reflection in Rehabilitation
  • Critical thinking in practice

You can gain the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation but must achieve a pass mark in the following modules within the maximum registration period specified:

  • Policy and practice in rehabilitation
  • Critical Thinking in Practice
  • Evaluation of reflection in rehabilitation
  • Research Methods
  • Data Analysis
  • Two option modules

You must also achieve a pass mark in two option modules (or AP(E)L equivalent).

To obtain the award of Master's in Rehabilitation you must obtain a pass mark in the following modules within the maximum registration period specified:

  • Policy and practice in rehabilitation
  • Critical thinking in practice
  • Evaluation of reflection in rehabilitation
  • Research project planning and management
  • Data Analysis
  • Two option modules
  • Research project

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