Football Science & Rehabilitation

1 Year
September 2024
Online Learning

On this flexible course you’ll develop advanced practical skills and learn how to apply the latest clinical techniques and scientific thinking to the performance management strategies used by the multi-disciplinary team for the enhancement of elite level footballers.

Why study with us

  • Developed in consultation with our clinical partners, including the FAPL and the Football Medical & Performance Association.
  • This programme is delivered both full and part-time, entirely online and by distance learning only so you can combine your studies with full-time employment in the football industry or elsewhere.
  • This course combines practical learning with independent and online study, so you can work flexibly and study at your own pace with no requirement to be on campus and with all assignments delivered remotely.

What you’ll do

  • You’ll get to plan and implement prehab, rehabilitation and reconditioning programmes for footballers and other athletes.
  • You’ll be encouraged to engage in at least 50 hours of work-based learning. So you can apply the skills you’ve learned to your work environment within the football industry.
  • There are opportunities to watch and listen to guest lectures and presentations involving industry professionals from the world of elite football and other sports.


Course delivery

This is a distance learning course which is taught entirely online with no face-to-face teaching.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Your teaching team

All our Lecturing and teaching team have extensive experience of working at Elite levels of both football and sport generally. they are all active researchers and have consultancy posts with sporting teams at the highest level. We all share the same passion of vocational alignment in all that we do. We pride ourselves with an extensive and inclusive network of professionals as can be evidenced from our impressive list of external speakers.

Mark in a jumper delivering a lecture
Mark Leather
Course Leader MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation and MSc Football Medical Leadership & Performance
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Mark is the course leader of MSc Football Medical Leadership Performance and MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation. He is a HEA Teaching Fellow and works with professional bodies such as the FMPA helping with educational strategies and content. He is also an External Examiner a…

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Dr Jill Alexander
Course Lead DProf and MProf in Elite Performance
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Jill is a Senior Lecturer and programme lead for the DProf and MProf in Elite Performance. She also delivers several modules on the MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation and MSc in Football Medical Leadership and Performance courses. Prior to this, she led the BSc (hons) Sports…

Football Medicine and Performance Association (FMPA)

We are one of just two universities working in partnership with the FMPA. This partnership gives you direct links to the football industry.

We have links with various individuals working in elite sport who often deliver guest lectures and masterclasses. You’ll be taught by staff who have extensive experience in elite professional football.

Future careers

This course will equip you for a successful career in the fields of football rehabilitation and sports science. Such roles include sports therapist, sports scientist, strength and conditioning expert, sports rehabilitator, physiotherapist, etc.

International students additional entry criteria 

To be considered for admission to this programme you should normally meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Applicants should hold a 2:2 degree or equivalent professional experience or learning in a related field
  • One academic/professional reference on an official letter headed paper, dated, duly signed, and stamped
  • A satisfactory personal statement
  • English language
  • If English is not your first language, you'll need to provide evidence of English language such as IELTS (or equivalent) 6.5 (and 6.0 in each component)

We offer a test of English language equivalent through our Language Academy. You will need 75% overall with no component under 65%. Please see the English language entry requirements. Documents that are not in English must have an official English translation.

View our free English classes 

Fees and funding

Distance Full-time£9,000 per year
Distance Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Distance Full-time£9,000 per year
Distance Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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