Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences

The studies of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sports therapy and sport and exercise medicine.

The Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences team have expertise in physical activity, exercise, health promotion and lifestyle management to foster healthy living.

  • Occupational therapists promote health and wellbeing through occupation to enable to people to participate in the activities of everyday life
  • Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice
  • Sports Therapy is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and with rehabilitation to enable people to return to their optimum levels of sports specific fitness and function
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine involves the medical or therapeutic care of injury and illness in those who wish to undertake physical activity
  1. Occupational Therapy

    We offer a BSc Occupational Therapy course and an MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) course. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as an occupational therapist.

    The BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy courses are both accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

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Occupational Therapy courses

  1. Physiotherapy

    The team has specialist clinical experience across the breadth of physiotherapy and includes national and international tutors of the McKenzie Method and Bobath concept, a University-wide teaching fellow, and Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

    As part of the masters course, a student-led research conference is staged at the end of the course and features presentations to students, staff and external guests. Previous keynote speakers have included Karen Middleton, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

    Staff members also lead the University’s Rehabilitation Science Research Group, which produces empirical research and presents peer-reviewed journal papers to national and international audiences.

    Our courses are validated and approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health & Care Professions Council.

    If you wish to pursue a career in sport, you may be interested in our four-year pathway that comprises the full-time three-year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course and a one-year postgraduate MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine – the MSc may be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.

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Physiotherapy courses

  1. Sports and Exercise Therapy

    Our courses produce highly-skilled practitioners who can apply their expertise to a range of sports and at all levels. Graduates have gone on to secure roles with rugby league giants Leeds Rhinos, rugby union’s Yorkshire Carnegie and Chesterfield Panthers, netball’s Yorkshire Jets and cricket’s Yorkshire Diamonds.

    Both courses are accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists, the lead organisation for sports therapists in the UK.

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Sports and Exercise Therapy courses

  1. Sports and Exercise Medicine

    Our sports and exercise medicine team is made up of qualified medical and healthcare practitioners with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the health requirements of recreational and elite sports participants.

Sports and Exercise Medicine courses


We have excellent facilities. Our clinical skills suite enables us to deliver the practical components of the courses in modern and purpose built environments.

The majority of academic staff have clinical backgrounds. All are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and/or have completed such courses as the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice unless newly appointed.

Work based learning

The pre-registration courses include integrated work-based practice placements across a variety of health and social care settings as relevant to the course. All placements are quality assured in liaison with our various stakeholders.


The team is research active disseminating research by publication and conferences both nationally and internationally.