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Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences

The Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences team incorporates the studies of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sports therapy and sport and exercise medicine. The 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.

Subject Areas

Occupational Therapy
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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.

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The Physiotherapy team offers two routes for physiotherapy pre-registration training - the three-year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and the accelerated two-year MSc Physiotherapy. The courses are validated and approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health & Care Professions Council.
Sport and Exercise Therapy
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Both the BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Therapy and the MSc Sports Therapy are accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists, the lead organisation for sports therapists in the UK.
Sports and Exercise Medicine
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Sports and Exercise Medicine provides qualified medical and healthcare practitioners with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the health requirements of recreational and elite sports participants.
Our Academic Team
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Our Academic Team

Head of Subject

Dr James Milligan

James is Head of Subject for Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences being responsible for studies relating to occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sports and exercise therapy, sports therapy and sport and exercise medicine.

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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.

Our Teaching

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.


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

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