Course Details

Reflecting the growing opportunities in sports sciences, this MSc in Sport Rehabilitation and Therapy aims to develop highly competent, industry-ready practitioners. If you are a healthcare professional wishing to further develop your sport and exercise expertise, this course offers an innovative curriculum, practical skills and expertise relating to rehabilitation in sport and exercise designed to meet your needs. 

Masters Degree
Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration
MSc Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
Start Date
12th October 2024
1 year


In collaboration with AECC University College, Portobello Institute is excited to offer this MSc in Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation. This master’s programme provides the opportunity to develop assessment, treatment and intervention skills and the course allows for a greater depth of knowledge and expertise regarding specialised domains of practice including working with neurological conditions, para and disability sports and cardiac rehabilitation while developing knowledge in key areas such as the psychology of injury, pain, and rehabilitation, sports rehabilitation and clinical assessment. 

Why should I study this course?

Why Should I Study This Course? 

We offer an innovative curriculum designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals or sports science professionals wishing to further develop their sport and exercise expertise.  

Studying for an MSc in Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation offers several compelling benefits in terms of personal development and professional opportunities.  

  • Growing Demand: As sports become more competitive and human performance becomes more advanced, the frequency and complexity of injuries have increased. Trained professionals who understand both the prevention and treatment of these injuries are in high demand. 
  • Career Opportunities: Graduates can work in a variety of settings, including sports teams, clinics, hospitals, or even open their private practice. They may also be involved in research or take on roles in academia. 
  • Holistic Understanding: This program provides an in-depth understanding not just of injury treatment but also prevention. Students learn to approach athletes’ health comprehensively, considering factors like biomechanics, nutrition, psychology, and training regimens. 
  • Hands-on Experience: Such courses often incorporate practical training, allowing students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world settings, which is invaluable in honing skills and building confidence. 
  • Personal Satisfaction: There’s immense fulfillment in aiding recovery and watching individuals return to the sport or life they love, performing at their best. 
  • Networking: These programs often offer opportunities to connect with leading professionals in the field, from sports physicians to physiotherapists to professional athletes, paving the way for collaborative projects, research, or job opportunities. 
  • Flexibility and Opportunities: With the broad skill set acquired, graduates are not limited to working with athletes. They can also offer rehabilitation services to individuals who have suffered injuries in other scenarios or even work in general physiotherapy. 
  • Contribute to Advancements: Engage in research that can lead to new methodologies, tools, or insights that push the boundaries of sports rehabilitation, ultimately benefiting countless athletes and the broader field of sports medicine. 

What is Sports Injury & Rehabilitation? 

Sports Injury & Rehabilitation is a specialised area within sports medicine that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery processes of injuries sustained during athletic activities. 

Sports Injury: 

  • Identification and Diagnosis: Recognising the signs and symptoms of an injury and using various diagnostic tools, such as X-rays or MRIs, to confirm and assess the severity. 
  • Immediate Care: Administering first aid or initial care to manage acute injuries. 
  • Treatment: Implementing appropriate interventions, which could include surgeries, medications, injections, or other therapeutic methods, to address the injury. 
  • Prevention: Recognising risk factors and implementing strategies, such as proper training techniques, equipment recommendations, and fitness conditioning, to prevent injuries. 


  • Assessment: Evaluating an individual’s functional deficits post-injury to develop a tailored rehabilitation plan. 
  • Therapeutic Exercises: Using specific exercises to restore strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. 
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques like massage, mobilisation, and manipulation to improve tissue health and joint function. 
  • Modalities: Using tools and equipment, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat, and cold, to reduce pain, improve circulation, and facilitate healing. 
  • Functional Training: Training individuals to regain sport-specific skills, ensuring they can safely return to their desired level of activity. 
  • Education: Teaching athletes about their injuries, recovery processes, and strategies to prevent recurrence. 

“My attitude is that if you push me towards a weakness, I will turn that weakness into a strength.”

- Michael Jordan

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completing this postgraduate degree, you will hold an MSc in Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation awarded by AECC University College. 

During your studies, you will be registered as a student at AECC University College.  

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK 

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here. 

What will I study during this MSc Sport Rehabilitation and Therapy course?

The course is designed to develop the awareness and application of contemporary rehabilitation expertise in sport, exercise and performance settings. 

Gain the skills required to become a qualified sports rehabilitator with our MSc Sport Rehabilitation and Therapy

This hands-on course will equip you with a unique set of skills within the field of sport and exercise injury assessment and rehabilitation and will prepare you for a rewarding career in the exciting and emerging profession of Sports Rehabilitation.

The course prepares graduates from sport and exercise science and other related courses to work as registered Sports Rehabilitators and Therapists. Students on the course will develop a broad range of rehabilitation-focused skills and expertise ranging from soft tissue therapies and massage, to pitch-side first aid and injury recovery.

Students will also develop the skills to rehabilitate athletes back to full sports participation, as well as learn to examine and assess injuries for both diagnosis and referral.

All learning on the course is focused on acquiring professional skills, which means that students underpin their studies with placements and practical experience to achieve competency in a broad range of practice-focused skills.

Who will I learn from?

Personal Academic Tutor

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.

This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

This MSc has been specifically designed for delivery by online learning with live interactive webinar sessions. It is very suited to you if you have a busy work and home life and want to fit study around this. Blended Learning takes the schedule of a traditional face-to-face learning programme and restructures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one-to-one tutor support.

This mode of delivery includes contact tuition via web-based e-learning and interactive webinar sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including live and recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. The time commitment will be greater than a blended learning programme. A blended learning programme usually has a single workshop at the start of a module whereas a flexible delivery programme will usually have a minimum of 1 weekend per month attendance required.

Tutor Support

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query and there will be scheduled opportunities to submit a draft of your assignment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one-to-one guidance. For more information about our team, click here. Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.

This level of one-to-one support is unique to blended learning and is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports scientists as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.

Online Learning Portal – ePortobello

During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme uploaded onto ePortobello. The content of this programme is set out in an easy-to-follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you understand the subject and complete your assessment.

How will I be assessed?

SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.

The primary aim of the varying assessment styles is to support you in demonstrating your knowledge of theory and practice as a result of a range of assessments.

The dissertation project provides the opportunity for an extended piece of formal scientific writing preparing you for your future career and the need to keep scientific-based patient notes.

We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gained with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.

Career prospects

An MSc in MSc Sport Rehabilitation and Therapy opens a diverse range of career opportunities, as it equips you with specialised knowledge and skills applicable across various sectors. Here are the potential career prospects for individuals with this qualification: 

  • Sports Rehabilitation Therapist: Work directly with athletes to help them recover from injuries and return to peak performance, often collaborating with other healthcare professionals. 
  • Physiotherapist: Offer therapeutic treatments to individuals, not just athletes, to help them regain mobility and manage pain after injuries or due to chronic conditions. 
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Design and implement training programs to enhance athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury. 
  • Sports Medicine Clinician: Collaborate with doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals in a clinic focused on treating sports-related injuries. 
  • Team Therapist for Professional Sports Teams: Travel with professional sports teams, providing immediate care and designing injury prevention programs. 
  • Researcher/Academic: Contribute to the advancement of the field by conducting research, publishing findings, and potentially teaching at universities or colleges. 
  • Orthopedic Specialist: With further training, work alongside orthopaedic surgeons in diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating musculoskeletal injuries. 
  • Private Practice Owner: Establish a private clinic offering rehabilitation and injury prevention services to athletes and the general public. 
  • Consultant for Sports Organisations: Provide insights and guidance on injury prevention, recovery protocols, and rehabilitation strategies to sports clubs, schools, or organisations. 
  • Performance Analyst: Use biomechanics and movement analysis to understand injury mechanisms and improve performance. 
  • Injury Prevention Coordinator: Design and implement programs specifically aimed at reducing the risk of injuries within sports organisations or schools. 
  • Corporate Wellness: Work with companies to design wellness programs that reduce workplace injuries and promote general employee health. 
  • Education and Training: Deliver workshops, courses, or seminars to coaches, athletes, or other healthcare professionals about sports injuries and rehabilitation. 
  • Specialised Roles: With additional certifications, one can branch into areas like aquatic therapy, Pilates-based rehabilitation, or even alternative therapies. 
  • Liaison Roles: Act as a bridge between sports teams and healthcare facilities, ensuring coordinated and optimised care for injured athletes. 

This MSc also serves as a foundation for further studies, such as pursuing a PhD in a related field, which could further enhance career prospects and expertise. Additionally, with the increasing recognition of the importance of sports health and rehabilitation, the demand for professionals in this field is likely to continue growing globally. 

What is the role of a Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation Practitioner?

A Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation Practitioner plays a vital role in the healthcare and athletic realms, focusing on the prevention, treatment, and management of injuries specific to athletic activities.  

Their primary objective is to guide athletes and individuals through a comprehensive rehabilitation process that ensures a safe and effective return to optimal performance.  

Here’s a more detailed look at their role: 

  • Injury Assessment: Conduct thorough evaluations to diagnose the type, severity, and cause of sports-related injuries using clinical examinations, diagnostic imaging, and other assessment tools. 
  • Treatment & Therapeutic Interventions: Prescribe and administer various treatments, including manual therapy, modalities (like ultrasound or electrical stimulation), and specific therapeutic exercises. 
  • Rehabilitation Program Design: Develop tailored rehabilitation programs that address the specific needs of the injury and the individual’s sport or activity, focusing on restoring strength, mobility, flexibility, and sport-specific skills. 
  • Injury Prevention: Advise on proper training techniques, equipment, biomechanics, and conditioning practices to minimise injury risks. Design and implement injury prevention programs, considering both individual and sport-specific risk factors. 
  • Education & Counseling: Educate athletes on their injuries, the recovery process, and preventative measures. Provide psychological support, helping athletes cope with the stress, anxiety, and challenges of injuries. 
  • Liaison & Collaboration: Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, including doctors, surgeons, coaches, trainers, and other healthcare professionals, to ensure holistic care and a coordinated return-to-play strategy. 
  • Continued Monitoring: Regularly re-evaluate and adjust rehabilitation programs based on progress and feedback, ensuring a safe and effective recovery process. 
  • Sports-Specific Training: Guide athletes through functional and sports-specific training phases, ensuring they are prepared to return to their sport safely. 
  • Research & Continuous Learning: Stay updated with the latest research, techniques, and technologies in the field to provide evidence-based care. Engage in research or professional development opportunities to contribute to and advance the field. 
  • Administrative Tasks: Document patient histories, treatments, progress, and outcomes for record-keeping and to facilitate coordinated care with other professionals. 
  • Consultation: Advise sports teams, schools, or organisations on injury prevention strategies, equipment selection, and training methodologies. 

A Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation Practitioner combines knowledge of sports, biomechanics, and medical rehabilitation to ensure that athletes and active individuals receive optimal care after an injury, facilitating their journey from recovery to peak performance. 

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Speak to an expert

Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.

It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.

Your Consultant

Brandon McLean

I am Brandon McLean, the Corporate Admissions Manager here at the Portobello Institute and I can be contacted on 01 892 0035.

Education is a journey and the destination is a career that you love. I support the department that helps you to plan your journey so you can find the path that’s right for you. I have been with Portobello since 2018 and I love the elation that you can see on the face and hear in the voice of a student who talks through a complicated goal, who we can provide with a simple solution. When the conversation has finished and they can clearly see the path forward, I am thrilled. Education is a milestone in determining your future, and I cannot think of a better milestone to have a hand in.

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How do I apply?

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.

Applicants will be required to have a minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of awards/professional qualifications.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English Language.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online application form.

Step 2

Applicant’s application will be reviewed by the Portobello enrolment team.

Step 3

Applicant will be contacted by the Portobello enrolment team to confirm place on the course or for more information.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as a post-graduate degree student with AECC University College.

Fees & Payment Options


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Overall Course Price

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Easy Payment Plan

Payment Option 1

30% deposit payment (€2,947.50), followed by 10 scheduled payments on the first of each month, commencing the 1st of the month after the start date of the course. Includes one off instalment fee of €395.

  • €687.75 due in month 1
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Available Courses

Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration Fees Per Year
MSc Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
Start Date
12th October 2024
1 year
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