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MRes Spinal Pain

The Spinal Pain MRes at University of Birmingham provides research orientated training in the practical, theoretical and applied elements of spinal pain and rehabilitation.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £22,380 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The course is offered in collaboration with the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in the University of Birmingham Medical School.

This combined research and taught masters programme provides students with a research orientated training in the practical, theoretical and applied elements of spinal pain and rehabilitation.

Optional modules make up the taught component of the course, and offer teaching, learning and experience in core disciplines of spinal pain and rehabilitation, including exercise and health. Research experience is offered in academic or practice settings within the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation in Spinal Pain (CPR Spine), with two studentships available. Please read more information about the studentship (PDF).

The Spinal Pain programme at University of Birmingham is a one-year full-time or two year part time masters course programme that provides students with a research-orientated training in a lively, highly interactive teaching and research environment.

Courses included:

  • Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Lower Quadrant
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Upper Quadrant
  • Sports Medicine (Football)
  • Neuromuscular Adaptation to Training
  • Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice
  • Innovation in Professional Development

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


The career opportunities available are expanding all the time. As well as developing knowledge and skills in research and research management, this MRes supports development in preparation for doctoral studies. Many clinical settings are now appointing individuals with a strong research profile to strengthen research in clinical practice and rehabilitation. Other career routes include roles in the fitness and leisure industry, governing bodies, teaching, exercise prescription and testing.

You will also have the support of a dedicated careers and employability team, to offer individual advice and guidance services and deliver an employability programme tailored to your needs.


  • At least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject (eg; biomedical engineering, sports science, physiotherapy).

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