Spinal Pain MRes

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. More information about the studentship can be found here (.PDF)

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The MRes in Spinal Pain 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.

This programme takes students who have a research focus, from a variety of backgrounds at entry and gives them new skills to enable them to move into further research and/or employment in a number of disciplines.

It is offered by the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, in collaboration with the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in the University of Birmingham Medical School.

The purpose of the MRes Spinal Pain is to provide a strong foundation for research in spinal pain and rehabilitation.

Course Information

The taught elements of the course will be delivered in the form of one core module and two optional modules in core disciplines within exercise and rehabilitation sciences, allowing students to shape the course to their particular interest.

Extended research experience is offered in the shape of a six-month research project in the students chosen discipline.


Carlos Murillo describes his experiences on the MRes Spinal Pain masters degree


Mandatory module:

Optional taught modules offered include: 

The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019, excluding bench fees

  Home/EU International
Fee Band C
 (MRes) Spinal Pain £4,320 Full-time £18,360 Full-time
  £2,160 Part-time £8,370 Part-time

This programme is also subject to bench fees of £6,000

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For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

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Entry requirements

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

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International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band)

How to apply

To make an informal enquiry about this course or register your interest, contact:
Student Recruitment Team
School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 2TT
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 8327 
Email: sportexpgtadmissions@lists.bham.ac.uk

International students requiring visas

Monday 1 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date; a new application should be made for September 2020.

Home/EU students (and International students NOT requiring visas)

Thursday 19 September 2019 is the application deadline for 2019 entry. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date; a new application should be made for September 2020.

Applications are open for 2019 entry

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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The courses have a taught component, and an extended period of research to produce a dissertation. 

Each module has its own assessment which supports development with students then undertaking an extended period of research to produce a thesis. 

Assessment methods

A variety of assessments will be used through the course, including presentation, problem based assessments, portfolio and extended writing.

Related research

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.

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