Spinal Pain MRes

Start date
September or January
1 year Full time, 2 years Part time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Combined research and taught

£4,565 FT plus bench fees (UK students)
£21,300 FT plus bench fees (International Students)
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Our Spinal Pain MRes provides research orientated training in the practical, theoretical and applied elements of spinal pain and rehabilitation. 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 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

Like many others I was instantly sold on the University simply by the aesthetics of the campus. It just so happened that the course fit perfectly with what I wanted to learn, allowed me to gain work experience and has truly lived up to the reputation of the University

Jake Stanley

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Compulsory module:

Optional modules include: (students need to choose two optional modules)

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 for 2022/23, excluding bench fees

UK students: £4,565 FT
International students: £21,300 FT

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

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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

Friday 1 July 2022 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 2021 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2022.

UK students

Wednesday 31 August 2022 is the application deadline for UK students. We are not able to consider applications for 2022 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2023.

Applications for 2022 entry are now open.

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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Our Standard Requirements

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

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International Requirements

International Students

English language requirements

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

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

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.

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.

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