Rehabilitation & Sport Sciences

Department of Rehabilitation & Sport Sciences

The Department of Rehabilitation & Sport Sciences supports the development of allied health professionals (Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists), Nutritionists, Sports Therapists and Sport and Exercise Scientists.

These occupations play a key role in today’s healthcare and sporting environments, helping to positively transform people’s lives. We take the opportunity to ensure students learn with and from other professions as part of their pre-qualifying learning experience in the university and in practice.

Through our research centres, we improve interdisciplinary practice within distinctive areas of our academic strength. These include pain management, physical activity and sport, healthy eating/nutrition, ageing and dementia, professional practice in pre-hospital, acute and rehabilitation settings. We have an active group of PGR students some of whom have followed the clinical doctoral route.

In the latest (2020) National Student Survey (NSS) our BSc (Hons) Nutrition course received an impressive 100% student satisfaction rating! BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy received 97% and BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy achieved 92%.

Professional bodies and accreditations

A number of professional bodies have accredited and approved courses in our department:

Our courses

Our research centres

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Ageing and Dementia Research Centre

Our Ageing & Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at Bournemouth University (BU) brings together cross-faculty research expertise in areas of ageing and dementia. At a time when our population is living longer and often with long-term conditions including dementia, the centre’s research significantly impacts on theory, education and professional practice.

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Sport and Physical Activity Centre (SPARC)

SPARC at BU is home to a breadth of exciting, innovative and inter-disciplinary scholarship that aims to offer a truly holistic understanding of the derivation, constitution, and experience of sport, physical activity, the body, well-being & (ill-)health.