There is a growing demand for sports therapists in the UK. Our MSc Sports Therapy builds on your sports-related first degree (eg BSc Sport and Exercise Science, BSc Sports Performance and Coaching, or similar). With our state-of-the-art facilities and science-based approach, you will gain the knowledge and skills to become a sports therapist who can practice in various professional settings.
You will develop an exceptional understanding of the science and research that underpins the practice of sports therapy and cultivate the technical skills to deliver high-quality sports therapy support. Through learning environments with an applied focus, you will have a platform to hone your practical skills, participate in small group discussions and share expertise and knowledge with your peers.
Alongside your timetabled classes, you will complete between 200 and 250 hours of placement as part of the course. Some of these hours will be in our Sports Therapy Clinic, where you will consult with performance scholars, students, staff, and members of the public, under the guidance and supervision of our experienced sports therapy staff. You’ll also be given the opportunity to work with a variety of sports clubs and teams, ranging from recreational to elite levels.
This course is also available to study on a part-time basis.
Our Performance Sport Scholarship programme has been created for talented athletes playing at regional, national or international level, and offers a range of benefits. We want students competing in our focus sports (basketball, volleyball, tennis, football and rugby 7s), as well as other team sports and individual athletes, to contribute to our performance sport programme. Our scholarships can include fee discounts of up to 100%, offered to athletes who demonstrate sporting excellence. Athletes who are awarded the scholarship will receive a host of other benefits, including free kit, access to state-of-the-art facilities, performance coaching, the option to live in our Athlete Village (accommodation fees may vary) and a support package valued up to £1,500. These benefits are designed to help athletes focus on their training, and development, and to enable them to reach their full potential alongside their studies.
Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.
This course offers research-led study and high-quality teaching from lecturers with experience working in elite sport and across a diverse range of athletes and the general population. We are 23rd in the UK for research power in sport and exercise sciences (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021). As part of our vibrant sports science community, you will learn from and work alongside internationally recognised academic researchers with industry links to professional organisations such as AFC Wimbledon, Saracens Rugby, Ipswich Town FC, and Southend United FC.
Key academic staff for this course includes:
Our specialist facilities include our on-campus Sports Therapy Clinic, Sport Arena, strength and conditioning facility, specialist sport and physiology laboratories, and dedicated sports therapy laboratories.
You will also:
Upon graduation, you’ll be well equipped for a career as a sports therapist and to be able to work with athletes at any level and across a variety of sports. Typical career destinations include sports therapy or multidisciplinary clinics, professional sport, youth sport academies, the health and fitness industry, teaching, and academic research.
We have great industry links and work closely with the University’s Careers Services to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
A 2.2 degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Coaching or Sport and Exercise Physiology.
Applications from students with a degree below a 2.2 or equivalent, or an unrelated degree at 2:2 may be considered dependent on any relevant professional qualifications and experience.
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Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.
Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.
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The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.
Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.
In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.
Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:
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The UK academic level of the module.
A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.
A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.
A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.
The term the module will be taught in.
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Our MSc Sports Therapy is an innovative and wide-ranging course, with a strong vocational focus to develop industry-specific knowledge and skills. You will gain a strong understanding of scientific principles and concepts that underpin a practitioner’s decision-making process in injury assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. You will also develop the professional skills required for enhancing employability opportunities.
Through a combination of lectures, practicals, and seminars, this course offers you the opportunity to graduate with a Masters degree and eligibility to apply for full membership of the Society of Sports Therapists.
Assessment strategies emphasise a variety of learning styles and approaches.
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