Postgraduate Course

MSc Sports Therapy

MSc Sports Therapy

Overview

The details
Sports Therapy
October 2024
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

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.

Sport scholarships

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 and football), 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 may also 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.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

Why we're great.
  • Gain the practical skill set and theoretical knowledge to become a Graduate Sports Therapist.
  • Work in our purpose-built and well-equipped Sports Therapy Clinic under the supervision of a Practice Educator, as well as with a variety of sports clubs and teams.
  • We are 23rd in the UK for research power in sport and exercise sciences Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).

Our expert staff

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:

  • Dr Sally Waterworth – a Graduate Sports Therapist with over 20 years' experience of working with recreational to professional athletes from a variety of sports. Sally's research focuses on the impact of interactions between training and nutrition on performance and health.
  • Tracy Lewis – a physiotherapist with 25 years' experience working in the public and private sector and specialising in elite sport. Tracy worked for The Football Association for 12 years where she was Head of Physiotherapy for Women for 9 years, working with English International players from youth to senior level. Tracy's research interests include injury surveillance in female sport with a particular interest in football.
  • Dr Louis Howe - a UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coach with over a decade of experience working with international athletes from a variety of sports. Louis' research focuses on resistance training and its impact on health and performance.

Specialist facilities

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:

  • Have access to a wide range of specialist sports therapy equipment for training and testing purposes within our state-of-the-art Human Movement Laboratory.
  • Have opportunities to gain valuable experience working with elite athletes in our Human Performance Unit and with performance scholars, students and staff in our Sports Therapy Clinic.
  • Be able to use our dedicated research facilities, from an isokinetic dynamometer to 12-camera 3D motion analysis system, to gas and blood analysis systems.
  • Have the chance to conduct your dissertation research alongside academics and PhD students in dedicated research facilities.

Your future

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.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrate the ability to study at Level 7, as well as 3-5 years postgraduate experience in the field of Hand Therapy. Applicants should be experienced clinicians, who are already working clinically in their area of practice at level 7, and should hold current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body (HCPC or equivalent).

Applicants will require a minimum of 1 year post-registration experience and relevant musculoskeletal experience, and must be currently registered with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Structure

Components and modules explained

Components

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.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

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

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:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

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.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: CORE

Sports Therapy Treatments
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Injury Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 03: CORE

Sports Therapy Placement
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 04: CORE

Research Project
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 05: CORE

Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology
(15 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 06: CORE

Exercise Rehabilitation
(15 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 07: CORE

Return to Sport
(15 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 08: COMPULSORY

Research Methods and Critical Enquiry
(15 CREDITS)

Teaching

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.

Postgraduate Taught students in the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences typically attend two-hour workshops, or a one-hour lecture and one-hour seminar for each module each week.

Assessment

Assessment strategies emphasise a variety of learning styles and approaches.

These include:

  • Practical assessments
  • Oral presentations
  • Written assessments such as literature reviews
  • Client reports and case studies
  • Final research project

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£10,000

International fee

£21,700

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Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we'll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply' information.

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