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MSc Sports Physiotherapy

Course Description

Qualifications and durations

This is a distance-learning programme.

- Part-time Postgraduate Certificate (1-3 years)
- Part-time Postgraduate Diploma (2-4 years)
- Part-time MSc (3-5 years)


This world-class course is for physiotherapists seeking a specialist qualification in sports physiotherapy, compliant with international standards of practice. You will develop a problem-solving and clinically reasoned approach to sports physiotherapy, athlete management and performance enhancement.

The blended learning environment combines distance learning with face-to-face teaching and clinical skills practice. You will experience an innovative blend of knowledge-based, activity-based and experiential learning.

The face-to-face induction event and residential teaching weeks in the first and second years of the programme will enable you to meet and work together with other students on real-work problems, and engage in debate with practitioners from a variety of contexts.

Programme features

- Flexible and online, allowing you to study alongside your clinical practice.
- Endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).
- Meets international competencies and standards set by the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSP).
- Integrates the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) CPD pathway.

Programme structure

This is a flexible programme. Our students typically study over three and a half years, however there is opportunity to complete units in up to five years.

Residential teaching events take place at the University and you will be expected to attend the following:

- Sports Science Residential Week - Year One (January)
- Clinical Residential Week - Year Two (June)

The programme is made up of the following compulsory units:
Year one (Certificate)

- Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 1
- Sports Environment
- Exercise Physiology
- Athlete Biomechanics and Sports Analysis

Year two (Diploma)

- Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 2
- Performance Physiotherapy (spine, lower limb, upper limb)
- Athlete Management

Year three (MSc)

- Evidence Based Clinical Sports Physiotherapy
- Research Project Design
- Sports Physiotherapy Research Project

Details of funding:

The University of Bath is third in The Sunday Times University Guide 2013

Visit the MSc Sports Physiotherapy page on the University of Bath web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ben Macdonald

2804.jpg “I completed the MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Bath between 2007 and 2011. During that time I was working at Worcester Rugby club as the First Team Physiotherapist.

The MSc at Bath gave me the opportunity to continue working in a highly demanding elite sport environment, whilst simultaneously completing a postgraduate programme. The Bath MSc was the only programme that enabled me to do this.

This programme gave me the advantage of being able to immediately put into practice the knowledge I was gaining from the various modules being studied. The interactive nature of the course gave me the opportunity to draw on the experiences of other clinicians, and openly debate different subjects. I was subsequently promoted to Head of Medical Services at Worcester Rugby and I have no doubt that completing the MSc programme helped to facilitate this progression in my career.

Since leaving Worcester Rugby I have subsequently worked at Team Sky ProCycling, and more recently British Athletics. The breadth of modules on the MSc programme including physiology, biomechanics and professional development, prepared me to make the transition into these new sports environments.

The course tutors were extremely supportive; a fact illustrated by my continual involvement on the Sports Physiotherapy MSc programme since graduating - something that is actively encouraged by staff.”

Ben Macdonald, 2011
MSc Sports Physiotherapy

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Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements: 1) degree in physiotherapy, 2) current registration/licence to practice as a Physiotherapist, 3) chartered Physiotherapist status (necessary for UK applicants only), 4) a minimum of two years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role. A consideration for entry will be applicants' ability to obtain practice experience in sports physiotherapy, and it is strongly advised that this is arranged prior to application. International students are welcome to apply, and will need to be in a position to fulfil sports physiotherapy practice and experiential requirements in their own country.

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