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Course Overview

Sports Therapy is a rapidly developing area of healthcare, with the public and sporting population becoming increasingly aware of the requirements to care for their bodies from a health and exercise perspective. This does mean that they are more at risk of injury. By studying this course you could become part of this profession working with elite athletes, in the NHS, or as part of your own Sports Therapy business.

This full-time, one year degree offers sports science (or similar) graduates the opportunity to develop the practical and theoretical skills to become a graduate Sports Therapist. On successful completion of this masters you will be entitled to become a member of The Society of Sports Therapists and able to practice as a Sports Therapist in your chosen field of specialism.

You can choose to study our MSc Sports Therapy either full-time or part-time.

What will this course cover?

Sports Therapy is based on five pillars of competency:

  • prevention
  • recognition and evaluation
  • management, treatment and referral
  • rehabilitation
  • education and professional practice issues.

This course has been designed around these five pillars and in accordance with the educational competencies of a Sports Therapist as set by The Society of Sports Therapists. The degree will take you through the ability to deal with an injury from the point of trauma (including a trauma management qualification) to assessment and diagnosis, followed by development of a full therapeutic treatment and exercise rehabilitation plan to return the patient back to their previous level of sport or exercise.

Course Details

This course is fully accredited by the professional body for Sports Therapy - ‘The Society of Sports Therapists’. As a student of Bucks, you will have student membership of The Society of Sports Therapists - paid for by the University. This brings added benefits to the study of your course including access to the student members area of the website and free access to the British Journal of Sports Medicine .  Following graduation, you’ll be eligible for professional registration with The Society of Sports Therapists and for insurance to practice.

What are the course entry requirements?

This course is aimed at sports science graduates. Graduates should ideally hold a degree with a 2:1 classification in a relevant subject such as sport or exercise science (lower classifications will be considered based on experience). Some experience of working in the healthcare industry would be beneficial.

You will be interviewed by a member of the course team. If you do not meet the entry requirements a member of the course team will be able to advise you regarding additional training you may undertake at the university or outside in order to be eligible for the course.

You will also need to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Injury Assessment and Management
  • Manual Therapy
  • Research Methods for Sports Therapy
  • Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injuries Work Experience
  • Sports Therapy Research Dissertation
  • Tissue and Pain Management


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU 2018/19: £8,000

Full Time International 2018/19: £11,000

Please note that these fees are for 2018-19 entry.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.


What are my career prospects

A Sports Therapist is a healthcare professional. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to apply for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists. With appropriate insurance this will enable you to work autonomously within professional and elite sport, the NHS or in private practice. This course is based upon placement and work experience opportunities which will enable development of key contacts within industry to help the progression into a career in Sports Therapy. Your dissertation will also be centred around the opportunity to publish your work and may lead into further research work, including PhD.

For further information about Sports Therapy please visit here.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Sports Therapy placements are the backbone of this course. The course team recognise that it is not only what you know but also what and where you have work experience that will enhance your employment. Because of this, we have developed many partnerships with placements available in a variety of elite, professional and semi-professional sports teams (including but not limited to: Watford FCWycombe Wanderers FC, England Handball, Wasps RFC) as well as in hospital and more traditional clinic settings (Wycombe Hospital, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Halsa Clinic) as well as working within the university’s own Sports & Wellbeing Clinic.

Current students on our Sports Therapy programmes record their placement hours on a google based ePortfolio and many have over 350 hours. This is an ideal start to their careers in this exciting profession.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Visit the MSc Sports Therapy page on the Buckinghamshire New University website for more details!




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