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This is a distance-learning programme.

Part-time MSc (3.5 years) you can take up to a maximum of two study breaks, with each break being 12 months in length.

Overview

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) (http://www.csp.org.uk/).

- 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.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/spor-phys/

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.

The following events take place on the University of Bath campus:

Residential (two days) – Year One (September)

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:

Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 1

Sports Environment

Exercise Physiology

Athlete Biomechanics and Sports Analysis

Year two:

Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 2

Performance Physiotherapy (spine, lower limb, upper limb)

Athlete Management

Year three:

Evidence Based Clinical Sports Physiotherapy

Research Project Design

Sports Physiotherapy Research Project

Learning and teaching

The majority of the content of the programme is delivered online to allow you to engage in flexible study alongside your clinical practice. To complement the online teaching there is a face-to-face induction event at the University and residential teaching weeks. Reflective, practice-based elements are provided through professional experiential learning and online virtual workshops.

Our Sports Physiotherapy teaching team have a wealth of professional experience, which has enabled them to develop a high level of expertise and work with an impressive range of clients. Our tutors have worked in the EIS, NHS and private practice in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA and the UK and at a wide range of events for different sporting disciplines. Examples include the Beijing Olympics, Commonwealth games, Paralympic World Cup and World University Games.

Methods of assessment

Each unit is individually assessed and may involve a mixture of written assignments, case studies, presentations and reflective discussion reports. Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 1 and 2 involve assessment of a portfolio of evidence relating to practice. There is a clinical exam during Phase 2, which takes place during the residential event at the University.

The MSc requires successful completion of an innovative research project and dissertation, including dissemination of findings to a target audience.

- Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL):

If you have studied for postgraduate units from another institution then you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning (this is only the case if you have not already received an award for this prior learning).

Depending on the programme of study, you can gain APL for up to 50% of the total credits required (this credit must have been obtained within the previous five years).


Visit the Sports Physiotherapy (MSc) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

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