If you’re a registered practitioner of physiotherapy, sports therapy or equivalent, looking to enhance your professional practice within football rehabilitation, become a more rounded, holistic, evidence-based practitioner and advance the profession by engaging in practice-related research, then this MSc could be for you. This programme focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to prepare you to meet the demands of professional football. With a good balance between practical and theoretical skills, a range of appropriate assessments help prepare you for work in a multidisciplinary team. The course is particularly suitable for graduate physiotherapists and/or sports therapists with at least two years post-graduation experience, currently working within football in some capacity and keen to progress both academic and specific practical skills.
What will I study?
There are various exit qualifications for this programme; Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.
The Postgraduate Certificate is ideally suited to those wishing to enhance their professional practice within football rehabilitation. It consists of two core modules that together form the foundations for working as a safe and effective evidence based practitioner within this field. It is ideal if you are not able to commit to full-time study but wish to enhance your practice and fulfil continuing professional development requirements.
The Postgraduate Diploma is an extension of the Postgraduate Certificate and aims to produce a more rounded holistic evidence-based practitioner, capable of embracing the multi-disciplinary nature of a medical and exercise science team within football. Alongside the two modules that provide the foundations of football rehabilitation, you will study modules on strength training and conditioning, preparation and planning for performance and research design and analysis.
As well as producing a rounded, holistic evidence-based practitioner, the MSc also looks to develop you into a practitioner keen and able to advance the profession by engaging in practice related research. In addition to the modules studied on the Postgraduate Diploma, the final stage of the MSc is your own independent research project where you will be required to conduct, with guidance, a piece of independent research related to rehabilitation in football.
How will I study?
The curriculum will be delivered in a blended approach with a combination of module study books providing problem based tasks, taught sessions at Edge Hill University
delivered in intensive three day blocks, virtual learning environment support throughout the duration of study and candidates completing their own clinical experience.
Completion of the full MSc programme should take two years but a range of flexible options are available to meet the demands of those practising as physiotherapists and/or sports therapists.
Alongside the taught element of the modules, you will be required to complete, reflect upon, and report, relevant clinical experiential practice. It is your responsibility to ensure you have access to an appropriate environment to gain this clinical experience.
In total you should be prepared to give up 1,800 hours of time to complete the MSc, with 1,200 hours required for the Postgraduate Diploma and 600 hours for the Postgraduate Certificate.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment includes gym and field-based practical rehabilitation exams, oral vivas, literature review, presentation and clinical portfolio. You will also complete an independent research project.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be taught by physiotherapists and sports therapists with experience of working within football from grass roots to premiership level. The programme is also delivered by sports scientists with experience of providing scientific support for football players across the full performance spectrum. This team of staff will be complemented by lecturers from a range of services used to support the rehabilitation of football players, together with visits from current practitioners working in professional football.
What are my career prospects?
This Masters degree will equip you with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment within football rehabilitation. The course also provides a stepping stone for the continued pursuit of relevant research in the form of an MPhil or PhD.
To join this Masters degree you will need: 2:1 Honours Degree in physiotherapy or sports therapy or equivalent; HPC registered and member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and/or insured member of the Society of Sports Therapists; A minimum of two years relevant post graduation work experience; Evidence of suitable standard of English literacy and numeracy (e.g. GCSE passes at Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics and English or equivalent); Fitness to practice medical clearance; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure.