MSc Sports Physiotherapy

Qualifications and durations

This is a distance-learning course.

  • 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.


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 course 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.

Course 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.

Course structure

This is a flexible course. 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:

  • Induction Event: Thursday 20 and Friday 21 September 2018
  • Sports Science Residential Week (Year 1): 28 January to 1 February 2019
  • Clinical Residential Week (Year 2): June 2020 (exact date to be confirmed)

The course is made up of the following compulsory units:

Year one

  • Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 1
  • Sports Environment
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy and Sporting Movement 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

View summary table or Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information (this is the current structure of the course).

Learning and teaching

The majority of the content of the course 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 course 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).

Claims for APL will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further details.

Unfortunately, for the MSc Sports Physiotherapy course we cannot exempt you from any units through Accreditation for Previous Experiential Learning (APEL).

Entry requirements

Academic and professional requirements

Typically a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree in physiotherapy (or its international equivalent).

You must also provide evidence in your application of:

  • current registration or licence to practice as a physiotherapist:
    • Health and Care Professions Council for UK applicants
    • international students should provide equivalent licence to practice as a physiotherapist in their country of jurisdiction
  • Chartered Physiotherapist status (UK applicants), international students should provide evidence of membership of relevant professional bodies and professional indemnity insurance as appropriate
  • a minimum of two years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role (evidenced by CV/employment history)
  • a personal statement in your application outlining why you would like to participate in this course (maximum of 500 words)

A consideration for entry will be your ability to obtain practice experience in sport physiotherapy. We strongly advise that you arrange this before applying, and detail this in the personal statement on the application form.

International students will need to be in a position to fulfil sport physiotherapy practice an experiential requirements in their own country.

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in each component

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.

There is further information about meeting the English requirements.

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.


One academic or professional reference is required.

How to apply

You must apply to study online.

Financial information


  • Tuition fees
  • Cost of attending Residential Events, including travel, breakfast and evening meals and accommodation.
  • IT equipment and miscellaneous costs to enable participation on the course from a distance

Potential sources of funding

Studentships and scholarships (the UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme is not available for this course)


The induction event at the University of Bath will take place in September 2018.


Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4332

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