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Sports Physiotherapy MSc

3 to 5 years part-time distance learning, starting in September 2021

Deepen your knowledge and experience of sports physiotherapy on our specially-designed, online masters for physiotherapists.

Our MSc Sports Physiotherapy is an in depth academic and clinical course, designed specifically for physiotherapists looking for a specialist qualification in this area.

You will deepen your knowledge of sports physiotherapy, athlete management and performance enhancement. You'll work with our highly experienced sports physiotherapy team.

The course complies with international standards of practice and takes place, in the most part, online. We are one of just a few universities offering this type of course part-time, through distance learning. You will have the convenience of being able to complete your studies alongside your physiotherapy practice.

You will also take part in induction and residential weeks, where you can meet and work with fellow students on real case studies, and engage in debate with practitioners from a variety of contexts.

By taking part, you will benefit from:

  • highly interactive, flexible online learning and clinical teaching
  • residential teaching weeks to support your practical and clinical examination training
  • an online network of sport and exercise medicine and sports physiotherapy clinicians
  • access to experienced clinical specialists in the field to provide professional development support
  • a problem-solving and reflective approach to sports physiotherapy and related topics

You can look forward to working with our highly experienced sports physiotherapy team, who between them have worked with an impressive range of clients. Our team have worked at a number of high profile sporting events, including the:

  • Commonwealth Games
  • FIFA World Cup
  • Olympic Games
  • Paralympic World Cup
  • Tour de France

Graduate prospects

By the end of the course, you will be qualified to work with athletes and sports teams at the highest level and of all ages. You will be able to apply evidence based practice principles to deliver innovation in sports physiotherapy.

2021/22 Academic Year


Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, information about courses starting in September 2021 may be subject to change. We continue to improve your teaching and learning experience so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.

Before you apply for a course, please check the website for the most recently published course detail. If you apply to the University of Bath, you will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

During the 2020/21 Academic Year, our courses are being delivered through a blended learning approach. The Bath Blend has been designed to be flexible in the face of possible changes in law or official government guidance, including measures on social distancing which may occur through the course of the next academic year and other changes to the operating environment for Universities which may be caused by the pandemic.

Information for students on our plans for the 2020-21 academic year.

Course structure

This course lasts 3 to 5 years. It starts in September 2021 and ends in 2024. Your course end date may vary depending on how many units you complete in each year.


Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

Residential events

As part of this course, there are some optional and compulsory residential events. View budgeting information for residential events.

Induction

Online induction takes place on 16 and 17 September 2021.

Year 1 Sports Science Residential Week

Attendance at the January 2022 residential week is optional.

Year 2 Clinical Residential Week

Attendance at the June 2023 residential week is compulsory. Specific dates to be confirmed.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment


Learning

  • Online resources
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory sessions

Assessment

  • Clinical examination
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Online assessment
  • Online web-forum contributions
  • Portfolio
  • Residential
  • Work-based placement

Recognition of professional qualifications


As well as being recognised as a higher academic qualification, a number of our degrees are also accredited by professional bodies in the United Kingdom. An accredited degree may entitle you to work in a specific profession within the UK, and abroad (where there are reciprocating arrangements with professional bodies in other countries).

The requirements to practice a profession vary from country to country. If you wish to practice your profession outside the United Kingdom, you are advised to confirm that the UK professional qualification you seek is valid in the country in which you are intending to work.

The United Kingdom currently subscribes to The Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Directive. The MRPQ Directive provides a reciprocal framework of rules which enables European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals to have their professional qualifications recognised in a state other than the one in which the qualification was obtained. In the event of a no deal Brexit, from 1 January 2021, the MRPQ Directive will no longer apply to the UK. However, it is anticipated that there will be a new system for recognising professional qualifications between the UK, EEA, and Switzerland.

Photo of Lisa Beck sitting down
‘The course allows flexibility in time and location. It's compatible with my work as a therapist in a practice and on the road with a sports team.’
Lisa Beck MSc Sports Physiotherapy (2020)

Entry requirements


Origin of qualifications

British qualifications

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy.

You should have current registration or licence to practice as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and should hold Chartered Physiotherapist status.

You will need to have a minimum of 2 years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

French qualifications

A Licence with a final overall score of at least 13 out of 20.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy.

You should provide the equivalent licence to practice as a physiotherapist in your own country of jurisdiction and evidence of membership of relevant professional bodies and indemnity insurance as appropriate.

You will need to have a minimum of 2 years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role and be in a position to fulfil sport physiotherapy practice and experiential requirements in your own country.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Italian qualifications

A Laurea with a final overall score of at least 103 out of 110.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy.

You should provide the equivalent licence to practice as a physiotherapist in your own country of jurisdiction and evidence of membership of relevant professional bodies and indemnity insurance as appropriate.

You will need to have a minimum of 2 years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role and be in a position to fulfil sport physiotherapy practice and experiential requirements in your own country.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Canadian qualifications

A Bachelor’s (Honours) degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 70%).

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy.

You should provide the equivalent licence to practice as a physiotherapist in your own country of jurisdiction and evidence of membership of relevant professional bodies and indemnity insurance as appropriate.

You will need to have a minimum of 2 years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role and be in a position to fulfil sport physiotherapy practice and experiential requirements in your own country.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy.

You should provide the equivalent licence to practice as a physiotherapist in your own country of jurisdiction and evidence of membership of relevant professional bodies and indemnity insurance as appropriate.

You will need to have a minimum of 2 years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role and be in a position to fulfil sport physiotherapy practice and experiential requirements in your own country.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

South African qualifications

A Bachelors (Honours) degree with a final result of at least 2:1.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy.

You should provide the equivalent licence to practice as a physiotherapist in your own country of jurisdiction and evidence of membership of relevant professional bodies and indemnity insurance as appropriate.

You will need to have a minimum of 2 years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role and be in a position to fulfil sport physiotherapy practice and experiential requirements in your own country.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding information for Sports Physiotherapy MSc part-time distance learning


Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

How to pay

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash.

Read more about your payment options

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Residential week tuition is included in your course fees, however accommodation, food and travel costs are not included. Accommodation is not available on the University campus so we recommend you book accommodation in Bath city centre. You may also need to budget for accommodation whilst taking your clinical exams which are held on the University of Bath campus.

Application information


  • Course title
    Sports Physiotherapy
  • Final award
    MSc
  • Mode of study
    Distance learning, part-time
  • Course code
    THHL-ADM18
  • Department
  • Location
    University of Bath
    Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
  • Home application deadline
    31 July 2021

    We recommend you apply early as we may close applications before the deadline if a course is full.

  • Overseas application deadline
    30 June 2021

    We recommend you apply early as we may close applications before the deadline if a course is full.

  • Application eligibility
    Home and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

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