Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy (MSc/PgDip)
1 year plus further 6 months to submit dissertation (Full-time) / 2 years plus further 2 years to submit dissertation (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The aims of the course are to develop students’ evaluative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to increase their practical and theoretical knowledge of sports science and injury, so that they can apply these skills in the further advancement of their profession.
- Experienced course tutors
- External lecturers who are leaders in their field
- A strong commitment to student support
- Small group teaching
This well-established MSc Sport & Exercise Physiotherapy programme started in 1999. Since then it has evolved, with the aim of developing sports physiotherapy practitioners capable of working at specialist level within their field.
Development of the course and subsequent modification has involved input from national organisations such as the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine and international organisations such at the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT), as well as individual student feedback.
Learning outcomes have been structured to facilitate development towards ACPSM Gold standard level, using competencies defined by IFSP, as well as the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will help physiotherapists pursue a career in sport and exercise. The course is suited to individuals working in a wide variety of sectors that involve managing people with sport or exercise related injuries, whether this is at High Performance Sport level or in a physiotherapy clinic that provides these services as part of their remit.
The course is structured on a modular format, which involves three specific modules in Sports Physiotherapy and a generic module in Research Methods in Health and Social Care. The modules are presented in block format, with students required to attend the University for two to three-day blocks during the year. Part-time students do the Research Methods module and first sports physiotherapy modules in their first year and the remaining two sports physiotherapy modules in their second year; full-time students would do all four modules in one year.
Students who proceed to successful completion of a research project and subsequent dissertation will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree.
The programme is modular with contact days arranged in blocks of 2-3 days spread over the academic year. The compulsory Research Methods module is also available as a distance learning option. Module timetables are available from the Postgraduate & Cont Ed Unit.
Students undertake the following modules:
- Research Methods in Health and Social Care (30 credits) (HCT024)
- Science of Performance and Injury in Sport (30 credits) (HCT021)
- Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injuries (30 credits) (HCT022)
- Sport and Exercise Participation (30 credits) (HCT023)
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- practice his/her profession using an analytical and problem-solving approach and show advanced skills in the management of injuries within sport and exercise.
- evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.
- develop standards of practice based on reflective thinking and problem-solving.
- initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the profession in the sport and exercise environment through research.
- develop an holistic approach to the rehabilitation of an injured sportsperson or healthy active individual and be able to communicate with other health and sports related professionals to promote awareness of management and prevention of injury.
Suitable for qualified physiotherapists with at least two years' clinical experience.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Part-time: fees payable in Years 1 and 2 only
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Fees payable in years 1 and 2 only
Next intake: September each year
Name: Nicola Phillips
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538