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Master's Excellence ScholarshipsMinimum of £3,000 in tuition fee discounts available.

Sport 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 optimal date for applications for 2016/2017 for Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy is the end of July 2016. Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

 using the research centre for clinical kinaesiology
Using the Research Centre for Clinical Kinaesiology.

Course Aims

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.

Special Features

Course Description

Students providing a volunteer sports massage service at Cardiff Half Marathon

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.

Collecting EMG data in the movement laboratory

The course is structured with 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.

physiotherapy seminar

The compulsory Research Methods module is also available as a distance learning option.

Course Structure

Compulsory Modules
Module title
HCT118 Research methods and health improvement in health and social care - 30 credits
HCT021 Science of Performance and Injury in Sport - 30 credits
HCT022 Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injuries - 30 credits
HCT023 Sport and Exercise Participation - 30 credits

Optional Modules
Module title
HCT338 Creativity, Innovation and the Art of Therapies - 30 credits


Skills Acquired

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

Student Profiles and News

Click here to read a profile of MSc Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy student Rhys Shorney. 

Click here to learn about the School of Healthcare Sciences Physiotherapy staff's involvement in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Programme Commencement

Induction Day: Monday 12th September 2016

Entry Requirements

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.

How to Apply

Please submit your application via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

The optimal date for applications for 2016/2017 for Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy  is the end of July 2016. Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,000 £18,250
Part-time* £3,000 £9,125
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes * Fees payable in years 1 and 2 only. Year 2 is subject to an inflationary increase of no more than 4.5% p.a.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Nicola Phillips  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7557 



More information

Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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