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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

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)

 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 Module
Module title
HCT024 Research Methods in Health and Social Care - 30 credits
Optional Modules
Module title
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

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.

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.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    Part-time fees payable in years 1 and 2 only
  • International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
    Part-time fees payable in years 1 and 2 only

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Nicola Phillips  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7557 



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