Masters | Postgraduate Course - Sports Physiotherapy MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert Course Details within University of Bath

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Sports Physiotherapy MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

Study Details

MSc/PGDip/PGCert Distance Learning Part Time

Qualifications and durations

This is a distance-learning programme.

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate (1-3 years)
  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma (2-4 years)
  • Part-time MSc (3-5 years)

Some units can be taken independently as part of our Continuing Professional Development programme.


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 programme 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.

Programme 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.

Module details

Programme structure

This is a flexible programme. Our students typically study over three and a half years, however there is opportunity to complete units in up to five years.

Residential teaching events take place at the University and you will be expected to attend the following:

  • Sports Science Residential Week - Year One (January)
  • Clinical Residential Week - Year Two (June)

The programme is made up of the following compulsory units:

Year one (Certificate)

  • Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 1
  • Sports Environment
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Athlete Biomechanics and Sports Analysis

Year two (Diploma)

  • Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 2
  • Performance Physiotherapy (spine, lower limb, upper limb)
  • Athlete Management

Year three (MSc)

  • Evidence Based Clinical Sports Physiotherapy
  • Research Project Design
  • Sports Physiotherapy Research Project

View summary table or Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information.

Please note:

  • The programme catalogue and units listed above are applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only and should be treated as an example of the programme content. Students beginning or continuing their studies in 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that later years of a programme will be in the format displayed here.
  • Programmes and Units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.

Learning and teaching

The majority of the content of the programme 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, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate units from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

Depending on the programme 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.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in physiotherapy, from a recognised university.

Professional requirements

You must provide evidence of the following in your application:

  • Current registration/licence to practice as a Physiotherapist (Health Professionals Council for UK applicants, international students should provide equivalent licence to practice as a physiotherapist in their country of jurisdiction).
  • Chartered Physiotherapist status (necessary for UK applicants only), 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 (as evidenced by CV/employment history).
  • Letter to support your application outlining why you would like to participate in the Sports Physiotherapy programme (max. 500 words)

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

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

English Language requirements

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

  • IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

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


  • One academic reference is required.

Programme Funding

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (studentships and scholarships) for postgraduate students: