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


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.

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 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.


  • One academic or professional reference supporting your suitability for study on a masters level Sports Physiotherapy programme.

Programme Funding

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