Professional Practice in Sports Therapy (Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

Sports Therapist treating a rugby injury, pitch side.

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Develop advanced clinical skills in sports injury management

This course will allow you, as a practising therapist, to develop advanced clinical skills in the field of sports injury management. You will learn advanced assessment and diagnostic techniques, along with contemporary treatment and rehabilitation methods. You will devise specialised return-to-play guidelines for athletes that are specific to their sport, level and position, as well as viewing the outcome-based measures that are available for injury.

Learning to work as part of a multidisciplinary athlete support team is key, and you will be taught how to link with other professionals, such as strength and conditioning coaches and sports psychologists.

You will engage in current evidence-based thinking to inform your treatment and management decisions, with a view to challenging or enhancing your current clinical reasoning. The course offers great opportunities to engage in research with elite, national and international sports teams to encourage work-based research activity.


  • Lower Quadrant and Upper Quadrant
  • The Shoulder Girdle
  • Work-based sports therapy project
  • Dissertation
  • Continuing professional development

Study style

Learn through practical sessions supplemented by lecturers, seminars and independent study. Assessment is through written coursework, reflective portfolios, clinical case studies and practical exams.

Typical modules:

  • Work Based Project
  • CPD
  • Lower quadrant
  • Upper Quadrant
  • Independent Project

The upper and lower quadrant modules can be taken as short course options. Please contact the Academic Course Leader, Kate Cady, for further information.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a 2:2 degree or equivalent in a clinical subject
  • You will be already qualified and practising therapists with professional body membership and hold full medical indemnity and public liability insurance
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in another band) or equivalent


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6300
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


As a practising sports therapist, you will advance your knowledge, clinical reasoning and problem solving in your sports therapy work setting.

Students would be able to progress onto either a PhD or Professional Doctorate pathway.

State-of-the-art clinical teaching rooms

Modules are delivered in new clinical teaching rooms, including our three dedicated sports therapy clinical labs, all equipped with industry standard facilities.

International reputation

We are one of the few institutions in the world providing qualifications to advance professional practice in sports therapy.  This means you will be studying a unique course, with an international reputation.

Expert teaching

Our teaching team have extensive experience working with national, international and professional sports teams, and in a number of different sports. They continue to practice alongside teaching, which means our students are able to discuss real-life clinical situations and learn all the very latest in clinical practice.

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Call +44 (0)3330 141414

The Society of Sports Therapists