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University of Gloucestershire
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Sports Therapy


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Full Time
Course length
16 Months
Oxstalls, Gloucester

Course overview

This contemporary, accredited programme, is a conversion MSc designed to develop you into an industry-ready, evidence-based, Sports Therapy practitioner.

The skills learnt through this program are underpinned by your background in sports and exercises science disciplines, optimising performance and recovery from musculoskeletal injuries.

Led by our Sports Sciences team – ranked top 20 in the UK for teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2022.

This SST (Society of Sports Therapist) accredited course delivers a full set of competencies allowing you to examine, assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries. You will learn injury prevention strategies and rehabilitation skills to return individuals to full participation in sport, exercise and physical activity.

The comprehensive Sports Therapy curriculum enables you to combine theory, hands-on experience, critical reflection, and professional judgement. You can immerse yourself in postgraduate study and excel in the latest techniques in Sports Therapy.

With a focus on opportunity, employability and research, students will have the chance to build a 200 hour supervised placement portfolio, allowing students to meet the requirements of SST accreditation upon graduation. This MSc facilitates and supports learning though supervised hands-on placement within a student-led Sports Injury clinic, alongside opportunities at professional and amateur teams, clinics and in the community at sporting events both locally and across the country.

You’ll develop research and enquiry skills through critical appraisal of evidence and placement experience, with the development of a project proposal designed to inform future practice.

You’ll join a university where sport is a part of life. Be it the extensive and accessible wellbeing and research facilities at the purpose-built Oxstalls campus, the range of sports scholarship packages or the huge array of clubs.

To support your postgraduate journey, there are also fee waivers, bursaries and awards available for both UK and international students, and a 10- 20% fees discount for returning undergraduate students. Find out more on the funding pages.

Study style

Interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions, independent study and e-learning materials make up the taught component of this course. The course is taught on two days a week during semester time for full time students (one day a week for part time students). Over the summer and until the end of the course in January, block teaching will occur in some weeks and you will begin your supervised clinical placements. You are expected to undertake around 24-28 hours of independent study per week to support the in-person content.

The course is assessed through a range of methods, such as practical assessments, coursework, presentations, case studies, portfolios and online exams. Throughout your course, you will be expected to manage your time effectively through scheduled taught content, independent study and assessments, alongside your placement hours. There is an 80% attendance policy for this course due to Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB).

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Entry requirements

    • Minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in a Sports and Exercise Science related course.

    • We may be able to consider your application if you have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in another subject, but we will require additional information. This may include evidence of study and/or experience within a sport and exercise or related field, and clear understanding of the requirements of the course and profession.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.

    • An interview may be offered to applicants with a non-typical entry route if the academic team feel it is required.

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Students usually support themselves through a postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

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Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester £10,650 £17,100
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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), this postgraduate degree course not only adheres to the highest standards but also enriches your learning through membership benefits, including eligibility for full membership upon graduation.

Whether your passion lies in supporting athletes to achieve peak performance, or guiding recovery through expert rehabilitation, the skills you acquire here open doors to diverse opportunities.

Graduates can go on to work in a range of settings including sports teams, from grass roots to professional levels, and medical settings such as the NHS and sports injury clinics. There is also the option of pursuing a career in research or education – teaching in further and higher education settings.

Learn from a multi-disciplinary clinical team and sports scientists at the top of their game

Screen, assess, rehabilitate and treat professional athletes from teams including Cheltenham Town, Forest Green Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, AFC Bournemouth football clubs, and Gloucester Rugby. Treat, rehabilitate and work with semi-professional athletes from local clubs as well as Emergency responders such as Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

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Join a community to develop your knowledge and clinical practice

Learn from a student-centered, evidence-based approach. The course develops proficient and compassionate professionals – who promote health-related outcomes in a diverse population through patient-centered care.

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World-leading and internationally-excellent research

Our sport and exercise research is at the forefront of developments in the sector, with over 70% rated as world-leading and internationally-excellent (UK Research Excellence Framework 2021). This expertise ensures that you’re at the leading edge of sports and exercise science knowledge and developing high-quality research and data analysis skills.

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Push your possible with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in a subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

Discover the benefits of studying a master’s degree.

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Trips and experiences

We regularly arrange trips to local dissection labs, so you can develop your anatomical knowledge alongside visiting St Georges Park for an insight into the professional world of sport and the multidisciplinary team. We also have links with The Chamwell Centre, which is one of the largest hydrotherapy pools in the country to allow students to gain an understanding of how hydrotherapy can be utilised for injury, rehabilitation and for special population groups

"I've learned skills that I've since used in my work with Aston Villa Ladies."

“The sports facilities are as good as anything I’ve seen in the real world – they’ve got really high standard professional equipment. Everything you learn in the classroom, you then use after you graduate.”

Julie Anne Lacroix, Sports Therapy graduate

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