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Sports Therapy MSc

What is Sports Therapy MSc?

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

    • At least a 2.2. honours degree in a Sports and Exercise Science related course.

    • For those without a pre-requisite 2.2 honours degree in a Sport and Exercise Science related course, interviews will be offered and evidence of further study related to Sport and Exercise Science subjects is required (Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise).

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing) or equivalent. Additionally all international students will be offered an interview.

    • An interview will be offered to all students who do not process the pre-requisite 2.2 honours degree in a Sport and Exercise Science related course and all international students.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester £9,900 £15,900
Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • Multidisciplinary or Sports Injury Clinics
  • Sports teams
  • Exercise therapist
  • Teaching in Further Education
  • Lecturing
  • Research

Industry links

This degree is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), this organisation is responsible for upholding the standards of Graduate Sports Therapists across the United Kingdom. You’ll benefit from student membership with eligibility for full membership on graduation.

The major roles and responsibilities of a Graduate Sports Therapist are defined by the SST as:

  • Injury prevention
  • Injury recognition and evaluation
  • Injury management, treatment, and referral
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Education and professional practice issues.

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.

Learn from experienced professionals

You’ll be taught by experienced Sports Therapists who work in elite sporting environments. This is a highly practical course, and all learning will be placed in the context of working as a professional Sports Therapist.

Bridging module available for career entrants

A bridging module is available for students coming from a non-sports science discipline, who want to become sports therapists. Speak to us to find out more about this and how you can enter this exciting profession.

Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

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

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2022 graduate.

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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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