Sports Therapy (MSc)

Sports Therapy


Taught by professionals, for professionals

Learn from practising experts and gain the skills and experience needed to become a sports therapist.

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From classroom, to clinic, to dugout

Use our connections to develop your skills.

Julie Anne Lacroix.

"I've learned skills that I now use in my work with Aston Villa Ladies." Julie Anne Lacroix, student.

Graham Smith with students.

We are accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists. Graham Smith, President, was recently a guest speaker.

Lecturer and student looking at a model of human muscles.

We can arrange trips to local medical schools and dissection labs, so you can develop your anatomical knowledge.

Professional standard

Develop your skills in our exceptional facilities, using the very latest equipment.

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Let their practice guide yours

Kate Cady, Academic Course Leader, Sports Therapy

Kate Cady

Academic Course Leader, Sports Therapy

"I have more than 17 years' experience working as a sports therapist and was the first female sports therapist to head up a professional football medical team.

I have travelled all over the world supporting teams in tournaments, including the World University Student Games in China, an international football tournament in the Cayman Islands and The Milk Cup in Ireland. I was recently the sports therapist for a UNICEF charity match at Old Trafford, organised by David Beckham, which saw a Rest of the World team take on a Great Britain and Ireland side. For that match I looked after some great players including Ronaldinho, Patrick Kluivert, Robert Pires, Edwin van der Sar and Luis Figo - a FIFA World Player of the Year.

Our students have taken up the chance to work hands on with the Tonga rugby team, Malawi Olympic team, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the Severn Stars netball team, to name a few."

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Applying the theory

Watch our students in action as they put their knowledge of the ankle to the test.

Course details

Sports Therapy staff and students.

Course outline

This highly practical course will equip you with a unique set of skills within the field of sports science and will prepare you for a rewarding career in an exciting and emerging profession.

The course prepares sports science graduates to work as Graduate Sports Therapists, delivering a full set of competencies within the elite and amateur sectors, from soft tissue therapies and joint mobilisations, to pitch-side first aid, taping and strapping. You will develop the skills to rehabilitate athletes to full sports participation, as well as examine and assess injuries for diagnosis or referral.

All learning is focused on acquiring professional skills, which means that students underpin their studies with placements and practical experience. The motivated teaching staff are well connected to the sports industry, with experience of working as professional sports therapists and within elite sports settings. The university has a strong reputation for the sporting achievements of its students and alumni; as a member of this dynamic community you will have access to first-class facilities to complement your studies.


  • Manual Therapy for the Spine - mobilisations and soft tissue techniques
  • Manual Therapy - mobilisations and soft tissue techniques for peripheral joints
  • Advanced Skills in Sports Therapy - includes hydrotherapy, screening and pre-habilitation, travelling with teams and case study analysis
  • Sports Therapy 1 - examination and assessment of peripheral joints, anatomy and injuries.

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Study style

The course is assessed through a range of methods, such as practical exams, portfolios, literature reviews and presentations. All sports therapy modules include a practical assessment.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Associated professional accreditations

The Society of Sports Therapists


Sports therapists work at elite, semi-professional and amateur levels either in team sports or with individual athletes. They also work within the sports injury clinic environment.

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a sports science, sport and exercise science or related discipline
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent
  • For those without the prerequisite sports science degree we offer a bridging sport and exercise module. For more information please contact us


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14250

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.

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