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Course summary

Enhance your knowledge and experience of sports physiotherapy. This is a specially-designed online master's course for physiotherapists. Our MSc Sports Physiotherapy is an in-depth academic and clinical course, designed specifically for physiotherapists looking for a specialist qualification in this area. You will deepen your knowledge of sports physiotherapy, athlete management and performance enhancement. You'll work with our highly experienced sports physiotherapy team. The course complies with international standards of practice and takes place, in the most part, online. We are one of just a few universities offering this type of course part-time, through distance learning. You will have the convenience of being able to complete your studies alongside your physiotherapy practice. You will also take part in induction and residential weeks, where you can meet and work with fellow students on real case studies, and engage in debate with practitioners from a variety of contexts. By taking part, you will benefit from:

  • highly interactive, flexible online learning and clinical teaching
  • residential teaching weeks to support your practical and clinical examination training
  • an online network of sport and exercise medicine and sports physiotherapy clinicians
  • access to experienced clinical specialists in the field to provide professional development support
  • a problem-solving and reflective approach to sports physiotherapy and related topics
Informed teaching to advance your learning You can look forward to working with our highly experienced sports physiotherapy team, who between them have worked with an impressive range of clients. Our team have worked at a number of high profile sporting events, including the:
  • Commonwealth Games
  • FIFA World Cup
  • Olympic Games
  • Paralympic World Cup
  • Tour de France
Graduate prospects By the end of the course, you will be qualified to work with athletes and sports teams at the highest level and of all ages. You will be able to apply evidence-based practice principles to deliver innovation in sports physiotherapy.


This course lasts 3 to 5 years. It starts in September 2023 and ends in 2026. Your course end date may vary depending on how many units you complete in each year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Units Residential events As part of this course, there are some optional and compulsory residential events. View budgeting information for residential events. Induction An online induction will take place on 21 and 22 September 2023. Year 1 Sports Science Residential Week Attendance at the January 2024 residential week is optional. Year 2 Clinical Residential Week Attendance at the June 2025 residential week is compulsory. Specific dates to be confirmed. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Year 1 Sports physiotherapy in practice 1 The sports environment Exercise physiology Functional anatomy and sporting movement analysis Year 2 Sports physiotherapy in practice 2 Athlete management Performance physiotherapy - spine Performance physiotherapy - lower limb Performance physiotherapy - upper limb Year 3 Evidence-based clinical sports physiotherapy Research project design Sports physiotherapy research project

Assessment method

Clinical examination Essay Online assessment Online web-forum contributions Residential Work-based placement

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy. You should have current registration or licence to practice as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and should hold Chartered Physiotherapist status. You will need to have a minimum of 2 years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages:
Sports Physiotherapy at University of Bath - UCAS