Sports Therapy* - MSc

Full Time
September 2017
£7,700 per year (subject to change*) for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

If you've completed an undergraduate degree in sports therapy – or a related sports science course – this postgraduate course is the next step in enhancing your employability prospects and furthering your knowledge.

Sports therapy plays an integral part in life, not just in sport. This course will provide you with the chance to become an integral part of providing the best care and management to those suffering from short and long-term injuries.

What's covered in the course?

The aim of our MSc Sports Therapy course is to broaden your understanding of sports therapy through the academic study of sports medicine and sports science. It’s a conversion Masters, so if you’ve studied a relevant discipline at undergraduate level, you can study Sports Therapy and widen your job prospects and tailor your interests.

The course enables you to qualify as a sports therapist within one year, offering a quick but informative route into practice. We'll teach you the core knowledge and skills required by the Society of Sports Therapists, enabling you to become an accredited practitioner.

We also have partnerships with Warwickshire Cricket Club and Sport Birmingham which keep our courses fresh and relevant, and provide valuable placements, trips and case studies.

Why Choose Us?

  • There will be live projects to work on, as well as compulsory work placements, enabling you to gain first-hand experience and build your knowledge.
  • There will be three designated sports therapy clinics onsite, with state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge resources.
  • You'll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and can provide relevant, up-to-date advice.
  • There will be the opportunity to engage in international exchanges, as well as trips and visits that will aid your course.
  • The course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, ensuring it remains fresh, relevant and enables you to become an accredited practitioner.
  • You'll gain a holistic education in sports therapy, in both aiding professional sportsmen and members of the general public with different levels of fitness and recovery rates.

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Postgraduate Open Day

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 3 and 8pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.

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This course is open to International students

New £10,280 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

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This course is accredited by:

Society of Sports Therapists

Entry Requirements

UK students

An honours degree with a 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area, for example biology, sports science, health sciences, or a health profession.

GCSE mathematics and English at Grade C or above.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 FT 2 years £7,700 per year (subject to change*)

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 FT 2 years £12,000 per year (subject to change*)

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

This course is not available part-time

Interested in this course?

Complete our expression of interest form and we'll notify you when application opens.

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*Fees information

Fees stated are in line with 2016/17 prices, but may be subject to change when the course starts in 2017/18.


Please note
Module information is indicative only, and may change subject to review.

Evidence-based Professional Practice
20 credits

This module will develop your use of evidence to underpin all aspects of your practice and introduce the principles of research and service improvement within the professional context.

This is an inter-professional module shared with the other pre-registration Masters courses.

Foundations of Sports Therapy
20 credits

This module will introduce the core underpinning principles of sports therapy and will include core bioscience content in addition to key themes relating to the expectations of a professional in the current practice environment and in the context of professional standards.

Masters project
60 credits

This is an inter-professional module shared with the other pre-registration Masters courses.

Consolidating Professional Practice
20 credits

This module will help you make the transition from student to qualified therapist and includes principles of leadership and developing practice.

You'll have the chance to negotiate an appropriate practice learning opportunity to support this module, based on your area of interest - which could involve an overseas experience.

This is an inter-professional module shared with the other pre-registration Masters courses.

How you'll learn

This postgraduate degree will be delivered full-time over two years. Each year will be 45 weeks long to incorporate practice placements within the course.

You'll work on practical-based assessments, live case studies and projects linked to professional sports teams.

The content of the course focuses on the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient to restore optimum occupational, functional and sport-specific fitness.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Society of Sports Therapists
Society of Sports Therapists

The course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, ensuring our course contains relevant and fresh information, as well as key industry insight and contacts.

The Society was established in 1990 to address the growing demands from sport and leisure on those involved in the management and care of injured participants. It now collaborates with 21 universities, and is the lead organisation for sports therapists in the UK.

More information

Trips and visits

Alongside international exchanges, there will also be the opportunity to take international trips, taking mobile kit out, and conducting tests and exercises in different climates and cultures.

Module dates

The following spreadsheet gives 2016/17 dates for all Health-related modules:

Post graduate modules 2016/17

Enhancing your employability skills

The course covers a variety of different sectors, so you'll be able to secure employment in a number of roles. You could work in clinical practice, working for professional sports teams and performers. Or you could work in a normal, everyday clinic, where you’ll aid members of the public. 


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Career opportunities include running your own sports therapy clinic or working in professional sport as a sports therapist. You could also work in private practice as a sports therapist, with a fitness centre or a hotel.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Meet our staff

Our staff have incredible industry links and a wealth of experience, and often continue to work in their specialist areas.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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