Sports Therapy* - MSc

Full Time
January 2019
£7,700 per year (subject to change*) for UK/EU Full Time 2019 entry (view all fees)

This course is currently closed for 2018 applications. The next start date you can apply for will be January 2019. Applications will open soon. 

Underpinned by the latest research and seeking accreditation by the Society of Sports Therapists, our new MSc Sports Therapy course is a chance for Sport and Exercise Science graduates to develop specialist skills in the prevention, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Society of Sports Therapists, and to work as a Graduate Sports Therapist within both the clinical and sporting environment.

What's covered in the course?

Through the academic study of sports medicine and sport and exercise science, the MSc Sports Therapy programme will give you the knowledge and clinical skills to be confident and effective in preventing, assessing, treating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal injuries. You will cover all competencies required by the Society of Sports Therapists, such as assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, delivery of soft tissue therapies, peripheral and vertebral joint mobilisations, rehabilitation, and trauma management to name a few. The programme has a strong emphasis on clinical reasoning and evidenced based practice, enabling you to become an autonomous practitioner.

In the first semester, you will develop your understanding of peripheral joint biomechanics, in particular, the relationship between accessory and physiological movements between normal/ altered function and in the presence of sport and exercise-related injuries. You will integrate your strong anatomical knowledge with biomechanical principles to develop skills in assessment, management and treatment of common musculoskeletal injuries. You will start to critically evaluate the scientific basis for the assessment, management and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries to ensure you become an evidence-based practitioner. Furthermore, you will learn how to deliver the safe, effective and appropriate application of remedial soft tissue massage and specific soft tissue techniques.

In semester 2, you will build on the early knowledge of treatment and management of injuries as you devise, justify and implement safe and effective exercise and sports specific rehabilitation programmes. Furthermore, you will learn how to perform appropriate, safe and effective assessment, clinical evaluation and management of injuries, illness and trauma associated with sport and exercise participation. You will also be introduced to spinal pathologies and manual therapy techniques specific to the vertebral column.

In semester three, you will undertake a sustained piece of independent research within a contemporary area of Sports Therapy. You will work in the internal Sports Injury Clinic utilising the skills you have developed throughout the programme. You will have a dedicated Clinical Practice module where you will need to evidence 200 hours of supervised activity and demonstrate reflective practice. The final Sports Therapy module will require you to apply your knowledge and skills to specific case scenarios as you prepare for a 'job interview style' assessment, preparing you for employment.

Why Choose Us?

  •  The course is seeking accreditation by the Society of Sports Therapists - the largest governing body of Sports Therapists in the UK. This will ensure the course remains fresh and evidence-based, whilst also enabling you to become an accredited practitioner upon graduation.
  • Whilst studying here you will be eligible for student membership of the Society of Sports Therapists, giving you access to the Society website, student forums, sportEX, and the British Sports Medicine Journal.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain your pitch-side first aid qualification as part of your induction, enabling you to start working with the university sports teams. 
  • You will have scheduled time to work in the internal sports therapy injury clinic under the guidance of experienced teaching staff. You will be assessing and treating university staff and students in this clinic, which is replete with state of-the-art technology.
  • There will be compulsory work placements enabling you to gain first-hand experience in the assessment, treatment, management and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
  • Learn with a dynamic, expert and research-rich team from sports therapists, health professionals and sports science backgrounds.
  • You’ll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and are experts in their field, providing you with the very latest best practice and advice.
  • You’ll gain a holistic education in sports therapy, enabling you to treat professional athletes, youth athletes, and weekend warriors, all on their road to recovery
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Entry Requirements

UK students

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science - Upper Second Class (2:1)

GCSE Double Science, Mathematics and English at Grade C or above.

International Students

Entry requirements here

As a Sport and Exercise graduate there is an expectation that you will have a sound knowledge of physiology. Additionally, whilst sessions will be made available in research design and statistics, you will need to demonstrate your ability to study at an MSc level at interview. 

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2019 FT 1 year £7,700 per year (subject to change*)

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2019 FT 1 year £12,000 per year (subject to change*)

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

This course is currently closed for 2017 applications. The next start date you can apply for will be January 2018. Applications will open soon. 

Personal statement

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

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

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

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

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


Manual Therapy
20 credits
Assessment and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries
40 credits
Trauma Management and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
40 credits
Assessment and Treatment of the Vertebral Column
20 credits
Clinical Reasoning and Practice
20 credits
MSc Dissertation
40 credits

How you will learn

The course is seeking accreditation by the Society of Sports Therapists - the largest governing body of Sports Therapists in the UK. This will ensure the course remains fresh and evidence-based, whilst also enabling you to become an accredited practitioner upon graduation.

We have come away from the traditional lecture style in this programme with many of the sessions based in a practical room, as we want you to apply theory to practice immediately. Due to the accelerated nature of the programme there will be an expectation that much of the theory will be independently studied. However, we believe in a blended learning approach whereby we will facilitate this learning via the online teaching portal, Moodle. You will be tasked with both pre- and post-learning activities that will be essential to the successful participation within the practical sessions. We will ensure that learning is active, collaborative and applied, with sessions drawing on literature searchers you will have performed prior to sessions independently or in groups.

It is envisaged that you will be on campus for your practical sessions on an intense two days per week. This will enable you to seek placement activity for the remainder of the week. As part of the Society of Sports Therapists requirements, you will have to complete a series of placements. We will provide internal placement hours within our internal sports injury clinic, but you will also be undertaking external placements. These may be with professional sports teams or private sports injury clinics. External placements are completed in your own time, allowing the flexibility to gain experience during usual working hours, at evenings or weekends, and during University vacations if preferred.

Professional Accreditation

The course is seeking accreditation by the Society of Sports Therapists - the largest governing body of Sports Therapists in the UK. This will ensure the course remains fresh and evidence-based, whilst also enabling you to become an accredited practitioner upon graduation.


You will be required to complete 200 hours of placement activity. Starting with pitch-side first aid, you will progress throughout your time studying with us until you are working in our on-site sports injury clinic, treating and managing complex sporting injuries. 


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

The course covers a variety of different sectors, so you’ll be able to secure employment in a number of roles. You’ll be eligible to gain membership of the Society of Sport Therapists, and become a member of other professional bodies such as the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). With a degree in Sports Therapy, you will have the opportunity to work with professional sports teams, as well as individual performers. Alternatively, you may wish to work in private practice as a sports therapist treating a wide variety of individuals in a sports injury clinic. Furthermore, having studied on our course, you will equipped with introductory business skills and may choose to start up your very own sports injury clinic.

Further Studies

Upon completion of this degree, you may wish to continue with further education and study for a PhD. Other graduates may wish to move into teaching-based qualification such as a PGCE.

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.

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Our Facilities

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to .

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The 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, 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.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre, which is located close to our City North Campus.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Meet our staff

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

Peter Thain profile

Peter Thain

Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy

Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy. Arriving in October 2016, Peter was appointed to design, develop and achieve validation for the portfolio of Sports Therapy programmes within the School of Life Sciences. Having worked at both the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Hertfordshire previously, Peter brings his experience of delivering high quality teaching to Birmingham City University.

After obtaining his PhD in 2013, Peter has remained active in research, with recent outputs including publications in peer reviewed journals, a book chapter and presentations at international conferences, as well as been a guest speaker at other UK universities.

As an advocate of academic staff remaining clinical, Peter combines his academic work with working for England Basketball. Having travelled with England Basketball throughout the UK and Europe, including international training camps and competitions, Peter is currently in charge of the medical provision for the U15 England Basketball team. Peter also has experience in football, where he was the Head Sports Therapist to a football team in the Conference South over four consecutive seasons.

Peter holds a PhD and a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy, both from the University of Hertfordshire.

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