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MSci Sports Therapy

 

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Institution

UCAS C6B9

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

4 Years Full Time

100%
student satisfaction
Top 30
UK University
14th
for teaching quality
1. National Student Survey 2020 | 2. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 3. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff Points: 120 - 128

A Levels: ABB - BBB to include Biology or PE at grade B or better (excludes General Studies)

BTEC: D*DD (Sports Science)

Access to HE Diploma to Science: Pass with at least 12 credits worth of Biology units at Merit

GCSEs: English Language, Mathematics and Science (PE accepted) at grade C/4 or better.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5.

 

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250 (20% discount in fourth year)

2021/22  International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

Rosie
"When I was researching possible universities the University of Chichester by far stood out. Areas such as the on-site clinic, where we work with real clients, really helped me make my decision. I thought it was a brilliant setup. The lecturers are amazing; they really know their stuff and are really helpful. I love the practical sessions as you get hands on, putting what you’ve learnt from your lectures to practice. I would highly recommend the course to anyone considering it."

Course content

Our dynamic four-year full time MSci offers you an opportunity to develop clinical skills and musculoskeletal expertise. You will be able to work as an autonomous sports therapist, or as a member of the multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team, with athletes of all levels of ability, ranging from recreational to international. You can choose to apply for the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy or the MSci. The BSc has the same modules in the first two years and if in your second year you reach a certain attainment level, you can transfer to the MSci.

Completion of the MSci confers eligibility for full membership of ‘The Society of Sports Therapists’.

The aim of the programme is to broaden and deepen your understanding of sports therapy through the academic study of sports medicine and sports science. As a sports therapist, you are an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team that is necessary to provide the best care, injury management, and rehabilitation for both sporting and non-sporting participants regardless of age and ability. The course utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition, and, where applicable, work. 

In your third year, you will work with injured students and staff in the University for 60 hours in your third year and a further 140 hours outside of University in a professional sports club or organisation. You will have the option to look after a team, but it is not compulsory.

You will gain competencies in:

  • First aid to injuries in a recreational, training, and competitive environment
  • Examination and assessment of sports injuries (spinal and peripheral joints) and where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention
  • Planning and implementing appropriate treatment regimes for the injured athlete
  • Soft tissue manipulation and sports massage pre and post-activity
  • Manual therapy and mobilisation and manipulation techniques to the spinal and peripheral joints
  • The rehabilitation of the patient/athlete back to optimum levels of functional, occupational, and sports specific fitness
  • Utilising sports and exercise principles to optimise preparation and injury prevention programmes
  • Electrotherapy including modalities such as ultrasound, interferential, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and laser

The degree also contains the study of sports science, essential elements for a practitioner prescribing exercise. These include knowledge of human anatomy, cellular and exercise physiology, sports psychology, sports biomechanics, and sports nutrition.

Modules are supported by the latest research findings.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins

 

Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology



Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts



Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used



An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab



A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

Graduate view

 

Graduate doing therapy on a client

 

"The first three years of the MSci programme provided the key grounding needed to succeed as a sports therapist irrelevant of whether you wanted to work in private practice or professional sport. The fourth year allowed me to experience the world of professional sport. Personally, I was unsure which career path to follow - professional sport or private practice. Undertaking the MSci allowed me to find that answer while gaining valuable experience, information and contacts. This in combination with the guest lectures provided me with a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain information and learn from one of the best medical teams in the country (AFC Bournemouth – Premier League Football) as well as some of the best private practice clinicians. I am now forever drawing back to the extra information I gained from the lectures and my time in professional sport."  

Jordan, MSci Sports Therapy, graduate and Business Owner and Lead Graduate Sports Therapist: Active Motion Injury Clinic (Southampton), Graduate Sports Therapist, DKW Sports Therapy (Fareham), and Physio-logical (Havant)

 

Graduates have gone on to secure employments at Southampton FC, Ospreys Rugby, lecturing and private practice.

You could also consider further study through Postgraduate Research (PhD). Supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a range of expertise. Our research interests stem from applied experience to deliver ‘real world’ meaningful results.

 

   

Work placements

Our placement modules will allow you to undertake periods of clinical practice throughout your final two years of study in a wide range of quality placement settings under the guidance of highly experienced clinical supervisors. This will allow you integrate theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic modules into your clinical practice, and to reflect on your own development across the core areas of sports therapy.

You will be given the opportunity to provide acute sport trauma support for the sports teams and be involved in the University Sports Injury Teaching and Gifted Athlete Scholarship Programme Clinics where you will work with athletes of all levels, ranging from international through to recreational sportsmen and women. For your final fourth-year of study with us you will undertake a full time clinical placement at a professional sports club or organisation which will coincide with a complete season/ performance cycle.

You are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however staff are available to assist you.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas. Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement. Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started. Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

 

Course accreditations

Endorsed by REPs

Indicative modules

Core material will be delivered in lead lectures using clinically active academic staff and invited guest speakers which will be synthesised in practical workshops and student-led seminars. Your Professional Placement in your final year will extend throughout your programme of study to align with one entire season or performance cycle i.e. September-June. 

Year One

Fundamentals for Sports Therapists

This module aims to enhance your knowledge of the structure and function of the body’s cells, tissues, and systems. The integration of the study of the normal physiology of body tissues with pathological conditions that may commonly affect them is a key theme running through this module. The module examines the relevance of these pathologies and the body’s response to them in our clinical practice. 

Human Anatomy

An introduction to the musculoskeletal system of the human in context of its functional activity during everyday life and sporting activities. This module aims to analyse the movement parameters of the principal musculoskeletal zones of the body. You will develop palpatory skills and analyse joint movement and investigate the muscles involved in simple limb and trunk activity.

Acute Injury and Trauma

An introduction to the role of the Sports Therapist in the identification and management of acute sporting injury. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to detect, identify, and manage acute sporting injury from serious life threatening injury, to common soft tissue sporting injury. It will include on-field examination and making return to play decisions. You will gain an accredited first-aid qualification.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

This module will cover the fundamental principles of Human Physiology by examining how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system affect human performance. Specific attention is paid to energy metabolism in the context of the exercising human across the breadth of the energy spectrum.

Introduction to Applied Exercise Physiology

This module aims to develop an understanding of the application of scientific principles and techniques to evaluate human performance. Consideration will be given to the selection of an appropriate data collection environment (i.e. laboratory versus field) and the applicability across a range of activities that spans energy provision.  

Evaluating Sport, Exercise, and Health

The module aims to provide you with a foundation in quantitative study and research skills which will support and underpin your work in other sport, exercise, and health science modules.

Sports Injury Management 1

An introduction to the role of the Sports Therapist in the clinical assessment and treatment of injury. It provides a basic foundation on which to build further knowledge, skill, and expertise. The module will cover an introduction to the examination and assessment of the lower limb and provide an introduction to the planning and delivery of safe and effective treatments thereof. You will learn and develop skills in clinical assessment, sports taping, and basic exercise therapy.

Soft Tissue Massage and Manipulation Techniques

This module will provide you with a foundation on which to build further skill and expertise in the art of soft tissue massage and manipulation. You will gain the theoretical principles and practical skills to plan and implement appropriate treatment to address soft tissue dysfunction through the phases of tissue injury and to provide general conditioning for the tissue through periods of training and competition. 

 

Year Two

 

Rehabilitation: Return to Function

This module will provide you with the theoretical knowledge, understanding, and practical abilities to plan and implement safe and effective, progressive rehabilitation programmes that are both injury and functional specific, and address the individual needs of the patient. 

Sports Injury Management 2

This module aims to build upon the knowledge and techniques developed in Sports Injury Management 1 and provide you with the ability to provide a safe and effective assessment and management of soft tissue and sport-related injuries. The module also aims to enable you to understand the gross structure and function of the upper body and the typical pathological responses of the body.  It is also aimed to equip you with signs and symptoms of clinical pathology and the mechanisms of injury aetiology. 

Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy to the Spine

This module aims to build upon the concepts of assessment skills developed in Sports Injury Management 1 applied to the spine and provides you with the knowledge, understanding, and ability to provide the safe and effective assessment and management for the cervical, thoracic, lumbar vertebrae. It will give you the ability to apply comprehensive neurogenic, arthogenic, and myogenic examination, assessment, and treatment techniques appropriate to the above regions. 

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Explore the relationship of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with both the development and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD). You will examine the pathophysiology of NCDs, the physiological responses to physical activity, and methods to assess health and fitness for those individuals suffering from such disease states. You will explore the application and appraisal of exercise prescription guidelines for NCDs, with consideration of those that are serviced by exercise/GP referral schemes. If you have previously gained a Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Level 2 qualification e.g. gym instructors award you will have the opportunity to complete additional assessments to gain REPs Level 3 Exercise Referral.

Rehabilitation: Return to Competition

This module will allow you to consolidate yourtheoretical knowledge and develop your practical ability to lead rehabilitation sessions in a group setting that are injury-specific and applicable in both the sport and occupational setting. It will provide you with the competence to plan and implement, safe and effective group rehabilitation programmes that are appropriate to the needs of the patient’s transition during the phases of late-stage rehabilitation, to return to competition/occupation. You will also be equipped with skills to measure the patient’s progress through the phases of rehabilitation and determine the efficacy of the rehabilitative interventions. 

Clinical Biomechanics

This module aims to build upon the core biomechanical principles underpinning the practical analysis of human movement. It will also consider the role of biomechanical analysis in sports therapy and the assessment of patients. It will serve to widen your knowledge base and show the integrative nature of the separate disciplines of therapy and biomechanics. It will also provide a firm basis for work at a higher level in the discipline of biomechanics. 

Researching Sport, Exercise, and Health

The module will provide you with practical skills of conducting research in the sport, exercise, and health environment, and you will further your research skills, including ethical considerations, research design, and methodology, analysis, and write-up.

 

Year Three

 

Clinical Placement 

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to complete a unit of directed study, incorporating a clinical placement in practice-based settings, relevant to your needs and career aspirations. You should develop new knowledge and skills while in practice-based settings, in addition to applying, consolidating, and reflecting on the learning gained in the University environment. You should gain experience that enables you to develop, apply and reflect on the clinical practice across the core areas of sports therapy practice and to draw on, and review, the profession’s evidence base.

Research Project

You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. The investigation may be based within single or multiple disciplines. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors in your chosen area.

Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy

An opportunity for you to consolidate your knowledge and further develop existing skills in manual therapy. This module aims to provide you with the expertise to apply safe and effective manual therapy and mobilisation techniques to the peripheral joints of the body. It will give you the ability to apply a comprehensive range of manual therapy techniques appropriate to a wide range of presenting problems in the peripheral joints and aims to develop a more clinically reasoned approach in your management. 

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

This module enables you to critically evaluate the psychological, social, and cultural factors in injury risk, theories of psychological responses to injury, and psychological, social, and cultural factors that impact recovery from injury and adherence to rehabilitation programmes. It will critically evaluate theory and research, and consider practical approaches to working with injured athletes to assist them with their response to and rehabilitation from injury experiences.

Therapeutic and Clinical Electrotherapy

This module will aim to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply Ultrasound, TENS, Interferential, and LASER safely and effectively. It will equip you with the clinical reasoning regarding the implementation of these modalities. It will also investigate the research regarding the usage of these modalities. 

Advanced Sports Injury Management

An opportunity for you to consolidate your knowledge and further develop existing skills. The module aims to challenge current concepts in sports therapy practice, and further develop a clinically reasoned approach in differential diagnosis, and management of more complex and multifactorial presentations. This module prepares you for the complexities and realisms of clinical practice in all settings.  

Advanced Research in Sport and Exercise

This module extends the skills learned in Year Two, particularly in areas such as research methodology and quantitative analysis. The module accesses sections of the provision for MSc students and so begins to move you towards postgraduate level thinking. You will work alongside MSc students to access sections of work at the appropriate level. Assignments will reflect that the module is in Year Three but will take an applied approach to promote independent use and evaluation of research methods and statistics. 

 

Year Four

Advances in Sports Injury Management of the Upper Quadrant

The emphasis of this module is to build upon your individual practical experience, consolidate your knowledge, and further develop your existing assessment and management skills of upper quadrant dysfunction in an injured athlete. The module focuses upon the many approaches that exist in the management of upper quadrant dysfunction, exploring the evidence, and challenging the current concepts supporting these methods. It further develops theoretical and clinical knowledge, preparing you for the complexities and realism of clinical practice. Understanding the working demands and environment of professional sport also presents unique challenges to the emerging sports therapist.  These invaluable insights will be afforded through the use of invited guest speakers, whereby key personal and professional skills can be highlighted and subsequently developed. 

Advances in Sports Injury Management of the Lower Quadrant

The emphasis of this module is to build upon your individual practical experience, consolidate your knowledge, and further develop your existing assessment and management skills of lower quadrant dysfunction in an injured athlete.  The module focuses upon the many approaches that exist in the management of lower quadrant dysfunction, exploring the evidence, and challenging the current concepts supporting these methods. It builds upon the Advances in Sports Injury Management of the Upper Quadrant module, developing theoretical and clinical knowledge further, preparing you for the complexities and realism of clinical practice. This is achieved through further development of your clinical reasoning process in preparation for the clinical placement module. Understanding the working demands and environment of professional sport also presents unique challenges to the emerging sports therapist.  These invaluable insights will be afforded through the use of invited guest speakers, whereby key personal and professional skills can be highlighted and subsequently developed.    

Professional Placement 

The professional placement will enable you to further develop, apply, and reflect on the core areas of sports therapy practice and to draw on, and review, the profession’s evidence base. You should develop new knowledge and skills while in practice-based settings, in addition to applying, consolidating, and reflecting on the learning gained in the University environment. The professional placement also permits a network of professional contacts to be established that could greatly aid future employability. 

Research Dissertation

The research project represents the culmination of the whole master's route and is the final stage in assessment. It is designed to enable you to conduct and communicate independent research in an area of your choosing.  

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Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation for learning and teaching.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

How the programme will be delivered

Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.  In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work, and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task. As you progress through your degree, you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations. Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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