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MSci Sports Therapy

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.

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

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBB/ABC to include Biology or PE at grade B or better (excludes General Studies)

BTEC: D*D*D* (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 at grade C or better.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5.

Course content

Our programme offers you an integrated approach to learning professional, research and clinical practice skills in sports therapy, through the academic study of sports and exercise medicine.

You will gain clinical competencies in:

  • Acute sports trauma to injuries in a recreational, training and competitive environment.
  • Examination and assessment of sports injuries of the spinal and peripheral joints.
  • Planning and implementing appropriate treatment regimens for the injured athlete.
  • Soft tissue manipulation and sports massage pre-and post-activity.
  • Manual therapy and mobilisation 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.
  • A wide range of research methods.

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.

With your comprehensive sports therapy and exercise science base you will be integral to the healthcare management of patients throughout the complete recovery and rehabilitation pathway. You will also have a significant role to play in both injury and pain prevention, wellness programmes, as well as in pre-surgical preparation and management.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  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. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

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, working 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, which will coincide with a complete season/ performance cycle. The programme has excellent links with professional sporting clubs and organisations.

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

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.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Clare Deacon – or tel: 01243 793542

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. Indicative course content includes:

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Human Anatomy
  • Acute Injury & Trauma
  • Physiology of the Exercising Human
  • Pathophysiology for Sports Therapists

Semester 2

  • Sports Injury Management 1
  • Physiology of the Exercising Human
  • Soft Tissue Massage & Manipulation Techniques
  • Research Methods for Sports Therapy

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Rehabilitation: Return to Function
  • Sports Injury Management 2
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy to the Spine

Semester 2

  • Rehabilitation: Return to Competition
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Researching Sport and Exercise
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy to the Spine
  • Independent Study in Research Methods (for students with an incomplete research methods profile)

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Independent Project
  • Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy
  • Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Research in Sport and Exercise

Semester 2

  • Independent Project
  • Therapeutic and Clinical Electrotherapy
  • Advanced Sports Trauma & Injury Management
  • Clinical Placement

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Professional Placement
  • Research Dissertation
  • Advances in Sports Injury Management of the Upper Quadrant

Semester 2

  • Professional Placement
  • Research Dissertation
  • Advances in Sports Injury Management of the Lower Quadrant

International English Studies

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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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