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MSci Sports Therapy


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Course Length:

4 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250 (20% discount in fourth year)

2020/21 International fee: £13,500 (20% discount in fourth year)

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


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.

Student view

"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.


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 (to be completed by September 2019)

Image below is for illustrative purposes only for colours. (not actual astro at Chichetster)  Line markings and surrounding layout will be different.

Blue and green astro - image of different institution to see style

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."  

Joshua, 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

PDA Approved

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 One

  • Human Anatomy
  • Acute Injury and Trauma
  • Fundamentals of Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Pathophysiology for Sports Therapists
  • Sports Injury Management 1
  • Soft Tissue Massage and Manipulation Techniques
  • Research Methods for Sports Therapy

Year Two

  • Rehabilitation: Return to Function
  • Sports Injury Management 2
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy to the Spine
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Rehabilitation: Return to Competition
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Researching Sport and Exercise

Year Three

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy
  • Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic and Clinical Electrotherapy
  • Advanced Sports Injury Management
  • Clinical Placement (200 hours)
  • Nutrition for Sports Performance, Exercise and Health

Year Four

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

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