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Sports Therapy - MSc

Why study this course?

The course is designed for sports scientists (or similar graduates) who wish to apply their knowledge to a therapy setting and learn clinical skills. Completing the course provides eligibility for membership of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) which gives you licence to practice as a sports therapist. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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London Metropolitan is proud to have been one of the first universities in the UK to develop this ground-breaking degree. It tackles a growing demand for professionals, with sports-specific knowledge, and equips them with the tools necessary to become successful professional sports therapists.

This course focuses on giving you the ability to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports injuries or dysfunction to become a competent postgraduate sports therapist. It includes the development of practical, patient-handling and clinical decision-making skills. In addition, those who successfully complete the course are eligible for membership of the Society of Sports Therapists.

The University has a long history of teaching sports science and therapy courses, and an excellent record of graduate employment in these fields. You will benefit from a range of specialist resources within our £30m Science Centre including a fully-functioning public clinic.


A variety of methods will be used to assess your performance including literature reviews, seminar presentations, written seminar papers, time-constrained assessments, practical examinations (including viva voce) and the dissertation.

Professional accreditation

Eligibility available for graduates to membership of the Society of Sports Therapists who accredit the course.

You will be required to have:

  • a lower second honours degree (or equivalent) in sports or exercise science (graduates with related degrees or other suitable qualifications will be considered on an individual basis)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module assesses the students’ practical ability to undertake a professional examination and assessment for any common sports injury to the upper or lower limb. Students will develop critical awareness of current issues relating to sports injuries, epidemiology, and mechanisms of injury. Students will develop their clinical reasoning and critical application of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation in a sports setting. This knowledge will be informed by critical awareness of current issues in sports therapy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module is intended to develop the anatomical and practical skills.Clinical reasoning will be developed for applying manual therapy mobilisation techniques to the peripheral joints. This module will develop a critical approach to technique selection for treating dysfunctional joints via analysis of contemporary research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module focuses on the students' understanding, knowledge and ability to apply safe and effective mobilisations for spinal dysfunction. The module develops clinical reasoning skills for the use of mobilisations in treating sports and exercise injuries using evidence based research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of skills needed for the planning, organisation and practice of research in science. Different analytical approaches to problems will be reviewed together with the need to consider statistics and quality control in the design of projects. Students will consider the impact of appropriate safety, ethical and resourcing implications in the design and operation of a project.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module is intended to develop the practical skills to support therapy practice; including Therapeutic Ultrasound, Massage and First Aid. The module will also develop key masters level study skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and ability to develop and implement rehabilitation programmes to return athletes to full functional fitness. Students will develop a critical awareness of current trends in rehabilitation processes.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module provides an opportunity for the student to undertake a substantial piece of research in one area of Sports Therapy& Exercise Science. The intention is to allow a thorough analysis and synthesis of theory and practice in relation to sports or exercise science. The research will require either the empirical collection of data or an original secondary analysis of existing data.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    Students are required to undertake 200 supervised clinical practicehours in order to gain eligibility for membership of the professional body The Society of Sports Therapists. All external placements must be authorised by the Course Leader. This module aims to provide the framework for students to undertake these hours and to support their development of professional skills in the working environment. The module also enables students to experience work with injured athletes, players, and exercise participants in a variety of sports therapy environments. The module will run in all three semesters to ensure prerequisites have been passed prior to registration on this module (summer will be the usual registration for both FT and PT). Students are also encouraged to observe practitioners in similar disciplines and engage in professional development activities during and prior to module registration. A log of this activity and the 200 supervised clinical practice hours will be recordedin theirPortfolio of evidence.

    Restricted to MSc Sports Therapy

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Core modules include:

  • Clinical Skills in Sports Therapy
  • Sports Application to Practise
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Scientific Frameworks for Research
  • Manual Therapy for Peripheral Joints
  • Manual Therapy for Spinal Joints
  • Work Placement
  • Dissertation

Read more about the course modules from our course specification.

Many former students work with professional, semi-professional and amateur sporting institutions. These include football, rugby, ice hockey and basketball teams, and professional cyclists. Roles have also been plentiful in private practice, providing sports therapy and rehabilitation services within health and leisure centres. There is also the option to pursue further research.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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When to apply

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