University of Bath invites applications for MSc Sports Physiotherapy course

The University of Bath will soon close applications for its 3-5 year part-time distance learning course in MSc Sports Physiotherapy, developed by the Department for Health. This course is designed for qualified physiotherapists seeking a specialist qualification in sports physiotherapy. It provides practitioners a chance to study the fundamentals of sports physiotherapy in practice, exercise physiology, athlete management, performance physiotherapy, and more.

Students are taught by a team who have worked at high-profile sporting events including the Commonwealth Games, FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games, Paralympic World Cup, and the Tour de France.

Application Deadline:

This session commences with an online induction on 21 and 22 September 2023. The first application deadline has already passed however, the Department is still considering late applications for 2023 entry from Indian students. Applications for courses starting in 2024 will open in early September.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should typically have a Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy with a final overall result of at least First Class. However, due to the number of different grading scales in use, candidates should upload a copy of the grading scale used by their institution, along with their transcript, when they submit their application.

Applicants should also provide a copy of their license required to practice as a physiotherapist, evidence of membership in relevant professional bodies, and indemnity insurance as appropriate. Applicants should also have a minimum of two years’ work experience as a qualified and registered physiotherapist before enrolment and be in a position to fulfill sport physiotherapy practice and experiential requirements.

Candidates should submit a short personal statement outlining qualifications and experience, motivations for joining the course, and how they will use the degree. The English language requirements are a minimum of either a 6.5 IELTS score with no less than 6.0 in all components, a Pearson Test of English Academic – 62 with no less than 59 in any element or a TOEFL IBT – 90 overall with a minimum of 21 in all 4 components. Fees for this course are currently £5,810 per year with an annual fee of £3,330 for the research phase.

As the course has a distance-learning format many aspects will be carried out remotely, with some online self-paced learning. The course also holds two in-person residential weeks which include practical learning and assessment. The first is an optional residential week in Bath with a sports science focus. The second residential week is optional and has a clinical focus. Other forms of learning include seminars, tutorials, and workshops. Students are assessed through coursework, essays, seminars, and written examinations. In addition to taught and practical units, students also design and conduct research project towards the end of the course.

MSc Sports Physiotherapy graduates are qualified to work with athletes and sports teams at the highest level and, and able to apply evidence-based practice principles to deliver innovation in sports physiotherapy.

Recent Department for Health graduates have gone on to work for leading sports-related organizations, including FIFA Medical Department, The Premier League, UEFA, Manchester United FC, and The FA.

The University of Bath is ranked equal 7th in the world for Sports-related subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 and is second for Sports Science in the UK’s main three national rankings. The University’s reputation for excellence in sport extends to its research, 98% of its submitted research activity for Sport & Exercise Sciences was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

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