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MSc Sports Therapy

1 year 2 years School of Sport and Exercise Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Our MSc Sports Therapy aims to prepare students to apply sports science knowledge and principles to the assessment and treatment of injuries within a sporting context. The course is designed to develop skills in pitch side first aid and trauma management, clinical injury assessment and competency in planning and implementing appropriate treatment and rehabilitation programmes for a range of sports injuries.

As a student you have the opportunity to develop the skills to utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance. You have the chance to learn to provide immediate care of injuries and the capability of providing basic life support in a recreational, training and competitive environment. In addition, you can develop the skills to research and apply research findings to sports therapy practice.


This course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists.

How You Study

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Students should expect approximately 12 hours of contact time per week during this programme. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

The programme utilises a full range of assessments including:

  • Portfolio
  • Reflective blog
  • Phase test
  • Practical
  • Assignment
  • Dissertation

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

All applicants will be interviewed.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have either:

A 2:2 honours degree or above in the subject of Sport and Exercise Science/Sport Science/Physiotherapy/Sports Therapy/Health or Exercise Science.

An applicant may also be considered with an alternative degree if supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject through their experience or training. It is anticipated that this would be from within the work environment, additional qualifications or volunteering.

Satisfactory enhanced DBS checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.

Key Contacts

Gemma Best
+44(0)1522 837 151

+44 (0)1522 886644

Master's Level

Clinical Reasoning in Practice (Core)

This module aims to develop the student’s clinical reasoning and decision making skills in practice. Clinical reasoning models will be used to demonstrate an understanding of how important decisions, diagnosis of injury and subsequent treatment plans are developed and justified using evidence from theory and research.

Dissertation (Sports Therapy Masters) (Core)

This module aims to enhance knowledge of the research process and further develop critical thinking skills related to scientific enquiry. Students will on completion be able manage and implement a successful research study in an area relating to Sports Therapy.

Functional Anatomy and Human Movement (Core)

This module aims to develop and enhance students’ current knowledge of normal human movement and anatomical function for activities across a range of sports. Both peripheral and spinal regions will be covered in detail allowing the student to safely and competently conduct objective joint assessments that will help identify specific sport and exercise related injuries that occur in a range of different anatomical structures.

Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1 (Core)

This module aims to develop core practical and clinical skills required to work as a sports therapist. These skills will allow the student to work safely and effectively with an injured individual providing initial assessment and treatment to a range of common sporting injuries. The skills will be developed through teaching of key theory relating to pathology, assessment and treatment of common injuries along with clinical practice in a supervised environment.

Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2 (Core)

This module aims to develop the more advanced practical and clinical skills required to work as a sports therapist. These skills will allow the student to work safely and effectively with an injured individual providing advanced assessment and treatment to a wide range of sporting injuries. The skills will be developed through the teaching of advanced assessment and treatment techniques along with clinical practice in a supervised environment.

Professional Practice in Sports Therapy (Core)

This module aims to develop the skills of a sports therapist in a working environment and focusses upon the ability to critically reflect upon and apply innovative solutions in sports therapy practice. It is applied and students spend 200 hours in the Community. The skills will be developed through teaching, observing practitioners and applying treatment under supervision.

Research Methods and Skills (Core)

This module aims to enhance knowledge of the research process and further develop the research skills required in essential preparation for the Research Project. The module will address epistemological issues, as well as ethical considerations, research design, and quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry and analysis.

The focus is on developing the skills to critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature, and integrate such knowledge in preparation for independent study. You will be able to focus on an issue or issues relevant to your personal interests and intended professional development. This will draw on critical analysis and understanding of research methodology and methods acquired from the discipline of sport science.

Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation (Core)

This module aims to develop the students’ knowledge around principles of rehabilitation and how these can be applied at different stages during the recovery process for a range of common sporting injuries. Critical appraisal of current research will help the student understand how to safely and effectively rehabilitate an individual back to full functional fitness after injury.

Special Features

Practice Placements

There is a high practical component within the programme and you will have the chance to build a 200 hour portfolio of practice from working within the community. You will have the opportunity to provide sports therapy support at events both locally and across the country. As a student you will also have the opportunity to engage with local, regional, and national organisations.

Upon entry to the programme you will be registered as a Student Member of The Society of Sports Therapists. Through this you will be eligible for the limited medical malpractice and public liability insurance required to allow you to undertake your 200 hours of supervised Sports Therapy practice during your studies.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to support and promote employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship. The course aims to well prepare graduates to gain employment within rehabilitation clinics and independent sports therapy work with sports teams and organisations. Upon successful completion, graduates may be eligible for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be related to specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
International £13,800
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £77 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


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As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.