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2 years

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Brayford Pool

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SPTTHRMS

MSc Sports Therapy

This Master’s programme is designed to develop the necessary practical and theoretical skills required for a career as a Sports Therapist. Supported by staff who have worked within elite sport, the programme aims to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the industry.

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

SPTTHRMS

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Andy Hunt - Programme Leader

Andy Hunt - Programme Leader

Andy is Programme Leader for the MSc Sports Therapy and has extensive experience of working with professional sports teams. His research specialisms include sports teams and rehabilitation and sports medicine.

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Welcome to MSc Sports Therapy

Lincoln’s MSc Sports Therapy aims to prepare students for applying sports science knowledge and principles to the assessment and treatment of injuries within a sporting context. The programme has been developed in collaboration with The Society of Sports Therapists, an accrediting regulatory body for Sports Therapy programmes.

The course is designed to develop skills in sports therapy, sport and exercise rehabilitation, and working professionally as a sports therapy practitioner. The course has a strong practical element and students will have the opportunity to gain experience under supervision, providing pitch-side cover with sports teams based at the University of Lincoln, and treating staff and students within the in-house Sports Injury Clinic.

Students on this programme are required to accumulate 200 hours of supervised clinical placements, opportunities for this may include working with local, professional, and amateur sports teams, as well as within the University Sports Injury Clinic.

Students can learn from experienced lecturers who come from a background of working in elite sport. Guest lectures are also provided from a variety of professionals who currently work in the industry including sports scientists, physiotherapists, and osteopaths covering professional football, rugby, and athletics.

How You Study

The course focuses on the theory and practice of sports therapy. Students are able to develop the skills needed and utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance. They have the chance to learn how to provide immediate care of injuries and provide basic life support in a recreational, training, and competitive environment. Students can also develop the communication and listening skills required to work as a sports therapist.

Students have the chance to learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, written assignments, seminars, web-based resources, and research-engaged teaching. There is a strong practical element which will help to develop the required skills necessary for working in the industry.

In addition, students can develop the skills to undertake research projects and apply research findings to sports therapy practice.

Teaching staff on this programme include those with professional experience in a range of areas, including many years working clinically in elite sport, privately, and in rehabilitation centres.


Modules include:

  • Functional Anatomy and Human Movement
  • Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1
  • Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2
  • Professional Practice in Sports Therapy
  • Clinical Reasoning in Practice
  • Dissertation (Sports Therapy Master's)
  • Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Research Methods and Skills

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

The assessment strategy adopted within the MSc Sports Therapy reflects the programme's emphasis on applied practice and the development of a range of communication skills. However, in all assessments students will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the relevant theoretical issues. Assessment types are varied to meet the subject specific demands of each module and may include portfolios, reflective writing, practicals, written assignments, presentations, or a dissertation.

Assessment Feedback

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

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Students are responsible for their travel costs to sessions held off campus. In 2019, this included working with local professional or amateur teams and attending outpatient clinics.

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.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

First or second class honours degree in sport and exercise science and a successful interview.

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.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/for information on equivalent qualifications.


Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/


If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses:


https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/


These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

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

Accreditations

The course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. Students will be enrolled as Student Membership of The Society of Sports Therapists and on graduation will be eligible to apply for full membership. Some of the benefits include the opportunity to access publications, attend courses, legal and professional advice, and professional insurance.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

The School is currently undertaking research in a number of areas at national and international levels. The research is organised under the remit of our five research groupings:

  • Biofeedback in Sport Group (BIO)
  • Health Advancement Research Team (HART)
  • Mental Toughness Research Group (MTOUGH)
  • Physiology of Exercise and Sport Performance (PESP)
  • Youth Sport Research Group (YSR)


A major focus of research activity lies in developing local, national, and international partnerships to design and deliver projects that are beneficial to service users and which influence policy, practice, and procedures. Areas for particular emphasis include sport science, coaching practice, and exercise and health development.

For more information, please visit the School’s research pages.

Interviews and Applicant Days

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview. The interview can be held by Skype or telephone if requested and consists of an informal discussion about the programme and a chance to discuss relevant experience applicants may have, such as work experience or volunteering. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet lecturers and look around the facilities at the University, including the Sports Centre and Human Performance Centre.

Practice Placement

There is a high practical component within the programme and students will have the chance to build a 200 hour clinical placement portfolio. This may include working within the sports injury clinic, pitch side cover, local professional and amateur teams, and in the community at sporting events both locally and across the country. Students also have the opportunity to engage with local, regional, and national organisations.

Upon entry to the programme, students will be registered as a Student Member of The Society of Sports Therapists. Through this, they will be eligible for the limited medical malpractice and public liability insurance required to allow them to undertake their 200 hours of supervised sports therapy practice during their studies.

On successful completion of the course, graduates may be eligible for full membership of The Society of Sports Therapists.

Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation, and living costs for sessions held off-campus. In 2019, this included working with local professional or amateur teams and attending outpatient clinics.

Sports Injury Clinic

The University operates a Sports Injury Clinic. Students on this Master’s degree can work with University sports teams and athletes, as well as staff and students in the clinic. This offers the opportunity to work with patients and develop skills in assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries as well as developing all aspects of communication.

Field Trips

Field trips can enable students to learn from industry professionals and deepen their knowledge. Students may have the chance to take part in field trips during the course. In 2019, students visited St George’s Park to experience the hydrotherapy suites and see the facilities that elite athletes can access for rehabilitation needs. This trip was paid for by the School. A visit to Grantham and District Hospital also gave students the chance to attend outpatient musculoskeletal clinics staffed by orthopaedic consultants and gain experience in a clinical environment.

Community and Industry Links

The School of Sport and Exercise Science consists of a vibrant community of staff and students. Those on the MSc Sports Therapy course will undertake certain modules alongside those on the MSc Sports Science course.

The School has a number of connections with sports clubs such as Lincoln City FC, Nottingham Rugby, Lincoln Rugby Football Club, and Gainsborough Trinity FC.

Career and Personal Development

The emphasis on practical, hands-on development of skills and placement experience throughout the course aims to prepare graduates for employment as a sports therapist. This may include 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.

Recent graduates have gone on to work within various sports including football and rugby, private clinics, or continued further studies.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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