Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy (MSc)
- Duration: 18 months
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
As a practitioner looking for a specialist qualification in sports physiotherapy, this MSc will enable you to develop your knowledge of sports science and injuries, as well as your critical thinking skills, in order to further your career within your specialist profession.
Rated a top 3 school in the UK
For Physiotherapy (BSc) by the Complete University Guide 2020.
Internationally renowned researchers
Professor Robert van Deursen, Professor Nicola Phillips (OBE), and Professor Val Sparkes, as well as clinicians who are Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners in their speciality.
Engage with external partners
We work with a wide range of partners including service users, clinical partners, professional bodies and local and national industry.
English language support
We offer a free, bespoke in-sessional English language course to support healthcare international students (limited spaces available).
Play back teaching sessions
Where appropriate, all of our sessions are recorded and made available online to review and revisit.
Our Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy programme is designed in collaboration with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) and international organisations such as the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSP).
Our established programme is suited to qualified physiotherapists, from across the UK and internationally working in a wide variety of sectors that involve managing people with sport or exercise related injuries. A minimum of two years physiotherapy clinical experience is required, whether this be experience in a high-performance sport level or in a physiotherapy clinic.
It gives you the chance to take your learning to the next level, enhancing your skills and knowledge in order to challenge and critically evaluate your own professional practice and the wider areas of sport physiotherapy such as service improvement and patient care. This will help inform the way you practice
safely and effectively and help you to inform sport and exercise physiotherapy healthcare in your country.
Our modules cover a wide range of sport and exercise physiotherapy competencies, as identified by the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy to include Sport and Exercise Participation, Inter-Disciplinary Management and Injury Prevention.
Your learning will be supported by experienced researchers and academics who are experts in their field. You can look forward to working with our highly experienced team who between them have worked within an impressive range of contexts, such as major multi-sport Games and professional sports at international level. You will also be designated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies.
Your teaching can take place in our specially designed physiotherapy labs and simulation suites. Our School benefits from a range of equipment such as an anti-gravity treadmill and a motion capture centre which uses techniques to analyse human movement which could be used to support your learning.
In addition, you will be part of a wider physiotherapy cohort where you will benefit from learning alongside a globally diverse group who are studying at various points in their career. Sharing knowledge and gaining understanding of sport and exercise physiotherapy practice across the world.
Above all else we strive to make sure you are ready for your next step in your career. On completion you will have achieved the theoretical requirements of the Gold Level Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine and be working at a master’s level within your field and influencing healthcare in Wales and beyond.
Be part of something life-changing and take on a new challenge today.
Where you'll study
School of Healthcare Sciences
Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to embark on a professional healthcare career.
The programme is suitable for qualified physiotherapists with at least two years' clinical experience.
Applications are judged on a ‘personal statement’ where a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme.
You must address the following points in your personal statement, this list is not exhaustive:
- Why have you selected this programme?
- What interests you about the programme?
- Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
- How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
- How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
- Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.
Application deadline: End of July of each academic year.
English Language Requirements for non-UK applicants
Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (or recognised equivalent).
Requirement is IELTS overall 6.5 and no less than 5.5 in any subsection. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.
Please note that applicants with an IELTS score of overall 6 may be eligible for an offer based upon attendance on pre-sessional English language course offered by Cardiff University. Please be advised that places on these courses are limited so please apply early. Further information can be accessed via the following link:
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
The MSc Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy programme is modular, with five core taught modules and a dissertation. The dissertation module (60 credits) then leads to an MSc (180 credits total).
Three modules are specific to Sports Physiotherapy and there is also 1 core generic research module. The modules are presented in block format, with students required to attend the University for two to three-day blocks during the year.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2023/24 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
In year 1 you will complete 120 credits in the taught component of the programme
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Science of Performance and Injury in Sport||HCT021||30 credits|
|Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injuries||HCT022||30 credits|
|Sport and Exercise Participation, Inter-Disciplinary Management and Injury Prevention||HCT023||30 credits|
|Research methods and data analysis in healthcare||HCT343||30 credits|
|Empirical Dissertation||HCT117||60 credits|
In Year 2 you will complete your Dissertation
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through a combination of:
- Group discussions
- Practical sessions.
All content will be supported by online material through the Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central to facilitate self-study, which is particularly useful for you if you’re living and working away from Cardiff. Self-study contributes to approximately 75% of the notional learning hours.
At the dissertation stage of the MSc, you are also required to undertake a research project involving data collection.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a variety of written assignments and an oral presentation.
This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The dissertation is a culmination of the development of all these skills.
We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
How will I be supported?
This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.
You are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist you with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.
All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars. All lectures are recorded via Panopto and are available to you throughout your programme.
If you are an international student whose first language is not English you can be supported with a bespoke In-sessional English Language programme (10 weeks) in semester 1. This is only available to students in the School of Healthcare Sciences and attendance will be based on need as places are limited.
The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support you. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, day care facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.
Our student app allows you to access Cardiff University services and personalised information in one place in a simple and convenient way from a smartphone via the app store.
- Campus maps
- Student library renewals, payments and available items
- Student timetable
- Find an available PC
- Access to help and student support
- Student news
- Receive important notifications
- Links to launch other University apps such as Outlook (for email) and Blackboard (for Learning
- Links to recommended apps such as nextbike to help make the most of their student experience.
What skills will I practise and develop?
Knowledge & Understanding of:
Develop a holistic approach to the rehabilitation of an injured sportsperson or healthy active individual and be able to communicate with other health and sports related professionals to promote awareness of management and prevention of injury.
Evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.
Initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the profession in the sport and exercise environment through research.
Professional Practical Skills:
Practise your profession using an analytical and problem-solving approach and show advanced skills in the management of injuries within sport and exercise
Develop standards of practice based on reflective thinking and problem-solving.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Learn how we decide your fee status
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
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Careers and placements
Our course is designed to help you develop towards Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports & Exercise (ACPSM) Gold standard level, using competencies defined by International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSPT).
The knowledge, skills and behaviours you will develop during your MSc will provide the ideal foundation on which to build your career in sports and exercise physiotherapy.
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