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Sports Therapy MSc

Ready to take your career in sports therapy to the next level? Advance your knowledge. Sharpen your specialist skills. Build on your professional experience with 200 hours of placement at master’s level.


Course length: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Sport and Physical Activity
Department: Sport and Physical Activity
A student is massaged by one of their peers to hone skills in sports therapy.

You’re a sports therapy graduate with accreditation from the Society of Sports Therapists, and you’re keen to shine as you launch your career. Our MSc Sports Therapy adds 200 hours of hands-on professional experience to your portfolio and boosts your CV with specialist niche skills and knowledge.

You’ll boost your understanding of strength and conditioning training methods and advance your understanding of current thinking. Additionally, you’ll develop further professional insights into mental wellbeing issues in today’s performance sports industry.

Sports therapy makes up one aspect of an athlete’s overall performance sports picture. Through hands-on experience and opportunities to reflect, you’ll become confident in making multidisciplinary plans with colleagues to benefit the athlete more holistically.

You’ll leave us as a trusted sports therapist with extensive real-world experience in all aspects of contemporary sports therapy. Employers will value your extensive therapeutic skills and excellent patient care.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Professional practice placements

What you'll study

A critical aspect of your MSc Sports Therapy is our focus on your personal, professional practice through working with real clients in a professional setting, complemented by additional specialist training.

Your 200-hour vocational placement, worth one-third of the overall course credit, is carefully selected to line up with your career goals. Your placement will connect with your interest and likely involve aspects of injury management related to nutrition, psychology and ethical-legal considerations, injury prevention and sports performance.

To boost your development as an evidence-based sports therapist, you also complete an applied research project. This project may be connected to your placement and there may be an opportunity to have elements of your work published, for example, in a sports medicine journal.

You’ll also attend lectures and workshops on strength and conditioning and mental health awareness in a sporting context. This will add to your clinical skillset as you find your next role.

Compulsory modules:

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Advanced Professional Practice
Advanced Research Project
Contemporary Issues in Clinical Practice
Critical Issues in Strength and Conditioning
Mental Health Awareness for Performance Sport Athletes and Practitioners

How you'll study

Learning and teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, tutorials, workshops, taught practical sessions and ICT-based learning. In addition, there will be fieldwork, directed independent study and supervised individual research. For each module you will have a detailed booklet that tells you what sessions are about, what to read, how you will be assessed and coursework guidance.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through essays, projects and lab reports, critical analysis of papers and poster presentations. You will also deliver practical workshop sessions and undertake independent research.

Who will be teaching you

The Sports Therapy team are highly experienced and enthusiastic and have a real commitment to teaching sports therapy. Dynamic, friendly and supportive of your individual needs, staff are actively involved in national and international research and consultancy projects that influence the development of sports therapy and feed directly into the course.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) in sports therapy, accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists. GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) are also required.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course. Please choose the application link for your preferred mode of study.

Apply for September 2024 Full-Time

Apply for September 2024 Part-Time

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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Wilson CentreBased in the Wilson Centre, the Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work underpinned by outstanding facilities. There are dedicated laboratories in performance analysis, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, musculoskeletal, biochemistry, vision analysis, sleep, exercise and performance, and functional rehabilitation, as well as a sports therapy clinic.

Extensive use is also made of the on-campus leisure facilities which include top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. Our sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.

Where you'll study

Wilson Centre

Sports Centre

Learning resources

There is a dedicated sports therapy clinic, providing a clinical learning environment in which you will gain practical experience with your peers and external clients. Cutting edge musculoskeletal assessment tools combine with a dedicated strength and conditioning area in our MSk laboratory, while a rehabilitation centre enables bespoke rehabilitation programmes to be implemented for individuals or small groups.


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


for the course

UK Part-Time

£50 per credit

for 180 credits



for the course

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You’ll leave us with your MSc Sports Therapy, ready to work as an experienced graduate sports therapist. You’ll significantly increase your expertise and knowledge as an evidence-based sports therapist and build valuable industry connections through your vocational placement. It could even open opportunities for your next role.

If the research side of your Master’s becomes your focus, you will emerge with the academic research and study skills needed to take the next step on the path to a PhD.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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