Taught course

Sports Physiotherapy

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (or equivalent) in physiotherapy from a recognised university.

Evidence of the following must also be provided in the application:

  • Current registration / licence to practice as a Physiotherapist
  • Chartered Physiotherapist status (necessary for UK applicants only)
  • A minimum of two years post-licensure work experience in a physiotherapy role (as evidenced by CV/employment history)
  • A letter to support your application outlining why you would like to participate in the Sports Physiotherapy programme (max. 500 words).

Months of entry


Course content

A world class course for physiotherapists seeking a specialist qualification in sports physiotherapy compliant with international standards of practice. The Sports Physiotherapy programme drives students to develop an evidence-based, problem-solving and clinically reasoned approach to learning. The programme provides an innovative blend of knowledge-based, activity-based and experiential learning, with face-to-face and distance teaching. The majority of the content of the programme is delivered online to allow students to engage in flexible study alongside their clinical practice. To complement the online teaching there is a face to face induction event at the University and residential teaching weeks in the first and second years of the programme. Reflective, practice-based elements are provided through professional experiential learning and online virtual workshops.

Programme Features:

  • Endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
  • Meets international competencies and standards set by the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSP)
  • Integrates the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) CPD pathway
  • Flexible and online, allowing you to study alongside your clinical practice

Programme Structure:

Residential teaching events take place at the University and you will be expected to attend the following:

  • Sports Science Residential Week - Year One (January)
  • Clinical Residential Week - Year Two (June)

Year one (Certificate):

Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 1
Sports Environment
Exercise Physiology
Athlete Biomechanics and Sports Analysis

Year two (Diploma):

Sports Physiotherapy in Practice 2
Performance Physiotherapy (spine, lower limb, upper limb)
Athlete Management

Year three (MSc):

Evidence Based Clinical Sports Physiotherapy
Research Project Design
Sports Physiotherapy Research Project

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in the TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (studentships and scholarships) for postgraduate students. For more information,please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    distance learning
    42* months
    • PGDip
      distance learning
      24* months
      • PGCert
        distance learning
        12* months
        • Further details of qualification

          * You can take up to a maximum of two study breaks, with each break being 12 months in length.

        Course contact details

        Admissions Officer
        +44 (0)1225 385233