Sports physiotherapy today is a highly competitive profession which demands experienced practitioners with specialist skills and competencies. The MSc Sport Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine at Middlesex has been created specifically for Chartered Physiotherapists who wish to follow a sports career path, giving you the qualifications and experience necessary to apply for accreditation with the Association of Sports Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) and International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists (IFSPT).
Middlesex is widely regarded as one of the best universities in the UK to study sport. The London Sports Institute at Middlesex University is based at Saracens RFC's Allianz Park, where we regularly treat elite athletes in our high-tech biomechanics and physiology labs and new rehabilitation suite. This gives you the opportunity to carry out a research project on a subject of your choice alongside professional physiologists, biomechanists and clinicians.
Our masters degree is one of a few in the UK to build clinical placements into the course. Students spend 150 hours over the duration of the course working on clinical placement in a sports environment. Some of these hours can be at your place of work if appropriate, however we can offer hours in our own London Sport Institute Sport Injuries Clinic supervised by clinicians who work with athletes at national and international levels.
We have links with professional sports teams where clinical hours can be carried out, This means you complete your masters degreewith significant experience in professional sport, often within an MDT setting. In addition to this, you will obtain the requisite qualifications for ACPSEM and IFSPT accreditation – putting you in a great position to begin a career in sport.the teams may change from year to year but we have ongoing placements with the Saracens Womens squad so you will have many opportunities to work with these elite athletes throughout the rugby season, pre season training and fitness testing. This means you complete your masters degreewith significant experience in professional sport, often within an MDT setting. In addition to this, you will obtain the requisite qualifications for ACPSEM and IFSPT accreditation – putting you in a great position to begin a career in sport.
The course can be studied full-time or part-time to fit around existing work commitments, and is taught by clinicians who have significant experience working with national and international sporting organisations. You will also study pitchside trauma treatment with Rugby Football Union trauma doctors and teaching staff, gaining a Level 2 Immediate Care qualification as standard.
The MSc Sport Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine is mapped to the ACPSEM and IFSPT pathways and covers the areas related to the accreditation pathway of the ACPSEM. Exercise prescription is a strong element of the course, which makes use of our staff's expertise in sport rehabilitation and strength and conditioning to give students experience in these areas too.
Eight modules make up the course, including a 150 hour work placement module and two modules which see students prepare for and then undertake a significant research project on a subject they are passionate about. The other modules take a comprehensive approach to advanced sports physiotherapy and clinical biomechanics, as well as pitchside management of traumatic injuries and immediate care in sport.
Full-time students spend two days per week in university and another three on clinical placement or in their own job. Part-time students spend one day per week in university.
In this module you will study the classification and mechanism of lower quadrant injuries. It also considers screening for injury susceptibility, imaging, tissue healing, treatment progression and rehabilitation, cumulative trauma injuries and footwear related to injuries.
The module aims to develop a sports physiotherapist's clinical reasoning, practical assessment and treatment skills to enable best practice in the management of lower quadrant sports injuries, athlete assessment and treatment.
It also enables Chartered Physiotherapists to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours which will enable them to pursue a career in advanced sport and exercise medicine. The module is directly partnered with Advanced Sports Physiotherapy 2 (below), which deals with upper quadrant sports injuries.
Continuing from ASP 1, this module covers cumulative injuries to the upper quadrant from initial assessment to return to sport. This focuses on protective headwear, concussions, acute traumatic shoulder injuries, tendon injuries, pain management, rehabilitation strategies, sporting posture and physical examinations.
During this module you will study current concepts in sports biomechanics, the use of lab equipment, movement analysis and the "at risk" athlete. The module builds on and develops your existing practical knowledge and understanding of current concepts in sports and clinical biomechanics in relation to athlete assessment and performance enhancement. Students' knowledge of methods of assessment of human movement and biomechanical parameters will be facilitated in the lab setting and in lectures.
The Advanced Player Management module covers the pitchside management of traumatic injuries. It aims to develop an advanced understanding of exercise and environmental physiology and apply this to the professional sporting environment as an advanced independent practitioner. In addition, the Level 2 Immediate Care in Sport (ICIS) is included to develop the range of advanced clinical skills needed for an autonomous practitioner working in the sport and exercise environment.
This module includes the Immediate Care in Sport Level 2 course
This module gives students the opportunity to learn from practical experience while being supported by a mentor. You will gain further knowledge and comprehension of the course content through the application of theoretical principles in varying sport physiotherapy environments. In addition to this you will develop your interpersonal and professional skills while adopting a reflective and critical approach to your working practice. Where appropriate students may use their current job as part of the placement hours, but placements will also be offered by Middlesex University.
Throughout the dissertation module you will be supported while undertaking research with a focus appropriate to your area of interest, potentially building upon the research proposal formulated in the Research Methods module. The module creates a peer learning community for students, enabling you to provide guidance and critically support one another on matters of ethical application, research methods, data collection, analysis and writing-up in the research process – in addition to that provided by your supervisor.
To begin the course you must complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and provide suitable references.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 7.0 (with minimum 6.5 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.
Interviews will take place to assess your suitability for the course, but please contact us if you have any questions regarding your experience, the course or your eligibility to apply.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
As a Chartered Physiotherapist you will already have a number of career paths open to you, but completing this masters degree will put you on the road to a successful career in sport.
The majority of professional sports physiotherapy roles today require ACPSEM or IFSP accreditation, and this course provides you with everything you need to apply for accreditation upon completion. With experience working for an elite sports team gained during the course, it is expected that you will be in a very strong position when applying for jobs.
This could include roles at professional football and rugby clubs, for national and international sports organisations such as the English Institute of Sport or England Rugby, or for international sports teams.
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MSc Sport Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine
This course is offered full time or part time. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full time course fees||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits|
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
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