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Sport Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine MSc

Learn about the course below
Autumn 2018
1 year full-time
Usually 2 years part-time
£8,500 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course leader
Clare Deary

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).

Why study MSc Sport Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine at Middlesex?

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 master's 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 degree with 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 Women's squad so you will have many opportunities to work with these elite athletes throughout the rugby season, pre-season training and fitness testing.

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 pitch-side trauma treatment with Rugby Football Union trauma doctors and teaching staff, gaining a Level 2 Immediate Care qualification as standard.

Course highlights:

  • Spend a minimum of 150 hours on clinical placement during the degree
  • The course is mapped to the ACPSEM and IFSPT accreditation pathways
  • Study the course full-time or part-time to fit around your current work commitments
  • Work with elite athletes from prestigious organisations
  • Gain a pitchside trauma Level 2 Immediate Care in Sport qualification while working with RFU trauma doctors and teaching staff
  • Learn from practising national and international clinicians, prominent biomechanists and physiologists
  • Study in our ultramodern facilities at Allianz Park, the home of Saracens RFC.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on MSc Sport Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine?

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 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 pitch-side 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.

  • Modules

    • Advanced Sports Physiotherapy 1 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Advanced Sports Physiotherapy 2 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Sport Clinical Biomechanics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Advanced Player Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The Advanced Player Management module covers the pitch-side 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 a sport and exercise environment.

      This module includes the Immediate Care in Sport Level 2 course.

    • Rehabilitation and Conditioning Techniques (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the students with the ability to critically assess movement impairment and injury and develop validated corrective performance programmes based on their findings. Students will develop a range of corrective exercise techniques that looks to address the issues highlighted by the screening processes, as well as enhance performance through advanced principles of programming.

      This module also looks to include supplementary techniques to exercise in order to correct muscle imbalance, correct dysfunction and enhance performance.

    • Professional Placement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide a critical overview of the main methods and approaches used for research into topics areas related to sports physiotherapy and exercise medicine, and to equip the student to apply this knowledge in the planning a research proposal. The module affords students opportunities to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of published work in their specialist area, or in health care in general.

      Students will learn in groups and will explore philosophical, ethical and methodological differences which underpin various approaches to knowledge generation that can inform health care work. Interprofessional workshops will allow the student to develop a research proposal, to consider its adequacy and limitations, and justify the approach taken.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc Sport Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine taught?

You will gain knowledge, understanding and practical skills through attending lectures, seminars, practical sessions, supervised clinical placement work, voluntary work and laboratory sessions.


You will be assessed through a wide range of methods which will assess both clinical reasoning and clinical skills. These will include written and practical examinations, viva voce, presentations, clinical placement logbooks and coursework assignments.

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How can the MSc Sport Physiotherapy and Exercise Medicine support your career?

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. You will complete your masters degree with 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.

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.

Our sport and exercise science facilities are based nearby to our Hendon campus in Allianz Park, offering staff and students unique access to academy and elite players and coaches.

Our collaboration with Saracens, as well as partnerships with other sporting institutions like the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, provide placement opportunities for students.

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