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What makes an Integrated Masters in Sports Therapy at Worcester special?

Sports Therapy at Worcester is about more than injury treatment and prevention. You will develop your skills and experience across Sports Therapy and Exercise Science with a broad base of sports science disciplines, for a wide range of Sports Therapy careers. The course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists and as a course team we pride ourselves on our engagement with the Professional Body to ensure the course is continually at the forefront of Sports Therapy.

Throughout this four-year course you will have the opportunities to gain a variety of additional qualifications and skills ensuring that you are fully prepared for your future as a Graduate Sports Therapist. These skills and qualifications can be practised with autonomy under the experienced supervision and guidance from our highly experienced staff.

By the time you complete the MSci Sports Therapy you will be a polished and competent Graduate Sports Therapist, be it as the first responder to a trauma incident, taking a nervous patient through their first musculoskeletal assessment and treatment session or working with elite performers at the highest levels of sport.



Key features

  • Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, preparing you for a role as a graduate sports therapist
  • All staff are highly experienced and full members of The Society of Sports Therapists
  • Two substantial external placement opportunities with our superb range of placement providers - giving you the skills employers tell us they need
  • Opportunities to gain experience in the clinical environment - through our University’s sports massage clinics and sports injury clinics, as well as with Worcester Wolves
  • Gain a variety of additional qualifications, for example in sports massage, advanced trauma and taping & strapping
  • Opportunities to gain invaluable experience working with elite athletes participating in national and international competitions at the University
  • Masters level vocationally specific research project
  • Develop multi-disciplinary team (MDT) leadership skills
  • Opportunities to continue onto further research degrees and doctoral level study

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points to include an A2 in either PE or Human Biology; or a BTEC in Sport or a Sports Related area such as Health that include Anatomy and Physiology units, plus GCSE (C/4) in English and Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education Diploma accepted - please contact us for further details.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as CRB, is required for this course. Successful candidates will also be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview 

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of successful achievement of IELTS at 6.0 (not less than 5.5 in any section) prior to commencement of the course.


Other information

Your personal statement on the UCAS application form will also be looked at as a key part of your application. You should include the following items in your personal statement, if possible, to show the admissions staff that you are serious in your application to undertake a degree in Sports Therapy:

  • Evidence that you have done some research into the profession of Sports Therapy; you understand what the profession of Sports Therapist involves; how the job of a Sports Therapist may differ from other, similar jobs; you are clear that this is what you want to do in future.
  • You participate in sport or regular exercise. The level you play at is not particularly important.
  • You have some work experience in sport, for example coaching, or therapy, for example observing a therapist working in sport.
  • A sports coaching and / or sports first aid qualification will be a very favourable addition to your academic qualifications.
  • You can show the admissions staff that you understand the effort which will be required to complete this degree programme.
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Course content

What will you study

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. 

Year 1


  • Functional Anatomy
  • Sports Massage, Examination and Assessment
  • Study Skills for Sports Therapists
  • First Aid and Thermotherapies
  • The Exercising Human for Sports Therapists

Year 2


  • Manual Therapy
  • Research Process for Sports Therapists
  • Psychology and Nutrition for Sports Therapists
  • Electrotherapy and Taping
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Peripheral Joint Assessment [Clinical Special Tests]

Year 3


  • Sports Therapy Independent Research Project
  • Sports Therapy in Action
  • Clinical Practice
  • Professional Development and Employability for Sports Therapists
  • Advanced Sports Therapy

Year 4


  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Sports Therapy Dissertation
  • Professional Placement
  • The Developing Practitioner

Your Masters level Research Dissertation will have implications to change policy or practice as a result of evidence-based inquiry and advanced data analysis methods.

The Dissertation will be supported by the Research Methods module to ensure that you have a vast array of data analysis techniques at your disposal. 

You will gain a solid working knowledge of all areas of Sports Therapy, including; anatomy, human movement and biomechanics, physiology, exercise programme prescription, nutrition, sports psychology, trauma management Injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Work based learning is integral to the course and you will gain experience throughout your time with us in massage clinics, sports injury clinics, at external events, working alongside University sports teams, first aiding at various events and throughout a double module of clinical placement running across the final year. The wealth of practical experience alongside the theory and skills you will gain throughout the course will help to develop you into a competent and professional Graduate Sports Therapist ready for membership of the Society of Sports Therapy and employment.

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through/in a combination of lectures (in-person and online), interactive practical’s, seminars and clinical settings. The lectures are for the dissemination of key concepts that relate to the interactive practical’s and seminars which enable you to apply the principles and understand them fully.

Clinical settings are used to develop hands-on skills which are supported by the interactive practical’s and seminars with the use of case-based scenario’s, blended learning, online materials and Problem Based Learning (PBL) that you will present to the group.

In addition, meetings with Personal Academic Tutors (PAT) are scheduled on four occasions in each year of a course. The purpose of these meetings is to support your progress and enhance your learning through a personalised approach to meet individual student needs.

Placement Learning

  • Students will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop practice skills to enable them to become competent Sports Therapists. After gaining a first aid qualification, students will offer pitch side support to the University sports teams.
  • In levels 4 and 5, under the supervision of appropriately qualified staff, students will undertake practice in the Universities Sports Massage Clinics. During level 6 students will continue to work with the University sports teams and in the University Sports Injury Clinic but they will also undertake the minimum number of supervised practice hours in Sports Therapy environments as stipulated by the SST (currently 200 hours).
  • In level 7 (MSci) students will be able to practice some skills autonomously within a strict scope of practice (certificated and insured) and have the opportunity to undertake unlimited (in level 6 students are limited to 250 external hours) supervised practice hours under the insurance from The Society of Sports Therapists.

Contact time

In a typical week at levels, 4 and 5 students will have a minimum of 10 - 12 contact hours of teaching per week. In levels 6 and 7, students will normally have slightly less contact time (6-8 hours plus clinic and placement hours) to do more independent study and undertake placements.

Typically, class contact time each week will be structured around:

  • A 1 to 2-hour lecture and a two hour practical


  • Or a 1-hour lecture and a two-to-three hour practical.

Students will undertake placement hours internally at levels 4 and 5, and internally and externally at levels 6 and 7, all of these learning hours will be formally recorded and signed by an authorised signatory. 

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake at around 24-28 hours of personal self-study per week, module tutors can guide you on further areas of self-study if you are seeking to consolidate your knowledge above and beyond.  Typically, this will involve practising handling techniques and clinical skills, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

The amount of independent self-study is expected to increase as students progress through the levels with those in level 7 of the MSci actively directing their self-study.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 



Four years full-time.

Students can opt onto or off of the MSci Sports Therapy during level 4 or level 5 (year 1 or year 2). Upon the successful completion of levels 4, 5 and 6 students are eligible for the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy exit award.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week, and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

Students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics with research and consultancy experience, postgraduate students, laboratory technical staff and demonstrators. In addition, you can expect to receive sessions with guest lecturers who are currently engaged in Sport Therapy and Exercise science activities outside of the university.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and the majority of lecturers on the course have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles


The MSci Sports Therapy aims to develop autonomous, independent and evidence-based Sports Therapy practitioners with a diverse range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills. The course provides numerous opportunities throughout each academic year to assess understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments in addition to ‘summative’ assessments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include practical examinations, written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as videos, essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, an independent study project and a final year research Dissertation.

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with Personal Academic Tutors (PAT) and module tutors as appropriate.

You will receive feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Additional Qualifications

Throughout both the Sports Therapy MSci and Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) courses there are opportunities for students to gain additional qualifications if they do not already hold them. The majority of the content required hours (if applicable) and assessment will be aligned with the assessments that are within the modules. There may be some extra work required in order to gain an additional qualification. 

The MSci Professional Placement is where students will be able to fully utilise the additional qualifications and therefore it is expected that MSci students will engage in all of the opportunities throughout the course, however it is not mandatory.

The Level 2 Emergency First Aid, AED and Level 3 Trauma Management qualifications are included in the tuition fee.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. 

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Dr Darren Cooper

Darren has worked with athletes professionally since 2003 ranging from dedicated amateurs to Olympians. His areas of expertise are Sports Therapy, Elite Sports Performance, Sports Biomechanics and Learning and Teaching.

He enjoys teaching on many modules, including the Functional Anatomy and the Advances and Developments in Sports Therapy modules.

Darren is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists (MSST) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Dr Christopher Holland

Christopher is a graduate Sports Therapist and joined the University of Worcester in April 2016. He has been teaching in Higher Education since 2005 across all areas of Sports Science, and has taught on Sports Therapy programmes at both degree and Masters levels.

Christopher has a background as a professional footballer with Bournemouth, Bristol City and Exeter City, as well as playing semi-professionally for a number of regional conference clubs. He has significant experience as both a Sports Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach within semi-professional football. He has also worked with athletes from sports including distance running, mixed martial arts, golf, fitness competitions and cyclists. Christopher is co-lead Sports Therapist for the Worcester Wolves basketball team, and was the medical lead for Wales under 20 and under 18 squads. He also runs his own successful private Sports Therapy practice.


David Hickman

David joined the University in 2012 on an internship following his graduation from the Sports Therapy programme at Worcester. Since then David has enjoyed a number of roles at the University including: delivering exercise rehabilitation programmes and classes to a variety of population groups, as a sessional lecturer in the Institute of Health, and supervising Sports Therapy students in massage and injury clinics. He soon realised that he had a passion for teaching and joined the Sports Therapy team full time as a lecturer at the start of 2016. As part of his role at the University, David leads the Sports Therapy provision for the Worcester Wolves Women's Basketball team and Severn Stars Netball Elite Pathway.

Externally David is a video reviewer in the Women’s Rugby Premiership for Worcester Warriors, where he works closely alongside team doctors to provide footage which may be used as an indicator for head injury assessments. Previously, David has also worked with the Worcester Wolves Men’s Basketball team, England Basketball, Team GB Wheelchair Basketball, and within semi-professional football, alongside clinical work.

David’s interest in neurological conditions led to him studying an MSc in Exercise Rehabilitation, specifically focussing on neurological populations. As a result of this David runs exercise rehabilitation classes for a variety of neurological conditions, which provides placement opportunities for Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy students.

David's areas of interest are trauma management, concussion, and sports injury and rehabilitation through exercise (specifically within musculoskeletal and neurological populations).


Chris Bonell

Chris is a graduate Sports Therapist and joined the University of Worcester in 2012 working in partnership with the Fire Service as an Exercise Physiologist. Previously and during this time Chris has worked with a broad range of services users in a health, fitness and sports therapy capacity. Now having completed his MSc in the area of Nutrition, Chris is excited and interested how all these areas can complement each other to provide holistic approach to therapy.

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Zac Read

Zac first joined the University of Worcester as a student in 2016 on the BSc Sports Therapy course. After graduating in 2019, he joined the staff team as a Technical Demonstrator for Sports Therapy before progressing into a lecturing role in 2022.

Whilst studying the Sports Therapy degree, Zac committed himself to gaining as much experience as possible during his studies, finishing with three times the required placement hours logged and two academic scholarships. This has led to Zac working in professional rugby and cricket, semi-professional rugby and football, and amateur and youth rugby and football. Zac also took an opportunity to work in disability sport during 2018, with placements with the England Visually Impaired and England Learning Difficulties cricket teams.

Internally, Zac has experience working closely with the Worcester Wolves Men’s team as well as managing the massage and injury clinics that are open to staff, students and members of the public.

Externally, Zac is the Lead Sports Therapist at Bromsgrove RFC and has worked freelance across the country in Rugby 7s Festivals, British Basketball Finals and with GB American Football.

Zac’s interests in the field focus around sport rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, first aid, sporting injuries and biomechanics.

Naomi Huggins

Naomi Huggins

Naomi is a graduate Sports Therapist who joined the University as an Associate Lecturer in 2019 for both Healthcare and Sports Therapy; then subsequently joined the full-time Sports Therapy lecturing team in 2021.

Naomi’s professional background is in clinical practice and international sport.  She has run a successful private practice since 2013 working with Great Britain boxers, gymnasts and sailors along with international netball, rugby, wheelchair rugby, weightlifting, cyclocross, crossfit and canicross athletes.  She spent 8 years working with Great Britain american football as Lead Sports Therapist across the globe (and club level), whilst also taking up the role of Anti-Doping Co-ordinator for the British American Football Association.  Naomi has also worked in rugby both local and international, notably a tour with Tonga rugby in 2015.  Naomi has had experience within Special Educational Needs (SEN) since 2006 which has led into her interest in the biopsychosocial approach to injuries.


Where could it take you?

Employability is one of the key strengths of the Sports Therapy course at Worcester. 87.5% of our graduates were employed or in further study eighteen months after graduation in 2018/19. From those that were employed, 83.3% were in high or medium skilled roles.

A key reason for this is the pro-active approach that the course has to placement opportunities, the superb range of placement opportunities and the excellent clinical tutors that the course work with carefully to prepare graduates for employment.

Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree can follow a number of career paths including:

  • Graduate Sports Therapist at a sports club or with a team
  • Working in private practice as a therapist within fitness and leisure complexes
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Further study to progress your career in sports therapy

The course also provides a sound basis for a variety of postgraduate courses in sports science, sports medicine or PGCE teaching qualification.

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £14,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Throughout the course you may wish to purchase textbooks for your own personal use (there is no requirement to purchase them), there will be placements which may incur travel expenses and there will be additional excursions that are not mandatory for the course, but you may wish to partake in to consolidate and enhance your learning.

Aspects required for the course:

  • Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check - one time cost
  • SMA Student Membership (Level 4-6) £30 per year.
  • SMA 1st year Membership (Level 7) £50 (Plus Insurance).
  • CNHC Registration (£70).
  • Strapping and Taping Course (TBC) ~£20-100.
  • Strapping and Taping Insurance ~£30 per year.
  • For the final year of the course you will need Sports Massage, Taping and Trauma insurance which you will be advised about appropriately.

SSES student kit - There is a requirement for School of Sport & Exercise Science students to wear sports kit for ALL practical sessions and we estimate this to be about £100.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £122 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £207 per week (2023/24 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Sports Scholarships

At Worcester we are committed to supporting elite and talented sports performers who are dedicated to both sporting and academic success. Our sports scholarships are available for a range of team and individual sports. For further information, visit our sports scholarships pages.

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