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MPhysiotherapy - Sport and Exercise Medicine

Entry 2018: AAB / 136 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MPhysio
UCAS code: B161
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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This new four-year programme is designed for students wishing to develop knowledge and skills specifically relevant to sport and exercise settings, as well as more traditional physiotherapy environments.

Graduates gain a professional Master's qualification in physiotherapy, opening up a range of career opportunities as a physiotherapist in the sport, exercise and health and wellbeing sectors. It also provides foundation for further research study.

MPhysiotherapy Sport and Exercise Medicine contains all the modules from the University’s highly regarded BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme. This curriculum is extended with additional sport and exercise specific modules, a recognised sport first aid qualification and enhanced research - enhancing your prospects of working in a sports specific environment.

You will undertake a range of placements in professional and amateur sport settings, including the University's Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Clinic, as well other physiotherapy settings.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory body for Allied Health Professionals. By the end of your studies, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC, and will be eligible to apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Health and Care Professions Council

Why Bradford?

We have an outstanding international reputation for physiotherapy at Bradford. Our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy was ranked 3rd in the UK in the Complete University Guide for 2017, and was given 91% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.

Our students have the opportunity to participate in supervised clinics where they can practise the skills they have learnt with patient groups. We have a student-led Physiotherapy and Sport Injury Clinic, which deals primarily with musculoskeletal conditions. We also have an educational Neurological Physiotherapy Clinic, providing a unique opportunity for students.

Students go on to develop their skills and practical experience through practice placements. We have a well-established network of placements providers, with whom our students get hands-on practical experience.

Physiotherapy students at Bradford have access to three well-equipped practical rooms which mirror the facilities available in clinical settings across the country, as well as a movement lab with sprung floor and research area.

This new programme has a clear focus on maximising your skills and employability as a Physiotherapist with a Sport and Exercise specialism.


Our existing BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme is ranked 2nd in the country for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2018.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer: AAB / 136 UCAS points

A levels:

136 UCAS tariff points from three full A-levels to include a minimum grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Sport Science or PE. General Studies is not accepted.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDD in a relevant Health, Science or Sport subject. Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma applicants will require a minimum of one Biology unit at Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

136 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science — at least 12 credits in Biology must be at minimum grade Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

GCSEs with grade C or grade 4, to include English Language, Mathematics, and Biology, Combined Science or Physical Education. Level 2 equivalencies are accepted. 

Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Level 2 equivalences are accepted in place of GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.0.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Year 1

  • Neuromusculoskeletal –Peripheral (60 credits)
  • Developing and Promoting Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Soft Tissue and Exercise Principles (MPhysiotherapy) (40 credits)

Year 2

  • Neuromusculoskeletal–Spinal (20 credits)
  • Neurological Practice (20 credits)
  • Work Based Learning 1 (MPhysiotherapy) (20 credits)
  • Evidencing Rehabilitation in Sport and Health (20 credits)
  • People Populations and Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice (MPhysiotherapy) (40 credits)

Year 3

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Practice (20 credits)
  • Sport Trauma Management Core (MPhysiotherapy) (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Health and Sport (MPhysiotherapy) (20 credits)
  • Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)
  • Work Based Learning 2 (MPhysiotherapy) (40 credits)

Year 4

  • Employability and Professional Development (MPhysiotherapy) (30 credits)
  • Enhancing Sport Performance (MPhysiotherapy) (30 credits)

Plus one 60 credit module from the following options:

  • Systematic Literature Review (MPhysiotherapy)
  • Primary Research Project (MPhysiotherapy)
  • Evaluating Service Delivery (MPhysiotherapy)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Throughout your studies you will be taught by a team of professional physiotherapists, supported by experts from a number of different clinical areas at the Faculty of Health Studies. You will be taught in lectures, seminars, tutorials and in small groups.

Modules are assessed using a range of different methods, including written examinations, practical assessments, poster presentations and case studies. The assessment of clinical practice largely takes place in the clinical environment by clinical staff and university tutors.


There are 1000 hours of professional placement built into the programme, meeting HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) requirements.

Of the 5 clinical practice placements that you will undertake during the programme at least 2 of these will be in non-musculoskeletal settings. This is to ensure that the breadth of Physiotherapy placements can be covered as part of your placement profile and to ensure you will achieve the relevant learning outcomes. Across the programme you will complete a placement portfolio which will allow you to record and demonstrate experience across the breadth of physiotherapy settings.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

Although this programme is new for 2017, 100% of our 2016 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduates was £22,452.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

The Faculty of Health Studies has a dedicated student support office. MyBradford, based in our main Richmond Building, can also provide advice on course fees and maintenance grants/loans from the Student Loans Company.

As a student at the Faculty of Health Studies, you are also able to access the University’s other student support facilities, including the Academic Skills Advice Service, the Counselling Service and the Disability Service.


There is a growing research base within the Faculty of Health Studies. Many of those who will teach on the programme are research active, publishing and presenting internationally.

There are opportunities for students to engage with this research. The research modules are specifically designed for students to work alongside academic staff to develop vocationally relevant research that has the potential to influence and develop practice in the field, and places students at the forefront of knowledge discovery.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £18,440

Financial support

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.

Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.