MPhysiotherapy - Sport and Exercise Medicine


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Program Description

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 the foundation for a 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, enhanced research and the opportunity to gain a sport first aid qualification – 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 Sports Rehabilitation Clinic, as well as other physiotherapy settings.

Professional accreditation

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).



We are ranked 8th in the UK for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2020.

The Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation team at the University of Bradford has been recognised nationally with a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) from AdvanceHE, the most prestigious team award available for learning and teaching in Higher Education.


Entry requirements


  • 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.

International Baccalaureate requirements

  • 136 UCAS tariff points from 3 HL subjects at 7,6,5 to include HL Biology at grade 6. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus a 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. If you do not meet this requirement you will need to apply for the Human Biology for Practice module.

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 is 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 the 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.

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.

CIFS entry requirement

  • If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies.
  • 80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus Maths and Biology or Combined Science qualifications equivalent to GCSE Grade C.
  • UKVI approved IELTS of 5.5 overall with no sub-test less than 5.5.
  • In addition, applicants will need to succeed in the selection/interview process for the degree programme.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus:

  • Foundation in Human Biology

And one additional module from the following:

  • Foundation in Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Global Business Environment
  • Foundation Mathematics 2

Progression requirements for the degree programme

An overall average of at least 70% and at least 60% in Foundation in Human Biology and at least 50% in the English Language for Specific Academic Purposes with additional sub-test requirements.

Please note: This course has additional entry requirements of disclosure and barring service check and a health check.

What you will study

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.

First Year


  • Neuromusculoskeletal- Peripheral (PAR4009-E)
  • Developing and Promoting Health and Wellbeing (PAR4008-B)
  • Soft Tissue and Exercise Principles (MPhysiotherapy) (PAR4007-D)

Second Year


  • Neuromusculoskeletal- Spinal (PAR5010-B)
  • Neurological Practice (PAR5008-B)
  • Work-Based Learning 1 (MPhysiotherapy) (PAR5015-B)
  • Evidencing Rehabilitation in Sport and Health (PAR5013-B)
  • People Populations and Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice (PAR5009-D)

Third Year


  • Cardiovascular Respiratory Practice (PAR5012-B)
  • Sport Trauma Management (MPhysiotherapy) (PAR6009-B)
  • Research Methods in Health and Sport (Mphysiotherapy) (PAR6012-B)
  • Evidence-Based Practice (HEA6002-B)
  • Work-Based Learning 2 (MPhysiotherapy) (PAR6006-D)

Final Year


  • Employability and Professional Development (MPhysiotherapy) (PAR7012-C)
  • Enhancing Sport Performance (MPhysiotherapy) (PAR7011-C)


  • Systematic Literature Review (MPhysiotherapy) (PAR7010-E)
  • Primary Research Project (MPhysiotherapy) (RES7012-E)
  • Evaluating Service Delivery (MPhysiotherapy) (HEA7002-E)


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

Of the five 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.

Learning 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.


The purpose-built Faculty of Health Studies building represents a £10 million investment in health at Bradford.

Our state-of-the-art facilities provide learning environments and simulation equipment that mirrors those found in the NHS.

They are designed to provide the closest possible ‘real-life’ practical experience, under the guidance and supervision of our academic team of experienced healthcare professionals, allowing students to develop their clinical skills ahead of practice placements and employment in the health sector.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £18,901

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017.


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.

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 by 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.

Career prospects

Employment statistics

Although this programme was new for 2017, 100% of our 2017 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 2017 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy graduates was £21,938.*

*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 in 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.

Last updated Jan 2020

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