Lincoln’s MSc Sports Therapy aims to prepare students for applying sports science knowledge and principles to the assessment and treatment of injuries within a sporting context. The programme has been developed in collaboration with The Society of Sports Therapists, an accrediting regulatory body for Sports Therapy programmes.
The course is designed to develop skills in sports therapy, sport and exercise rehabilitation, and working professionally as a sports therapy practitioner. The course has a strong practical element and students will have the opportunity to gain experience under supervision, providing pitch-side cover with sports teams based at the University of Lincoln, and treating staff and students within the in-house Sports Injury Clinic.
Students on this programme are required to accumulate 200 hours of supervised clinical placements, opportunities for this may include working with local, professional, and amateur sports teams, as well as within the University Sports Injury Clinic.
Students can learn from experienced lecturers who come from a background of working in elite sport. Guest lectures are also provided from a variety of professionals who currently work in the industry including sports scientists, physiotherapists, and osteopaths covering professional football, rugby, and athletics.
How You Study
The course focuses on the theory and practice of sports therapy. Students are able to develop the skills needed and utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance. They have the chance to learn how to provide immediate care of injuries and provide basic life support in a recreational, training, and competitive environment. Students can also develop the communication and listening skills required to work as a sports therapist.
You have the chance to learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, seminars, web-based resources, written and practical assessments, and research-engaged teaching. There is a strong practical element incorporated in many of the modules which will help to develop the kinaesthetic skills necessary for working in the industry.
In addition, students can develop the skills to undertake research projects and apply research findings to sports therapy practice.
Teaching staff on this programme include those with professional experience in a range of areas, including many years working clinically in elite sport, privately, and in rehabilitation centres.
During terms 1 and 2, full-time students will attend the University 2 days/wk with approximately 12 hours contact time and part-time students 1 day/week.
In term, 3 students will undertake an online module, dissertation and clinical placements.
Functional Anatomy and Human Movement
Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1
Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2
Professional Practice in Sports Therapy
Clinical Reasoning in Practice
Dissertation (Sports Therapy Masters)
Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation
Research Methods and Skills
Owing to the nature of postgraduate programmes, a significant proportion of your time will be spent in independent study and research. Research students will have meetings with their academic supervisors, however, the regularity of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of the programme. For taught programmes, weekly contact hours may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of the study.
Methods of Assessment
The way you will be assessed on your course will vary depending on the subject and the type of postgraduate programme you select. A taught programme could include a written dissertation, exams, presentations, and projects. A research programme could include a thesis, oral examination, and presentation to a group of research academics. You may be expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding. Please see the indivdual course pages to find out more.
Clinical Reasoning in Practice (Core)
Dissertation (Sports Therapy Masters) (Core)
Functional Anatomy and Human Movement (Core)
Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 1 (Core)
Practical Skills for Sports Therapy 2 (Core)
Professional Practice in Sports Therapy (Core)
Research Methods and Skills (Core)
Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation (Core)
How You Are Assessed
The assessment strategy adopted within the MSc Sports Therapy reflects the programme's emphasis on applied practice and the development of a range of communication skills. However, in all assessments students will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the relevant theoretical issues. Assessment types are varied to meet the subject-specific demands of each module and may include portfolios, reflective writing, practicals, written assignments, presentations, or a dissertation.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study.
Course-Specific Additional Costs
Students are responsible for their travel costs to sessions held off-campus. In 2019, this included working with local professional or amateur teams and attending outpatient clinics.
With regards to textbooks, the University provides students who enroll with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
The course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. Students will be enrolled as Student Membership of The Society of Sports Therapists and on graduation will be eligible to apply for full membership. Some of the benefits include the opportunity to access publications, attend courses, legal and professional advice, and professional insurance.
Research Areas, Projects and Topics
The School is currently undertaking research in a number of areas at national and international levels. The research is organised under the remit of our five research groupings:
Biofeedback in Sport Group (BIO)
Health Advancement Research Team (HART)
Mental Toughness Research Group (MTOUGH)
Physiology of Exercise and Sports Performance (PESP)
Youth Sports Research Group (YSR)
A major focus of research activity lies in developing local, national, and international partnerships to design and deliver projects that are beneficial to service users and which influence policy, practice, and procedures. Areas for particular emphasis include sport science, coaching practice, and exercise and health development.
First or second class honours degree in sport and exercise science and a successful interview.
An applicant may also be considered with an alternative degree if supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject through their experience or training. It is anticipated that this would be from within the work environment, additional qualifications or volunteering.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses
These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
Satisfactory enhanced DBS checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.