- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
Looking to get into or build on your existing knowledge and skills in the exciting area of football medicine? This course is designed for sport and exercise therapy, physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation graduates, either interested in moving into football medicine, or already working within football and wishing to complete this master's degree alongside their clinical practice.
Focusing on advanced clinical practice in football, this course will provide you with the opportunity to study specialist sport and exercise medicine modules designed to develop a specialist expertise in acute sports trauma, physical rehabilitation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a wide range of injuries in football.
You will have the opportunity to develop the practical skills needed to rehabilitate injured football athletes and enhance the fitness, and performance of non-injured players. You will gain an advanced understanding of the key theories and concepts related to the training, physical development, and rehabilitation of football athletes, as well as sport and exercise science procedures used in evaluating and monitoring fitness and performance.
A mentored professional placement at a football club will provide you the opportunity to put theory into practice. You will be expected to take responsibility for your own caseload, examining, assessing, treating, and managing football athletes. This will enable you to develop, apply and reflect on your own performance across the core areas of football medicine and to draw on, and review, the profession’s evidence base.
The programme has excellent links with professional football clubs, and you will have the opportunity to undertake the FA level 4 Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football (ITMMiF) as part of this course.
You can study this course part-time
This course has access to specialist facilities
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course
This course is for
This course is ideally suited to those looking to move into the exciting area of football medicine, who have already studied areas such as sport and exercise therapy, physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation.
What this course leads to
Sport and exercise medicine within football is a developing speciality and there is a need for professional people with an expertise in acute sports trauma, physical rehabilitation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a wide range of injuries in football. This fantastic course is carefully aligned to employer needs and aims to enhance your professional knowledge, skills, and experience so you can pursue a career in football medicine.
- Physical rehabilitation
- Acute sports trauma
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Injury prevention
Year one modules
Assessment and Evaluation of the Football Athlete
This module will focus on developing your clinical skills and underpinning theoretical knowledge in the assessment and evaluation of pre- and post-injury/ medical illness of the football athlete. You will further develop your clinical reasoning and practical abilities in the planning and implementation of football specific assessment and evaluation protocols.
Applied Techniques in Sport and Exercise Science
When prescribing therapeutic exercise programmes to prepare the football athlete for training and competition and reduce the likelihood of injury, you will need to possess appropriate specialised knowledge of Sport and Exercise Science principles. This multi-disciplinary module serves to equip you with the underpinning theory behind three branches of Sport and Exercise Science – Exercise Physiology, Psychology, and Biomechanics. Key themes central to football medicine will underpin the content of this module and will cover the integration of a spectrum of factors that influence optimal performance and injury risk. Practical work will evaluate these factors with reference to the influence of training and conditioning.
Management and Rehabilitation of the Football Athlete
This module will focus on developing your clinical skills and underpinning theoretical knowledge in the management and rehabilitation of the football athlete. You will further develop your clinical reasoning and practical abilities in the planning and implementation of football specific management and rehabilitation protocols.
Applied Research Methods and Study Design
Your clinical decision processes will be based on the synthesis of the current evidence-based football medicine research for best practice, which underpins all learning strategies within this course. This module aims to promote your knowledge and understanding of the research process, and to develop the real-world skills necessary to undertake a successful research project.
Independent Research Project
This module will provide you with an opportunity to undertake an independent investigation into a theme of your choosing. You will be required to identify a specific academic problem or issue associated with football medicine, and then use an evidence-based approach to select the most appropriate research methodology to answer your question. You will then present your work in a peer reviewed journal format.
Professional Practice in Football
This practice-orientated module will provide you with an opportunity to draw together key aspects of your entire MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine in Football, incorporating a placement in a practical based football setting. You’ll learn what it means to be a therapist, in a football environment, where you can practice your professional skills with real injured football athlete.
At Solent, our aim is to deliver innovative, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating teaching to develop self-confident and highly employable graduates. All our courses are designed with employability in mind, which makes industry-based learning a priority.
This course has a strong focus on practical hands-on learning, enabling you to directly participate in your own learning and draw on your own experiences and skills. There will be an emphasis placed on student-directed activities and in-class discussion, with plenty of opportunity for group work, peer exchange and peer-learning. You will also cover essential professional, academic and employability skills. A mentored professional placement will provide you with an opportunity to put theory into practice. It is envisaged that guest speakers from the football industry will also be part of the learning activities.
Learn transferable skills
Throughout the course you will be supported to develop a range of transferable skills including research skills, analysis, project management, group work and presentation skills.
The tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year are:
- UK and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,000 per year
- International full-time fees: £15,300 per year
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Extra course costs
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Key entry requirements
An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related field (Sport and Exercise Therapy, Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation)
- Applicants will be either interested in moving into football medicine, or already working within a professional football environment.
- Applicants may be admitted to the course who do not have a degree at 2:1 or above, provided they can demonstrate the necessary graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities, and skills.
- Applicants will hold a professional registration and professional indemnity appropriate to the country in which the mentored practice will take place.
Key entry requirements
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
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Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at our 2023 course entry statement document.
Your application checklist
Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.
Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application:
- Two academic references.
- Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student.
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of current visa (if applicable).
- A personal statement.
- Employer sponsor form, where appropriate.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
- IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
- TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking
- Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
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The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
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