Academic entry criteria
A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. The degree should normally be a pre-registration Physiotherapy degree qualification.
A Medical degree - BMBS, BM, MBChB.
The degree should normally be a first or upper second-class Honours degree.
Evidence of equivalence of your qualification(s) to the UK educational system of awards can be found at www.naric.org.uk
Evidence of a minimum of 1500 hours experience post qualification of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, ideally within a sporting context. Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will also be required. Please note that hours accrued as part of your pre-registration/qualifying education or internship do not count.
Supporting evidence of appropriate Continuing Professional Development during this post qualification experience.
Learn more about entry requirements including Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
Please be aware that students wishing to use APCL credits towards their degree will not be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate loan for Masters study in the UK.
You can find more information at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgt-fees/postgraduate-loans.aspx
Additional criteria for the compulsory module Continuing Professional Development & Mentored Practice (CPD&MP) in our Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) MSc/Postgraduate Diploma:
- Evidence of satisfactory current Disclosure and Barring Service check
- Evidence of satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record
- Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for physiotherapists (includes professional indemnity),
- Current registration with the General Medical Council, and evidence of appropriate professional indemnity for mentored practice within a football environment for doctors.
Please note that if these above criteria are not met within three months of starting the programme, you will be required to transfer to a non-clinical programme.
You must also submit the following documentation in support of your application:
- Two academic/employer references in support of your application and professional and practical capabilities
- Transcripts of your degrees (certified and translated into English if appropriate).
Personal statement expectations
As part of the admissions process for our Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) MSc/Postgraduate Diploma, your personal statement should follow these expectations.
- A maximum of 500 words in length.
- A specific description of how you have met the minimum requirement of 1500 hours of experience in post-graduate (post-registration) autonomous musculoskeletal physiotherapy/medical practice (preferably within a sports setting).
- Explanation of how our Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) will help you with your career development.
If the above entry criteria and personal statement expectations are met, an applicant will be invited to interview.
Usually, our interviews take place through the Zoom platform. Where possible, please ensure that there is a quiet space with a reliable internet connection to complete the online interview. There are normally two academic staff members completing the interview.
All applicants must have photo identification (ID) on the day of the interview so we can complete the necessary ID checks before proceeding with the interview.
At the interview, we invite applicants to discuss why they have applied for the Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) MSc/Postgraduate Diploma programme, their academic strengths and areas for development, their research experience and how they anticipate managing independent studying at Master's level.
After the interview, the academic team will review the applicant’s application (including interview performance) and recommend an outcome to the University of Birmingham central admissions team. This recommendation will usually take 2-3 weeks.