Hartpury College

Integrated Masters Sports Therapy (Equestrian)*



Course Overview

The new MSci Sports Therapy (Equestrian), which would launch in September 2017*, provides a national first – the opportunity to graduate as an accredited Sports Therapist with the Society of Sports Therapists, specialising in equestrian. In order to gain accreditation from the Society of Sports Therapy, students will be required to evidence considerable sports therapy clinic experience, working closely under supervision in the first year but becoming more independent by the final year of study.

Students will benefit from using the outstanding equine and sports facilities on site and will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of ‘real world’ case studies, ranging from grass roots riders up to elite level to established athletes from a wide range of sports, ensuring they are practically competent and industry relevant when they graduate. This broad experience will also be invaluable in developing the skills required to establish a client base in the future.

Additionally, students can benefit from access to the Equine Therapy Centre, mechanical horse, and the new Margaret Giffen Centre for Performance in Equestrian Sport, which boasts significant rider performance analysis equipment, including 3D motion analysis equipment.

The Integrated Masters qualification combines undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study. The first two years of the programme are likely to parallel the modules at levels 1 and 2 of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programme. On successful completion of level 2 and with achievement of a minimum mark average of 60%, students will then progress on to level 3, where they will study a careful arrangement of level 3 and postgraduate modules within the third year before embarking on a final year of postgraduate study. There is an option for a sandwich year spent in industry as part of this programme.

Students will be allocated a personal academic tutor to help support them to achieve their individual goals and interests. Study skills sessions are embedded within the programme including formative assessment opportunities to help support academic development. This programme content is delivered by staff who are engaged with research and scholarship activities yet remain accessible and committed to promoting student achievement. Traditional lectures will only be one part of the course delivery. Learning will also be encouraged through group and individual presentations and discussions, student-led seminar groups, analysis and application of case studies and experiential learning and simulations. Guest speakers from industry and professional bodies also regularly contribute to the programme. These innovative methods create an environment that is enjoyable and varied, providing effective learning and skill development.

The programme can be completed in four years through full-time study (five years with the optional sandwich year). Part time routes are also available and should be planned with the Programme Manager. Students qualifying for Student Loans Company support receive funding for the (normally four year) course duration, enabling completion of a funded postgraduate degree rather than the traditional self-funded route.

*This course is subject to validation


Entry Requirements


Five GCSE's A-C to include Maths, English and Science

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

Two GCE A-levels, one of which must be a Biological Science.

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

DDM in an equine, animal or biological science programme.

International Baccalaureate



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In Brief


4 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now. 

Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.
If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Enquiry Line on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or email admissions@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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Course breakdown

Modules could include:

  • Introduction to exercise physiology
  • Introductory skills for sports therapists 
  • Sports massage
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Undergraduate research process
  • Applied research project
  • Postgraduate independent study
  • Professional practice in sports therapy
  • Sports conditioning and return-to-play
  • Rider performance