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MSci Sports Therapy (Equestrian)

Benefit from world-class facilities and world-class expertise. Learn from lecturers who are specialists in their subject areas. Gain industry experience at our international equine events.

Learn to treat equestrian athletes and horse-riders, preparing them for competition and rehabilitating them from injury. Learn from lecturers who are also industry professionals. Graduate as a fully accredited sports therapist.

Gain hands-on experience assessing, diagnosing and treating equine athletes. You’ll work with riders from different equestrian disciplines and at different levels, from grassroots to elite. You'll also have opportunities to gain injury management experience in other mainstream sports. This qualification provides a fantastic opportunity for you to achieve undergraduate and postgraduate-level study in four years.

The course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists, which means you’ll graduate as a qualified sports therapist. In fact, you’ll gain full insurance and membership after successfully completing your third year of university-based study, which means you can start practising as a sports therapist during your final year.

Our international equine facilities and sports-club environment will provide countless opportunities for you to get hands-on during your degree, working with equestrian athletes on campus. The practical nature of the degree means you’ll have opportunities to start doing this from your first year.   

Your learning will focus on the rider as an athlete, however you’ll also be able to explore the treatment and rehabilitation of athletes from a range of sporting areas. You’ll learn from practicing professionals with heaps of industry experience, as you gain the skills to succeed as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, ready for your career.

Your first two years will follow a similar structure to the BSc Sports Therapy programme, but with a focus on equestrian athletes. You’ll then gain essential industry experience through a work placement as you begin to integrate master’s-level study into your degree through a practical research project in an area of interest. 

Industry opportunities

You’ll undertake a minimum of 200 hours of work experience in an equestrian practice or another sporting environment to ensure you’re industry ready when you graduate. Students have recently worked with British Showjumping as part of their ‘Step up to Gold’ programme and have also gained experience working at our own NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials. There are also many opportunities for you to gain extra qualifications, such as sports massage, taping or first aid, alongside your studies.

This course is ideal for those who...

Want to be a sports therapist and have a specific interest in improving rider performance and rehabilitating riders from injury.


This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.


The course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists. This means you’ll graduate as a qualified sports therapist. In fact, you’ll gain full insurance and membership after successfully completing your third year of study, which means you can start practising as a sports therapist in your fourth and final year.

Graduate destinations

  • Equestrian sports therapist
  • Sports therapist within mainstream, professional or amateur sport
  • Self-employed sports therapist in a private clinic

Is there a sandwich year option?

Four years full-time (five years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

4 Year
4 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science.

A Level | Typical offer is ABB or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a DDM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Key information

  • Tuition Fees

    Year of entry Mode of study UK/EU International
    2019 Full-time £9,250 £13,000

    Please note that some courses have additional fees - please see the course information sheet (available above) to see specific fee information for this course.

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre. 

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

We have an outstanding employment history of 100%. We're skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport, animal and veterinary physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.

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