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  • Local: $ 13.3k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 23.2k / Year
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    This innovative programme has been developed through a partnership between The Football Association and the University of Birmingham. The programme is aimed at physiotherapists and doctors either working within football medicine or interested in moving into football medicine.

    The programme is part of a collaboration framework of MSc and MRes programmes between the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

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    The programme has been written collaboratively with The Football Association for physiotherapists and doctors either working within football medicine or interested in moving into football medicine, to enhance your employability. Specifically, the programme has been written in line with the international competencies and standards established by the International Federation of Sports Phsyiotherapists and the Speciality Training Curriculum for Sports and Exercise Medicine from the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, and in collaboration with The Football Association and physiotherapists and doctors working within football and other sporting contexts.

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    We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

    Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

    * Careers Networking opportunities
    * Effective careers strategy toolkit
    * Year planner for all postgraduate students
    * Masters Career Coaching Workshops
    * One to one careers guidance

    The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.

    Course fact file
    Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

    Study Options: Full time, part time

    Duration: MSc Minimum 13 months, maximum 6 years; PGDip - Minimum 10 months, maximum 4 years (minimum dates are determined by necessity of timetabling specialist modules off-season)

    Start date: September and January each year

    This innovative programme has been developed through a partnership between The Football Association and the University of Birmingham. The programme is aimed at physiotherapists and doctors either working within football medicine or interested in moving into football medicine.

    The overall aim of the programme is to enable exploration of the theoretical basis of exercise and sports medicine in general and football in particular, and its application to the development of a physiotherapist's and doctor's clinical reasoning.

    Using the process of clinical reasoning as its framework, the programme will integrate the key issues central to practice in this specialist area, including: clinical assessment, communication skills, accurate diagnosis, differential diagnosis, diagnostics and prognostics, treatment interventions, management approaches, best evidence, evaluation of outcome, strategies to reduce injury time etc.

    The programme will facilitate the evaluation of existing evidence through the exploration of the assessment and management of athletes. It will provide students with the opportunity to tailor their learning experience to meet their personal and professional needs, developing their their capacity for leadership within a multidisciplinary team providing clinical management in football. The programme will promote enquiry based learning through a range of strategies including case analysis and problem based learning.

    The programme is written in line with the international competencies and standards established by the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists and the Specialty Training Curriculum for Sports and Exercise Medicine from the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, and in collaboration with The Football Association and physiotherapists and doctors working within football and other sporting contexts.

    Modules
    The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) is awarded with successful completion of six 20 credit masters level modules.

    * Either Research Methods (Distance Learning) (20 credits) or Developing Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)
    * Sports Medicine (Football) 1 (20 credits)
    * Sports Medicine (Football) 2 (20 credits)
    * Neuromuscular Adaption to Training (20 credits)
    * Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice (20 credits)

    In addition, you will choose one option module to the value of 20 credits from within the College (subject to availability and viability).

    The award of Master of Science (MSc) in Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) will be awarded following successful completion of the Research Dissertation (60 credits) to provide a cumulative total of 180 M level credits.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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    For applicants undertaking clinical practice in the UK as part of the Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice module: * Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for physiotherapists (includes professional indemnity), or * Current registration with the General Medical Council, and evidence of appropriate professional indemnity for mentored practice within a football environment for doctors. * Satisfactory current Disclosure and Barring Service (previously criminal Record) check. * Satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record.For applicants undertaking observation and supervised practice (where legal and professional responsibility rests with the mentor) within the UK, as part of the Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice module: * Satisfactory current Disclosure and Barring Service check. * Satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record.For applicants undertaking clinical practice outside of the UK, as part of the Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice module: * Professional registration and professional indemnity appropriate to the country in which the mentored practice will take place.For all applicants: * A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent, normally first or upper second class Honours degree for physiotherapists / MBChB for doctors. * Documented evidence post qualification experience of practice within a sporting context. * Supporting evidence of appropriate Continuing Professional Development during this post qualification experience. * Letter of support from employer.All applicants will be interviewed, either face to face or by conference call. International students: If applying from overseas, you should also bear in mind that the process of applying for a visa can be a long and complicated one and you are therefore advised to submit your application for study as early as possible, enabling us to provide you with the offer letter that will be necessary for your visa application well ahead of the programme start date.Academic requirementsWe accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.English language requirementsIf applicants are from overseas and English is not their first language they can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: * by holding an English language qualification to the right level * by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international studentsRequirements for this programme are: * English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 88 overall with no less than no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 88 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    See the University of Birmingham Website for more details on fees and funding.

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