MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine
The RCGP accredited Sports and Exercise MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine course.
The Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then progress to the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.
Entry to the 1 year MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine(120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.
On completion of the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course, graduates are able to demonstrate:
- An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
- An in-depth knowledge and understanding of Sports and Exercise Medicine informed by current scholarship and research.
The course begins with 1 day of introductory lectures, held at Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales. These introductory lectures cover the framework of the course, its structure and students' expectations.
This module aims to prepare students academically to help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research. Students will:
- Understand, interpret and apply basic statistics and epidemiological terms.
- Understand and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to sport and exercise medicine research.
- Understand and critically appraise the various studies used in clinical and scientific research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.
This module is designed to enable students to study a clinically related issue within Sports and Exercise Medicine in greater depth. In particular the student will:
- To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
- To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
- To develop skills in independent research and study.
- To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
The professional project must be Sports and Exercise Medicine related and relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise of:
- Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
- Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
- Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
- Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
- Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
- Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module 2 - Professional Project
To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.
Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).
Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.
Entry to the 1 year MSc Sports and Exercise programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.
Students may apply for the Masters in Sports and Exercise as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.
Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
- Qualification certificates
- One written reference