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Sports and Exercise Medicine Postgraduate Diploma

The online Sports and Exercise Medicine Postgraduate Diploma is based on the specialist training curriculum developed by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Course Code: QPDP001

Course Overview

Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

The Sports and Exercise Medicine Postgraduate Diploma is designed to be practical and clinically focused. On completion of the course, students will have obtained:

  • A systematic understanding of the basics of sports medicine and exercise physiology, including the behavioural and life science basis.
  • A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients with certain sports related injuries and the tailored benefits of exercise.
  • An advanced knowledge of sports and exercise medicine, including physiology and anatomy of exercise.
  • An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of healthcare systems.

It is envisaged that most students will be in primary care or aspiring to such posts. The course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who have exposure to people with sports related injuries and is particularly relevant to Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists, Chiropractors and Primary Care Physicians with a specialist interest in sports and exercise medicine.

Course Structure

Our online Sports and Exercise Medicine Postgraduate Diploma allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of anatomy and physiology as applied to sports and exercise performance and understand the benefits and contraindications.
  • To develop an understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise performance for the wider population.
Module Summary
  • Anatomy and physiology of muscle, innervation, function and biochemistry.
  • Role of calcium, vitamin D, protein and hormonal control of muscle.
  • Types of exercise (aerobic/anaerobic) and types of exercise programmes/individualising exercise.
  • Training regimes – endurance, power, HIT, improving performance.
  • Psychology of exercise. How to motivate the patient to exercise.
  • How to motivate the athlete.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically appraise the anatomy, physiology and psychology of sport and exercise performance.
  2. Individualise specific training/exercise programmes for the patient/sportsman.
  3. Understand and apply the motivating factors that limit exercise participation in subjects.
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the benefits of exercise in chronic diseases and its impact on the health of populations including behaviour change.
  • To develop an understanding of how exercise can be tailored appropriately to the individual with chronic disease.
Module Summary
  • Impact of reduced exercise upon the individual and across populations.
  • Limitations of disease and population characteristics upon exercise or sport.
  • Types of exercise appropriate for diseases.
  • Evidence based benefits of exercise in specific conditions/disorders/diseases.
  • Introducing sports and exercise programmes across populations.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically appraise impact of exercise upon populations and chronic disease.
  2. Understand and apply exercise programmes for populations and specific chronic disease states.
  3. Understand and apply the benefits and contra-indications of exercise for specific chronic disease.
Module Aims
  • To understand approaches to the prevention of injury across a variety of common sports and exercises.
  • To understand exercise techniques to reduce injury in sport and exercise.
  • To develop an understanding of the evidence relating to products and equipment designed to reduce injury in sport and exercise.
  • To develop an understanding of the rehabilitation of sportsmen as well as illness regarding return to play and return to exercise.
Module Summary
  • Specific programmes of exercise designed to prevent injury.
  • Evidence based equipment and techniques used in the prevention of and rehabilitation of injury.
  • Evidence and guidelines regarding return to play following injury.
  • Evidence and guidelines relating to return to exercise following acute illness/disease.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically appraise the evidence relating to prevention of injury in sport and exercise across a spectrum of health and disease.
  2. Have an understanding of the guidance relating to the return to play or exercise of injured sportsmen as well as subjects with acute illness/disease.
  3. Have an understanding of devices and equipment used for the prevention of injury across a variety of sports and disease.
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the common injuries sustained in sport and exercise activities.
  • To develop an understanding of the investigation of common sport and exercise related injuries.
Module Summary
  • Common injuries sustained whilst undertaking exercise/sport relating to musculoskeletal injuries (Muscular injury, common bone injury, neurological injury, lacerations, tendon and joint injuries).
  • Common and uncomplicated injury of the entire body: head, neck, lumbar spine, cardiovascular, upper and lower limb.
  • Injury associated with prescribed exercise programmes.
  • Avoidance of injury and evidence based devices to reduce or eliminate injury.
  • Accurate diagnosis of injury through appropriate history and examination.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Have an understanding of common injuries sustained in sport and exercise and an ability to apply this information to make an accurate diagnosis.
  2. Develop an appropriate approach to the diagnosis and investigation of a patient presenting with a sport/exercise related injury.
  3. Understand and apply skills in investigating the individual presenting with a sport/exercise related. injury
  4. Understand the investigations used in the investigation of injury and apply these to the individual.
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the management of common injuries associated with sports and exercise.
  • To develop an understanding of the approach to rehabilitation following illness.
Module Summary
  • Specific approaches to the management of exercise and sports-related injuries.
  • Rehabilitation of individuals with sports related injuries.
  • Role of exercise in the rehabilitation of individuals suffering illness/disease.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically appraise the appropriate management of individuals with sport and exercise related injury.
  2. Individualise specific rehabilitation programmes for subjects with injury.
  3. Understand and apply appropriate exercise related rehabilitation of individuals with illness including the role of exercise in behaviour modification.
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the role of constituent healthcare professionals in the management of subjects with injury.
  • To develop the interaction of healthcare professionals in the management of sports and exercise related injury.
  • To develop educational strategies used in the management of subjects with acute and chronic injury.
Module Summary
  • Educational strategies employed in the management of acute and chronic injury.
  • Role of the multidisciplinary team in the management of the injured patient.
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to encouraging exercise across the population.
  • The evolving role of the sports physician, nurse, physiotherapist and biomechanist in sports and exercise medicine.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Have an ability to critically appraise the multidisciplinary approach to the management of sports and exercise related injury.
  2. Understand the evolving role of the healthcare professional in sport and exercise related medicine.
  3. Understand and apply the educational principles of sport and exercise medicine.

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

To secure your place on the course, applicants will usually possess a 2:1 first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field. Applicants will typically be Doctors, Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists or other Allied Healthcare Professionals currently working within a clinical environment. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Sports and Exercise Medicine Team Page.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-15 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.


The Sports and Exercise Medicine course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Deposits are non-refundable

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