Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc

Team: Sports and Exercise Medicine Team
In partnership with: University of South Wales

The Sports and Exercise MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine course. Course Code: QMSP021

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Information

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

The Master's in Sports and Exercise Medicine runs over one 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 one 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.

Course Structure

Aims of the module:

  • To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research.
  • Understand,interpret and apply basic statistics and epidemiological terms.
  • Understand and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Sport and Exercise Medicine research.

Synopsis of the module content:

  • Basic terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Basic statistical tests and their applications including T-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Squared Tests.
  • Methodologies as applied to SEM research such as health & exercise testing.
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers
  • Research into educational principles for both doctor and patient. Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • An ability to interpret research in sport and exercise medicine.
  • Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
  • Implement evidence based practice into care.

Aims of the module:

  • 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.

Synopsis of module content:

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice.

This project may comprise:

  • 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.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Produce an extensive piece of literature which should be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate research in clinical practice and implement improvements.
  • Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Teaching Methods

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 1200 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,800 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 Requirements

Entry to the one year Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc will require successful completion of the Sports and Exercise Medicine Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£3,900

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

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,250 £650
1st July 2020 £650
1st September 2020 £650
1st November 2020 £650
1st January 2021 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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