Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc

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Interest in sports and exercise is increasing, putting pressure on healthcare professionals to possess a diverse set of specialist skills. You need to be able to help not just athletes recovering from injury, but the general public in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine offers knowledge, concepts, and skills to assess injuries and to understand their treatment options for both the general public and athletes while understanding the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise and its use as a health tool.

Throughout this masters in sports medicine, students will be guided by carefully selected, dedicated industry educators who will support them in successfully completing the programme. Our msc in sports and exercise medicine programme leaders and tutors are exceptionally experienced in their fields and will be able to share their high-level knowledge and extensive experience directly with their students. Our multidisciplinary learning experience means that not only will you be learning from the very best leaders in the industry from across the globe, but you will be grouped with fellow students located all over the world, giving you insight into global healthcare systems.

MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine

Next intake: 2024 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
Course start date
11th March 2024 (view full module dates)
100% Online
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The online course is relevant to all health professionals who have continuous exposure to people with sports related injuries, and provides full flexibility for students to study at their own pace no matter where they’re located without compromising work and life commitments.

This MSc in sports and exercise medicine course is designed to be practical and clinically focused, allowing students to obtain:

  • 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 in-depth knowledge and understanding of Sports and Exercise Medicine informed by current scholarship and research.

Next intake: 2024 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
100% Online
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
Course start date
11th March 2024 (view full module dates)

Why Study a Sports and Exercise Medicine Master's with Learna

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Who is this course for?

Our MSc in sports and exercise medicine is specifically designed to suit all healthcare professionals who have exposure to people with sports related injuries and is particularly relevant to:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Sports Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Primary Care Physicians, with a specialist interest in sports and exercise medicine.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

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 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.


The msc in sports medicine distance learning is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the [diploma in sports and exercise medicine]( "diploma in sports and exercise medicine"). The second year of the sports and exercise medicine masters starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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:

  1. An ability to interpret research in sport and exercise medicine.
  2. Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
  3. 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:

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

Assessment Methods

The msc in sports medicine distance learning 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 first seven modules on the msc sports medicine courses 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.

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.

For the final module of the masters in sports medicine you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words.

Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project. To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Due to the online nature of the sports and exercise medicine masters, 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.

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.

Year 1

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

Year 2

This module runs over an 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consist of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

Since our sports medicine courses are online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals without international surcharges.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare related field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

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.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

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 for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2023:
Application deadline - TBC

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
1st May 2024£966
1st July 2024£966
1st September 2024£966
1st November 2024£966
1st January 2025£966
1st March 2025£735
1st May 2025£733
1st July 2025£733
1st September 2025£733
1st November 2025£733
1st January 2026£733

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

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