Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc


Fact file

MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine
1 year full-time; 2-4 years part-time
Entry requirements
Other requirements
7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any element

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Queen's Medical Centre
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This new MSc offers students from a non-clinical background the opportunity to study sports and exercise medicine. 
Read full overview

Many universities limit the study of Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) to students with a clinical background. We have developed the Applied SEM course to enable those without a clinical background to embark or further their career in this field.

The new MSc programme is built upon our successful and well-established MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine programme. The course is offered from 2016/17.  

NB: Completion of either the Applied or Clinical MScs does not confer registration of any professional body.

Key facts

Face to face teaching

One of the strengths of the Nottingham MSc is the  face to face teaching that take place. This allows students real time interaction with clinicians, scientists and lecturers, enabling in depth exchange of knowledge and ideas. We believe that with this  the student has a much greater understanding of the subject than with distance learning. 

Who can apply?

The Applied SEM course is particularly suitable for those with a science and research background as opposed to the more clinical bias of the Clinical SEM.

We feel strongly that the range of backgrounds of the students provides students with a rounded education, drawing on the wide ranging clinical experience and different expertise of the students and lecturers. 

Course duration

This is a full time course which is undertaken over one year.

Quality of lecturers

The MSc has a cohort of excellent internal and external lecturers of all disciplines, all experts in their field.  Many of the lecturers work at a national and international level in Sport and Exercise Medicine  and research. 

Research projects

The research projects are a key strength of the course. Students are encouraged to undertake a project in a field of interest. Alternatively we also have a range of projects within the department that students can undertake, within both clinical SEM and also in nutrition and muscle physiology within the School of Life Sciences. International students have the opportunity to develop research and undertake research projects within their home country.


Course details

Course director

Dr Kim Edwards, Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology, School of Medicine


The MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine is a full time course which is undertaken over one year. 

This MSc can also be taken as a full-time course or part-time (2-4 years). 

As an MSc student, you will study a series of core modules in sports and exercise medicine. This includes taking an emergency care qualification; studying anatomy with images, in the dissecting room and on each other; learning about physical activity recommendations for special groups (e.g. people with diabetes); as well as comprehensive research methods tutorials, in addition to the compulsory project and dissertation module.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake research on a subject related to sports and exercise medicine or exercise physiology under the supervision of an appropriate member of academic staff. There are also a wide variety of optional modules, so you can tailor this degree to your requirements.  

Teaching methods

The syllabus is covered by lectures, seminars, sport placements, anatomy teaching in our dissection room, eLearning and practical sessions. The course includes a two-day programme in Emergency Medical Management in Individual and Team Sports (EMMiITS).


For full-time students teaching is usually delivered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the semesters (from end of September to mid-June). The actual days of attendance will depend on which optional modules you choose.

The non-teaching days are intended for private study, production of written reports and presentations, sports placements and research.

Students undertake a research project and prepare a dissertation in the second semester and this work will continue through the summer vacation. The dissertation is submitted by the end of August with a final viva voce examination towards the end of September.


For part-time students, depending which options you select, teaching is usually delivered on two days per week during the semesters (from end of September to mid-June). The actual days of attendance will depend on which optional modules you choose. 

The non-teaching days are intended for private study, production of written reports and presentations, sports placements and research.  Students undertake a research project and prepare a dissertation throughout the whole year, with this work will continue through the summer ‘vacation’ period (an MSc is a 12 month course).

The dissertation is submitted by the end of August in your final year with a final viva voce examination towards the end of September.


Your work will be assessed by a number of methods including both written and practical examinations, oral presentations, essays, reflective portfolio as well as the dissertation.




MSc students take compulsory and optional modules to gain 180 credits.

Compulsory modules (totalling 140 credits)

Module A34614 - Sports Injury Anatomy (20 credits)

The overall aim of this module is to integrate the knowledge, skills and techniques required for the effective application of anatomy into the applied assessment of sports injuries. An integrated approach to functional anatomy and the application of specific assessment procedures is adopted.

Further information about this module.


Module A34616 - Physical Activity in Health and Disease (20 credits)

This module will provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the relationship between exercise, disease and health and the impact these conditions may have on the ability to exercise. This module also aims to address some of the psychological issues associated with the healthy and the injured athlete. It will enhance the student's ability to apply theoretical knowledge to the practical situation, and to critically appraise recent literature on sports medicine practice.

Further information about this module.


Module A34621 - Research Methods (10 credits)

The overall aim of this module is to develop students’ critical appraisal skills in order that they can take an evidence based approach to their work. In doing so it will also enable students to undertake a high-quality research project, from conception and design through to comprehensive analyses and critique.

Further information about this module.

Module A34631 - Project and Dissertation: Sports and Exercise Medicine (60 credits)

This module aims to provide the skills needed for designing, undertaking and analysing data from the research project.
It will involve the student undertaking a research project on a topic relevant to Sports and Exercise Medicine. Suitable project topics will be proposed by members of the MSc teaching staff. Students are also free to make their own suggestions for projects, which may or may not be deemed acceptable. (Student dissertations in previous yearsPDF format) A project supervisor will be appointed for each project. This allocation is made at the start of the academic year and the student is then expected to work on the project throughout the year.

Internationalisation is central to this course. All students are able to suggest their own topics for research projects, which means overseas students have the option to collect data from their home countries if appropriate.

Further information about this module.

Module A34634 - Physical Activity Epidemiology (10 credits)

The module will cover the current public health issues relating to physical activity (and physical inactivity) with health and disease from an epidemiological perspective, globally, with respect to prevention and treatment.

It aims provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the relationship between exercise and health. In the current climate this is of the utmost importance. The current thinking of exercise as a form of health promotion and illness treatment will be explored. The epidemiology of disease and exercise behaviour will be explored along with the understanding of the changing population demographics.

Further information

Module A34635 - Sport and Exercise Nutrition (10 credits)

The overall aim of the module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to advise the public on nutrition for sports. This requires the students to be able to understand key nutritional concepts, develop a critical awareness of evidence, and apply this knowledge to the assessment, monitoring and planning of diets.

Further information. 

Module A34636 - Fundamentals in Statistics (10 credits)

This module is aimed at providing the skills needed to enable a student to be able to quantitatively analyse their research data. It will cover how to undertake statistical analyses relevant to their research projects. This will be taught using a combination of tutorials, e-learning, formative assessments and computer practicals.

Further information.



Optional modules

Students can choose any combination totalling 40 credits from the following modules (with the exception that only one of D24FON and B14001 may be selected, not both):

Module A34577 - Qualitative Methodology and Analysis (10 credits);

Module A34628 - Clinical Sports Injury (10 credits); 

Module A34629 - Immediate and Pre-hospital Care of the Injured Athlete 

Module A34807 - Theoretical Foundations of Rehabilitation (20 credits);

Module D24FON - Fundamentals of Nutrition (20 credits);

Module D24NAM - Nutrition and Metabolism (20 credits) 


The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.




Home/EU students

Dr Vivien Lane Scholarship

Established in the memory of Dr Vivien Lane the Scholarship is currently open to any registered practitioner who has completed at least two years in practice as a vocationally qualified principal in Medical General Practice and who is studying Sports medicine and Injury Management whether on a full-time or part-time basis at a recognised medical training establishment in the UK. Further information is available online.

Postgraduate loans from 2016

New Postgraduate Loans of up to £10,000 is available for students studying a taught or research Masters course commencing in September 2016/17. Further information is available online.

The University provides information on other internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International students

Opportunities for funding may be available to overseas students through the International Office at the University of Nottingham. These scholarships have closing dates for application normally in April/May each year. Most of the scholarships are now closed for applications.


Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


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