Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc

 
  

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Qualification:MSc
Qualification name:Sports and Exercise Medicine
Duration:1 year full-time; 2-4 years part-time
Entry requirements:2.1 OR pass at MBBS (and other medical degrees where no classification is awarded as standard)
Including:Degree in a relevant subject, eg Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and other allied health sciences
IELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Queen's Medical Centre

Course Overview

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Established in 1991, the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine is one of the longest running SEM courses in the country and is constantly updated and improved. This successful programme is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the top sports and exercise medicine courses for the rounded sports medicine specialist. 

This course is now delivered as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM-EM), which is a London 2012 legacy funded project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the nation. This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage sports injuries and illness and to explore the relationship between physical activity and health.

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. Also there are lectures about physical activity and health and disease in developing countries, the epidemiology of physical activity and exercise globally, and nuances of immediate and pre-hospital pitchside care for clinicians working overseas or travelling with a team (both the required preparation and the actuality).

Key facts
  • Consultants from medicine, physiotherapy and other professions contribute to the course. They include eminent surgeons, sports physicians and physiotherapists holding prominent positions which link the course to a wide range of organisations, from the English Rugby Football Union to the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
  • Includes a two-day programme in pre-hospital trauma management on the field of play (EMMiITS), which is RCSEd Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care approved level 2.
  • Opportunity to gain first-hand experience of providing pitchside emergency medical care for athletes. There are also opportunities to do placement with professional teams.
  • Opportunity to attend musculoskeletal, sports medicine or sports physiotherapy clinics to gain clinical experience.
  • Study in this field has opened up varied and stimulating new career options for a large number of health care professionals.
 
What our students say

"Plenty of opportunities to do practical work.”

"Most foreign students come to UK just for a foreign degree that could be helpful for their future career. It turned out that MSc Sports Medicine course brought me some valuable abilities that lead me to a better life and interesting experience."

The course is led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team. The taught modules covered a wide spectrum of subjects, and enhanced my understanding of sports and exercise medicine tremendously. Overall, an extremely informative and genuinely enjoyable course.”

Enjoyable and challenging course, well organised, generally supportive staff and lecturers. A good range of assessments and provided a solid base in sports and exercise medicine.”

Exposure to a number of different sports and the sports medicine side of these specific sports. The physiology lectures were very good and delivered by two very knowledgeable lecturers.”

 
 
Who can apply?

This MSc course is suitable for healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists and trainee doctors across many specialties, for example, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Orthopaedics, Accident and Emergency, and General Practice.

 
Achievements and highlights

Staff at the Centre was invited to guest edit the 2014 autumn edition of BASEM Today. View a copy.

 

 

 

Course Details

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The MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two to four years. As an MSc student, you will study a series of core modules in sports and exercise medicine, which includes 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 to meet your specific interests.

This course can also be taken as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) by those who do not wish to complete a research project and dissertation. The PGDip can be taken full-time over 9 months or part-time over 18 months.

Structure

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).

Full-time

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, clinic attendance 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.

 
Part-time

The part-time course, identical in content to the full-time course, commences in September each year and is covered over the two, three or four year period. Teaching in Nottingham takes place one to two days a week during semester times depending on your chosen optional modules. As a part-time student, you will be expected to devote the equivalent of two and a half days per week to the MSc course which includes attending teaching, private study, production of written reports and presentations, sports placements, clinic placement and research. Part-time students take their research project in the final year. The dissertation is submitted in August with a final viva voce examination in September.

Details of the three and four years part-time options can be obtained from the Course Administrator.

 
Assessment
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.
 

Modules

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

PGDip students take compulsory and optional modules, but not the Project and Dissertation module, to gain 120 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 A34628 - Clinical Sports Injury (10 credits)

The overall aim of this module is to integrate the knowledge of common sporting injuries and approaches to management of regional and sport-specific injuries using research based evidence and current daily practice. The teaching is provided by many different lecturers, who are experts in their fields of sport and exercise medicine, thus providing students with up-to-date and knowledgeable tuition from key specialists.

Further information about this module.

 

Module A34632 - Sports Injury Assessment (10 credits)

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

Further information about this module.

 

Module A34633 - Pitchside Care of the Injured Athlete (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to give students the knowledge and confidence to be able to provide pitchside first aid in the sporting situation. This module will provide the grounding and experience for students to take up sporting positions within a high level team.

This module includes the material required for the acquisition of a RCSEd Faculty of Pre-hospital Care approved level two “Emergency Medical Management in Individual and Team Sports (EMMiITS)” certificate, valid for three years. The module also provides an insight into specific issues associated with a range of sports.

Emergency Medical Management in Individual and Team Sports (EMMiITS)

This highly practical and intensive two day advanced emergency care on the field of play course will enable doctors, physiotherapists and other allied medical professionals who already hold a basic first aid certificate to improve upon their current basic skills under the guidance of a highly experienced and knowledgeable faculty of sports medicine practitioners, emergency care and basics doctors, physiotherapists, nurse practitioners and paramedics. 

Advanced discussions will occur on duty of care in sport, emergency airway management, extrication from the field of play, automated external defibrillation and BLS plus sports specific moulages focusing on common sporting traumas.

Candidates are required to attend the two day course in full and complete all three assessments in order to pass and be awarded a certificate for EMMiITS.

Sport placements

Students will be placed at selected University sports grounds to provide first aid cover at events. Placement with professional sport teams will also be arranged for students (optional).

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.

 

 

Optional modules

Students can choose any combination totalling 20 credits in this group:

Module A34634 - Physical Activity Epidemiology (10 credits);
Module A34635 - Sport and Exercise Nutrition (10 credits);
Module B14001 - Nutrition in Health and Exercise (20 credits).

Students can choose a further 20 credits of any combination in this group:

Module B94020 - Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy (20 credits);
Module D24BD3 - Obesity Management (20 credits);
Module D24FON - Fundamentals of Nutrition (20 credits);
Module B14005 - Muscle Physiology and Metabolism (20 credits);
Module A34807 - Theoretical Foundations of Rehabilitation (20 credits);
Module A34577 - Qualitative Methodology and Analysis (10 credits);
Module A34636 - Fundamentals in Statistics (10 credits).

Please note Module B14001 is a pre-requisite for Module B14005.

Funding

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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.

BASEM MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine Bursary

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine Bursary is an annual award available by application for all members of BASEM studying a full-time or part-time course. To be eligible to apply for these bursaries, individuals are required to have been BASEM members for 1 year preceding application.

The monetary award is £2,000 towards the full-time or part-time study fees for a MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine qualification only.

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.
 

Careers

Careers

Alumni destinations

On completion of the MSc course, our graduates become involved in a wide range of sport and exercise related activities from General Practice and consultants in Sports Medicine to the provision of medical care for professional athletes and teams. 

Graduates have gone on to successful careers including the Head of Sports Medicine for the Rugby Football League, the Chief Medical Officer to the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Director of Training and Conditioning for the New York Knicks Basketball team, Lead Physiotherapist for the Indian Cricket team, league football club physiotherapists and county cricket club doctors and physiotherapists.

Other achievements include winning the Health Specialist of the Year award in Dubai 2014 and presentation at various conferences.

 

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

Average starting salary and career progression 

In 2014, 98% of postgraduates in the School of Medicine who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,261 with the highest being £75,000.* 

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

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