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What our Sports and Exercise Medicine masters students say

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Zoe Skells
Graduated: 2017

I was looking for an MSc course that would increase my understanding of the pathology in sporting injuries and expose me to clinical environments. The ASEM course in Nottingham ticked all the boxes for me and was the stand out option of all the courses I saw.

The course itself did not disappoint, there were so many opportunities to broaden your horizons and the staff were truly fantastic - always being there to support you. In addition, the guest lecturers were brilliant, all experts in their fields and very knowledgeable - it was great to pick their brains!  

The course was intense and challenging, especially as I didn't come from a clinical background, so there was a steep learning curve for me; but it was rewarding. The best thing is that you get the opportunity throughout to research the topics that are of interest to you, with access to great resources."


Qamar Siddiqi
Graduated: 2015

"Working full time and doing the MSc on a part-time basis has taken a lot of grit and determination. The course requires significant time and attention to complete the assessments. Having completed my undergraduate course 12 years prior to starting my MSc, there was an initial culture shock with the amount of reading and studying required. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at The University of Nottingham on the SEM course and feel equipped with the skills and knowledge to continue my interest and career in sports medicine.

The course is run with precision and excellent instruction from all of the very talented lecturers. The exposure to medical staff from a variety of sports has allowed a deeper understanding of the challenges of medical provision in elite athletes. The library and studying facilities have been accessible and convenient. I particularly enjoyed the SEM clinics and the variety of areas covered in all the taught modules. I would highly recommend this course as a solid foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in sports medicine."

Qamar is an NHS GP and part of the medical team at Stoke City FC.

(October 2015)

Rebecca Thomas
Graduated: 2015
"When deciding to go back to University to study a MSc, Sports and Exercise Medicine was my first choice, with Nottingham University being the top of my list. Despite the weekly 400-mile round trip from Swansea to Nottingham, the course content and delivery more than justified that commitment. It was a bonus that the lecturers were knowledgeable, approachable, helpful and all-round gurus within the profession of sports and exercise medicine.

The varied teaching and learning methods were balanced well and there was always a guest lecturer to excite you to learn more. On a personal level, I found the course to have fulfilled all my expectations. To sum up my experience of studying the MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Nottingham University, it was captivating, inspiring, hard bloody work, but overall a unique, valuable experience. "
Dr James Shih-Chung Cheng
Graduated: 2003

"Most foreign students come to UK just for a foreign degree that could be helpful for the future career. It turned out that MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course brought me some valuable abilities that lead me to a better life and interesting experience. I came to Nottingham in 2002, most of my course mates were medical doctors and physiotherapists. In addition, I joined the university volleyball team. Through many opportunities to have group discussion in MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course, my student life in Nottingham was actually an important foundation for my ability of social skill and negotiation in international sport society over the past 5 years.

The most useful knowledge I have obtained from MSc course was the Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry component. As a physiotherapist, I was confident with the Orthopaedics part of the course, but like other course mates, I was also confused why I had to study 'muscle metabolism' as I thought I might not use it in the rest of my life anyway. However, when I started to have communication with sports coaches, I started to realise that what I have been taught about exercise physiology and biochemistry in the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course could actually explain the sport training theory and plan. The knowledge I have learned from MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine allowed me to help a sport team for developing training strategies, coaching education, and coordinating all kinds of support for elite athletes. This is all about sports performance and injury prevention. That's also why I chose not to teach in the medical university, I chose to teach in the graduate institute of coaching science in a sport university. In this department, most of my students are sports coaches, I could "change their mind" and explain to them how their wrong training strategy or technique lead to sports injury.

After I completed my PhD in Nottingham, I was invited to join Taiwan track and field team based in a training camp in Berlin for half year before 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. I observed the training, competitions and had so many conversations with the athletes and coaches in the training camp. I was sent to a 10 days seminar of track and field as an interpreter for a group of Taiwanese national coaches. In the seminar I quickly understood that everything I learned from MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course was to build up ideas in my mind about injury prevention. There is never just "overtraining" but always "wrong training strategy" that leads to sports injuries. As a medical staff, I need to know more about how an athlete actually got injured. The value of being a team medical staff with a degree in sports medicine is to be able to work with a sport coach for a better training environment, that includes training strategy, facilities, medical support, scientific support, nutrition strategy, travel plan...etc, it's not just medical treatment.
Another advantage of studying in Britain was to learn the ability of being able to manage a project/task independently and 'always be fully prepared before visiting the boss'. That means I always come up with a plan first, try to complete some work, find out what the difficulty is, and come up with a solution before asking someone to take time to talk to me.

If someone from a medical background is interested in starting a good adventure in sport, I would recommend her/him to take MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine in Nottingham, but it is not an easy master programme."

Dr James Shih-Chung Cheng (MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine, 2002-2003)
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Institute of Athletics and Coaching Science, National Taiwan Sport University
General Secretary of Asia Association of Coaching Science
General Secretary of Taiwan Sports Coach Association
Deputy General Secretary of Chinese Taipei Athletics Association

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