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.
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.
Sports Injury Anatomy
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.
Clinical Sports Injury
This module comprises a variety of specialists’ lectures, which will:
- enhance the understanding of the aetiology, biomechanical principals and problems associated with sports injuries;
- review the demands and injury risks associated with specific sports;
- discuss the clinical presentation, examination, treatment options of common sporting injuries based on anatomical region and/or specific sport;
- highlight those treatments that have been proven successful/unsuccessful on the basis of evidence based medicine;
- use relevant sport “case studies” where possible;
- discuss recent clinical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the region;
- adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the management of specific injuries in sport.
Sports Injury Assessment
The Clinical Practical Sessions will combine the body regions into three groups -
- knee and ankle;
- shoulder and elbow;
- hip, groin, back and neck.
Each region will have two cascading sessions.
Week 1 will cover the basic clinical assessment presented by individual student groups and special body region tests based on case study examples of common sporting injuries.
Week 2 will expand on Week 1 and involve experiential learning, with patients brought in to build on the skills learnt during week 1.
In addition there will be a patient session with a variety of injuries for assessment, plus one 3-hour revision session on clinical assessment.
Pitchside Care of the Injured Athlete
This module gives you the knowledge and confidence to be able to provide pitchside first aid in the sporting situation. You will be equipped with the grounding and experience to take up sporting positions within a high-level team and have insight into specific issues associated with a range of sports.
Students will be placed at selected University sports grounds to provide first aid cover at events. Placement with professional sports teams will also be arranged for students (optional).
Physical Activity in Health and Disease
The module will cover the relationship between physical activity and specific medical conditions; exercise under specific conditions and the practical aspects of medical management in sport. Encompassing internationalisation, physical activity and health and disease in developing countries is also addressed.
Physical Activity Epidemiology
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 to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the relationship between physical activity 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.
This module seeks to develop students’ critical appraisal skills in order that they can take an evidence based approach to their work. It covers the strengths and weaknesses of different types of study design, research ethics requirements, and key statistical principals relevant to evaluating research, whether a published journal paper or undertaking their own research projects. It also demonstrates how to use critical appraisal tools to assess published work.
Project and Dissertation
This module is aimed at providing 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. 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 (the final year for part time students).
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.
This module is not taught per se, but there are a number of tutorials during the year to help keep students on track. Also students have supervisory meetings with their supervisor to guide them during ther project; students are expected to initiate these meetings.
Students choose 10 credits from this group:
- Fundamentals in Statistics (10 credits)
- Qualitative Methodology and Analyses (10 credits)
Students can choose a further 20 credits from this group:
- Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy (upper and lopwer limb) (20 credits)
- Obesity Management (20 credits)
- Sports and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)
- Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (20 credits)
The research projects are a key strength of the course. Students are encouraged to undertake a project in a field of interest.
International students have the opportunity to develop research and undertake research projects within their home country.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
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).
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.
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.
The part-time course, identical in content to the full-time course, commences in September each year and is covered over a 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.
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
Scholarships and bursaries
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.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.