Postgraduate study
This new MSc offers students from a non-clinical background the opportunity to study sports and exercise medicine. 
MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine
1 year full-time; 2-4 years part-time
Entry requirements
7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any element

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£8,235 - Terms apply
International fees
£21,375 - Terms apply
Queen's Medical Centre



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.  

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 takes 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

As many of our students are practising professionals we have developed a range of study options to enable them to continue with their clinical practice whilst studying.

The full time course is undertaken over one year.

The part time course covers the same modules but can be taken over 2, 3, or 4 years.

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.




"...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."

-Zoe Skells (2017 graduate)



Full course details


The MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine is a full time course which is undertaken over 1 year (full-time) or 2-4 years (part-time).

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 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 an emergency care qualification.


For full-time students teaching is usually delivered across the 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 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.

Please follow this link for more detailed descriptions of each of the modules on offer.

Compulsory modules (totalling 160 credits)

RHEU4001 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.


RHEU4002 Physical Activity in Health and Disease (20 credits)

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.


RHEU4003 Research Methods (10 credits)

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.

RHEU4010 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 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.

RHEU4011 Sport and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)

The overall aim of the module is to give a practical grounding in sport and exercise nutrition, to equip students with the knowledge and skills to advise the public (including different groups of athletes) on nutrition for sports and exercise. This requires the students to be able to understand key nutritional concepts and metabolism, develop a critical awareness of evidence, and apply this knowledge to the assessment, monitoring and planning of diets.

RHEU4012 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.

EPID4012 Qualitative Methodology and Analyses (10 credits)

This module introduces the language and concepts in this field, and how these converge with and diverge from quantitative approaches. Contemporary debates and developments in qualitative research will be examined, drawing on examples of research pertinent to public health.

The module will introduce the spectrum of methods and analytical approaches, and provide opportunities to learn and read about, and to undertake practical exercises relating to commonly used and emergent qualitative methods relevant to public health.

The module will include information on, and practical exercises in appraisal of written qualitative research.
Structured participatory activities will be used to enable students to apply the concepts and knowledge areas covered.

RHEU4007 Project and Dissertation (60 credits)

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.

Student dissertations in previous yearsPDF format.


Optional modules

Students can coose 20 credits from the following:

  • RHEU4004 Clinical Sports Injury (10 credits)
  • RHEU4005 Immediate and Pre-hospital Care of the Injured Athlete (10 credits)
  • BIOS4048 Theoretical Foundations of Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • BIOS4069 Fundamentals of Nutrition (20 credits)

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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

Home/EU students

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 and professional development

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 95.7% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £28,625 with the highest being £76,001.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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 2013–2019, High Fliers Research




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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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