Postgraduate study
This masters course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage sports injuries and illness and to explore the relationship between physical activity and health.
MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine
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)
7.0 (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
£12,330 - Terms apply
International fees
£25,200 - Terms apply
Queen's Medical Centre




Key facts

Clinical exposure

The MSc offers students the opportunity to sit in Sports Medicine clinics with consultant SEM doctors and physiotherapists. In these clinics the student will have exposure to all sections of the community, children, recreational athletes, elite athletes and the elderly. The student will see a wide ranging spectrum of musculoskeletal problems and first hand investigation and treatment.

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.

Pitch side exposure

Included in the fees is a Gold standard pitch side emergency care course (EMMiITS). This takes place at the beginning of the academic year and success in this course enables the student to undertake pitch side emergency care at the weekly BUCS matches. Students may wish to undertake a placement with a professional team and we will facilitate this whether ever possible.

Who can apply?

The clinical SEM course is aimed at doctors, physiotherapists and allied professionals with a strong musculoskeletal clinical background. 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.

Full-time and part-time options

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.

Research projects

The research projects are a key strength of the course. Students are encouraged to undertake a project in a field of interest. However we acknowledge that not all students will be able to do this and we 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.

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.

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.”

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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.

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





Full course details


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.

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, 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.


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.

PGDip students take compulsory and optional modules, but not the Project and Dissertation module, to gain 120 credits.

Please follow this link to find extra details about each of the modules on offer.

Compulsory modules (totalling 150 credits)

RHEU4001 Sports Injury Anatomy (20 credits)

This module comprises a range of teaching and learning:

The Dissection Room sessions will include seven sessions - (1) the knee; (2) lower leg, ankle and foot; (3) the shoulder; (4) elbow, hand and wrist; (5) back and neck; (6) abdomen and groin, plus (7) a revision sessio, and (8) a formative OSCE exam. These sessions will concentrate on the anatomy of the body regions inclusive of osteology, myology, neurology and other relevant structures where required. A practical element will be provided to this module in the form of surface anatomy orientation and practice.

The Radiological Sessions will include seven one-hour sessions. The first session will discuss the principals of soft tissue imaging. The remaining six sessions will precede the anatomy sessions and will follow the same format of body regions as the dissection room sessions.


RHEU4004 Clinical Sports Injury (10 credits)

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.

RHEU4008 Sports Injury Assessment (10 credits)

The Clinical Practical Sessions will combine the body regions into three groups -

  1. knee and ankle;
  2. shoulder and elbow;
  3. 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.


RHEU4009 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.

andidates 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).


RHEU4002 Physical Activity in Health and Disease (20 credits)

The module will cover the relationship between exercise 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.

Teaching takes place in formal lectures, with internal and external specialist lecturers and in small group format – with informal seminars undertaken by the students with supervision from the module convenor.

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.

Teaching takes place in formal lectures and in small group format – with informal seminars undertaken by the students with supervision from the module convenor.

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. This will be taught using a combination of tutorials, e-learning, and formative assessments.

RHEU4007 Project and Dissertation: Sports and Exercise Medicine (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.

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.

Student dissertations in previous yearsPDF format



Optional modules

Students choose 10 credits from this group:

  • RHEU4012 Fundamentals in Statistics (10 credits)
  • EPID4012 Qualitative Methodology and Analyses (10 credits)

Students can choose a further 20 credits from this group:

  • PHRS4005 Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy (upper and lopwer limb) (20 credits)
  • BIOS4048 Obesity Management (20 credits)
  • RHEU4011 Sports and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits) 
  • NEW FOR 2019/20 - Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (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

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 and professional development

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.


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




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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