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)
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.
Module A34628 - 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.
Module A34632 - 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.
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.
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).
Module A34616 - 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.
Module A34631 - 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 years
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)
Students can choose a further 20 credits of any combination in this group:
Module B94020 - Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy (upper and lower limb) (20 credits)
Module D24BD3 - Obesity Management (20 credits)
Module D24FON - Fundamentals of Nutrition (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)
Module D24NAM - Nutrition and Metabolism (20 credits)
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.