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PGDip / MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine

Course Description

Sports & Exercise Medicine Courses

The curriculum is based on the specialist training curriculum developed by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. It therefore meets the highest standards for SEM education and would enhance national and international employability. This fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

The Sports & Exercise Medicine courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Sports Medicine including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics.

Both our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Sports & Exercise Medicine can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine

The course is designed to be practical and clinically focused. On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students have:
- a systematic understanding of the basics of Sports medicine, exercise physiology including the behavioural and life science basis.
- a critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients with certain sports related injuries and the tailored benefits of exercise.
- an advanced knowledge of Sports and Exercise Medicine including physiology and anatomy of exercise.
- an ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems.

It is envisaged that most students will be in primary care or aspiring to such posts. The course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who have exposure to people with sports related injuries and is particularly relevant to:

Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists, Chiropractors and Primary Care Physicians with a specialist interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Course Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma course is based on the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Training curriculum. It therefore meets the highest standards for SEM education and would enhance national and international employability. The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Module 2 - Exercise and Sport in Relation to Chronic Disease and Populations
Module 3 - Common Sports Injuries and Investigation
Module 4 - Management and Rehabilitation Planning of Sports and Exercise Related Injuries
Module 5 - Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Return to Exercise
Module 6 - The Multidisciplinary Team in Exercise and Sport

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine

The Sports and Exercise MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine course offered by the University.

The Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Thereafter they are able to select a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

On completion of the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course, you will be able to demonstrate:

An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of Sports and Exercise Medicine informed by current scholarship and research.
Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Sport and Exercise Medicine
Module 2 - Professional Project
Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Sport and Exercise Medicine

MSc teaching methods for this module of our Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded on the student's journal by the student.

Visit the PGDip / MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Prof. Ian Watson

I have always had a personal interest in sport, partaking in many different activities. As such a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine has been something I have considered for a while both for myself personally as well as for my work as a GP. Developing a role within my local NHS meant that a qualification in SEM would be very useful and therefore I searched all the available possibilities. I have several work hats as well as being a busy GP and therefore distance learning seemed to be an ideal way to allow me to work in my own time, if needed, whilst not affecting continuity in my day jobs.

Being mid-forties meant that learning has changed a lot since I was at medical school and if the truth be known, much of my day in day out work is very much automatic pilot nowadays. The diploma has awoken my middle aged brain and I have found that I am loving hoovering up new knowledge. Access to a university library has been excellent allowing me to read and reflect on papers in many journals on line for free; there has been a knock on in my GP role in that I now also use that to address my doctor’s unmet needs for other medical conditions, not just SEM. I have also started to question the evidence base for guidelines we are asked to follow.

Reflection within the diploma transfers nicely into my GP annual appraisal and from my learning, at least once a week, I am able to show the impact of that new learning.

There is a lot of work, but it is fascinating work – which I am finding really enjoyable – so much so I am thinking of continuing into a MSc. I have also found this interest in learning continued into the time off in between modules.

A positive aspect has been I now watch much less television – apart from allowing myself the incentive of catching up on “Breaking Bad”!


Entry Requirements

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this course.Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

Last Updated

12 April 2017

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