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Our Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) programme is internationally renowned for providing high quality distance learning exclusively to doctors. The programme is designed to provide relevant knowledge for doctors involved, or wishing to be involved, in the full or part-time management of recreational and elite athletes. By studying this programme you will develop practical skills that can be applied to both primary and specialist care.

The highly interactive, flexible, online learning and hands-on clinical teaching provide you with expert knowledge and skills, while also enabling you to remain in practice.

Programme features:

- Flexible and online, allowing you to study alongside your clinical practice.

- Recognised by the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (FSEM) (

- You will become part of an international online community of SEM specialists.

- A problem-solving and reflective approach to sport and exercise medicine.

- Benefit from a reduced membership rate to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) ( for the first year.

Programme structure

This is a flexible programme. The Diploma can be completed in two years, but students have the option of taking up to four years. The MSc can be completed in 3.5 years: again, students have the option of taking up to 5 years.

The following events take place on the University of Bath campus:

- Induction Event (two days) – Year One (September)

- Sports Science Residential Week - Year One (January)

- Clinical Residential Week - Year Two (June)

- OSCE (Examination Event) (1 day) – Year Two (June or October)

Years one and two (Diploma):

- Sport & Exercise Medicine in Practice 1 - 6 Credits (ongoing throughout Diploma)

- Sport & Exercise Medicine in Practice 2 - 6 Credits (ongoing throughout Diploma)

- Sports Doctor - 6 Credits (3 month unit)

- Exercise Physiology - 6 Credits (3 month unit)

- Functional Anatomy and Sporting Movement Analysis - 12 credits (6 month unit)

- Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation - 12 credits (6 month unit)

- Psychology of Sport and Exercise - 6 Credits (3 month unit)

- Exercise for Health - 6 Credits (3 month unit)

Year three (MSc):

- Research Project Design

- Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Project

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

The majority of the content of the programme is delivered online to allow you to engage in flexible study alongside your clinical practice. To complement the online teaching there is a face-to-face induction event at the University and residential teaching weeks in the first and second years of the programme. Reflective, practice-based elements are provided through professional experiential learning and online virtual workshops.

Methods of assessment

You will be assessed through written assignments and case studies, a portfolio of clinical experience, the OSCE Examination and a Dissertation. Each unit is assessed individually.

Assignments are delivered online and must also be submitted online. The formative assessment includes moderated online discussions, self-assessment questions and online multiple choice tests.

Summative assessment will vary between units but will typically include some of the following:

Compilation of portfolio of evidence [SEM in Practice]

OSCE examination [SEM in Practice]

Maintaining a reflective practitioner portfolio [SEM in Practice]


Case studies

Short answer questions

Recorded consultations

- Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL):

If you have a previous qualification, or undertaken postgraduate units from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

Depending on the programme of study, you can gain APL for up to 50% of the total credits required (this credit must have been obtained within the previous five years).

- Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

You may also apply for APEL by submitting a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating that you have successfully achieved the learning outcomes for the specific unit(s) you seek exemption from.

We recommend you discuss this with the Director of Studies first to ensure this is suitable, as creating your portfolio can be very time consuming.

We will not permit exemptions of fractional units, and so the minimum threshold for the applications of APEL procedures will be a single, free standing unit (including three credit units). The maximum threshold for exemption will normally be 50% of the total credits required for a programme of study, for example, a 45-credit exemption towards a 90-credit Masters degree.

Visit the Sport and Exercise Medicine (MSc) page on the University of Bath website for more details!





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