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Course content

This online taught MSc in Sports Science is designed to provide you with an advanced, research-led programme of study in sport and exercise science and medicine. A key strength of this programme is its flexibility, which enables you to specialise in physical activity and health, sports performance, or sports medicine.

Why this programme

◾This is the only MSc in Sports Science in Scotland that merges Sport and Exercise Medicine and Sport and Exercise Science within a single degree programme providing a broad range of options across these disciplines.
◾You will benefit from access to the expertise of the staff at the National Stadium Sports, Health and Injury Clinic at Hampden Park – a custom-built, state-of-the-art sports medicine facility.
◾We have exciting scholarship opportunities, find out more
◾You will develop and enhance your skills in literature searching and critically evaluating relevant scientific evidence; application of knowledge to novel concepts and situations; experimental design; research methods and ethics; data handling and statistics; interpretation and evaluation of experimental data; scientific writing; and oral presentations.
◾The University has state-of-the-art facilities to study performance and health aspects of sport and exercise science, from the whole body to the molecular level. These include advanced exercise laboratories, metabolic investigation suites and a molecular biochemistry lab. We are the best equipped exercise science group for laboratory facilities in Scotland, making the University of Glasgow the perfect place to study an MSc in Sports Science.
◾The University has close links with a number of regional/national sporting bodies and a number of professional sporting clubs. There may be opportunities for internships (in place of a research project) for some students.
◾You will have access to a number of guest lecture staff providing interactive sessions in their specialist fields.

[[Programme structure
The course will involve online lectures, seminars and tutorials and during a residential week at the end of year 1 you will take part in lab classes. You will also take part in journal clubs, presentations and self-directed learning. The programme is made up of 60 compulsary credits and 3 x 20 credit options (X,Y and Z) plus a research project (60 credits).

Core Courses

Evidence Based Medicine (20 credits)

Medical Statistics (10 credits)

Physiological Exercise Testing 1 - Aerobics Fitness and Physical Activity (10 credits)

Physiological Exercise Testing 2 - Strength, power and intensity domains (10 credits)

Human physiological & metabolic assessment (10 credits)

Optional Courses

Choose one X option, one Y option and one Z option:

Option courses - X

Physical activity and health: public health, policy & behaviour changes

Sports injuries: scientific basis of preventation and rehabilitation

Clinical Sports Injuries (also involves a short residential period at the end of year 2)

Option courses - Y


Physical activity and health: biological mechanisms


Ergogenic Aids for Exercise Performance


Sport and Exercise Medicine in Practice


Option courses - Z


Cellular and molecular exercise physiology


The world class athlete: nature, nurture and maximising performance


Exercise in clinical populations


Dissertation/research project

Career prospects

The flexibility of this programme will provide you with many career opportunities. These include working in clinical exercise, health-promotion or in sports science support. A number of our graduates are employed in senior sports science positions with national sporting bodies and professional sports clubs. This programme also allows doctors and physiotherapists to aid their knowledge; for science graduates, there are opportunities in rehabilitation and higher education. It also provides an excellent basis if you wish to pursue PhD level research.

Visit the Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine (Distance Learning) - MSc/PGdip/PGCert page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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