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The global sports and exercise sector is a booming multibillion-pound industry. As this thriving sector expands, exciting new opportunities are opening up in the fields of sports science and sports medicine.

If you have the drive to succeed, our online MSc will help you to turn your passion for sport and exercise science into the knowledge and experience you need to take your career to the next level. 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. You will have access to a number of guest lecture staff providing interactive sessions in their specialist fields. 

The University of Glasgow is ranked 2nd in the UK for Sports Science. In addition, this MSc is the only one in Scotland to combine sport and exercise medicine with sport and exercise science. Its all covered within our comprehensive degree programme, which can be studied 100% online. 

You'll have direct access to the expertise of our staff at the National Stadium Sports, Health and Injury Clinic at Hampden Park, a custom-built sports medicine centre. With our world-class facilities, laboratories and teaching staff, were the best-equipped exercise science institution in Scotland. 

You'll also benefit from the university's close links with various regional and national sporting bodies and professional clubs. There are occasionally opportunities for internships for some students, instead of a research project. 

With our MSc, youll be perfectly positioned to study performance and health aspects of sport and exercise science, from the whole body to the molecular level. 

Programme outcomes

  • Review evidence from scientific literature covering sport and exercise science & medicine
  • Apply the knowledge you learn from the programme to novel concepts and situations
  • Design, complete and review a piece of research
  • Effectively communicate scientific ideas, concepts and data
  • Identify areas of uncertainty and knowledge gaps in the current literature and consider strategies to address these
  • Carry out relevant research methods
  • Understand the ethics of sport and exercise science
  • Gain experience in data handling and statistics
  • Interpret and evaluate experimental data
  • Learn how to write for scientific purposes
  • Hone your oral communication and presentation skills

Career outlook

The flexible nature of this programme means youll have a wide choice of career opportunities. These include working in clinical exercise, health promotion or 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 advance their knowledge. For science graduates, there are opportunities in rehabilitation and higher education. This science in sports masters degree also provides an excellent basis if you wish to pursue PhD-level research or if you are planning or engaged in research, teaching or an applied practical career in the fields of physical activity and health, or sports performance. 

The programme also provides specialist postgraduate training in Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine for doctors, physiotherapists and related health professionals.


The course will involve online lectures, seminars and tutorials. 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 compulsory credits and 3 x 20 credit options (X, Y and Z) plus a research project (60 credits).

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract


  • MSc Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine – Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Medical Statistics (10 credits)
  • Physiological & Exercise Testing – Strength, Power and Intensity Domains (10 credits)
  • Physiological & Exercise Testing – Aerobic Fitness and Physical Activity (10 credits)
  • Human Physiological & Metabolic Assessment (10 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Research in Medicine (20 credits)


  • Cellular and Molecular Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
  • Physical Activity and Health: Biological Mechanisms (20 credits)
  • Clinical Sports Injuries (20 credits)
  • Exercise in Clinical Populations (20 credits)
  • Physical Activity and Health: Public Health, Policy and Behavioural Change (20 credits)
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine in Practice (20 credits)
  • Sports Injuries: Scientific Basis of Prevention and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • The World Class Athlete (20 credits)
  • Ergogenic Aids for Exercise Performance (20 credits)

Visit the Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine (Online) - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!





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