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This course is offered by the Discipline of Anatomy (Human Performance Laboratory) of the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. The course is specifically designed for qualified medical doctors, chartered physiotherapists and will be offered on a trial basis to a limited number of Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Therapists and Sports Therapists currently involved in sport service provision to teams, individual athletes and the physically active general population. The aims of this course are:

  • To present a scientific basis for the study of all aspects of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • To outline a comprehensive programme for injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
  • To outline the scientific basis for exercise, training and monitoring of athletes.
  • To enable participants to prescribe safe exercise and training for the general population, of all ages, both genders and those with chronic disease.
  • To expose participants to the wide range of orthopaedic surgical and medical specialities relevant to sport and exercise medicine.

The course runs five days a week during the academic year and is offered in two formats:

  • One year full-time where students complete six taught modules and a research dissertation in one academic year
  • Two year part-time where students must complete six modules in the first year and a research dissertation in the second year.

Course Structure/Content

The topics dealt with in the course are: anatomy; exercise physiology, research methods; clinical sports and exercise medicine; musculoskeletal assessment and exercise science. In addition students are required to carry out a research dissertation.

The M.Sc. carries 90 ECTS credits, and comprises the following modules:

  • Anatomy (10 credits)
  • Exercise Physiology (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Sports and Exercise Medicine (10 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal examination and clinical skills (10 credits)
  • Exercise Science (10 credits)
  • Research Project (30 credits)


Modules are assessed by in-course and end of term examinations consisting of:

(a) Written examination – Multiple Choice Questions and Short Answer Questions

(b) Practical examinations – competence in musculoskeletal examination techniques, clinical cases, athletic and exercise laboratory and field based assessment skills.

(c) Written course work assignments – including critical reviews, case reports, data handling assignments and journal paper reviews.

All modules must be passed (>50%). In clinical modules there is no compensation allowed between written papers and any practical clinical skills examination component. For the 2 year part time option the dissertation can only be undertaken if year 1 taught modules have been completed successfully. The degree is externally monitored and examined.

All students who complete six taught modules successfully in Year 1 will be eligible for a Post-graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine. In order to achieve the exit award of MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine, students must complete all six taught modules (60 ECTS) and the research dissertation component (30 ECTS) within one academic year, if full-time, or two academic years if part-time.


To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Visit the Sports and Exercise Medicine (M.Sc.) page on the Trinity College Dublin website for more details!




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