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  Sports and Exercise Medicine - MSc

Trinity College Dublin    School of Medicine

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26)

About the course

The aim of this MSc course is to allow participants further their career progression in musculoskeletal and sports and exercise medicine by enhancing basic background knowledge in anatomy, exercise physiology, sports and exercise science, in addition to high quality practical and critical thinking skills in musculoskeletal assessment, rehabilitation, and exercise testing and training prescription. Students will achieve this through a tiered process starting in Semester 1 with two basic science modules in Anatomy and Exercise Physiology; and a Research Methods module. In anatomy students develop a thorough knowledge of musculoskeletal and neuroanatomy through instructor lead dissection based practical classes examining joints and the organisation of the central and peripheral nervous systems. In the exercise physiology module, learning focuses on the key systems for sports and physical activity; energy systems, muscle physiology, cardiovascular and respiratory systems; and whole body hormonal and homeostatic responses to physical activity and exercise. 

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Entry Requirements

Successful medically qualified applicants will hold a level 8 degree at 2nd class honours in medicine. Degrees for all medical applicants must be recognised as Irish, UK or EU equivalent degrees. Non-EU doctors must have worked in Ireland, the UK, or EU.

Successful physiotherapy qualified applicants will hold a level 8 degree at 2nd class honours in physiotherapy. Applicants must hold ISCP, CSP or EU equivalent state registration as a physiotherapist.

Successful athletic training/sport therapy applicants will hold a level 8 degree at 1st class honours level (GPA 4.0) in athletic training and rehabilitation therapy/ sports rehabilitation therapy.

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Dr Andrew Rowe (Graduated in 2019)

Graduated in 2019

As a doctor who thought I was interested in sports medicine but had had very little exposure to the speciality at undergraduate level I enrolled in the full - time MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, in 2017-2018. I am happy to say that it was one of my most enjoyable, rewarding and at times challenging years. The course had an excellent structure, emphasising core knowledge in semester one, which was followed by more a more clinically orientated second semester. We benefited from multiple guest lecturers, particularly in semester 2, who brought a wide variety of expertise. However, I must say it was from my classmates, both doctors and physios, that I learnt the most. The staff were incredibly supportive of my research project, from inception all the way to publication. Following this year I am more keen that ever to pursue a career in sports medicine and would highly recommend the course to anyone who is considering the same.

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