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MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine

Course Description

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales.

The MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine course offered by the University.

The MSc runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Thereafter they are able to select a professional project of 10,500 words.

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Sport and Exercise Medicine

The course begins with 1 day of introductory lectures, held at Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales. These introductory lectures cover the framework of the course, its structure and students' expectations.

This module aims to prepare students academically to help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research.

Students will:

Understand, interpret and apply basic statistics and epidemiological terms.
Understand and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to sport and exercise medicine research.
Understand and critically appraise the various studies used in clinical and scientific research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.

Module 2 - Professional Project

This module is designed to enable students to study a clinically related issue within Sports and Exercise Medicine in greater depth. In particular the student will:

To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
To develop skills in independent research and study.
To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

The professional project must be Sports and Exercise Medicine related and relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise of:

Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
Case report, review of the literature and organisational assessment.

Teaching methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Sport and Exercise Medicine

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded on the student's journal by the student.

Enrolment dates

All our MSc courses are part-time, online courses delivered over 1 year.

The dates below are common to all our MSc courses.

September 2016 intake

Deadline for applications: 12th August 2016
Introductory lectures: 26th August 2016
Online Course starts: 26th September 2016

Visit the MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this course.Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

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