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Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health - MSc/PGDip

Course Description

This MSc is designed to give clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. The programme covers the evidence-based management of sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries, and emphasises the vital role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This MSc can be taken full time over one year, part-time over two years, or via flexible distance learning.

Degree information

The programme focuses on sports injuries and their prevention and treatment, and provides a thorough grounding in relevant areas of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology and psychology, as well as the fundamentals of exercise in maintaining and improving health. Students develop essential research skills through an independent research project.

All students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Clinical sessions are spread over the year: commitment is equivalent to one half-day per week over three 12-week semesters. Clinic options include sports injury, physiotherapy and podiatry, exercise testing, and team visits.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules
-Exercise Physiology
-Health and Physical Activity
-Sports Injuries I – Lower Limb
-Sports Injuries II – Upper Limb
-Sports Injuries III – Head, Neck and Spine
-Advanced Sports Injury and Injury Prevention
-Research Methods

Optional modules
-Team and Event Medicine
-Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries

All MSc students undertake an independent research project from a diverse range of available topics, which culminates in a dissertation, an oral examination and a presentation.

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, hands-on practical sessions, small group seminars, clinics and field trips, and will be delivered by lecturers who are highly experienced in their field. Up-to-date, evidence-based practice will be emphasised throughout and students' contribution through discussion is considered key. Assessment is through written examination, presentations, coursework and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), as well as the dissertation and viva voce (oral) examination.


Graduates of the programme will gain a deeper understanding and valuable insights into the key areas of sports injury prevention and management, health and physical activity, and will be able to prescribe exercise safely for a range of medical conditions. This will prepare them for potential work in many areas from elite sports medicine to NHS sports and musculoskeletal clinics and exercise medicine services.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Physiotherapist, Josephine Lawson Physiotherapy Clinic
-Sports Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Princess Grace Hospital
-Doctor, NHS Health Education East Midlands
-Rotational and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
-Project Manager, Weight Management Centre

A Master's-level degree in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health from UCL will open many doors in the sports and exercise medicine world, from sports injury clinics to developing exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and working with sports teams. UCL's MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health is led by local experts with active involvement in NHS and elite sports and exercise medicine settings. A distinct feature of the programme is the wide variety and large number of distinguished external guest speakers, all experts in their own fields locally, nationally and internationally. Students have unrivalled access to our guest speakers for career advice and potential opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. The UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. This programme is based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH). Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve quality of life.

The MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL places a strong emphasis on improving health through exercise alongside the management of sports and musculoskeletal injury. The programme has significant clinical content and students benefit from attendance at numerous specialist clinics and opportunities for field visits to sports teams and events.

Graduate students on the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL are from diverse backgrounds reflecting the true multidisciplinary nature of sports and exercise medicine.

Visit the Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health - MSc/PGDip page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from prospective students who hold a primary medical or allied health sciences degree e.g. medicine, physiotherapy, sports science. Applicants should have a minimum of one year post-graduation clinical experience relating to their primary degree.

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