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Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc

Course Description


The MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two to four years. As an MSc student, you will study a series of core modules and 40 credits of optional modules in sports and exercise medicine. In addition, you will take a compulsory project and dissertation module which includes research methods tutorials. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake research on a subject related to sports and exercise medicine or exercise physiology under the supervision of an appropriate member of academic staff.

This course can also be taken as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) by those who do not wish to complete a research project and dissertation. The PGDip can be taken full-time over 9 months or part-time over 18 months.


The syllabus is covered by lectures, seminars, sport placements, anatomy teaching in our dissection room, eLearning and practical sessions. The course includes a two-day programme in Emergency Medical Management in Individual and Team Sports (EMMiITS).

For full-time students teaching is usually delivered on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the semesters (from end of September to mid-June). Part-time students will attend teaching on Thursdays in year 1 and Wednesdays in year 2, plus any days allocated to the teaching of chosen optional modules. The other weekdays are intended for private study, production of written reports and presentations, sports placements, clinic attendance and research. Students undertake a research project and prepare a dissertation in the second semester and this work will continue through the summer vacation. The dissertation is submitted by the end of August with a final viva voce examination towards the end of September.

The part-time course, identical in content to the full-time course, commences in September each year and is covered over the two, three or four year period. Teaching in Nottingham takes place one day a week during semester times (on Tuesdays in year 1, on Wednesdays in year 2), totaling approximately 33 days each year. As a part-time student, you will be expected to devote the equivalent of an additional one and a half days per week to private study, production of written reports and presentations, sports placements, clinic placement and research. Part-time students take their research project in the final year. The dissertation is submitted in August with a final viva voce examination in September.

Additional part-time study options are available for students to complete the MSc course over three or four years. Details of these study options can be obtained from the Course Administrator.

Compulsory Modules

Module A34614 - Sports Injury Anatomy (20 credits)

Module A34628 - Clinical Sports Injury (10 credits)

Module A34632 - Sports Injury Assessment (10 credits)

Module A34633 - Pitchside Care of the Injured Athlete (10 credits)

Module A34616 - Physical Activity in Health and Disease (20 credits)

Module A34621 - Research Methods (10 credits)

Module A34631 - Project and Dissertation: Sports and Exercise Medicine (60 credits)

Students can also choose modules totalling a further 40 credits from a selection of optional modules. Full details can be found online.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Your work will be assessed by a number of methods including both written and practical examinations, oral presentations, essays, reflective portfolio as well as the dissertation.


On completion of the MSc course, our graduates become involved in a wide range of sport and exercise related activities from General Practice and consultants in Sports Medicine to the provision of medical care for professional athletes and teams.

Graduates have gone on to successful careers including the Head of Sports Medicine for the Rugby Football League, the Chief Medical Officer to the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Director of Training and Conditioning for the New York Knicks Basketball team, Lead Physiotherapist for the Indian Cricket team, league football club physiotherapists and county cricket club doctors and physiotherapists.

Other achievements include winning the Health Specialist of the Year award in Dubai 2014 and presentation at various conferences.

Key facts

- Over 40 consultants from medicine, physiotherapy and other professions contribute to this course. They include eminent surgeons, sports physicians and physiotherapists holding prominent positions which link the course to a wide range of organisations, from the English Rugby Football Team to the Royal Ballet.
- Includes a two-day programme in pre-hospital trauma management on the field of play (EMMiITS), which is RCSEd Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care approved level 2.
- Opportunity to gain first-hand experience of providing pitch side emergency medical care for athletes. There are also opportunities to do placement with professional teams.
- Opportunity to attend musculoskeletal, sports medicine or sports physiotherapy clinics to gain clinical experience.
- Study in this field has opened up varied and stimulating new career options for a large number of healthcare professionals. Many of our graduates and staff worked at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, providing medical care to athletes across the full spectrum of disciplines.

Visit the Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr James Shih-Chung Cheng

2890.jpg The most useful knowledge I have obtained from MSc course was the Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry component. As a physiotherapist, I was confident with the Orthopaedics part of the course, but like other course mates, I was also confused why I had to study 'muscle metabolism' as I thought I might not use it in the rest of my life anyway. However, when I started to have communication with sports coaches, I started to realise that what I have been taught about exercise physiology and biochemistry in the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course could actually explain the sport training theory and plan. The knowledge I have learned from MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine allowed me to help a sport team for developing training strategies, coaching education, and coordinating all kinds of support for elite athletes. This is all about sports performance and injury prevention.

After I completed my PhD in Nottingham, I was invited to join Taiwan track and field team based in a training camp in Berlin for half year before 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. I observed the training, competitions and had so many conversations with the athletes and coaches in the training camp. I was sent to a 10 days seminar of track and field as an interpreter for a group of Taiwanese national coaches. In the seminar I quickly understood that everything I learned from MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course was to build up ideas in my mind about injury prevention. There is never just "overtraining" but always "wrong training strategy" that leads to sports injuries. As a medical staff, I need to know more about how an athlete actually got injured. The value of being a team medical staff with a degree in sports medicine is to be able to work with a sport coach for a better training environment, that includes training strategy, facilities, medical support, scientific support, nutrition strategy, travel plan...etc, it's not just medical treatment.

If someone from medical background is interested in starting a good adventure in sport, I would recommend her/him to take MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine in Nottingham, but it is not an easy master programme.

James Shih-Chung CHENG
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Institute of Athletics and Coaching Science, National Taiwan Sport University

(Student Profile)

Qamar Siddiqi (NHS GP and part of the medical team at Stoke City FC)

3169.jpg "Working full time and doing the MSc on a part-time basis has taken a lot of grit and determination. The course requires significant time and attention to complete the assessments. Having completed my undergraduate course 12 years prior to starting my MSc, there was an initial culture shock with the amount of reading and studying required. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at University of Nottingham on the SEM course and feel equipped with the skills and knowledge to continue my interest and career in Sports Medicine.

The course is run with precision and excellent instruction from all of the very talented lecturers. The exposure to medical staff from a variety of sports has allowed a deeper understanding of the challenges of medical provision in elite athletes. The Library and studying facilities have been accessible and convenient. I particularly enjoyed the SEM clinics and the variety of areas covered in all the taught modules. I would highly recommend this course as a solid foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in Sports Medicine."


Developing Solutions - 20+ Awards

Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee


You can apply for this scholarship if you:--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
--are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
--have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
--are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
--already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Application Procedure

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)Women in STEM (restricted programmes)Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.

Application Procedure

Application detailsApplications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information - http://www.chevening.org/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable subject to country of origin


To apply for a Chevening Scholarships you must have:a degree of a good standard
at least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience)
a high standard of English language
leadership and networking skills
commitment to work in your home country for at least two years after completing your masters degree

Application Procedure

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information on applying - http://www.chevening.org/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2.1 degree (or international equivalent) in physiotherapy, sports therapy or related subject or pass at MBBS (and other medical degrees where no classification is awarded at standard); English language requirements: IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details

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