Manchester Metropolitan University


Sports and Exercise Medicine

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

Programme taught, delivered and supported by world renowned tutors, experts in their fields of practice:

  • Professor Paul Holmes, Sports Psychologist GB Orienteering
  • Dr John Rogers, Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Michael Callaghan, Head of Physical Therapies at Manchester United FC
  • John Davin, Physiotherapist, Manchester United FC
  • Cari Thorpe, Head of Physiotherapy, England Touch Rugby
  • Dr Steve McGregor, Director of MIHP
  • Professor Richard Jones, Biomechanist MIHP 
  • Professor Waqar Bhatti, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Reda Braham, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chris Rosimus, Nutritionist to England Squash, Leicester City F.C, Aston Villa F.C, Nottingham Forest F.C and ONE Pro cycling

Lectures and specialist facilities for projects and practical work will be hosted at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) based within the heart of the East Manchester community. MIHP brings together leaders from elite sports, grassroots community sport, world-class healthcare and local government to deliver cutting edge facilities to the local community whilst driving ground-breaking research with global applications.

Placement options

It is expected that students will be working either within professional practice or have recent professional experience upon which to draw, reflect on and apply the work studied to their professional context.

About the course

Core and optional units on offer will depend on the route chosen by the student through the programme.

MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine requires successful completion of 180 credits, PgDip Sports and Exercise Medicine 120 units and the PgCert Sports and Exercise Medicine 60 credits.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Units of study for this programme are available on a full and part time basis. 

To graduate with an MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine, students are required to successfully complete 180 units. 80 credits will be gained by undertaking the core units, an additional 100 credits are offered by selecting optional units from the list below. However to successfully graduate with an MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine, students must gain a minimum of 120 credits from optional units with sport and medical focus.

Core units

  • Research Methods Sport and Exercise Medicine (RMSEM)
  • Project in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ProjSEM)

Optional Units

  • The Sports Team Physician (STP)
  • Emergency Care in Sport (ECS)***
  • Maximising Sports Performance (MSP)
  • Radiology in Sport (RadiS)
  • Promoting Excellence in Medical and Healthcare Education and Training (PEMHET)**
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Upper Quadrant (MM-UQ)* (subject to approval)
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Lower Quadrant (MM-LQ)* (subject to approval)
  • Muscoloskeletal Medicine Spine (MM-Spine)* (subject to approval)
  • Theory and Practice of Injection Therapy (TPIT)
  • Rehabilitation in Sport (RiS)
  • Physical Activity and Health (PAH)

* To become eligible for SOMM membership, students must complete all of these units

**The assessment outcomes of the PEMHET unit are mapped to the UK PSF (2011) Dimensions of Practice and Descriptors for D2: Fellow. This means that successful completion of the PEMHET unit will generate appropriate evidence that will support an application for HEA Fellowship.  Completion of the PEHMET unit, in itself, does not confer HEA fellowship: students will use unit assessment evidence to prepare a direct application to the HEA for assessment (or for MMU staff to use the unit assessment as evidence for application for HEA Fellowship via the MMU PSF Scheme).

*** To be gain the RFU Immediate Care in Sport certificate (Level 3) students must complete this unit

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Assessment will be undertaken via a range of assessment methods. A range of inclusive methods will be undertaken to ensure that all learning outcomes are met and that a wide range of learning styles are supported. These will include essays, practical examinations, oral presentations, poster presentations, written and oral exams, case studies, literature reviews, quizzes, portfolios and projects.

Typical entry requirements

Applicants should hold:

  • An MchB (MBBS) or equivalent or
  • A degree in Physiotherapy (normally 2:2 or above) or a PgDip in Physiotherapy together with evidence of an approved and relevant post qualification education
  • A degree in Osteopathy (M Ost (Hons) normally 2:2 or above)
  • and two year's clinical experience

Applications from other professions will be considered on an individual basis.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

This course is aimed at qualified doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths.

All students applying for the programme will usually be required to have two year's clinical experience, but a final decision on suitability will be made at Interview.

Applicants will be interviewed or have their application carefully scrutinised in order to establish the relevance of the programme to specific learning needs and experience. Interviews may be conducted in person, via Sky or by telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency. Normally the minimum acceptable standard for this programme will be an IELTS average score of 6.5 or TOFL of 575 (233 on computer based test, 90 on ICT testing).

This programme accepts requests for accreditation of prior learning in line with University policy.

Confirmation of Regulator

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.