Sport and Exercise Medicine

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

As part of this exciting new programme, students will also have the opportunity to gain additional professional accreditation, qualification or membership with external professional bodies:

  • Membership of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM).
  • Immediate Care in Sport Certificate (Level 3) approved by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons.
  • On successful completion of the PEMHET unit (Promoting Excellence in Medical and Healthcare Education and Training) students will collate appropriate evidence to support an application for Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) or Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The new programme led by Dr Peter Goodwin, is taught, delivered and supported by world-renowned tutors, experts in their fields of practice:

  • Dr John Rogers, Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Michael Callaghan, Head of Physical Therapies at Manchester United FC
  • Professor Waqar Bhatti, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • 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 
  • Dr Reda Braham, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chris Rosimus, Head of Nutrition, Football Association
  • Dr Suzanne Gough, Principal Fellow of the HEA and Regional Allied health profession lead for North West Simulation Education Network

Lectures and specialist facilities for projects and practical work will be hosted at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) 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 Sport and Exercise Medicine requires successful completion of 180 credits, PgDip Sport and Exercise Medicine 120 units and the PgCert Sport and Exercise Medicine 60 credits.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core units

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

Optional Units

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Upper Quadrant (MM-UQ)*
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Lower Quadrant (MM-LQ)*
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Spine (MM-Spine)*
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Injection Therapy (MM-IT)*
  • Rehabilitation in Sport (RiS)
  • Physical Activity in Health (PAH)
  • 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 Training (PEMHET) **

* 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 Manchester Met staff to use the unit assessment as evidence for application for HEA Fellowship via the Manchester Met PSF Scheme).

*** To 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.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

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

Applicants should hold:

  • An MChB (MBBS) or equivalent.


  • A degree in Physiotherapy (normally 2.2 or above)/a Graduate Diploma 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).


  • Two years’ clinical experience.

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

All students applying for the programme will usually be required to have two years’ clinical experience, but the final decision on an applicant’s 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 their learning needs, the necessary commitment to learning and where appropriate, support from their manager / employer.  Interviews may be conducted in person or by Skype or telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. Normally the minimum level of proficiency for acceptance onto this programme is an IELTS average score of 6.5 or TOEFL minimum score of 575 (233 on the computer based test, 90 on ICT testing). 

The Programme accepts requests for the accreditation of prior learning in line with Manchester Met's Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning -

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?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. Please note it is not possible to apply online if you are applying via an Education Adviser (agent).

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Career options after the course

This course is recommended for doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths who want to work in the field of sport and exercise medicine. It will enable clinicians to provide care to not only elite athletes, but also sports men and women of all abilities recovering from illness and injury or managing a long-term condition.

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