MSc/PgDip/PgCert Sport and Exercise Medicine

How do you support athletes back into competition? How can medical professionals assist elite athletes on their journey to recovery? How can you minimise injury in an older athlete?

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Overview

Designed for qualified doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths with clinical experience, you’ll study the prevention, diagnosis and management of sport and exercise related medical conditions and injuries.

You’ll choose specialist units that fit with your interests and career aspirations and have the opportunity to gain additional professional accreditation, qualification or membership with external professional bodies. This includes Immediate Care in Sport Certificate (Level 3) and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

The majority of this course is delivered at The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP). You’ll have the opportunity to use world-class facilities, such as the environmental chamber, 3D performance capture hall, and the laboratory spaces for specialist exercise testing. You’ll perform practical sessions such as biomechanics and aerobic capacity tests.

You’ll learn theory in seminars, exploring cases and developing the specialist knowledge needed to support your career path into sport and exercise medicine. Topics you might consider include injury diagnosis, nutrition for sports, sports psychology and physiotherapy to help athletes get back into competitions, and performance enhancement.

To ensure our curriculum is relevant, our course has guest lectures from industry professionals who are experts in their field of practice. Past guest lecturers on this course include Adrian Gardner (Strength and Conditioning Coach at St Helens Rugby League Club), Chris Rosimus (Head of Nutrition at The Football Association), John Hartley (First Team Physiotherapist at Aston Villa Football Club) and Dr Leon Creaney (Team Doctor for British Athletics).

Features and Benefits

  • Postgraduate MedicineThis course is part of a University wide initiative that aims to lead in medical education, applied research and knowledge exchange.
  • Specialist study - A course designed to enable qualified doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths to specialise in the field of sport and exercise medicine.
  • Flexible study options - You can complete this masters degree on a full-time (15 months) or part-time basis.
  • Specialist facilities - You’ll have the majority of teaching at The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP), a specialist facility that combines cutting-edge diagnostics and facilities, education, and research and development across sport science and medicine.
  • Professional development - You’ll have the opportunity to gain professional accreditation, qualification or membership with external professional bodies (including Immediate Care in Sport Certificate).
  • Teaching expertise - Our teaching team includes experts currently working in sport, including Professor Michael Callaghan (Head of Physical Therapies at Manchester United Football Club) and Cari Thorpe (Head of Medical, Sport Science and Performance, England Touch Association (rugby)).
  • Industry links - We have strong collaborations with high profile sporting bodies in the region, including football, rugby and water polo.
  • Award options - You can exit this course with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Masters Degree (MSc) in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
“I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE TAUGHT AND ALSO INTERACT WITH TEAM DOCTORS AND PHYSIOTHERAPISTS FROM TOP PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUBS. THIS HAS ENABLED ME TO UNDERSTAND REAL AND PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SPORT AND EXERCISE MEDICINE WITHIN A PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT.’’ Jimi - MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine

Career Prospects

On this course, you’ll develop the knowledge to deliver specialist advice and skills to manage elite athletes and sportspeople of all abilities recovering from illness, injury or managing long-term conditions.

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Entry requirements

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

Applicants should hold:

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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.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

The Programme accepts requests for the accreditation of prior learning in line with Manchester Met's Policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning -http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/APL_policy.pdf

Course details

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine course, is usually delivered at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) in east Manchester. MIHP brings together leaders from sport, healthcare and local government to deliver cutting-edge facilities to the local community and to drive research with global applications.

Depending on the units you study, you can gain additional professional accreditation, qualification or membership with external professional bodies. For example, on successful completion of Promoting Excellence in Medical and Healthcare Education and Training (PEMHET) unit, you’ll 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).

On successful completion of the Emergency Care in Sport, you will receive a certificate approved by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons.

Your final assignment to obtain your masters degree is typically a work-based dissertation on a sport-related topic of your choice.

To gain MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine, you’ll need to complete 180 credits at Level 7.

You’re awarded a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) when you complete 60 taught credits, and a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) for 120 taught credits.

Over your one year course, you'll study the following core units:

Core units

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Project in Sport and Exercise Medicine 
  • The Sports Team Physician
  • Emergency Care in Sport
  • Maximising Sports Performance
  • Radiology in Musculoskeletal Practice
  • Promoting Excellence in Medical and Healthcare Education Training**

You’ll have the opportunity to choose from specialist units that fit with your interests and career aspirations:

Option units

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Upper Quadrant 
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Lower Quadrant 
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Injection Therapy 
  • Rehabilitation in Sport 
  • Physical Activity in Health 

**The assessment outcomes of the Promoting Excellence in Medical and Healthcare Education Training (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).

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

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Core Units

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Medicine

The purpose of this unit is to enable the sports medicine physician to utilise and undertake sound and clinically relevant research.

Project in Sport and Exercise Medicine

This unit is designed to enable you to produce a scholarly piece of work which demonstrates application of the knowledge learned during the Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Medicine unit.

The Sports Team Physician

This unit prepares sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists and osteopaths to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, to maximise athlete performance and to prevent and optimally manage sports related injuries and illnesses.

Emergency Care in Sport

This unit prepares sports medicine physicians to effectively manage an injured player in a sporting context.

Maximising Sports Performance

This unit prepares sports medicine physicians to work effectively alongside sport and exercise scientists and to develop an understanding of the scientific principles underlying the practice of sport and exercise medicine in order to maximise sport performance.

Radiology in Musculoskeletal Practice

This unit prepares sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists and osteopaths to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team and develop an understanding of the use and limitations of the range of imaging techniques utilised in the assessment of the injured athlete.

Promoting Excellence in Medical and Healthcare Education and Training

This unit is designed for clinicians, educators, managers and lecturers in academia involved in, or required to demonstrate excellence in medical and healthcare education and training. The unit provides an opportunity to critically evaluate current practice and demonstration of the achievement of the national standards for educators involved in curriculum design, development of learning, teaching and assessment, educational management and leadership of medical and healthcare students and trainees.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

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.

Postgraduate Medicine

Postgraduate Medicine is a university wide initiative that brings together medical educators, researchers and healthcare professionals.

In collaboration with NHS partners, we have developed a suite of taught masters courses aimed at upskilling medical professionals in the areas needed most by Trusts and residents across the region. Alongside taught masters, we have a flexible CPD portfolio shaped to meet the needs of the health and social care sector.

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Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK and EU students

Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £5,167 to £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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How to apply

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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Further information is available from the Programme Team – mscsemadmissions@mmu.ac.uk

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).

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form.

Download a copy at https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/postgraduate-taught-course/

Send completed application forms via email to: direct@mmu.ac.uk

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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