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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc
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.
What will I learn?
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.
Why should I 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 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. Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve quality of life.
The MSc in 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.
Postgraduate students on the MSc in in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL are from diverse backgrounds reflecting the true multi-disciplinary nature of sports and exercise medicine.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The Master's programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one option (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Taught courses run Tuesdays and Thursdays over two 12-week semesters starting in September and January. 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, team visits. Campus-based and distance learning options are available.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project from a diverse range of available topics, which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000 words, 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.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
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.
English Language Requirement
Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is of a high standard. All applicants must hold a standard level (of overall grade 6.5) of proficiency on the IELTS English language test or an acceptable equivalent.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications for September entry is 23 August each year although students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
This MSc is open to both medical and non-medical graduates with an appropriate background who wish to gain a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine, are planning a career in the field, or wish to develop the skills necessary for further research.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at graduate level
- why you want to study Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: