Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc

Options: PG Diploma


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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years
  • Flexible up to 5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,600
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 22 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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 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 Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL are from diverse backgrounds reflecting the true multi-disciplinary nature of sports and exercise medicine.


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.

Core Modules

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health and Physical Activity
  • Sports Injuries I – Lower Limb
  • Sports Injuries II – Upper Limb
  • Sports Injuries III – Head, Neck and Spine
  • Advanced Sports Injury and Injury Prevention
  • Research Methods

Options

  • Team and Event Medicine
  • Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries

Dissertation/report

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:


Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 22 August 2014.

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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Guandong General Hospital, Doctor, 2009
  • King Fahad Hospital, Doctor, 2010
  • Amersham Hospital, Consultant, 2010
  • Self Employed, Osteopath, 2011
  • NHS, Paediatrician, 2011

Employability

A Master's level degree in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health from UCL will open many doors in the sports and exercise medicine world, from sports injury clinics to developing exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, to working with sports teams. UCL MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health is led by local experts with active involvement in NHS and elite sports and exercise medicine settings. A distinct feature of the course is the wide variety and large number of distinguished external guest speakers, all experts in their own fields locally, nationally and internationally. Students have unrivalled access to our guest speakers for career advice and potential opportunities.


Next steps

Contact

Mrs Zoe Lau

T: +44 (0)20 7679 6248

Department

Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

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Student View

"I am convinced that this degree programme will give me a set of skills and a way of thinking that will enable me to apply myself in a wide range of career opportunities."

Therese Liechtenstein

Degree: Research Degree: MPhil/PhD

Subject: Infection and Immunity, Faculty: Medical Sciences

Staff View

"Working at UCL Eastman means I can meet with colleagues from other specialities to discuss complex cases, innovative treatments and multi-disciplinary care. Watching my graduate students present their research at international conferences is incredibly rewarding and a highlight of my job."

Susan Parekh

Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry

Subject: Dentistry (Eastman Dental Institute), Faculty: Medical Sciences