This MSc is designed to give clinicians 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.This MSc can be taken full-time or part-time as a campus-based student, or via a flexible modular route with distance learning.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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 requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
The programme focuses on the prevention and treatment of sports injuries in particular. It will also provide a thorough grounding in functional anatomy and 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.
All students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The MSc programme consists of 8 taught modules (7 core and 1 optional, 120 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded the MSc. The PG Dip consists of 8 taught modules (7 core and 1 optional, 120 credits). Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- 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
- Team and Event Medicine
- Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries
All MSc students undertake an independent research project from a diverse range of available topics, which culminates in a dissertation, an oral examination and a presentation.
Teaching and learning
You will learn through a combination of formal lectures, hands-on practical sessions, small group seminars, exercise lab sessions, and clinics where your contribution through discussion is a vital part of the learning process. Your teaching faculty are all highly experienced doctors and physiotherapists working in NHS and elite sports and exercise medicine settings and your lecturers are national and international experts in their own fields. All will emphasise evidence-based practice. Assessment is through written examination, presentations, coursework and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), as well as the dissertation and viva voce (oral) examination.
The core textbooks for all modules are available in the UCL Libraries and journal articles in your reading lists are also mostly available electronically from E-resources @ UCL. Students may be required to print and bind two copies of their Research project at approximately £25-£50.
Some students like to purchase their own text books or print course documents and we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this.
All students are required to pay for their DBS check if required for your programme or placement if relevant. This can cost students between £25 - £44 - for the latest details please check the government website.
In addition, students will be required to pay for their travel costs to teaching, work placements or project locations.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees-and-funding.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
As a graduate of the programme you will have a deep understanding of sports injury prevention and management, and of exercise prescription for health across a range of medical conditions. This will prepare you for potential work in many areas from elite sports medicine to NHS sports and musculoskeletal injury clinics, and exercise medicine services.
An MSc or PgDip in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health from UCL will open many doors for you in the sports and exercise medicine world: from running a sports injury clinic to developing exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease to working as a medic for a sport team or an event. Recent graduates have been employed by professional sports teams and national sports governing bodies, whilst others have continued their professional training by joining Higher Specialist Training schemes in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Why 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 UCL 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. The MSc programme in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health is based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH), an International Olympic Committee Injury Prevention Research Centre and one of world's leading institutes for sports and exercise medicine.
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. Students on the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL are from diverse backgrounds reflecting the true multidisciplinary nature of sports and exercise medicine.
Graduate students on the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL are from diverse backgrounds reflecting the true multidisciplinary nature of sports and exercise medicine.
Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
Application and next steps
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from prospective students who hold a primary medical or allied health sciences degree e.g. medicine, physiotherapy, sports science.
- 30 July 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.
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