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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine

Programme code:MSC-BSGS/SEMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Camilla Nykjaer Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Applicants should normally have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent), in a related discipline. Currently, we are accepting candidates with degrees in medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, physiotherapy, sports therapy or sports rehabilitation/training. Appropriate professional registration should also be held with the GMC, Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers. Applicants without professional registration with the GMC, Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers are required to have at least one year of relevant post-graduation clinical experience. All applicants should be able to demonstrate clear potential for benefiting from the programme. (

This course is also available as an intercalated option to students studying Medicine who have completed three years of a UK medical degree. In order to apply, you will need to submit evidence of appropriate experience and interest. Find out more about the intercalation application process on the intercalation website.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Biomedical Sciences

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Masters Taught Student Education Committee

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Adjusted Medicine benchmarks as appropriate according to the FSEM syllabus (this is linked to the NHS, and designed by that sub-speciality education board)
and GMC curriculum

Programme specification:

The programme will:
a) Appeal to a target audience of Doctors (GMC registered), Physiotherapists (Health and Care Professions Council / Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), Sports Therapists or Sports Trainers (British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers), and intercalating medical students.
b) Offer a number of unique opportunities, arising from the largest concentration of UK SEM consultants and trainees in the Yorkshire region, providing experienced practitioner training and access to local MSK clinics. Arrangements with major sporting clubs and organisations will provide intense pitch-side placements.
c) Based at Leeds University, students will benefit from academic support from staff in Sport and Exercise Sciences (Number 1 in the UK for ‘world-leading’ research in the area of sport and exercise sciences from REF 2014 and Medicine and Health one of the top 10 medical schools for research output;
d) Delivery will adopt a blended learning approach. With access to extensive recorded lecture bank and online resources, allowing maximum opportunity for distance learning, compulsory attendance at university will require approximately two days of activities per month (lectures, tutorial, practical sessions). A case-based approach to eLearning will be adopted, with required reading and set tasks.
e) The final component will be a dissertation, worth 60% of course credits. This will be based on a practically relevant topic, e.g. in-match GPS data analysis, systematic review of specific conditions, clinical guidelines for SEM application etc.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SPSC5130MFunctional Sports Anatomy and Clinical Assessment20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SPSC5132MMusculoskeletal Medicine and Sport Injuries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SPSC5134MThe Sport and Exercise Medicine Practitioner I15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SPSC5201MExercise Physiology, Health and Sports Nutrition20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SPSC5203MPhysical Activity, Health and Exercise Prescription20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SPSC5235MThe Sport and Exercise Medicine Practitioner II15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SPSC5320MProject Work and Dissertation60 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:48:28


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