A solid grounding in sport and exercise medicine

'I am a current GP trainee (GPST2) in the North West, based in Greater Manchester. I’m also the Club Doctor for Manchester Rugby Club and Academy Doctor for Sale Sharks.

'The MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine was strongly recommended to me from previous alumni, all who now work in elite sport. The course is intended specifically for Doctors.

'I knew I wanted to pursue a career in sport and exercise medicine (SEM) and felt the course would give me a solid grounding in the subject. Having a postgraduate degree in SEM will also put me in a better position when applying for competitive training posts and jobs in the future.'

Manage your own time

'This is a part-time, distance-learning course, although there are residential weeks at the University. The course covers all the important aspects of SEM. The distance-learning bearing allows you to manage your own time, and fit study in around full-time work.

'There is a lot of online content, and the course tutors are all experts in their fields. There are opportunities to complete pre-hospital care courses and the OSCE's really help focus your SEM specific examination skills.'

Future plans

'After GP training I plan to progress through SEM speciality training, and continue working in sport. The SEM MSc student community and online discussion forums allow a platform for clinical advice and opportunities for work.

'Studying the course at Bath will also help you meet colleagues from different specialties, regions and countries. I've made some great friends on the course.'

Useful advice

'I would definitely recommend the MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Bath, particularly to Junior Doctors with an interest in SEM. It will help you develop a broad knowledge base in the subject, whilst helping you develop skills for working in sport at any level.'