Sport and Exercise Medicine FAQs
About the programme
The Directors of Studies recommend that you spend on average 8-10 hours per week studying.
Each unit takes either three months (six credit unit) or six months (12 credit unit) to complete.
CPD (continuing professional development) units are studied as stand alone modules to support as individuals professional development in a key area within sports medicine. Often students who are unsure about online learning will start by completing an online unit, and then transfer to the diploma at a later date.
Students may study up to a maximum of 12 credits as CPD before converting to the diploma. All units that are studied as part of the diploma are available to be studied as an individual CPD unit.
To progress to the MSc, you will need to have achieved 50% minimum as an average for the diploma, and will study the Research Project design unit (to develop your research protocol) and spend the remainder of the time writing up your dissertation for submission. This normally takes about one year.
On average, we recommend two years to complete the Diploma and a further year to complete the MSc - i.e. three years for the MSc in total.
Are there circumstances where I would be able to complete in less than two or three years respectively?
These times are optimum. Cases in which a student wishes to complete the programme sooner will be reviewed by the Directors of Studies on an individual basis.
There are 60 credits in the Postgraduate Diploma.
There are 90 credits in the MSc.
There may be the opportunity for you to take CPD units at other times of the year (beginning in December and May) however this is subject to the overall programme timetable.
Yes, students can take up to three CPD units and then choose to convert to the Diploma/MSc. Fees paid for the CPD units will be taken into account and will be deducted from the Diploma/MSc fee.
Students are advised to study one unit at a time, each unit runs for three months, unless the unit is a double unit which runs for six months.
Single units take three months to complete, double units take six months.
- The Sports Doctor
- Exercise Physiology
- Psychology of Sport and Exercise
- Exercise for Health
- Athlete Biomechanics & Sports Analysis
- Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
Normally, there are written assessments at the end of each unit. These can number from two to six, typically incorporating a mix of short answer questions, case histories and/or essays.
The MSc requires successful completion of a dissertation.
Assignments take a variety of forms. They can be essays, case studies, reflective commentaries, literature reviews, short answer questions. Assignments are submitted at the end of a 3 month unit and or various stages throughout the 6 month units. Clear instructions are available in what is required for each assignment.
Yes, students normally have to complete each unit in order to progress to the next.
Are there any exemptions from the Resuscitation & Emergency Management section of the final Diploma examination?
A candidate who has completed an approved course in the last year or who has completed an approved course in the last 3 years and a refresher course within the last year will be exempt from taking Station 1 - Resuscitation and emergency management.
Examples of course approved by the University of Bath for exemption purposes include the following.
- AREA (Advanced resuscitation and emergency aid) - Run by REMO sports Ltd
- Equestrian course - Event medical Ltd
- IMMOFP – Immediate medical management on the field of play (Rugby Football league course)
- REMO Sports Ltd - Resuscitation and Emergency management on the field of play
- LM Medical -Sports Trauma course
- PSITCC - Pre-hospital trauma care course. Rugby Football Union
- PSITCC - Pre-hospital sports injury trauma care course. Rugby Football Union
- SCRUMCAPS – Scottish Rugby Union Medical Cardiac and Pitchside skills
- SPORTPROMOTE - Scottish Football Association course
The above list is not exhaustive and other courses may be considered. They should generally be approved by the Faculty of Pre-hospital care and demonstrate the assessment of Basic Life support, management of trauma including the use of a spinal board and should be relevant to the sporting environment in which the candidate works. In general, resuscitation courses such as ALS and ATLS which concentrate on the hospital environment will not be approved as these do not adequately assess pre-hospital skills relevant to the treatment of sporting emergencies in a pre-hospital setting.
An OSCE style examination takes place at the end of the Diploma phase. This is held twice a year in April/May and September/October at the University of Bath.
All students follow the same path on the diploma, and on successful completion of the OSCE examination can progress to the MSc phase. This phase constitutes a dissertation component and no further exam. Support is given via the online environment and through an individual Dissertation Supervisor.
Yes, MSc students choose the topic that they wish to study for their dissertation.
Those completing the Diploma qualification will be able to use PGDip after their name, whilst those completing the Masters will be able to use MSc.
I am hoping to start the programme with the next cohort, can you recommend any reading materials in the meantime?
We suggest you have a look at the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Once enrolled on the course, students are given access via the online environment, to reading material for each of the units. There will also be links ot a wide range of library resources and journals via SEM Online.
SEM Online - the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
The course is delivered using an educational software package called Moodle (see Moodle.org). The units on the course run consecutively and are delivered over three or six months, depending on the unit content. Problem based learning, delivered through online activates, centralise discussions around certain learning outcomes. The content is based on core texts (online and/or recommended text books) journal/research papers, websites and media files. Study guides help direct the learning as do the online facilitators who support discussions and solving problems.
Yes, all students must attend the clinical weeks held at the University of Bath.
If I live overseas, can I get my clinical experience somewhere local to me or do I have to come to the UK?
It is possible for overseas students to gain clinical experience locally in their country of residence, and your PDA will advise you about this.
Admissions criteria and the application process
Applicants must have been working for one year as a qualified and registered doctor before enrolment.
No, the Sport and Exercise Medicine programme is designed specifically for qualified medical doctors.
What if I don't have GMC registration but I have the equivalent qualification from my own country – can I still apply?
Yes, qualified medical doctors from around the world can apply to join the programme. Please send in your certification documents with your application form so that the application panel can review them.
Yes, you will need a current IELTS qualification certificate.
No, you do not need to send payment for the Diploma programme until we have informed you that you have a place. However, CPD applications must be accompanied by payment.
View current fees information.
Yes, payments can be made by credit card, complete your payment details when confirming your place on the programme.
Yes, there is a fee of £420 to sit the Diploma examination, payable prior to sitting the examination.
Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning
I have previously completed another PG qualification and wonder whether there is the possibility of applying for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). What is the criteria for doing so?
Applicants should note that it is unlikely that you will be able to APL all of the Diploma units -in fact university regulations state that it should be capped at a maximum of 50% of the total credits required for a programme ; furthermore, the Admissions Panel for individual programmes can, at their discretion, set a lower or conditional limit.
Am I correct in assuming APL credits only apply to courses/modules that have not been used in a previous qualifications?
No, you may present evidence of previous qualifications but you may only be awarded up to 30 credits.
Sample Interactive Learning Environment
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