MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine

Qualifications and durations

This is a distance-learning course.

  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma (2 years*)
  • Part-time MSc (3.5 years*)

*You can take up to a maximum of two study breaks, with each break being 12 months in length.


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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.

Ronjan Bhattacharya, MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine


Our Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) course is internationally renowned for providing high quality distance learning exclusively to doctors. The course is designed to provide relevant knowledge for doctors involved, or wishing to be involved, in the full or part-time management of recreational and elite athletes. By studying this course you will develop practical skills that can be applied to both primary and specialist care.

The highly interactive, flexible, online learning and hands-on clinical teaching provide you with expert knowledge and skills, while also enabling you to remain in practice.

Course features

Course structure

This is a flexible course. The Diploma can be completed in two years, but students have the option of taking up to four years. The MSc can be completed in 3.5 years: again, students have the option of taking up to 5 years.

The following events take place on the University of Bath campus:

  • Induction Event: Thursday 20 and Friday 21 September 2018
  • Sports Science Residential Week (Year 1): 28 January to 1 February 2019
  • Clinical Residential Week (Year 2): 28 January to 1 February 2019

Years one and two (Diploma)

  • Sport & Exercise Medicine in Practice 1 - 6 Credits (ongoing throughout Diploma)
  • Sport & Exercise Medicine in Practice 2 - 6 Credits (ongoing throughout Diploma)
  • Sports Doctor - 6 Credits (3 month unit)
  • Exercise Physiology - 6 Credits (3 month unit)
  • Functional Anatomy and Sporting Movement Analysis - 12 credits (6 month unit)
  • Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation - 12 credits (6 month unit)
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise - 6 Credits (3 month unit)
  • Exercise for Health - 6 Credits (3 month unit)

Year three (MSc)

  • Research Project Design
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Project

View summary table or Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our courses are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

The majority of the content of the course is delivered online to allow you to engage in flexible study alongside your clinical practice. To complement the online teaching there is a face-to-face induction event at the University and residential teaching weeks in the first and second years of the course. Reflective, practice-based elements are provided through professional experiential learning and online virtual workshops.

Methods of assessment

You will be assessed through written assignments and case studies, a portfolio of clinical experience, the OSCE Examination and a Dissertation. Each unit is assessed individually.

Assignments are delivered online and must also be submitted online. The formative assessment includes moderated online discussions, self-assessment questions and online multiple choice tests.

Summative assessment will vary between units but will typically include some of the following:

  • Compilation of portfolio of evidence [SEM in Practice]
  • OSCE examination [SEM in Practice]
  • Maintaining a reflective practitioner portfolio [SEM in Practice]
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Short answer questions
  • Recorded consultations

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have a previous qualification, or undertaken postgraduate units from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

Depending on the course of study, you can gain APL for up to 50% of the total credits required (this credit must have been obtained within the previous five years).

Claims for APL will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further details or view the FAQ page.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

You may also apply for APEL by submitting a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating that you have successfully achieved the learning outcomes for the specific unit(s) you seek exemption from.

We recommend you discuss this with the Director of Studies first to ensure this is suitable, as creating your portfolio can be very time consuming.

We will not permit exemptions of fractional units, and so the minimum threshold for the applications of APEL procedures will be a single, free standing unit (including three credit units). The maximum threshold for exemption will normally be 50% of the total credits required for a course of study, for example, a 45-credit exemption towards a 90-credit Masters degree.

Entry requirements

Academic and professional requirements

A medical degree from a recognised university.

You must also provide evidence of the following in your application:

  • current unrestricted medical registration (such as the General Medical Council)
  • a minimum of one year work experience as a qualified and registered doctor before enrolment (evidenced by CV/employment history)
  • currently be practicing medicine, preferably in a field that allows exposure to sports and exercise medicine
  • a personal statement in your application outlining why you would like to participate in this course (maximum of 500 words)

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in each component

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.

There is further information about meeting the English requirements.

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.


One academic or professional reference is required.

How to apply

You must apply to study online.

Financial information


  • Tuition fees
  • Costs of attending residential events, including travel, breakfast and evening meals and accommodation.
  • IT equipment and miscellaneous costs to enable participation on the course from a distance

Potential sources of funding


We suggest you apply before the following dates:

The induction event at the University of Bath will take place in September 2018.


Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4332

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