Developed in partnership with FIFA, this specialist master's course equips qualified doctors with the skills to conduct clinical practice in football settings.
This highly flexible academic and clinical online master's degree develops your sport and exercise medicine skills, with a focus on football. You’ll gain advanced football medicine knowledge to benefit your sport-specific or portfolio medical career.
Through Bath’s clinical experts and FIFA’s industry insights, you’ll learn the skills needed to improve the preparation, development, and medical management of recreational or elite players. You’ll also explore how to use exercise for rehabilitation effectively.
You can complete this master's degree alongside your clinical practice. Bath is one of the few universities offering this type of academically recognised MSc course through part-time and distance learning. This allows you to complete your studies with greater flexibility.
Gain key skills
- clinical knowledge and competency in the diagnosis, management and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries
- competency to provide safe and effective pitchside emergency care
- clinical knowledge of the aftercare of injuries and rehabilitation
- expertise in injury prevention in football
- awareness of the signs of mental health issues in sport and the ability to provide confidential support
- an advanced understanding of the ethical and medicolegal issues of working in football
This course is delivered by multi-disciplinary and highly experienced clinical experts, many of whom maintain sport medicine practice. We will assign you an experienced sports medic as your Professional Development Advisor. They will provide mentorship and help you establish industry links.
In years one and two, there are opportunities to learn from guest speakers and build connections with other clinicians at our residential weeks. The first residential week is optional and will take place in Bath. The second is compulsory (location to be confirmed).
By the end of your studies, you will be better equipped to work in a variety of football medicine roles (such as team doctor), or to expand the scope of your current practice to include football medicine.
If you want to continue your research alongside professional practice, we also provide an established Professional Doctorate, offering a route for MSc students interested in continuing their research to doctoral level while working part-time.
Recent Department for Health graduates have gone on to work for leading organisations in the field of football, including:
- FIFA Medical Department
- The Premier League
- Manchester United FC
- The FA