Sport & Exercise Medicine - MSc/PgD/PgC 

Course Overview

This unique postgraduate programme seeks to educate medical doctors, chartered physiotherapists and osteopaths in the field of sport and exercise medicine. During the programme you will be lectured by highly qualified experts in sport and exercise medicine and sport and exercise science on the latest academic and practical developments in the field. The postgraduate programme provides students with a wide breadth of knowledge across sport and exercise medicine and the necessary skills to apply theory into practice.

Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 30th June. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.
Places still currently available. 

Course Content

The programme provides doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths interested in sport and exercise medicine with:

• The necessary scientific background knowledge to appreciate the issues arising in the field of sport and exercise medicine.
• Up-to-date training in modern methods of diagnosing and treating sports injuries, including emergency care.
• The necessary skills and knowledge to provide advice on the prevention of sports injuries.
• An introduction to research appropriate to the field of sport and exercise medicine.
• Opportunities to learn about the theory and application of sport and exercise science in a sporting context
• The opportunity to build upon previous research experience.
• An opportunity to undertake a piece of discipline related research activity as exemplified by the dissertation project.
• The full time course will include attachments to sporting teams for the student to gain experience and insight into working within a multidisciplinary team in a high-level sporting environment.

Teaching and learning methods will include workshops, lectures, clinical assessments, student presentations and individual study. Clinical skills will be taught in small groups with students required to participate as patients, examiners and examinees. Students will be able to access remotely all lectures via a virtual learning environment; internet and online search facilities can be accessed via the university learning resources web page.

Participation in a clinical placement in sport and exercise medicine environment/sports injuries clinic; delivery from a wide range of professionals involved in sport and exercise medicine and sport and exercise science, and the opportunity to work with fellow professionals who are involved in supporting elite performers at national and international level will also be offered as part of the programme.

Both the full and part time programmes follow a modular framework; the five core modules which will be taught during the residential phases can be viewed in the PDF below:

Students successfully progressing through the taught course onto MSc will be expected to conduct an original piece of research (15,000 words or equivalent) on an aspect of applied sport and exercise medicine. They will be assigned a tutor to support them in their research.

Employability & Careers

This programme is for medical doctors, chartered physiotherapists and osteopaths who want to develop their expertise in sport and exercise medicine. It offers unique opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams to gain improved understanding of all other disciplines within sport and exercise medicine.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must either have chartered physiotherapy status; successful completion of an undergraduate medical studies degree or registered as an osteopath and possess membership to the HPC, GMC or GOsC as appropriate. In addition, applicants will have to demonstrate an interest in sport and exercise medicine.

Key Facts

Campus: Cyncoed

School: Cardiff School of Sport

Course Length:
Full time: 1 year
Part time: PG Cert – 1 year
PG Dip – 2 years
Up to 3 additional years to complete MSc dissertation.

Dates for 2014/2015:

Date Module Full time Part time
16th - 21st September 2014 Sports Injuries & Clinical Methods MSc PgCertificate
15th October 2014 Full time Research Methods MSc N/A
12th - 16th November 2014 Sport and Exercise Science MSc PgDiploma
7th - 11th January 2015 Sport and Exercise Medicine I MSc PgCertificate
15th - 19th April 2015 Sport and Exercise Medicine II MSc PgDiploma
18th - 20th June 2015* Clinical Examination MSc PgCertificate

*Examination date subject to change. Currently being finalised.

Full time course:
Information relating to the full time programme structure can be found here.

Part time course:
Information relating to the part time programme structure can be found here

All modules will be assessed by coursework and the clinical attachment will be assessed by a viva voce examination. Clinical competence will be assessed via an objective structured clinical experience (OSCE).

Selection Procedure:
Via application form.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Manager, Yvonne Saker:
Tel: 029 2041 6537

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website