Sport & Exercise Medicine - MSc/PgD/PgC

Course Overview

Accreditation-Mark_ 2012JPEG.jpgThis unique RCGP accredited 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.

​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.

Both the full and part time programmes follow a modular framework; the five core modules, which will be taught during the residential phases are listed below with additional information for each viewed in the PDF:

  • SSP7057 – Sports Injuries and Clinical Methods

  • SSP7058 – Sport and Exercise Medicine I

  • SSP7054 – Fundamentals in Sport and Exercise Science

  • SSP7055 – Sport and Exercise Medicine II

  • SSP7058 – Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Sport and Exercise Medicine Descriptors (PDF)


Students successfully progressing through the taught course onto MSc will be expected to conduct an original piece of research (6,500 – 8,000 words or equivalent) on an aspect of applied sport and exercise medicine. They will be assigned a tutor to support them in their research.​

Learning & Teaching​

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 an​d 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.

The personnel on the management, teaching and examining teams combine their experience and academic knowledge to offer the most up to date information in the area of Sport and Exercise Medicine.  The course was recently commended for its extensive use of highly qualified practitioners involved in the delivery of the programme and for its innovative management structure:

Dr Lee Herrington (External Examiner)

Dr Craig Ranson (Former Programme Director)

Dr Dan Roiz de Sa (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Dr David Pugh (Honorary)

Dr Isabel Moore (Lecturer)

Dr Mark Ridgewell (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Dr Nick Travaglia (Honorary)

Lt Col Gareth Thomas (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Lt Col (Rtd) Jonathan Houghton (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Mr Prabhat Mathema (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Mr Angus Robertson (Honorary Senior Lecturer)

Adeline Phillips (Examiner)

Yvonne Perkins (Programme Manager)




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).

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​ & How to Apply

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 HCPC, GMC or GOsC as appropriate. In addition, applicants will have to demonstrate an interest in sport and exercise medicine.

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

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
Full time: One year
Part time: PG Cert – One year
PG Dip – two years
Up to three additional years to complete MSc dissertation.

Dates for 2017/2018:



Full time

Part time

12th - 17th September 2017

Sports Injuries & Clinical Methods



8th - 12th November 2017

Fundamentals in Sport and Exercise Science



10th - 14th January 2018

Sport and Exercise Medicine I



11th - 15th April 2018

Sport and Exercise Medicine II



21st - 23rd June 2018

Clinical Examination



*dates may be subject to change.

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

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

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 Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme manager, Yvonne Perkins:
Tel: 029 2041 6537


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