Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£14,250 (total)
International fees
£27,000 (total)

Course overview

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Are you passionate about Sport and Exercise Medicine?

This flexible Masters course is designed to offer medical doctors, physiotherapists, sport therapists, podiatry or osteopathy healthcare professionals a unique and practitioner-led education in the field of sport and exercise medicine (SEM). With this Masters, you will be able to apply what you learn to any physical activity, exercise or sporting event that requires qualified SEM cover, with immediate effect. Indeed, there is currently a rapidly growing expectation amongst professional sports clubs that team doctors will have undergone structured training programmes to a Masters level.

Your course will feature four of the UK’s consultants in SEM and a number of the UK’s leading physiotherapists in musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine and elite sport. As the course is based in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, you will also have the opportunity to learn from country-leading sports & exercise scientists. As an added bonus, being based in Yorkshire means you will have access to a range of fantastic professional sports teams and MSK services.

Suitable for full-time or part-time study, this course comprises a mixture of face-to-face learning, placements in clinics and leading sports clubs, alongside online learning, providing a course that’s suitable for applicants in full-time employment as well as those looking to study full time. You will join a small, student-focused cohort of 15-20 healthcare practitioners, offering you the opportunity to network and learn from peers alongside strong tutor support. This course provides you with the unique ability to learn and work alongside a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, physiotherapists and sports therapists, just as you would in an elite sports setting.

For doctors, SEM is now a recognised training route by the General Medical Council for clinicians. A key deliverable in new government strategies has meant demand for SEM training has increased. with Portfolio GPs and those wishing to work as GPs with an extended role in MSK medicine or SEM can now gain formal training through courses such as this MSc in SEM.

Course highlights

  • Strong emphasis on the development of technical skills necessary for SEM practice.
  • Hands-on training in clinics and pitch-side experience (organised around your diary).
  • Access to brand new sports facilities and labs.
  • Wide range of supervised practical experience available via club placements and clinics.
  • Two fixed mandatory teaching days a month on campus (commensurate with NHS study leave allowances), with additional flexible teaching activities, tutor meetings and clinical and pitch-side placements scheduled around this.
  • Chance to study a SEM topic in depth for the research project with the opportunity to disseminate the findings at conferences and/or in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Allocated SEM mentors to support not only your MSc study but also to provide careers advice and mentorship.
  • Extensive employment opportunities subsequently exist within: NHS MSK, private sports medicine clinics and sports clubs.

Below are just a few of our leading academics and clinicians that teach on our programme:

  • Dr Camilla Nykjaer BSc MSc PhD FHEA | Programme Lead | Lecturer in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health.
  • Professor Stuart Egginton PhD, DSc, FRSB, FPhysiol | Deputy Programme Lead | Chair of Exercise Sciences.
  • Dr Dane Vishnubala MBBS PGCME MRCGPMSc DipSEM(UK) FFSEMFHEA | Clinical Lead | Consultant in SEM.
  • Dr Jon Powers MBBS MRCGP MSc DipSEM (UK) FFSEM | Clinical Tutor | Consultant in SEM.
  • Dr Craig Zalecki MBBS MRCGP MSc DipSEM (UK) FFSEM | Clinical Tutor | Consultant in SEM.

Meet more of our team and find out why they are at the forefront of their fields.

Course details

This Masters is available as both a one-year full-time course and as a two-year part-time course, giving you the flexibility to adapt the course to suit your needs. Course attendance includes two fixed mandatory teaching days a month on campus (commensurate with NHS study leave allowances), with additional flexible teaching activities, tutor meetings and clinical and pitch-side placements scheduled around this.

During your studies you’ll focus on the following areas:

  • Functional sports anatomy and clinical assessment.
  • Musculoskeletal medicine and sports injuries.
  • The sport and exercise medicine practitioner.
  • Exercise physiology, health and sports nutrition.
  • Clinical exercise prescription.
  • Project work and dissertation.

You’ll also attend a University led one-day immediate care in sport course and arrange MSK clinics, specialist SEM MDT clinics with the military, as well as club placements to give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge through practical experience.

The course will equip you with strong team working skills through its interdisciplinary approach to training. You’ll be equipped to work in teams of professionals with complementary expertise such as strength and conditioning, team coaches, physiotherapists and acute injury settings.

Year 1

  • This course will enable you to recognise and treat both acute and chronic MSK conditions
  • This course will cover key topics required to be a practitioner, not just the clinical condition knowledge components.
  • Flexible online delivery will include a mix of pre-recorded material and live interactive support sessions and self-directed learning.
  • Resources range from videos and workbook to live seminars
  • The course will support career development and professional accreditation

Learning and teaching

  • Core course material will be delivered by means of online seminars, interactive workbooks, and tutorials, independent e-learning
  • Private study will be centred around accessible resources completed at a student-appropriate pace, involving practitioner-led material relevant to professional development


The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Year 202324 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Functional Sports Anatomy and Clinical Assessment 15
Musculoskeletal Medicine and Sport Injuries 30
The Sport and Exercise Medicine Practitioner I 15
Exercise Physiology, Health and Sports Nutrition 30
Clinical Exercise Prescription 15
The Sport and Exercise Medicine Practitioner II 15
Project Work and Dissertation 60

Learning and teaching

Attendance is compulsory and will include approximately two days a month (Wednesdays) on campus. This will be supplemented by recorded lectures and specific online resources including workbooks to structure your learning.

Placements at appropriate professional clubs and clinics will be organised, with some flexibility to negotiate clinic dates and times. Contacts will be provided for additional self-organised opportunities to further improve our students' experiences and CVs. Predominantly we use a case-based approach; with a relevant case or scenario identified and required reading and practical tasks set.

In the past, students have worked with high-profile sports teams such as Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United, Huddersfield Giants and GB Basketball amongst others. MSK clinics have included NHS and Private MSK, SEM and Orthopaedic clinics.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


There’ll be a variety of assessments, appropriate for the vocational character of the course and the nature of the subjects studied. These will include:

  • tutor observed assessment (case study presentation)
  • reflective log
  • summative MCQ
  • short essay
  • clinical competency sign-off
  • eLearning completion
  • infographic
  • OSCE- Observed Structure Clinical Examination
  • project dissertation
  • laboratory report
  • case studies
  • group and individual presentations


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent), in a related discipline. Currently, we are accepting candidates with degrees in medicine, physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports rehabilitation/training, podiatry or osteopathy. Appropriate professional registration should also be held with the GMC, Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers. Applicants without professional registration with the GMC, Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers are required to have at least one year of relevant post-graduation clinical experience. All applicants should be able to demonstrate clear potential for benefiting from the programme.

This course is also available as an intercalated option to students studying Medicine who have completed three years of a UK medical degree. In order to apply, you will need to submit evidence of appropriate experience and interest. Find out more about the intercalation application process on the intercalation website.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

The Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc is a competitive programme with limited places so early applications are advised. Please note the deadline for international applicants is on 31 May 2023, in order to ensure sufficient time to complete all the necessary arrangements for studying at Leeds, e.g. visa and funding applications and securing UK accommodation, etc.

Next steps

  • we process your application

  • we inform you of our decision

  • if we make you an offer, you respond by accepting, declining or deferring.

Applications without all of the following will not be considered:

  • completed online application form (for Taught Postgraduate Study)

  • a completed supporting statement that must include:

    • Examples of your aspirations, and commitment to a specialty career in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

    • A plan for completion of the course (your time available/schedule).

    • Evidence of your identified funding route.

    • Reasons why you wish to study this particular course.

  • full CV

  • transcript of degree examination marks achieved to date

  • copy of final degree certificate (if completed)

  • evidence of English language qualification (non-native English speakers only)

  • copy of passport (if an overseas student)

Taught postgraduate confirmation

Taught postgraduate applicants are required to submit their results for consideration as soon as possible. Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK are recommended to submit their results no later than 31 July, although they will still be considered if submitted after this date.


It is standard procedure to interview applicants, prior to making a decision on their application, for MRes Neuroscience, MSc Biopharmaceutical Development (Industrial) and MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine. Interviews do not form part of the standard admissions process for other programmes in the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2022

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UK: £14,250 (total)

International: £27,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Scholarships for Faculty of Biological Sciences students

The Faculty of Biological Sciences offers a number of Masters scholarships to support and reward students from the UK and around the world. Don’t miss out on available support, visit our dedicated faculty scholarship page to check your eligibility.

Government-backed loan = Up to £11,222. Find out more.

Alumni bursary = If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary

You can also search our postgraduate scholarships database or you can also find information on MoneySavingExpert.

Career opportunities

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, students are well-placed for further study, e.g. recent graduates undertaking PhD research in this field. Through support with your clinical mentor on the course, a range of opportunities for career development are available.

Careers support

The Careers Centre and staff in your Faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website. Alongside the support, advice and guidance from the University’s Careers Centre, you will have an academic mentor and a clinical mentor who will meet you regularly. They will help you to plan your career path and identify the experiences, qualifications and people that can help you on your way. Our Sports and Exercise Medicine tutors will continue to support you even after the degree!

Graduate roles and destinations

  • Head of Academy Yorkshire Carnegie
  • YSM Clinic Senior Physiotherapist
  • GB Basketball U20 W Physiotherapist
  • York Knights RL Doctor
  • Leeds Rhinos Academy Doctor
  • A&E Registrar ST6
  • GP Registrar, Hull KR Club Doctor
  • Head Physiotherapist, Catalan Dragons
  • F3 Doctor
  • PhD, Ulster University

Student profile: Alexandra Stead

The practical sessions and dissections really suited my learning style and enabled me to apply new skills straight into practice.
Find out more about Alexandra Stead's time at Leeds