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MSc. Sports and Exercise Medicine

Course Title MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine
Qualification MSc.
Duration One year
Next Intake September 2017
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It is the fundamental philosophy of the course that each of the disciplines learns from each other’s skills and knowledge.

Course Objectives

  1. The course will give participants a thorough grounding in the basic sciences required for sports medicine. Workshops aim to provide the practical skills in history taking and musculoskeletal examination; in the laboratory you will learn the basics of physiological assessment of athletes. The completion of the MSc project write up represents an introduction to the scientific process of high quality experimental design, methodology, data analysis and scientific report writing.
  2. No course can claim to cover every aspect of sports medicine and participants are asked to read widely around material presented in lectures and workshops. In our experience Doctors are skilled in clinical history taking and medical examination, but often have insufficient handling skills and knowledge of musculoskeletal examination. Physiotherapists may have more experience in musculoskeletal examination, especially handling skills, but frequently have knowledge deficits in medical differential diagnosis. All groups do not usually appreciate the relevance of their basic undergraduate clinical anatomy and physiology and are usually inexperienced in basic experimental design, quality data collection and analysis of results.

The deliberate mix of physiotherapists and doctors aims to allow knowledge and expertise to cross over and enrich both disciplines and it is the fundamental philosophy of the course that each of the disciplines learns from each other’s skills and knowledge.

Course Outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Describe in detail the structure and function of musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, nervous and other associated systems, and describe how these respond and interact during exercise and training.
  • Demonstrate advanced experiential knowledge and handling skills, in clinical examination of the musculoskeletal and nervous system.
  • Demonstrate advanced experiential knowledge in laboratory and field based exercise testing in athletic and non-athletic populations.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the diagnosis, biological basis, treatment and rehabilitation of exercise and sports related injuries, and common illnesses impacting on sports and exercise performance.
  • Demonstrate practical experience as a service provider to a collegiate or other sports team in management of acute injuries and emergencies on the field of play and in injury management and rehabilitation during follow up of athletes in the sports medicine clinic.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of pre-participation health screening, training program design and monitoring, and the nutritional and psychological strategies required to maximise performance in athletic populations.
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of selected areas of sports and exercise medicine gained through independent research.
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate published information and present it in written or oral format to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Pursue, under supervision, a sports and exercise related research project.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key experimental methodologies used to answer research questions in sports and exercise medicine.
  • Recognise the value of scientific enquiry and demonstrate an understanding of the ethical responsibility of scientists undertaking research projects on human subjects in sports and exercise medicine.
  • Show proficiency in searching literature databases and analysis and presentation of data.
  • Instigate, maintain and appraise their own self-directed learning.
  • Apply an empirical approach to problem solving.

Course Content

The MSc is the equivalent of 90 ECTS and is comprised of the following modules:

ECTS Pure and Applied Anatomy 10
ECTS Sports and Exercise Physiology 10
ECTS Clinical Sports Medicine 10
ECTS Musculoskeletal Assessment 10
ECTS Research Methodology 10
ECTS Maximising Sports Performance 10
ECTS Research Dissertation 30

Incourse and official end of term examinations of ECTS units consist of: 
(a) Written examination – MCQs and SAQs
(b) Practical examinations – competence in musculoskeletal examination techniques, clinical cases and athletic assessment.

All ECTS modules must be passed (>50%). No compensation is allowed between written papers and clinical examinations. The dissertation can only be undertaken when interim assessments have been completed successfully. The degree is externally monitored and examined.


Admission Requirements

This is a one year full-time course.  Applicants should be well-qualified medical graduates and chartered physiotherapists with minimum upper second class honours degree and preferably with one year’s post qualification experience.  Preference is given to applicants with a strong sporting background or involved in sports service provision.  Medical doctors must be registered for work in Ireland with the Irish Medical Council (IMC) and chartered physiotherapists with Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) or the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).  Proof of indemnity insurance will be necessary.  Selection will be made by application and/or interview.

Applications for this course (code TRS01) must be submitted online through

Programme Structure

Assessment: End of semester exam (negative marking multiple choice,  modified essay questions), in-course assignments (Critical review topics),  designated seminars (Clinical sports medicine, maximising performance), externally assessed clinical examinations

Course Timetable

Full time course, Monday to Friday over 2 by 12 week teaching semesters.

Semester 1: ECTS modules in Anatomy, Exercise Physiology and Musculoskeletal Examination

Semester 2: ECTS modules in Clinical Sports Medicine, Research Methodology and Maximising Performance


Up-to-date information about course fees can be found at the Academic Registry.


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Contact Details

Course Coordinators:  Dr Nick Mahony/Mr Bernard Donne
Closing Date:  June of year of entry
Course Telephone: +353 1 896 1182
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