Sports and Exercise Medicine (M.Sc.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time
 10-12 Places


Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to allow participants to commence entry level training or further their career progression in sports and exercise medicine by enhancing basic background knowledge in anatomy, exercise physiology, sports and exercise science. The course will also help to develop high quality research, practical and critical thinking skills in musculoskeletal assessment, rehabilitation, exercise testing and prescription in health and disease.

Is This Course For Me?

The M.Sc. i is designed for graduates from medicine and physiotherapy, as well as certified athletic training therapists and sports rehabilitation therapists, who wish to pursue new career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to produce leaders in sports medicine. Graduates have pursued diverse careers in multi-disciplinary teams within the HSE, and in sport and exercise at all levels.

Course Structure

This M.Sc. in Sports and Exercise Medicine is delivered full-time and in one academic year. It is comprised of six taught modules (60 ECTS) and a research project (30 ECTS).

All course material will wherever possible be presented by a core instructor group in face-to-face lecture, workshop, seminars and practical class-based formats on campus for which students are expected to fully attend. In especially the second semester some clinician lead lectures will be delivered online.

All students who complete six taught modules but do not complete the research project according to college calendar timelines will be eligible for an exit award of Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine. In order to achieve the award of the M.Sc. in Sports and Exercise Medicine, Masters, students must complete all six taught modules (60 ECTS) and the research dissertation (30 ECTS) within a year.

Course Content

In Semester 1, students take three basic science modules: 

  • Anatomy. Students will enhance their knowledge of musculoskeletal and neuroanatomy through instructor lead pro-section based practical classes and personal dissection projects; and, in lectures revisit the organisation of the central and peripheral nervous systems concerned with the control of human movement and/or relevant to sports related injury and assessment.
  • Exercise Physiology. Learning focuses on the key systems for sports and physical activity; energy systems, muscle, cardiovascular and respiratory systems; and whole-body hormonal and homeostatic responses to physical activity, exercise and training.
  • Research Methods. Students will develop skills necessary to critically evaluate published research, formulate a research question and design a high-quality research project, from initial statistical modelling, ethics application, and power analysis, through data collection, data handling, and statistical analysis; and finally enabling writing of a scientific report worthy of submission as a journal article or critical review. The research methods module runs in parallel and supports the research dissertation component which runs over the entire academic year.

In Semester 2, the focus shifts to clinical and applied aspects of SEM with the following modules: Clinical Sports Medicine; Musculoskeletal Assessment Imaging and Rehabilitation; and Exercise Science.

In these modules, students will develop necessary entry level knowledge, core competencies and skills in musculoskeletal assessment, rehabilitation and exercise laboratory testing.  Modules cover aspects of team and individual athlete care within different sports reflective of the course participants, and physical activity and health in the generally active population or those with chronic disease. Critical thinking skills are developed in instructor lead clinical case scenario-based teaching and student led clinical case presentations and modular seminars review current literature to demonstrate the scope of problems encountered in day-to-day care of athletes and teams, and the physically active of all ages and gender.

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Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

 10-12 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Coordinator

Dr. Neil Fleming

Course Director

Dr. Nick Mahony

Closing Date

28th June 2024

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Admission Requirements

The programme is open to graduates from medicine and physiotherapy. Applicants require an NFQ Level-8 degree at an upper second-class (2.1) honours or equivalent.

There are a limited number of places on offer to certified athletic training therapists (Ireland, the US and Canada only) and sports rehabilitation therapists (UK).

Applicants should also provide two references and meet Trinity’s English language requirements.

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8961182

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I look back at my year doing the Master's in Sports and Exercise Medicine with great memories. The small class size and the regular face-to-face learning create a good rapport between staff and students. The curriculum is helpfully designed. The first semester goes back to basics with anatomy and physiology. This is great preparation for the heavily clinically based second semester. Many previous graduates come back to teach on the course, which is so helpful for future career guidance. I thought going back to full-time education would be tricky but it was highly motivating and good craic!

Dr. Caitriona Lee


I am happy to say that it was one of my most enjoyable, rewarding and, at times, challenging years. The staff were incredibly supportive of my research project, from inception all the way to publication. Following this year, I am keener than ever to pursue a career in sports medicine and would highly recommend the course to anyone who is considering the same.

Dr. Andrew Rowe