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MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2-3 years part time
Entry year 2022
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Sport and Health Sciences

Programme Director: Dr Sharon Dixon
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Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Typical offer

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Typically a 2:1 degree in a related discipline.

Contextual offers


  • You will develop your scientific understanding of sport, exercise and medicine through theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings.
  • The subject areas you will study are underpinned by internationally recognised research, with a diverse range of optional modules allied to our research expertise.
  • You will be taught in an outstanding teaching and learning environment, as recognised through the awarding of a Gold rating in the UK Government’s first national Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • The majority of the programme is based at St Luke’s Campus, providing a unique collaborative setting and range of facilities. The campus culture has a focus on research in exercise and health, with thriving societies in Sport and Health Sciences and Sport and Exercise Medicine.
  • Your peers will include a diverse mix of students, such as graduates of sport and health sciences, medical sciences, physiotherapy, medicine and other health care professions.

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15th in the world for Sports-related subjects

QS World University Subject Rankings 2021

4th in the UK for Sports Science

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

3rd in the Russell Group in the National Student Survey 2019

94% of Sport Sciences students agreed they were satisfied with the quality of their course

3rd in the UK for research

REF 2014: subject ranking 3rd on intensity-weighted Grade Point Average

Entry requirements

Typically 2:1 or above in a related discipline. Related disciplines may include: Exercise and Sport Science, Sport and Exercise Medicine, Physiotherapy, Medical Sciences, Medicine, Human Biosciences.

Applicants who do not meet the exact published entry criteria should also submit a personal statement outlining why they wish to study this programme.

Please note that for the optional module Sport and Exercise Medicine Placement and, in some circumstances, research projects as part of a dissertation, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

This programme is open to graduates and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds including exercise and sport science, sport and exercise medical science, physiotherapy, doctors and other health care professionals.

Our world-leading staff expertise in biomechanics, psychology, physiology, nutrition, and physical activity and health along with additional research expertise in the areas of public health, health promotion, and the impact of the environment on health, allows us to create a unique flavour to the programme with research-led modules in a variety of areas.

The programme provides an extensive range of modules, which allow you to tailor your degree in line with your background and future ambitions. Through development of a grounding in sport and exercise medicine theory and practice, you will obtain the skills and knowledge to work in a sports setting.

A particular benefit of this programme is the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in a performance sports setting with one of our partner organisations. This practical experience will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the role of support teams in these settings, an important consideration for students seeking a career in this field.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

"MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine, as a collaboration between Sport and Health Sciences and the College of Medicine and Health, provides exciting opportunities for students to develop multidisciplinary skills in academic, clinical and elite sporting environments."

"My research interests are in lower limb injury mechanisms and the investigation of interventions to minimise risk of these injuries. I coordinate the Exeter Biomechanics Research Team (ExBiRT), a group that uses biomechanical tools to improve understanding of human movement."

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2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,500 full-time; £12,250 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.  

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Teaching and research

Work with experts

Sport and Health Sciences and the College of Medicine and Health both have thriving research cultures, enhanced by joint collaboration in several areas.

World leading researchers span areas including:

  • physiological testing of elite performers
  • children’s health and exercise
  • physiological and metabolic factors underpinning human performance in health and disease
  • mechanisms and management of sport injuries
  • maintenance of physical activity in people with impaired function
  • physical activity monitoring and epidemiology for populations across the lifespan
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular risk and ageing
  • dementia
  • neuroscience and mental health
  • diagnostics
  • primary care
  • health economics
  • health services policy
  • medical imaging
  • relational health
  • and patient involvement in health research.

Sport and medical specialists from outside the University who contribute to teaching include:

  • Dr Kay Brennan - Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant
  • Lucy Wright - Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Gold ACPSEM Accreditation

Visiting speaker seminar series available to students include those in sport and health sciences, health research, primary care and clinical education.

There are many opportunities for MSc students to gain experience working with research groups, including for their dissertation project.

Existing collaborations with industry and sports teams provide numerous and wide-ranging opportunities to gain applied research experience, for example through internships and placements.

Teaching methods

A diverse range of teaching and learning methods are employed on this programme. This combination aims to facilitate interaction, optimise the use of contact time, provide practical experience and allow flexibility through independent study.

Methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Practical clinical sessions
  • Group work and discussion
  • Independent study
  • Applied placement in a performance sports setting

Additional guest lecturers will provide specific applied expertise for some modules.

Contact hours

Typical contact hours will be around 34 hours for each of the 30-credit modules taught by Sport and Health Sciences.

Modules offered by the College of Medicine and Health are typically taught in two-day blocks, with pre-work and post-work towards an assignment.

Tutorial support

Each student is allocated a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There is also a postgraduate tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.


Assessments include:

  • Written coursework
  • Written examinations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Applied placement portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Oral presentations

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Employer-valued skills this course develops

This programme is designed to provide you with a more in-depth level of understanding and a sound basis in research and analytical skills in relation to sport and exercise medicine. It also develops a sound understanding of the disciplines that constitute the sports and exercise science support services to sports and health organisations.

Employers will be able to recognise the advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding and skills within the specialised area of sport and exercise medicine, which has professional and technical demands, as well as academic. For example, the ability to analyse factors related to injury that have been developed by researchers, and to understand how these factors relate to the applied and clinical setting. Also, a flexible approach to work such that an understanding of how sports and exercise medicine can be applied via an inter-disciplinary approach, to advance clinical skills in sports medicine, is promoted.

Placement opportunities

The Sport and Exercise Medicine Placement module provides the opportunity for practical experience of working in a performance sport setting as part of the support team. You will work alongside sport science / sport medicine staff to deliver day-to-day support in an area of interest (e.g. sports science performance testing, physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation, clinical assessment, medical screening), dependent on your academic/professional background and professional interest.

The module will provide detailed insight into the challenges of working in the high pressure environment of professional sport, performing as part of a team of support staff. Examples of partners we currently work with include Exeter Chiefs Rugby Union Club, Exeter City F.C., Yeovil Town Women’s F.C. and Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.

Supporting your career

Each year students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options. After graduating, you might expect to pursue careers in a variety of sport, exercise, consultancy, management and health promotion settings.

The programme has been designed to align with aspects of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) curriculum content, thus providing a training opportunity for medics wishing to take the FSEM membership exam to become a Sport and Exercise Medicine specialist. For other clinical professionals and sport scientists, opportunities such as the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Supervised Experience can be undertaken to demonstrate excellent knowledge, skills and networks that will equip them for a career in elite sport.

Careers services

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers service, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates.

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