MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2-3 years
  • Sport and Health Sciences
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September


  • 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 on this programme 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 delivery will be based at St Luke’s Campus, where the host disciplines of Sport and Health Sciences and College of Medicine and Health are housed, providing excellent a unique collaborative setting and range of facilities.
  • 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.
  • The campus culture has a focus on research in exercise and health, for example with thriving societies in Sport and Health Sciences and in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
  • After graduating, you might expect to pursue careers in a variety of sport, exercise, consultancy, management and health promotion settings.

Programme structure

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.

Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

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

Learning from experts

Below are some examples of the academics who may teach you on the programme.

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

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


Employer-valued skills this course develops

This programme is designed to provide its students 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 is also designed to provide 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, we promote 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.

Placement opportunities

The Sport and Exercise Medicine Placement 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 (i.e. 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.

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.

Supporting your career

Each year students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options.
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 you for a career in elite sport.

Research areas

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.

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.

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.

Successful applicants will also be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £10,900 full-time; £5,450 part-time
  • International: £22,500 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our Sport and Health Sciences taught Masters programmes

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about the course, for further information contact:

Web: Enquire online  
Tel: +44 (0)1392 725818

The Programme Director is Dr Sharon Dixon.

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