- 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.
Top 30 in the world for Sports-related subjects
21st in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023
Top 5 in the UK for Sports Science
4th (joint) in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
1st in the UK for world-leading research in Sports Science
Research Excellence Framework 2021 based on 4* research submitted to UoA24 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
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
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
This course 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.
The unique collaboration between two sector-leading disciplines of sport science and medicine provides numerous opportunities to gain new, evidence-based knowledge and experience.
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 course with research-led modules in a variety of areas.
The course 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 course is the option to undertake a professional placement in a performance sports or military setting, for example 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.
Dr Sharon Dixon
Programme Director and Associate Professor in Biomechanics
UK fees per year:
£14,300 full-time; £7,150 part-time (2 years); £4,800 part-time (3 years)
International fees per year:
£29,700 full-time; £14,850 part-time; £9,250 part-time (3 years)
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.
For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.
*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £12,167 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to up to four NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes. Please check your eligibility before applying.
Teaching and research
Work with experts
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
- cardiovascular risk and ageing
- neuroscience and mental health
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Typical contact hours will be around 34 hours for each of the 30-credit modules taught by Sports Sciences.
Modules offered by the Medical School are typically taught in two-day blocks, with pre-work and post-work towards an assignment.
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.
- Written coursework
- Written examinations
- Laboratory reports
- Applied placement portfolio
- Oral presentations
- Posters and infographics
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.
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 sports science / sports 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., Bridgwater United Women’s F.C., Millfield School Institute of Sport and Wellbeing 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.
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.