Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine MSc

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This taught MSc in Sports Science is designed to provide you with an advanced, research-led programme of study in sport and exercise science and medicine. A key strength of this programme is its flexibility, which enables you to specialise in physical activity and health, sports performance, or sports medicine.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • This is the only Msc in Sports Science in Scotland that merges Sport and Exercise Medicine and Sport and Exercise Science within a single degree programme providing a broad range of options across these disciplines.
  • You will benefit from access to the facilities and resources of the National Stadium Sports, Health and Injury Clinic at Hampden Park – a custom-built, state-of-the-art sports medicine facility.
  • We have exciting scholarship opportunities, find out more
  • You will develop and enhance your skills in literature searching and critically evaluating relevant scientific evidence; application of knowledge to novel concepts and situations; experimental design; research methods and ethics; data handling and statistics; interpretation and evaluation of experimental data; scientific writing; and oral presentations.
  • The University has state-of-the-art facilities to study performance and health aspects of sport and exercise science, from the whole body to the molecular level. These include advanced exercise laboratories, metabolic investigation suites and a molecular biochemistry lab. We are the best equipped exercise science group for laboratory facilities in Scotland, making the University of Glasgow the perfect place to study an MSc in Sports Science.
  • The University has close links with a number of regional/national sporting bodies and a number of professional sporting clubs. There may be opportunities for internships (in place of a research project) for some students.
  • You will have access to a number of guest lecture staff providing interactive sessions in their specialist fields.

Programme structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in lab classes, journal clubs, presentations and self-directed learning.  The programme is made up of 60 compulsory credits and 3 x 20 credit options (X,Y and Z) plus a research project (60 credits)

Core Courses

  • Evidence Based Medicine (20 credits)
  • Medical Statistics (10 credits)
  • Physiological Exercise Testing 1 - Aerobics Fitness and Physical Activity (10 credits)
  • Physiological Exercise Testing 2 - Strength, power and intensity domains (10 credits)
  • Human physiological & metabolic assessment (10 credits)

Optional Courses

Choose one X option, one Y option and one Z option.

Option courses X

  • Physical activity and health: public health, policy & behaviour changes
  • Sports injuries: scientific basis of prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Clinical Sports Injuries

Option courses Y

  • Physical activity and health: biological mechanisms
  • Motor learning and skill acquisition.
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine in Practice

Option courses Z

  • Cellular and molecular exercise physiology
  • The world class athlete: nature, nurture and maximising performance.
  • Exercise in clinical populations

Dissertation/research project

Courses

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine is a 12 month, full time Programme or can be undertaken part time over 24 months. It is made up of 5 compulsory courses and 3 options courses (one each from Options X,Y and Z below), plus a 60 credit dissertation/project in order to fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree.

Evidence Based Medicine (20 credits)

This course is designed to provide core skills in critical review, communications, data handling, and the principles of evidence-based medicine and research in order to equip students for their own practice and to enable them to evaluate evidence, cite appropriate references, and understand the principles by which a programme of research is undertaken.

Medical Statistics (10 credits)

This course provides an introduction to medical statistics, covering a number of the most commonly used basic analyses from both clinical and laboratory studies. The aim is to ensure that students can appraise the literature that includes the methods covered and also are able to use these methods to analyse datasets themselves.

Physiological Exercise Testing 1 - Aerobic Fitness and Physical Activity (10 credits)

This course is designed to enable students to understand the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used methods to assess cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity and for them to gain practical experience in performing these tests.

Physiological Exercise Testing 2 - Strength, power and intensity domains (10 credits)

This course is designed to enable students to understand the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used methods to assess strength, power, and thresholds of exercise intensity domains (e.g. lactate threshold, critical power), and for them to gain practical experience in performing these tests.

Human physiological & metabolic assessment (10 credits)

This course is designed to enable students to understand the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used methods to assess aspects of human physiological and metabolic function (e.g. metabolic rate and substrate utilisation, glucose tolerance, vascular function, body composition) and for them to gain practical experience in performing these tests.

Option X/20 Credits - delivered teaching weeks 7 - 11

 Physical Activity & Health: public health, policy and behaviour change 

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of physical activity policy development, the key concepts in physical activity behaviour change in public health and the promotion of physical activity at a population level and with specific targeted populations. This course is suitable for all students on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Sports Injuries: scientific basis of prevention and rehabilitation 

This course was designed to provide the student with an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the epidemiology of sports injuries to understand the relationship between gender, stage of development and level of participation; the aetiology of sports injuries to understand the functional impact of sporting performance and recreational activity; the mechanisms of tissue regeneration and understand how they influence the choice of specific interventions for treatment and rehabilitation. This course is suitable for all students on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine programme.

Clinical Sports Injuries 

This 5 week course is taught at both the University Campus and the Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden Park. It is a hands-on, practical course which aims to improve background knowledge, clinical examination skills and techniques for the treatment and rehabilitation of common sports injuries. This course is clinical in nature and is suitable for registered health professionals (including suitably qualified doctors or HPC or equivalent physiotherapists).

Option Y/20 Credits - delivered teaching weeks 17 - 21

Physical Activity and Health: Biological Mechanisms 

This course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the relationship between physical activity; fitness and health; the biological mechanisms underpinning the beneficial effects of physical activity on health; how the quality and quantity of physical activity influences health benefits. This course is suitable for all students on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine programme.

Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to analyse and coach new motor skills and a background knowledge of human motor control to support further learning of skill acquisition techniques. The course will also expose the students to recent advances in scientific understanding of how movements are learned and executed most effectively. This course is suitable for all students on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine programme.

Sport and Exercise Medicine in Practice

This course provides students with background knowledge and skills to offer practical advice when working with athletes and teams in a sports medicine environment. The course aims to introduce the common clinical challenges in Sport and Exercise Medicine, to explore the ethical and medico-legal challenges of Sport and Exercise Medicine, and to develop an understanding of the multi-disciplinary team involved in Sport and Exercise Medicine. This course is suitable for all students on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine programme.

Option Z/20 credits - delivered teaching weeks 22 - 27

Cellular and molecular exercise physiology 

This course is designed to provide the student with an in depth and critical knowledge of how cell and molecules relate to organ and organismal physiology and how cellular and molecular systems respond to exercise and physical activity. The course will also provide the student with skills and knowledge to evaluate how cellular and molecular adaptations to regular physical activity and exercise training contribute to increased fitness and improved exercise performance. This course is suitable for all students on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine programme.

The World Class Athlete : nature, nurture and maximising performance 

This course is designed to provide the student with an in depth critical knowledge and understanding which will enable them to evaluate the genetic determinants of elite human sporting performance and the environmental factors determining elite human sporting performance. The course will also enable the student to recognise how both nature and nurture impact on elite human sporting performance. This course is suitable for all students on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine programme.

Exercise in Clinical Populations 

In this course students will learn about the aetiology and pathology of a number of chronic diseases and the role of physical activity in their prevention and management.

Dissertation/Project (60 credits)

This element of the Programme is designed to enable the student to plan and execute an independent research project, audit or critical review of the literature in the area of cardiovascular sciences and to produce a written dissertation and to present and discuss the conclusion of the research.

Background and aims

This MSc is designed to provide an advanced, research-led programme in Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine. The course options available enable students choose their own programme, either undertaking a broad range courses across the field of Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine, or specialising in topics related to Physical Activity & Health, Sport & Performance, or Sports Medicine.The Programme is suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in or related to the Sport and Exercise Sciences, Physiotherapy, Medicine, other relevant biological/biomedical sciences, or other health professions/health-related areas.

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The University of Glasgow has state-of-the-art facilities for the study of both performance and health aspects of Sport and Exercise Science - from the whole body to the molecular level. State-of-the-art facilitates and resources for Sports Medicine are also available in the custom-built, National Stadium Sports, Health and Injury Clinic at Hampden Park. The West of Scotland, with its wide range of socio-economic levels and high disease burden, provides the ideal setting to investigate and develop strategies for lifestyle intervention to improve public health. This combination of expertise and setting may be unique in the United Kingdom.

Sports students swimming pool

This Programme is research-led, with the taught components are delivered by active researchers of national and international repute in the field of Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine. It provides an excellent basis for those wishing to pursue PhD level research, or for those planning or engaged in research, teaching or applied practical careers in the fields of Physical Activity & Health or Sports Performance. The programme also provides specialist postgraduate training in Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine for doctors, physiotherapists and related health professionals.

sports student physio

 

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

A degree in the Sport and Exercise Sciences, Physiotherapy, Medicine, other relevant biological/biomedical sciences, or other health professions/health-related areas (at least a 2:2 Honours Degree or equivalent). Alternative qualifications will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

An IELTS score of at least 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent qualification) is required for students who do not have English as their first language.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£6950
Part time 20 credits£772
International
Full time fee£18900

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MSc. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

The flexibility of this programme will provide you with many career opportunities. These include working in clinical exercise, health-promotion or in sports science support. A number of our graduates are employed in senior sports science positions with national sporting bodies and professional sports clubs. This programme also allows doctors and physiotherapists to aid their knowledge; for science graduates, there are opportunities in rehabilitation and higher education. It also provides an excellent basis if you wish to pursue PhD level research.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
  • A two-page personal statement highlighting:
    • How your academic career to-date makes this programme a suitable next step
    • Why you want to study this programme
    • How you think this programme will help you in your future career development

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Online Distance Learning

Please note that applications for programmes delivered online will be accepted until the commencement of the programmes in September 2016.

Apply now

For information on our online Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine programmes, click the following link:
Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine