Postgraduate taught 

Sport & Exercise Science & Medicine MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Background and aims

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.

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. We use cutting edge online tools to ensure an effective delivery of this course and compliment this online teaching with short residential periods to develop practical skills. 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.

Computer requirements for studying online

Broadband internet connection

  • 3 mbps or higher

Internet Browsers

Our online learning platform Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. This includes:


  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer


  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. 

Javascript needs to be enabled within your browser

Please note: legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

Computer specifications

  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating system (minimum):
    • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
  • Hard disk: 300GB
  • Sound card and microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
  • Webcam