Taught course

Sports and Exercise Medicine

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Health Professionals

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at qualified doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths.

Applicants should hold:

  • An MChB (MBBS) or equivalent.


  • A degree in Physiotherapy (normally 2.2 or above)/a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy together with evidence of an approved and relevant post qualification education.


  • A degree in Osteopathy (M Ost (Hons), normally 2.2 or above).


  • Two years’ clinical experience.

All students applying for the programme will usually be required to have two years’ clinical experience, but the final decision on an applicant’s suitability will be made at interview.

Applicants will be interviewed or have their application carefully scrutinised in order to establish the relevance of the programme to their learning needs, the necessary commitment to learning and where appropriate, support from their manager / employer. Interviews may be conducted in person or by Skype or telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. Normally the minimum level of proficiency for acceptance onto this programme is an IELTS average score of 6.5 or TOEFL minimum score of 575 (233 on the computer based test, 90 on ICT testing).

The Programme accepts requests for the accreditation of prior learning in line with Manchester Met's Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning -http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/APL_policy.pdf

Months of entry


Course content

Designed for qualified doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths with clinical experience, you’ll study the prevention, diagnosis and management of sport and exercise related medical conditions and injuries.

You’ll choose specialist units that fit with your interests and career aspirations and have the opportunity to gain additional professional accreditation, qualification or membership with external professional bodies. This includes Immediate Care in Sport Certificate (Level 3) and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

The majority of this course is delivered at The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP). You’ll have the opportunity to use world-class facilities, such as the environmental chamber, 3D performance capture hall, and the laboratory spaces for specialist exercise testing. You’ll perform practical sessions such as biomechanics and aerobic capacity tests.

You’ll learn theory in seminars, exploring cases and developing the specialist knowledge needed to support your career path into sport and exercise medicine. Topics you might consider include injury diagnosis, sports psychology and physiotherapy to help athletes get back into competitions, concussion in sport, advanced circulation management and performance enhancement.

To ensure our curriculum is relevant, our course has guest lectures from industry professionals who are experts in their field of practice. Past guest lecturers on this course include Adrian Gardner (Strength and Conditioning Coach at St Helens Rugby League Club), Chris Rosimus (Head of Nutrition at The Football Association), John Hartley (First Team Physiotherapist at Aston Villa Football Club) and Dr Leon Creaney (Team Doctor for British Athletics).

Our course content aligns with the Speciality Training Curriculum for SEM (2010) designed by the Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board and the Sports Physiotherapy Competencies and Standards Framework (2005).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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