Sports and Exercise Medicine - Podiatrist

MSc ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


The course is designed and suitable for qualified podiatrists with clinical experience and an interest in sports medicine. It is a very practical course with a multidisciplinary approach to patient management, so it should also appeal to those who want to enhance their clinical knowledge and expertise. It is taught in tandem with the other MSc routes (medics, physiotherapists and osteopaths) and allows integration across the differing clinical backgrounds.

This programme is based on the philosophy that the total care for the athlete requires a multidisciplinary approach underpinned by evidenced based medicine.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity in the future, possibly as early as 2018, to sit a Fellowship examination in Podiatric Sports Medicine, which will be awarded by The Directorate of Podiatric Medicine, College of Podiatry, London.

The programme is delivered within Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) that is part of the William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL),.  This places the programme at the forefront of provision of Podiatric Sports Medicine (PSM) within the UK. Working in sport is a largely practical discipline and the programme's emphasis lies firmly on regular clinical experience. Students will benefit from regular contact with all members of Sports and Exercise Medicine team at QMUL, as well as visiting clinicians and lecturers who are experienced Sports Medicine specialists.

Lectures are delivered by national and international experts; from cutting edge basic scientists to podiatric surgeons, sports physicians, physiotherapists and other health professionals working with world-class athletes. Our staff will work closely with students on the MSc route to nurture potential research interests and with all podiatry students to develop their clinical ability in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Course content covers detailed assessment and management of sports injuries of the lower limb, especially the foot, ankle and lower leg, with imaging in sports medicine to assist in clinical decision making.

This programme will:

  • Offer you mastery of foundation concepts and skills in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
  • Give you the knowledge and skills to assess sports injuries and to understand their treatment options, as well as understanding the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise and its use as a health tool.
  • Allow you regular clinical contact with athletes and sportspeople.
  • Introduce you to visiting lecturers, who are experts in the field of Sports Medicine.

Why study your MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary?

The Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine is based at the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

  • This programme is the longest-established Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc in the country.
  • It is unique in the UK for the delivery of integrated academic and practical tuition. Lectures are delivered by national experts.
  • Core clinician-scientists on staff consult to elite athletes, we have an international research profile in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
  • Our staff will work closely with you to nurture your research interests and to develop your clinical ability in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
  • Many students also go on to publish in peer-reviewed journals, a reflection of the quality of our student research output.


You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. We subscribe to many journals in sport and exercise medicine. You can access electronic journals online.

The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) at QMUL combines the expertise of sports medicine clinicians, surgeons, engineers and sports scientists with state-of-the-art physiological testing and motion analysis equipment. This collaborative venture offers clinical, educational, research and athlete support service applications in the laboratory or field based settings.

The capabilities of the HPL can be broadly divided into two areas: musculoskeletal biomechanics and physiological testing.

  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics
    The HPL carries 4 Codamotion Cx1 infra-red scanning units that are used extensively for 3-dimensional motion analysis. This system is fully integrated with 2 ground embedded Kistler force plates and a 16 channel wireless EMG system. The integration of these systems allows for full analysis of movement, forces associated with movement and measuring muscular effort during movement. In addition, the HPL also boasts a 64 channel EMG system for multichannel work and an isokinetic dynamometer, which can be used for both research and rehabilitation.
  • Physiological testing
    Detailed analysis of pulmonary gas exchange can be made using an online gas analysis system, in addition to cardiac monitoring using a 12-lead ECG system, during exercise on a treadmill or the electromagnetically braked cycle ergometer. Measures can also be made out in the field, from simple tests of flexibility, strength, speed, power and cardiorespiratory fitness, to comprehensive measurement of expired air using the portable on-line gas analysis system.

Papers of interest

  • In Vivo Biological Response to Extracorpereal Shockwave Therapy in Human Tendinopathy  (paper is called ESWT)
  • The role of interventions directed at the foot for managing patellofemoral pain (paper is called InTouch Article)
  • The biomechanics of running in athletes with previous hamstring injury: A case-control study (Hamstrings paper)
  • The ‘Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain’: incorporating level 1 evidence with expert clinical reasoning (PFP paper)
  • Eccentric and Concentric Exercise of the Triceps Surae: An In Vivo Study of Dynamic Muscle and Tendon Biomechanical Parameters (JAB EL CL paper)


Sport and Exercise Medicine is available to study to MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate level, full-time for one year, or part-time from two to four years.

A specific PG Certificate in Podiatric Sports Medicine has also been developed with a practical focus and based around 4 core modules.

To achieve the PG Diploma you will take eight taught modules, building on the core modules.

To achieve the MSc you will additionally need to complete a research project (equivalent to four modules).

For all programmes attendance of 32 clinics is required.


Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.


Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Core modules

  • Podiatric Sports Medicine (core module for podiatrists)
  • Podiatry & Biomechanics (core module for podiatrists)
  • Imaging in Sports Medicine (core module for podiatrists)
  • Sports Injury Assessment I (core module for all)
  • Further details on these modules are available here.
  • Research Methods (core module for all).

Option modules

  • Exercise as a Health Tool
  • Sports Injury Assessment II
  • Exercise Physiology and Team Medicine
  • Football Medicine and Science
  • Dance medicine.

Practical Content

There are numerous in-house clinics, and many other NHS and private clinics in and around London are also utilised. Visits to national centres of excellence and sporting clubs are arranged where possible. You will be expected to attend a minimum of 32 clinics over the period of the course. The clinics run throughout the week in the mornings or afternoons, and part-time students need a degree of flexibility in their time off in order to be able to attend these.

Further information

For more information, please visit the William Harvey Research Institute website.


Trevor Prior
Dr Nat Padhiar

Dr Simon Lack
Tel: 02078825012

Entry requirements

The course, and this route is specifically aimed at qualified podiatrists. All applicants must have:

  • BSc Podiatry /Podiatric Medicine (For international students, further information can be found on
  • Registered with Health Care Professions Council or equivalent regulatory body for overseas students (Further details can be obtained from
  • At least one year of clinical experience
  • If English is not your first language, the School of Medicine and Dentistry require a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website.

If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,000
Part time £5,000

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £19,250
Part time £9,650

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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