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Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine

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MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine

As the longest-established Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) MSc in the Country, we have a prestigious history. The vision of Mr John King, our course founder, 39 years ago was to provide the best possible sports medicine training and to inspire the next generation of sports medicine expert clinician-scientists. He believed that ‘we must never lose the principle that in Sport and Exercise Medicine we can use the knowledge of basic science, molecular and mechanical signaling in promoting health as well as preventing and curing injury. After all 'training is just controlled injury’.

Our alumni are a glowing testament to our success in inspiring the next generation of sports medicine expert clinician-scientists. Graduates include the Medical and Scientific Director of International Olympic Committee, Chair of British Paralympic Association, Chief Medical Officers for Olympics Team GB in Atalanta 1996, Sydney 2000, CMO Greek team in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Many of our alumni are medical team staff at high profile elite clubs, including Premier League Football, Rugby and Tennis. Our reputation in Sports and Exercise Medicine is undisputed, and our course is “considered the gold standard for those wishing to enter the discipline” (The Development of Sports Medicine in 20th Century Britain, 2009). 

Whilst keeping sight of our vision for excellence in Sports and Exercise Medicine education, the course continues to develop and innovate, with specific learning routes for Doctors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths. We offer a flexible modular MSc structure taught through a blended learning approach that includes both in-person face-to-face teaching and online lectures and seminars.  The programme also delivers a practical learning experience involving clinical shadowing and mentoring. You will be exposed to unique clinical opportunities, such as our monthly inter-disciplinary combined clinic, that will challenge and sharpen your diagnostic skills. An interactive and supportive clinician student relationship is a feature of clinics on the Master’s program. 

Lectures are delivered by national experts; from cutting-edge basic scientists to physiotherapists, doctors and other health professionals working with world-class athletes. Core clinician-scientists on staff consult to elite athletes, and together with our support scientists, 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. When undertaking Masters level research the learning experience is primary but many students also go on to publish in peer-reviewed journals, a reflection of the quality of student research output. 

The course is designed to offer you mastery of foundation concepts and skills in Sports and Exercise Medicine. It will be challenging and the assessments will be rigorous. To meet these challenges, we expect you to be proactive and to quickly develop independence as a Masters level student.  

Medic MSc - Apply

Physio MSc - Apply

Physio MSc (MACP) - Apply

For further information, please contact:
Dr Simon Lack
Email: s.lack@qmul.ac.uk

MSc Podiatric Sports Medicine

Podiatric Sports Medicine (PSM) has never been formally structured as a discipline within the UK. Through post-graduate education specific to PSM, the aim is to start the process of formalising and underpinning the training of podiatrists in PSM. This formal training with specific qualification will in some way lead to recognition of PSM as a specialisation, which will be acceptable within UK and Europe. Successful candidates can now apply for membership of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).

In 2016 first post-graduate course in Podiatric Sports Medicine was established within Centre for Sports & Exercise Medicine, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary, University of London. The programme that is delivered is designed to assess knowledge, skills, competence, and professional attitudes required by podiatrists who wish to pursue a career and expertise in PSM and Musculoskeletal Medicine in the UK.

Working in sport is a largely practical discipline and the programme's emphasis lies firmly on regular clinical experience. Students benefit from regular contact with members of Sports and Exercise Medicine at QMUL, as well as visiting clinicians and lecturers who are experienced Sports Medicine specialists. This course is designed to offer a mastery of foundation concepts and skills in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

There are currently 35 graduates with PSM qualifications from QMUL.

It is a modular course offering 3 levels of qualifications:

  1. Post-graduate certificate -students must complete 4 core modules.
  2. Diploma, 8 modules – 4 core and 4 other.
  3. MSc, 8 modules + Dissertation, 4 core and 4 other.

Each taught module consists of 15 level M credits (30 hours) spread over 12 weeks. The current course is offered either asynchronously (online) or synchronously (face 2 face and online).

Taught by leading academics

The proposed course content covers detailed assessment, examination and management of sports injuries of the lower limb, especially foot, ankle and lower leg with imaging in sports medicine to assist in supporting clinical diagnosis. Lectures are delivered by national experts; from cutting edge basic scientists to podiatrists, podiatric surgeons, physiotherapists, doctors and other health professionals working with world-class athletes, who have an international presence in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Our staff work closely with students to nurture potential research interests and to develop clinical ability in Podiatric Sports Medicine. 

The overarching aims of the PSM programme are:

  • To provide a sound clinical base in Podiatric Sports Medicine on which to build future clinical
  • To facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the scientific basis which underlies the clinical practice of Podiatric Sports Medicine
  • To equip students with the key skills required in order for them to be able to critically analyse the literature and provide evidenced-based interventions. This will include injections (image guided and clinically directed), suturing, phlebotomy and cannulation techniques. This programme is based on the philosophy that the total care for the athlete requires personal skill/expertise, a multidisciplinary approach underpinned by evidenced-based medicine.
  • College of Podiatry (London) will provide indemnity for steroid injections to all successful candidates.
  • Affiliation, Associate Membership and Membership of Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasgow)

The teaching is a mix, or combination of the following, either face 2 face or online:

  1. Classroom lectures.
  2. Workshops
  3. Cadaver workshop with facility to practice image guided injections for all the pathology that affects the foot, ankle and leg.
  4. One to one where students are struggling with allocation of a mentor.
  5. Group discussions and debate.
  6. Journal club.
  7. Personal supervision.
  8. Clinical shadowing in all SEM disciplines.
  9. Attend 35 clinics (Sports Medicine, physiotherapy, Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery).

MSc Podiatric Sports Medicine - Apply

For further information, please contact:
Professor Nat Padhiar
Email: n.padhiar@qmul.ac.uk

iBSc/MBBS

Sports and Exercise Medicine has been taught at Queen Mary for many years, with the post-graduate MSc programme being the oldest in Europe. The undergraduate intercalated degree started as a younger sibling to the MSc but rapidly established its own niche as the first UK intercalated BSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine which has proven to be a popular option for students who wish to intercalate at Queen Mary.

The primary aim of the programme is to offer you an exciting, innovative, clinically relevant, and evidence-based course in Sports and Exercise Medicine. This will include giving you the knowledge and skills so that you are familiar with the most common sports injuries and understand relevant treatment options. It will also provide an understanding of the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise for both athletes and the general population. The second key aim of the course is to give you the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out a formal research project. Your research project will form just under half of the course assessment. It is also to be hoped that the research understanding gained will help you to critically evaluate the research literature, thus enabling clinical practice based on best evidence, and will give you the confidence and skills to carry out future research.

You'll be introduced to principles and skills to assess sports injuries and a solid understanding of the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise. Taught modules cover detailed, medical problems in sport, exercise medicine and physical activity prescription, biomechanics and injury rehabilitation as well as research-related modules. We place a strong emphasis on paper and quasi-experimental research, with students undertaking both a systematic review and a full research project. Many of our students publish their work in research journals and present at national and international conferences. 

Who should apply?

Anyone with an interest in sports medicine must have completed three or four years of the MBBS at Barts or any other UK medical school. If you are wishing to apply as an international student, please contact the course leader for more information.

The programme

Lectures are delivered by national experts, from cutting edge scientists to physiotherapists, doctors and other health professionals working with world-class athletes, dancers and/or with the general population.

Together with our support scientists, we have an international research profile in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Our staff will work closely with you to nurture your research interests in Sports and Exercise Medicine. When undertaking intercalated degree level research the learning experience is the primary outcome but many students also go on to publish in peer-reviewed journals, a reflection of the quality of the output.

The course structure includes six modules, five modules at 15 credits each and the Research Project module which carries 45 credits.

Careers

Your BSc will be an advantage if you later apply for postgraduate training in sports and exercise medicine, or fields such as general practice, orthopaedics, rheumatology or emergency medicine. With its emphasis on research skills, the programme also forms a strong basis for careers in academic medicine. 

Why take an intercalated degree?

An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.

It will also:

  • Add extra points to your application for Foundation Year training, giving you a competitive edge
  • Strengthen your application if you wish to take the highly competitive academic Foundation Year route into clinical research or education and teaching
  • Help you to progress into postgraduate training within your chosen speciality
  • Develop your scientific awareness, with an opportunity to carry out original research
  • Allow you to experience your chosen field and be sure it’s right for you
  • Gain transferable skills, including research- related

For further information, please contact:
Dr Manuela Angioi
Email: m.angioi@qmul.ac.uk