The Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine is for those working in a sports clinic environment who want to enhance their employability by developing the skills to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate evidence.
This online course, run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, is delivered by an innovative and experienced team who have an established international reputation in sports and exercise medicine. The curriculum is based on the specialist training curriculum developed by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. It therefore meets the highest standards for Sports and Exercise Medicine education and will enhance national and international employability. On completion you can progress to the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine (online delivery).
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
The Sports and Exercise Medicine Postgraduate Diploma is based on the specialist training curriculum developed by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.
You will undertake six modules, each running over six weeks. The modules you will cover are as follows:
Module 1 - Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Module 2 - Exercise and Sport in Relation to Chronic Disease and Populations
Module 3 - Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Return to Exercise
Module 4 - Common Sports Injuries and Investigation
Module 5 - Management and Rehabilitation Planning of Sports and Exercise Related Injuries
Module 6 - The Multidisciplinary Team in Exercise and Sport
Although you’ll be learning online you will be part of a group with 10 to 15 other students. Your self-directed distance learning will be guided by tutor-stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios.
You’ll do a combination of individual and group projects, and you’ll have a reflective practice portfolio to help you consider how what you’re learning on the course can be translated into everyday work and practice.
You’ll have the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.
Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to an Online Induction Day Webinar. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies.
It is not compulsory for you to attend our Induction Day, but it is recommended as it’ll provide you with a sturdy introduction to the course.
You will be assessed via a range of methods including:
The course director is Dr Gareth Jones. Having obtained an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine Dr Jones later went on to become a DipSEM examiner. He has attended four Commonwealth Games, the last two as Chief Medical Officer and has been a Match Day Doctor at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.
In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English Language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine has been introduced with the purpose of promoting and enhancing professional skills and knowledge among its students which have direct relevance and application to the demands of their working roles. There is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena and a need for higher qualifications to assist with career development and support specialisation. It is envisaged that most students will be in primary care or aspiring to such posts.