Sports & Exercise Medicine

Course Outline
The MMEdSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at UCC is designed to give clinicians a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. This programme covers the evidence base of the management of sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries and emphasises the vital role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic illness/disease. This master's degree will therefore educate a new, highly skilled cadre of clinicians and practitioners to manage sports injuries and the epidemic of lifestyle related diseases and conditions. This programme can be taken part-time over two years or full-time over one year.

Why Choose This Course
This programme was developed circa 25 years ago and successfully run by Professor Michael Molloy, Dr Fionnuala Quigley and subsequently by Dr Eanna Falvey. This restructured and revised curriculum intends to follow on from its great success.

A Master's-level degree in Sports & Exercise Medicine, from UCC, will open many doors in the world of sports and exercise medicine, from sports injury clinics to developing exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and working with sports teams. Our programme is led by local, national & international experts with active involvement in the HSE and elite sports and exercise medicine settings. A distinct feature of the programme is the wide variety and large number of distinguished external guest speakers, all experts in their own field locally, nationally and internationally.

Subjects taught

Students take CORE modules to the value of 80 credits as follows:
SX6011 Sports Injuries I (10 credits)
SX6012 Sports Injuries II (10 credits)
SX6010 Exercise, Physiology & Prescription (10 credits)
SX6013 Exercise as Medicine (Chronic disease management) (10 credits)
SX6014 Health promotion strategies (5 credits)
SX6019* Research Methods in Sports and Exercise Medicine (5 credits)
SX6015 Dissertation in Sports & Exercise Medicine (30 credits)

*In Accordance with UCC`s policy for Recognition of Prior Learning students who have completed a relevant University research methods module, at similar NFQ level, do not have to complete SX6019 upon documented evidence that the module has been taken within the last 5 years.

Students take ELECTIVE modules to the value of 10 credits (15 credits if not taking SX6019 as core) over two years, from the following:

SX6016 Advanced Rehabilitation for Injuries (5 credits)
SX6017 Team Medicine (5 credits)
SX6018 Independent Study (5 credits)
SX6020 Standard Approach to Field Emergencies Level 2 (5 credits)

Note: A minimum of 5 students is required to run elective modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MMedSc (Sports and Exercise Medicine) will be required to hold either:

- An Honours Medical qualification of the NUI or an equivalent institution, and to be in good standing with their national regulatory body, e.g. the Irish Medical Council or its equivalent


- A Second Class Honours or higher in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in Physiotherapy, and membership of /or eligible to be a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists;

- Applicants who do not meet the normal academic or experience requirements may also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee;

- Selection will be based on academic achievement and relevant work experience. Some applicants who do not fulfil the usual entry requirements may be invited for an interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme;

- Acceptance of a candidate into the programme is subject to Garda Vetting.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland:
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Application dates

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC

- Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.

5. Rounds
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates below.

Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

Please upload certification of current registration with the appropriate professional body.

Please upload your CV.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 21 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of this programme will be able to pursue careers in the allied healthcare professions, become involved in a wide range of sport and exercise-related activities from General Practice and consultants in Sports Medicine to the provision of medical care for athletes and teams as well as exercise specialists for the provision of exercise medicine services within the HSE. Medical graduates will be eligible to apply for the higher specialist training programme of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine. Graduates may also pursue a career in higher education and research.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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