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 1 year.

Course Practicalities
This programme is run part-time over 2 years or full-time over 1 year. Each year is run over 3 semesters. Modules are delivered in 2, 3, 4 or 5 weekday blocks, depending on credit weighting. There will be occasional Saturday morning sessions. Teaching is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, hands-on practical sessions, small group seminars, clinics and field trips, and will be delivered by lecturers who are highly experienced in their field. Up-to-date evidence-based practice will be emphasised throughout and the student's contribution through discussion is key. This is a web enhanced programme, where some course material is delivered online. Assessment is through written examinations, presentations, coursework such as essays and case studies, OSCE`s and the dissertation.

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.

Observational clinic sites include:
Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry, Dublin
Cork University Hospital, Primary Care clinics North & South Lee Regions
Regional Sports Rehab facilities and the Mardyke Arena, UCC, Cork

This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage sports injuries and illness and to explore the relationship between physical activity and health.

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 OR
An Honours Physiotherapy degree, NFQ Level 8, at second Class Honours, or higher, 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 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 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 available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

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.

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)


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.


Full-Time Option:
The full-time MMedSc Sports & Exercise Medicine runs over one calendar year (12 months) from the date of first registration for the programme. Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits incorporating approximately 300 hours of structured contact time provided face-to-face, via webinars or online (3-8 in-class days per month during term). Most classes are held in two-day, five-day blocks (weekdays). Students also undertake a research dissertation (30 credits) which is submitted at the end of the calendar year.

Part-Time Option:
The part-time MMedSc Sports & Exercise Medicine runs over one academic year (9 months/Year 1) and one calendar year (12 months/Year 2), 2 years in all from the date of first registration for the programme. Students take 60 credits of taught modules over two years. Students must take a minimum of taught modules to the value of 30 credits, to include modules SX6010, SX6011 and SX6012 in Year 1. Most classes are held in two-day five-day blocks (weekdays), depending on credit weighting. Students also undertake a research dissertation (30 credits) which is submitted at the end of the calendar year, in Year 2.

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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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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