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Trinity College Dublin: Sports and Exercise Medicine

Institution Trinity College Dublin
Department School of Medicine
Study type Taught


The aim of this MSc course is to allow participants further their career progression in musculoskeletal and sports and exercise medicine by enhancing basic background knowledge in anatomy, exercise physiology, sports and exercise science, in addition to high quality practical and critical thinking skills in musculoskeletal assessment, rehabilitation, and exercise testing and training prescription. Students will achieve this through a tiered process starting in Semester 1 with two basic science modules in Anatomy and Exercise Physiology; and a Research Methods module. In anatomy students develop a thorough knowledge of musculoskeletal and neuroanatomy through instructor lead dissection based practical classes examining joints and the organisation of the central and peripheral nervous systems. In the exercise physiology module, learning focuses on the key systems for sports and physical activity; energy systems, muscle physiology, cardiovascular and respiratory systems; and whole body hormonal and homeostatic responses to physical activity and exercise.
In the second semester the focus shifts to clinical aspects of sports and exercise medicine, such as musculoskeletal assessment skills, rehabilitation protocols; aspects of team and individual athlete care within different sports; and an exercise science module also contains new components on physical activity and population health. Critical thinking skills are developed in instructor lead clinical case scenario-based teaching with real patients and student led seminars reviewing the current literature to demonstrate the scope of problems encountered in day to day care of athletes and teams, and the physically active of all ages and gender.

As this course will be evidence-based, students will become critical consumers of the literature in the area of sports and exercise medicine. The research methods module in Semester 1 of each academic year will develop a students’ ability to critically evaluate the latest research in order to keep up to date with the latest clinical advances in the discipline, enable the student to formulate a research question and give them all the skills necessary for high quality research project design, from statistical modelling, ethics application, power analysis, high quality data collection, data handling, statistical analysis; and finally scientific report writing worthy of submission as a journal article or critical review. This MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine can be completed in one or two academic years and will be made up of six taught modules (10 ECTS each) and a research project (30 ECTS). All course material is currently presented in lecture, workshops, seminars and practical class-based formats on campus. All students will be required to have a PC or Mac computer with large RAM capability and at least 4-6 GB storage capacity to allow use of large statistical data analysis packages such as SPSS; and for future developments of ‘on-line’ course delivery.

All taught components are based on campus. There are three modules in each semester. One year full-time students must complete three modules per semester and a research project in one year. The 2-year part-time students also complete three modules per semester in Year 1 and then complete the research dissertation in Year 2. Currently basic science modules AN7104 (Anatomy); AN7105 (Exercise Physiology) and AN7106 (Research Methods) take place in Semester 1 of each academic year; and, clinical modules AN7107 (Sports and Exercise Medicine); AN7108 (Musculoskeletal assessment and Clinical Skills) and AN7109 (Exercise Science) take place in Semester 2. In the two-year part-time MSc, students complete all six taught modules in Year 1 and the research dissertation in Year 2. Two year part-time students must successfully complete all six modules in Year 1 to progress to Year 2.

All students who complete six taught modules successfully in Year 1 will be eligible for a Post-graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine. In order to achieve the exit award of MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine, students must complete all six taught modules (60 ECTS) and the research dissertation component (30 ECTS) within one year, if full-time, or two years if part-time.

Admissions Requirements:

The MSc course will continue to be open to graduates from medicine, physiotherapy and from 2018-19 on a trial basis, a limited number of places will be offered to graduates from the emerging disciplines of athletic training and rehabilitation therapy (Ireland / USA / Canada) and sports rehabilitation therapy (UK). Successful medically qualified applicants will hold a level 8 degree at an upper 2nd class honours (2.1) or equivalent GPA level in medicine. Degrees for all medical applicants must be recognised as equivalent to Irish, UK or EU degrees. For non-EU medical applicants, preference will therefore be given to doctors who have worked in a state registered clinical roles in Ireland, UK, or EU for a period of at least 12 months. Those with appropriate clinical experience in athlete/team service provision will be prioritised. Successful physiotherapy qualified applicants will hold a level 8 degree at an upper 2nd class honours (2.1) or equivalent GPA level in physiotherapy. Applicants must either already hold ISCP, CSP (UK) or EU equivalent state registration as a physiotherapist or provide evidence stating that they have started the application process, prior to applying for the course. All applicants with physiotherapy and/or physical therapy degrees from non-EU universities must undergo prior Irish state equivalence procedures (CORU) before applying for the course. Those with appropriate clinical experience in athlete/team service provision will be prioritised. Successful athletic training/sport therapy applicants will hold a level 8 degree at 1st class honours level or equivalent (GPA 4.0) in (a) athletic training and rehabilitation therapy or (b) sports rehabilitation therapy. ARTI (Ireland), the BOC (USA) and the CATA (Canada) regulate the Athletic Training/Therapy profession in their respective countries. Each of the three organisations accredit Athletic Training/Therapy programmes and set independent certification examinations which graduates must pass to become full, certified members. A tri-lateral agreement exists between ARTI (Ireland), the BOC (USA) and the CATA (Canada) whereby fully certified members of each organisation can challenge the certification examination of a sister organisation and can become full, certified members. Therefore, applicants from the Athletic Training/Therapy profession should be fully certified members of ARTI. Similarly with sports therapy graduates from the UK, the primary degree must be recognised by BASRaT. BASRaT is the UK regulator for Sport Rehabilitation Graduates. The BASRaT register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care in the UK. Athletic Rehabilitation Training graduates from other areas must have completed WFATT recognised training programmes and preference will be given to those who apply for ARTI cross-recognition. Applicants with proven clinical experience from placements in high level athlete/team service provision will be prioritised. All applicants should provide two references, either two academic or preferably one academic and one work related reference confirming their eligibility and suitability for the programme, which together with applicant’s academic performance during their undergraduate years will be used to select the most suitable candidates. Language requirements for students whose first language is not English are as per the requirements in the Calendar part 3 for a given academic year.
Applications for admission to the programme will be made through the online SITS system, no later than June 31st of each academic year. Early applications meeting all entry criteria can be accepted prior to the closing date; and, if oversubscribed all subsequent applications meeting entry criteria before the cut-off date will be put on a waiting list. Suitably qualified applicants on the waiting list will only be considered if places subsequently become available. Potential applicants are therefore encouraged to apply early as the course is usually oversubscribed and places are limited. Applicants must have regular access to a computer with good internet connection. The computer should have both a microphone and camera as all shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake an interview to determine suitability for the course. Applicants who do not exactly fit the above criteria, but who have high level sports and exercise service provision experience will be assessed on an individual basis in line with Trinity RPL policy.


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