• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    3 Years


The global sports and exercise sector is a booming multibillion-pound industry. As this thriving sector expands, exciting new opportunities are opening up in the fields of sports science and sports medicine.

If you have the drive to succeed, our online MSc will help you to turn your passion for sport and exercise science into the knowledge and experience you need to take your career to the next level. This online taught MSc in Sports Science is designed to provide you with an advanced, research-led programme of study in sport and exercise science and medicine. 

A key strength of this programme is its flexibility, which enables you to specialise in physical activity and health, sports performance, or sports medicine. You will have access to a number of guest lecture staff providing interactive sessions in their specialist fields. 

The University of Glasgow is ranked 2nd in the UK for Sports Science. In addition, this MSc is the only one in Scotland to combine sport and exercise medicine with sport and exercise science. Its all covered within our comprehensive degree programme, which can be studied 100% online. 

You'll have direct access to the expertise of our staff at the National Stadium Sports, Health and Injury Clinic at Hampden Park, a custom-built sports medicine centre. With our world-class facilities, laboratories and teaching staff, were the best-equipped exercise science institution in Scotland. 

You'll also benefit from the university's close links with various regional and national sporting bodies and professional clubs. There are occasionally opportunities for internships for some students, instead of a research project. 

With our MSc, youll be perfectly positioned to study performance and health aspects of sport and exercise science, from the whole body to the molecular level. 


  • Review evidence from scientific literature covering sport and exercise science & medicine
  • Apply the knowledge you learn from the programme to novel concepts and situations
  • Design, complete and review a piece of research
  • Effectively communicate scientific ideas, concepts and data
  • Identify areas of uncertainty and knowledge gaps in the current literature and consider strategies to address these
  • Carry out relevant research methods
  • Understand the ethics of sport and exercise science
  • Gain experience in data handling and statistics
  • Interpret and evaluate experimental data
  • Learn how to write for scientific purposes
  • Hone your oral communication and presentation skills


The flexible nature of this programme means youll have a wide choice of career opportunities. These include working in clinical exercise, health promotion or sports science support.

A number of our graduates are employed in senior sports science positions with national sporting bodies and professional sports clubs. This programme also allows doctors and physiotherapists to advance their knowledge. For science graduates, there are opportunities in rehabilitation and higher education. This science in sports masters degree also provides an excellent basis if you wish to pursue PhD-level research or if you are planning or engaged in research, teaching or an applied practical career in the fields of physical activity and health, or sports performance. 

The programme also provides specialist postgraduate training in Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine for doctors, physiotherapists and related health professionals.


The course will involve online lectures, seminars and tutorials. During a residential week at the end of year 1, you will take part in lab classes. You will also take part in journal clubs, presentations and self-directed learning. The programme is made up of 60 compulsory credits and 3 x 20 credit options (X, Y and Z) plus a research project (60 credits).

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • MED5212PMSc Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine – Dissertation60 Credits

    You’ll plan and execute an independent research project on a topic relevant to sport and exercise science and medicine, then present and discuss your findings.

  • MED5356Medical Statistics10 Credits

    Provides an introduction to medical statistics, covering a number of the most commonly used basic analyses from both clinical and laboratory studies. The aim is to ensure that you can appraise the literature that includes the methods covered, and use these methods to analyse datasets.

  • MED5357Physiological & Exercise Testing – Strength, Power and Intensity Domains10 Credits

    Designed to help you understand the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used methods to assess strength, power, and thresholds of exercise intensity domains (e.g. lactate threshold, critical power). You’ll also gain practical experience in performing these tests.

  • MED5358Physiological & Exercise Testing – Aerobic Fitness and Physical Activity10 Credits

    You will gain an understanding of the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used methods to assess cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity. You will also gain practical experience in performing these tests.

  • MED5359Human Physiological & Metabolic Assessment10 Credits

    Gain an understanding of the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used methods to assess aspects of human physiological and metabolic function (e.g. metabolic rate and substrate utilisation, glucose tolerance, vascular function, body composition). You will also gain practical experience in performing these tests.

  • MED5365Evidence-Based Research in Medicine20 Credits

    Designed to provide you with core skills in critical review, communications and the principles of evidenced-based medicine and research. This will help you to evaluate evidence, cite appropriate references, and understand the principles by which a programme of research is undertaken.

  • MED5352Cellular and Molecular Exercise Physiology (Z)20 Credits

    You’ll acquire an in-depth and critical knowledge of how cells and molecules relate to organ and organismal physiology and how cellular and molecular systems respond to exercise and physical activity. The course will also provide you with the skills and knowledge to evaluate how cellular and molecular adaptations to regular physical activity and exercise training contribute to increased fitness and improved exercise performance.

  • MED5353Physical Activity and Health: Biological Mechanisms (Y)20 Credits

    You will gain an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the relationships between physical activity, fitness and health. You’ll learn about the biological mechanisms underpinning the beneficial effects of physical activity on health and how the quality and quantity of physical activity influences health benefits.

  • MED5354Clinical Sports Injuries (X)20 Credits

    This 5-week course is taught online with sessions at both the university campus and the Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden Park during the residential week. It is a hands-on, practical course which aims to improve background knowledge, clinical examination skills and techniques for the treatment and rehabilitation of common sports injuries.

  • MED5355Exercise in Clinical Populations (Z)20 Credits

    In this course, you will learn about the aetiology and pathology of a number of chronic diseases and the role of physical activity in their prevention and management.

  • MED5360Physical Activity and Health: Public Health, Policy and Behavioural Change (X)20 Credits

    This course will provide you with an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of physical activity policy development. The key concepts in physical activity behaviour change in public health will be covered, along with the promotion of physical activity at a population level and with specific targeted populations.

  • MED5361Sport and Exercise Medicine in Practice (Y)20 Credits

    Gain the background knowledge and skills to offer practical advice when working with athletes and teams in a sports medicine environment. The course aims to introduce the common clinical challenges in sport and exercise medicine, to explore the ethical and medico-legal challenges of sport and exercise medicine, and to develop an understanding of the multi-disciplinary team involved in sport and exercise medicine.

  • MED5362Sports Injuries: Scientific Basis of Prevention and Rehabilitation (X)20 Credits

    You’ll gain an in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the epidemiology of sports injuries to understand the relationships between gender, stage of development and level of participation. You will learn about the aetiology of sports injuries to understand the functional impact of sporting performance and recreational activity. This course will also cover the mechanisms of tissue regeneration and how they influence the choice of specific interventions and rehabilitation.

  • MED5363The World Class Athlete (Z)20 Credits

    The aim of this course is to help you to evaluate the genetic determinants of elite sporting performance. You’ll also learn how to evaluate the environmental factors determining elite human sporting performance and recognise how both nature and nurture impact on it.

  • MED5470Ergogenic Aids for Exercise Performance (Y)20 Credits

    You’ll gain knowledge and information about up-to-date research on strategies to enhance exercise performance, with a particular focus on strength rather than endurance performance. The course will cover a broad range of ergogenic aids, including nutrition.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. A degree in the sport and exercise sciences, physiotherapy, medicine, other relevant biological/biomedical sciences, or other health professions/health-related areas (at least a 2.2 Honours Degree or equivalent)
  2. Alternative qualifications will also be considered on a case-by-case basis
  3. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent qualification) is required if English is not your first language

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this masters programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree 
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
23 Sep 2019
23 Sep 2019

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £15,000*
  • International: £15,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does this programme cost?
Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Fees for NHS-funded students:
Sep 2019 entry: 939 per 20 credits (Total: 8,451)

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.

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