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University of Bath: Internationally renowned Master of Science (MSc) programmes in Sport and Exercise Medicine and Sports Physiotherapy for the busy clinician (Continuing Professional Development Series)
  1. Adam G Culvenor1,2
  1. 1 Institute of Anatomy, Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg and Nuremburg, Salzburg, Austria
  2. 2 La Trobe Sports & Exercise Medicine Research Centre, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam G Culvenor, Institute of Anatomy, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg 5020, Austria; adam.culvenor{at}

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Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK.


Master of Science (MSc) in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) and MSc in Sports Physiotherapy (both by distance/blended on-line learning).


A Masters qualification in SEM or Sports Physiotherapy provides the foundation for specialisation. The Master’s graduate gains a considerable depth of academic knowledge, clinical skills and experience while also honing his or her understanding of professional practice and service development.1 Such expertise is increasingly demanded of clinicians who work with high-performance athletes, such as those competing in national and Olympic teams.2


Both MSc programmes (SEM and Sports Physiotherapy) are delivered in an integrated way under the stewardship of the current Director of Studies, Dr Polly McGuigan. She is supported by experienced Clinical Directors for SEM (Dr Julian Widdowson) and Sports Physiotherapy (Beenish Kamal) and approximately 15 other experienced academics and clinicians. The MSc in SEM is only open to medical doctors and the MSc to qualified physiotherapists. A strength of …

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  • Contributors AGC drafted, revised and approved the article for submission.

  • Funding ACG was supported by postdoctoral funding from a European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN; 607510) and National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (1121173).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.