University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

Football Medicine in association with FIFA (Taught)

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Course summary

Developed in partnership with FIFA, this specialist master's course equips qualified doctors with the skills to conduct clinical practice in football settings. This highly flexible academic and clinical online master's degree develops your sport and exercise medicine skills, with a focus on football. You’ll gain advanced football medicine knowledge to benefit your sport-specific or portfolio medical career. Through Bath’s clinical experts and FIFA’s industry insights, you’ll learn the skills needed to improve the preparation, development, and medical management of recreational or elite players. You’ll also explore how to use exercise for rehabilitation effectively. You can complete this master's degree alongside your clinical practice. Bath is one of the few universities offering this type of academically recognised MSc course through part-time and distance learning. This allows you to complete your studies with greater flexibility. Gain key skills You’ll develop:

  • clinical knowledge and competency in the diagnosis, management and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries
  • competency to provide safe and effective pitchside emergency care
  • clinical knowledge of the aftercare of injuries and rehabilitation
  • expertise in injury prevention in football
  • awareness of the signs of mental health issues in sport and the ability to provide confidential support
  • an advanced understanding of the ethical and medicolegal issues of working in football
This course is delivered by multi-disciplinary and highly experienced clinical experts, many of whom maintain sport medicine practice. We will assign you an experienced sports medic as your Professional Development Advisor. They will provide mentorship and help you establish industry links. In years one and two, there are opportunities to learn from guest speakers and build connections with other clinicians at our residential weeks. The first residential week is optional and will take place in Bath. The second is compulsory (location to be confirmed). Graduate prospects By the end of your studies, you will be better equipped to work in a variety of football medicine roles (such as team doctor), or to expand the scope of your current practice to include football medicine. If you want to continue your research alongside professional practice, we also provide an established Professional Doctorate, offering a route for MSc students interested in continuing their research to doctoral level while working part-time. Recent Department for Health graduates have gone on to work for leading organisations in the field of football, including:
  • FIFA Medical Department
  • The Premier League
  • UEFA
  • Manchester United FC
  • The FA


This course lasts 3 to 5 years. It starts in September 2023 and ends in 2028. Your course end date may vary depending on how many units you complete in each year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Units Induction An online induction will take place on 21 and 22 September 2023. Residential events This course includes compulsory and optional residential events. View budgeting information for residential events. Year 1 Sports Science Residential Week Attendance at the January 2024 (exact date to be confirmed) residential week is optional. This will take place in Bath. Year 2 Clinical Residential Week Attendance at the January 2025 (exact date to be confirmed) residential week is compulsory. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Year 1 The sports doctor Football medicine in practice 1 Exercise physiology Functional anatomy and sporting movement analysis Year 2 Sports injuries and rehabilitation Football medicine in practice 2 Advanced football medicine The psychology of sport and exercise Year 3 Research project Research project design

Assessment method

Coursework Essay Multiple choice examination Practical work Residential Seminar Written examination

Entry requirements

British qualifications To apply for this course, you should have a Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery. You should be a qualified medical doctor with full unrestricted registration with the General Medical Council or your country's relevant body. You should also have a minimum of one year’s work experience as a qualified and registered doctor before enrolment. Please provide a copy of your valid medical licence and details of how to confirm your medical registration online (if applicable). Please ensure that you submit a personal statement of 250-500 words that outlines your qualifications and experience, your interest in the programme, and how you wish to use the degree after completion. As this is a practice-based course, please include details of your access to patients with sporting injuries and/or conditions where exercise could be prescribed as medicine. If you are a qualified physiotherapist, but not a medical doctor, then this course is not suitable. You may, however, be interested in our MSc Sports Physiotherapy. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Football Medicine in association with FIFA at University of Bath - UCAS