Course Structure

Course structure

For the award of Master of Sports Medicine you must complete 150 points comprising of:

  • Seven 12.5-point core subjects
  • Three 12.5-point elective subjects
  • One 25-point capstone subject.

Alternative exit pathways are available through the Specialist Certificate, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Sports Medicine.

Core subjectsPoints
The Modern Athlete12.5

The Modern Athlete

Explore the multi-faceted approach to modern athlete-centred management using a case-based approach. Students will appraise their own professional roles and responsibilities, consider special athlete populations and dissect challenges typical to the sports medicine environment.

Detailed Information MEDI90092
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation12.5

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Engage in a best practice approach to the assessment and management of patients with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Focus will be on habilitation and rehabilitation strategies for optimising the neuro-musculoskeletal health of individuals.

Detailed Information REHB90007
Diagnosis in Sport12.5

Diagnosis in Sport

Explore theory and practice of sports injury differential diagnosis, including clinical reasoning strategies, hypotheses formation and testing, clinical pattern recognition and specific diagnostic and evaluation qualities of assessment tools.

Detailed Information MED190089
Injury Pathophysiology & Management12.5

Injury Pathophysiology & Management

Design, implement, evaluate and modify evidence-informed interventions that aim to safely return an athlete to optimal and safe performance in their specific sport/s.

Detailed Information SMED90002
Biomechanics & Sports Injury Prevention12.5

Biomechanics & Sports Injury Prevention

Analyse biomechanics and pathomechanics in a range of sports and exercise contexts, with emphasis on assessing load patterns and mechanics in athletic movements and interpreting and predicting potential implications on injury and performance.

Detailed Information SMED90001
Sports Psychology12.5

Sports Psychology

Engage with Sports Psychology approaches in Sports Medicine as a member of the interdisciplinary team; and as a key responder in different case scenarios. This includes mental health literacy, performance psychology and psychology of health. Also evaluate communication and behaviour change psychology in context.

Detailed Information TBC
Research & Evidence in Practice12.5

Research & Evidence in Practice

This subject provides an opportunity to build on your knowledge and skills in the use of research and evidence in habilitation and rehabilitation practices, with a primary focus on critical analysis of research. Critically engage with research and evidence in the context of searching and reviewing literature, research project design, methodology and application to practice.

Detailed Information REHB90010
Elective subjectsPoints
Foundations of Rehabilitation12.5

Foundations of Rehabilitation

Explore selected core theory and frameworks that underpin the development and delivery of best practice, evidence informed rehabilitation services across a range of disciplines and clinical practice contexts over the lifespan.

Detailed Information REHB90001
Health Behaviour Change12.5

Health Behaviour Change

Explore and evaluate key theories underlying contemporary approaches to health promotion and health behaviour change in individuals across the health-illness spectrum and at the population level. Apply evidence to sustained behaviour change within relevant sports medicine contexts, such as athlete lifestyle and performance.

Detailed Information HLTH90001
Evaluation of Rehabilitation Practice12.5

Evaluation of Rehabilitation Practice

Develop skills in the areas of selection, application and interpretation of rehabilitation treatment and evaluation for individuals, groups and rehabilitation and sports contexts.

Detailed Information REHB90003
Rehabilitation for Women’s Health12.5

Rehabilitation for Women’s Health

Build and evolve your practice in the safe and effective application of rehabilitation principles to meet the health needs of women. Attention is focused primarily on musculoskeletal disorders with attention to conditions affecting women from young adulthood through to their reproductive and older years.

Detailed Information REHB90006
Rehabilitation for Paediatrics12.5

Rehabilitation for Paediatrics

Build and evolve your practice in the safe and effective application of intervention and rehabilitation principles to meet the health needs of infants, children and adolescents and their families.

Detailed Information REHB90005
Rehabilitation, Activity & Exercise12.5

Rehabilitation, Activity & Exercise

Critically explore and apply research evidence to physical activity and exercise; including evaluating the health risks of sedentary behaviour. Design and evaluate appropriate programs to maximize health benefits and manage these risks.

Detailed Information REHB90002
Innovation and Emerging Technologies12.5

Innovation and Emerging Technologies

Examine emerging therapies and technologies, which extend rehabilitation practices. Critically reason and evaluate the value of these therapies and technologies in rehabilitation at the individual and population level.

Detailed Information REHB90009
Neuromusculoskeletal Radiology12.5

Neuromusculoskeletal Radiology

Apply advanced knowledge of anatomical structure and function to critically select and interpret radiological investigations. Scrutinise normal and pathological findings as displayed by a variety of imaging modalities including x-rays, CT scans, MRI and US imagining.

Detailed Information RADI90024
Type Elective
Capstone subjectsPoints
Sports Medicine Professional Project25

Sports Medicine Professional Project

Integrate and apply an advanced body of knowledge and cognitive, technical and creative skills to design and complete a substantial professional project, based on a needs assessment within your professional practice context.  Systematically and ethically design, execute, data-manage and evaluate your project to improve practice outcomes. Engage in peer review processes and dissemination of project outcomes to relevant audiences.

Detailed Information MEDI90090
Sports Medicine Research Project25

Sports Medicine Research Project

Extend, deepen and apply knowledge, skills and attributes in the context of undertaking a research project within an established research team. Engage in peer review processes and dissemination of project outcomes to relevant audiences.

Detailed Information MEDI90091


The estimated hours required for each subject is between 12 -15 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

Entry requirements

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  • Content and learning outcomes
  • Assessment requirements
  • Time commitment required for each subject
  • Possible recognition of prior learning
  • Exit pathways.

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