• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Our course provides you with an understanding of sports, sports science, rehabilitation aspects of sports and the biomechanics, kinetics and kinematics.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This UK masters in Sports and Biomechanical Medicine programme is designed to cover a wide variety of sport-related topics including: 

  • research design and medical statistics
  • measurement systems in motion analysis
  • biomechanics in sport
  • sports injury management and rehabilitation
  • dissertation on a substantive laboratory-based or focused research project in the field of sports rehabilitation and biomechanics

We offer you a wide ranging curriculum that will help you to achieve your career goals no matter what your speciality. Our distinguished visiting lecturers are specialists at the forefront of sport, sports injury, biomechanics, exercise physiology and other sports medicine related areas. You will have access to:

  • Fully equipped Sports Lab (Institute of Motion Analysis and Research)
  • Opportunities to publish your research in peer-reviewed sports journals
  • Lectures from leading multi-disciplinary teaching faculty from medicine, sports and biomechanics
  • Close working relationships with the University of Dundee's Institute of Sports & Exercise (ISE)
  • Facilities within Ninewells, a large, modern teaching hospital

Graduates from this sports MRes will be able to use their skills and knowledge to successfully increase their level of integration of sport and exercise medicine within their respective professions and disciplines at an advanced practitioner level. Graduates will be able to contribute to team work with a greater understanding of the inter-relationship between movement mechanisms, the fundamental nature of human performance at all levels and clinical outcome. 

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Forward vs Backward Treadmill Walking - Data Collection for a Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation student's project. Researcher: Marita Marshall. Video courtesy of www.justinasmile.com

Aims of the Programme

After completing the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Expert knowledge on the roles of physical activity and sports exercise in rehabilitation.
  • The means and techniques to ensure athletes and sports people can perform to their maximum capacity whilst limiting the injury process.
  • The ability to use your skills and knowledge to successfully increase your level of integration of sport, biomechanics, exercise medicine and rehabilitation within your respective profession or discipline. 
  • The skills and knowledge to undertake a substantive research project in your specialty. You will gain new insights and also the foundations for studying for a higher research degree. 


After graduation

Graduates from the postgraduate programme will be able to use their skills and knowledge to successfully increase their level of integration of sport and exercise medicine within their respective professions and disciplines at an advanced practitioner level.

Students graduating

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

What you will study

The MRes programme consists of five mandatory modules. 

Taught modules: 90 credits

Research Project: 90 credits

  • Module 1: Research Design and Medical Statistics
  • Module 2: Biomechanics in Sport
  • Module 3: Measurement Systems in Motion Analysis
  • Module 4: Management of Soft Tissue and Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Module 5: Research Project

After completing the research project, the Master of Research (a minimum of 180 credits) will be awarded. 

How you will be taught

Teaching of this MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation will primarily be through a combination of flexible learning modules and formal lectures. 

Assignments and coursework will foster the development of an enquiry-led, self-directed student approach to learning.

Assessment of modules 1-4 will be by examination upon completion of each individual module and a summative assessment on completion of all four modules. Assessment is weighted - 80% exam and 20% coursework.

During the research project, learning will be partly experiential, partly directed and partly self-directed. The research project will be assessed through the presentation of a dissertation, and the final mark will be moderated through an oral exam in Dundee (90 credits).

Who will teach you?
Professor Rami J Abboud Course Co-Director/Head of Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery University of Dundee
Mrs Fiona Brownlie Team Leader Physiotherapist, Cardiac Rehabilitation NHS Tayside
Mrs Mary Colvin Physical Activity Improvement Advisor Sport & Physical Activity Division, Scottish Government
Professor John Dillon Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology University of Dundee
Dr Tim Drew Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics University of Dundee
Dr Audrey Duncan Sports Science Manager Institute of Sport & Exercise, University of Dundee
Dr Niall Elliott Deputy Head of Sports Medicine Sport Scotland Institute of Sport
Dr Sheila Gibbs Consultant Clinical Scientist University of Dundee
Mrs Linda Johnston Clinical Audit University of Dundee
Mr Michael Johnston A&E Consultant NHS Tayside
Dr Tommy Kaye GP and Sports Medicine Specialist  
Dr Faisel Khan Reader at Institute of Cardiovascular Research University of Dundee
Dr Shihab Khogali Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education University of Dundee
Mr Gavin Love Orthopaedic Consultant/Honorary Clinical Senior Teacher Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
Mr Jamie Maclean Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
Mr Derek McCormack Royal Marine Physician RM Condor, Arbroath
Dr Chris Milne GP and Sports Physician  
Mr David Nicoll Orthopaedic Consultant/Dundee United Football Team Doctor Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
Dr Weijie Wang Senior Lecturer University of Dundee
Mr Philip Yeates Chartered Physiotherapist and Sports Specialist  

Dundee's MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation will give you the opportunity to understand why sport must be considered a science. Sports medicine brings together many diverse specialities including Anatomy, Physiology, and Orthopaedics; to which the addition of biomechanics and rehabilitation makes this MRes course almost unique.

From the physiological aspects of muscle tissue, to understanding the biomechanics, kinetics and kinematics of motion, from the study of musculoskeletal injuries to conducting a substantive piece of original research, this course provides key knowledge and understanding to those professionals interested in exercise as an allied healthcare professional.

Whilst boasting an exceptional teaching and lecturing faculty drawn from experts in many sports-related fields the course also has a strong element of self-learning which incites more independent study and allows for a more critical understanding to research and sports in general. The sports laboratories in the department are so well equipped and state of the art that the research possibilities are endless allowing candidates the opportunity to perform further specialised research and complete a Thesis that can be published in peer-reviewed sports journals.

This MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation will therefore prepare graduates for a research-focused clinical graduate career in either the NHS or academia, and is particularly well positioned to prepare for entry into a clinical academic career path if you are a clinical graduate. Those students not already in academia or the NHS will broaden their scope of being able to do so and additionally benefit from the multitude of opportunities in the public and private sectors involving sport and exercise.

Luis Larrea Murillo

The TORT Centre facilities were like nothing I’ve ever seen before with amazing lab equipment, the staff like the students where a joy to work with, and the overall environment was absolutely pleasant. It was an incredible experience and taught me so much about working independently as well as organizing a well-structured project. I would recommend this course for anyone who has a strong interest in sports and health care.

Luis Larrea Murillo

Luis Riccuilli Ventura

The course helped me connect the best of both worlds: my love for sports and movement and my knowledge of mechanics. This was mainly possible due to the large variety of professionals and academics composing the department, from statisticians to psychologists, orthopaedic surgeons, cardiologists, biomechanists, physiotherapists and mechanical engineers.

Luis Riccuilli Ventura

Alfonso Rangel

The MSc in Sports and Biomechanical Medicine was an excellent opportunity to understand why sport must be considered a science. From the physiological aspects of muscle tissue to the psychology of the athlete, from the study of musculoskeletal injuries to the legal issues of a team physician's contract, this course provides key knowledge and understanding to those professionals interested in exercise as an allied healthcare professional.

Alfonso Rangel

1st or 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in a scientific discipline, e.g. Medicine, Physiology, Anatomy, Exercise Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Health Professionals Degree. Entry requirements permit flexibility for consideration of Application of Prior Learning (APL) and Application of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL).

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £11,000 per year of study
Rest of UK students £11,000 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £11,000 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
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Course Contact

Dr Tim Drew
+44 (0)1382 383505

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