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Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM)


Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM) through the Dunedin campus in 2015

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM) is designed for graduates in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy, or Sciences, or those with a comparable qualification in the health care professions. Although sports medicine may form a significant part of their work, most practitioners have minimal or no formal training at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.

This course will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of sports medicine and provide the opportunity to gain academic and clinical training through the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, University of Otago, Wellington, School of Physical Education, School of Physiotherapy, and Department of Human Nutrition.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Subject Information

Schedule of Papers

The programme shall consist of SPME 701 and additional papers from the schedule to a total of 120 points. 

SPME 701  Issues in Sports Medicine

SPME 702  Medical Aspects of Exercise

SPME 703  Sports Nutrition

SPME 704  Health and Human Performance A

SPME 705  Health and Human Performance B

SPME 706  Sports Physiotherapy

SPME 707  Regional Sports Injury 1

SPME 708  Regional Sports Injury 2

SPME 709  Women in Sport: Health Issues

SPME 710  Sports Ergonomics

SPME 711  Exercise Prescription












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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    2. Every applicant shall
      1. be a graduate in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education or Human Nutrition or, having another relevant health professional qualification, be admitted ad eundem statum;
      2. have experience of or be currently working in a relevant field;
      3. present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of papers from the schedule, to the value of 120 points.
    2. A candidate may be granted exemption for up to 30 points based on equivalent study in a relevant or related subject successfully completed at a university or other tertiary institution.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate for the diploma shall normally follow a programme of study for not less than one year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
    2. A candidate shall complete the requirements for the diploma within four years of admission to the programme.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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