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Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM)


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:

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

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Contact details

Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine
Department of Medicine
Otago Medical School


Subject information

Schedule of papers


The programme shall consist of:

  • SPME 701 Issues in Sports Medicine (30 points)
  • SPME 711 Exercise Prescription (30 points)

and additional papers from the schedule to a total of 120 points from:

  • SPME 701  Issues in Sports Medicine (30 points)
  • SPME 702  Medical Aspects of Exercise (15 points)
  • SPME 703  Sports Nutrition (30 points)
  • SPME 704  Health and Human Performance A (15 points)
  • SPME 705  Health and Human Performance B (15 points)
  • SPME 707  Regional Sports Injury 1 (15 points
  • SPME 708  Regional Sports Injury 2 (15 points)
  • SPME 709  Women in Sport: Health Issues (30 points)<
  • SPME 710  Sports Ergonomics (30 points)
  • SPME 711  Exercise Prescription (30 points)
  • PHTY 542  Sports Physiotherapy (30 points)

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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 SPME 701 and SPME 711 and additional papers from the schedule, to a total 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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