Drugs, Ethics and Medico-legal
Issues, 7.5 credits, Core
Organiser Prof Bruce Lynn (Physiology Dept, UCL)
This module will cover the key aspects of the use and abuse of drugs
in sport, the responsibility of the team physician and the medico-legal
issues surrounding drug use and abuse in sport. Lectures topics
will include a number of classes of banned drugs including anabolic
steroids, growth hormone and erythropoietin.
Prevention and treatment of Foot Injuries, 7.5 credits, option
Organiser Mr Panos Thomas (Orthopaedics, Whittington Hosp)
This module will cover in detail injuries and chronic conditions
affecting training and performance that involve the foot and ankle.
The role of different specialists (medical, physiotherapy, podiatry)
in the evaluation and treatment of foot injuries will be examined.
Prevention of foot injuries and the importance of appropriate footwear
will also be covered.
Research Methods, 7.5 credits,
Organiser Prof Bruce Lynn (Physiology Dept)
The scientific method; what we mean by "evidence based"; principles
of experimental design; introduction to statistics; effective use
of spread sheets. This module uses a web-based, problem centred,
approach and can be taken largely by distance learning.
Physical Activity Fitness and Health 7.5 credits, Option
Organiser Professor Bruce Lynn (Physiology Dept, UCL)
1. To look in depth at the evidence for improved health from physical activity, considering different health outcomes and all sections of the population.
2. To examine the relation of physical activity to aerobic fitness and to obesity.
3. To gain experience of some of the methods used to assess physical activity and fitness. 4. To look at the ways that physical activity can or might be increased, ie issues related to physical activity promotion.
Genes and Sport 7.5 credits. Option
Organiser Professor Bruce Lynn (Physiology Dept, UCL)
The course will cover the key areas of genetics. It will assume some knowledge of basic biology and genetics, approximately at the standard of A-level Biology
60 credits, Core
An initial literature survey will lead to the formulation of a research
plan. The project will then be carried out and written up as a detailed
research report. The results will also be presented orally at the
end of the course. Each project will have a 1st Supervisor who provides
the main support, and a 2nd supervisor who acts as a further source
of advice and helps with the assessment.
Many different sorts of project are possible - but all must involve
an original piece of research. This may be laboratory based or involve
an investigation into a clinical problem. Project locations will
be available throughout UCL and its associated institutions and
hospitals. Laboratories that have indicated their willingness to
supervise project students include Prof G Goldspink (Anatomy Dept,
Trophic control of muscle size and phenotype); Prof R C Woledge
and Dr Alan Wilson (Institute of Human Performance, Muscle properties;
human movement analysis; biomechanical topics) and Prof S Harridge
(Kings College London, Muscle preformance in the elderly). In addition it
is possible to carry out projects at a base not presently linked
to UCL if suitable supervision arrangements can be put in place.
For example, it is sometimes possible for part time students to
carry out a project at their place of employment.
Topics from recent years include:
- Concussion in martial artists.
- Football team doctors' confidence in the delivery of core aspects
of cardiorespiratory resuscitation.
- Dynamic electromyography of the deltoid muscle.
Relation of Graduate Diploma to the M
The taught elements of the course, totalling 120 credits, are sufficient
in themselves to gain a UCL Graduate Diploma. If a student wishes,
they may subsequently re-enrol to do a research project, and if
successful will be awarded an M Sc. Fees for the Graduate Diploma
are 2/3 those of the M Sc, i.e. pro rata in terms of credit value.
The modular structure allows the course to be taken part-time,
with up to 5 years allowed under UCL regulations. We do not recommend
spending more than 3 years, as otherwise the experience of being
within the college environment becomes excessively diluted. The
key for part time students is flexibility.
Several different routes through the modules will be possible to
suit individual circumstances. It should, for example, be possible
to take the course over 2 or 3 years while only attending UCL for
1 day per week during zones 1-3, i.e. during academic terms 1 and
2. Remember, however, that when planning part-time study, for every
"contact" hour spent at college, a further 1-2 hours needs to be
set aside for self study. Also remember that in year one you will
need to attend for 2-3 days during week one (the introductory week).
Also each year you will need to be able to get time off work to
take the exams for each module. And you have to fit in a Research
Project that is equivalent to 3-4 months full-time study.
With a 3-year part-time pattern, the taught modules could be completed
after 2 years, at which point a UCL Graduate Diploma would be awarded.
The IABSEM syllabus would also have been covered allowing an attempt
at the IABSEM Diploma.
Students interested in part-time study should discuss the options
with Mr Panos
Assessment of taught modules
Course work and examinations will assess taught courses. Examinations
will mostly be taken at the end of the academic year, although in
some instances examinations may be held at the end of modules. A
range of formats will be used including unseen written papers and
practical examinations, some of which may be objective structured
clinical examinations (OSCEs).
Assessment of the project
The following elements will be assessed:
- An extended essay (no longer than 5000 words) based on the literature
review and submitted, along with the research plan, before starting
the experimental work.
- The research report
- The oral presentation
Selected students have a viva with external examiner(s) and the
course tutors. This further explores the research results and
method, essay topic and any other aspect of the course that the
examiners have identified as a strength or weakness in the student.