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College of Life and Environmental Sciences

MSc Student Handbook 2010/11

MSc Programmes in

Sport and Health Sciences

Sport and Exercise Medicine

Paediatric Exercise and Health


Introduction and Welcome



Sport and Health Sciences and its Facilities




Library Facilities


IT Facilities


Photocopying Facilities


Sports Facilities



MSc Programmes


Academic Year Details


Academic Programmes


Programme Specifications


Code of Good Teaching Practice


Teaching Methods




Programme Evaluation and Review


Student Representation in the Department


Academic and Personal Tutoring System



Policies, Regulations and Procedures


Equal Opportunities


Policies Relating to Equal Opportunities, Racial Equality, Dignity at Work and Study and Disability


Ethics Policy and Procedures




Illness/Medical Certification


Interruption of Study, Transfer of Programme and Withdrawal Mechanisms


Other Academic Advice


Health and Safety


Student Support and Advice


Careers, Employability and Personal Development Planning


Information and Support Agencies


Student Finance


Social Opportunities


Map of St Luke’s Campus



Appendix 1 MSc Module Outlines

Appendix 2 Taught PG Degrees & Awards Assessment Procedures

Appendix 3 Marking Criteria and Assessment

Appendix 4 Assessment and Moderation

Appendix 5 Referencing

Appendix 6 How to Submit Coursework Assignments Using Turnitin

Appendix 7 MSc Timetables 2010/11


This document forms part of the University’s Postgraduate Prospectus. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in the Prospectus is correct at the time of going to press. However, the University cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information contained within the Prospectus and reserves the right to make variations to the services offered where such action is considered to be necessary by the University. For further information, please refer to the Postgraduate Prospectus (available at



On behalf of all the Sport and Health Sciences staff, welcome and congratulations on gaining a place on one of our MSc programmes. The MSc Sport and Health Sciences has been running since October 2003 and hence is entering its seventh successful year. The MSc in Paediatric Exercise and Health (previously Paediatric Exercise Physiology) is entering its fifth year and the MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine is entering its fourth year.

Sport and Health Sciences is part of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, which brings together complementary disciplines of Biosciences, Geography, Psychology and Sport and Health Sciences to provide a rich and diverse interdisciplinary teaching and research portfolio You have joined Sport and Health Sciences at a time of staff and student growth and the development of both our undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio. Sport and Health Sciences has a reputation for excellence in higher education - exemplified by consistently high National Student Survey results - and all staff, alumni and your immediate peers are proud to uphold this tradition. We are sited on the unique St. Luke’s Campus and share campus facilities with students from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and the Graduate School of Education.

We hope that you will find your time here at Sport and Health Sciences rewarding and enjoyable.

Dr Alan Barker, Programme Director, MSc in Sport and Health Sciences and MSc in Paediatric Exercise and Health

Dr Gary O’Donovan, Programme Director, MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Assoc Prof Craig Williams, Director of PGT Programmes


Sport and Health Sciences is the successor to Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences which was formed on 1 August 1998 through the amalgamation of the Postgraduate Medical Department, the Department of Social Work and Probation Studies, the Centre for Evidence-Based Social Services, the Institute of Population Studies, the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre and staff from the Exercise, Sport and Physical Education Group in the Department of Education. The Department was re-named Sport and Health Sciences on 1 August 2001 and in August 2002 all medically-related activities and the Centre for Evidence-Based Social Services moved into the new Peninsula Medical Department. On 1 August 2004 Social Work and Probation Studies transferred to the University of Plymouth. Sport and Health Sciences is thus now a single discipline Department. From 1 August 2010 Sport and Health Sciences joined the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University, along with the Departments of Geography, Biosciences and Psychology.


Sport and Health Sciences has an international reputation for research. 75% of our research was classified as being of international quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) with 35% of our research rated as being ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’. We ranked seventh in the UK for the quality of our research. We also entered 95% of our academic staff (26 staff) into the RAE and came fifth in the UK in terms of the total number of staff entered by sports science departments.


Sport and Health Sciences is situated on the St. Luke's Campus, in the Richards Building and Baring Court. There are biomechanics, physiology and psychology labs located in Richards Building and also physiology labs (including a new research suite opened in mid-2007) and a room for social science research located in Baring Court, which is home to the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC). All our labs are modern and well equipped with excellent technical support. You will use the lab facilities at various times during your MSc programme.

The majority of Sport and Health Sciences labs are used not only by MSc students but also by undergraduates and MPhil/PhD students. The labs are also home to the Sport Science Support Unit, a designated support service for high performance athletes.
Further information about Sport and Health Sciences can be found on the website


You should familiarise yourself with the information in this MSc Handbook. Please address any comments on the Handbook to Alison Hume.

In addition to this Handbook you should refer to the University and web pages.

Some of the main publications/web sites containing information of relevance to postgraduate students are the following:

University Calendar:

Teaching Quality Assurance Manual:

Visit the University Student Help site for answers to frequently asked questions

and links to support and advice:

Visit the Taught Faculty Website for information relating to taught programmes:
In addition there is a page of useful links for new students available at:


Sport and Health Sciences and its Facilities


Head of Discipline

Prof Andy Jones is the Head of Sport of Health Sciences. If you wish to see him you can arrange to do so, via Clare Fogarty, the College Administrator.

E-mail: Room: RB20 Phone: 722807

Director of PGT Programmes

Associate Professor Craig Williams is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and oversees all programmes.

E-mail: Room: BC30 Phone: 724890

Directors of MSc Programmes

Dr Alan Barker is Director of the MSc Sport and Health Sciences and Director of the MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health and Dr Gary O’Donovan is Director of the MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine. The Programme Directors are responsible for the overall co-ordination of the MSc programmes.

E-mail: Room: BC37 Phone: 722766

E-mail: G.O’ Room: RB18 Phone: 722774
Administrative Team

Alison Hume is the Programme Administration Manager. Jules Warner and Debbie Brooks are the administrative team in the College Office responsible for supporting undergraduate and postgraduate teaching – please contact them in the first instance with any queries.

E-mail: Room: RB16 Phone: 724803

E-mail: Room: RB20 Phone: 722896

E-mail: Room: RB20 Phone: 722884

Where to Look for Information

The Web

Sport and Health Sciences has its own website which is located at:

Each MSc programme has its own web page accessed from the menu bar on the homepage (via postgraduate study – taught programmes).

We use e-mail as the preferred method of contacting students. Please check your e-mail regularly


There are a number of noticeboards in Richards Building which are used to display information throughout the year. Two important noticeboards are detailed below.

  1. (i) MSc Noticeboard - Located in the Graduate corridor in Richards Building next to the MSc study suite i.e. outside rooms RB115/116. The board has information regarding the MSc programmes. It carries important information about all matters relating to teaching, timetable changes, option information, examinations etc. You must make sure that you check this noticeboard on a regular basis. You must ensure that you read all notices relating to examination arrangements.

(ii) Careers Noticeboard - Located in Richards Building foyer – the ‘Careers Corner’. The board is updated regularly.
Student Pigeonholes/Mailboxes and Return of Work

Student mail can be collected from the Porters Lodge in North Cloisters. It is your responsibility to check your pigeonhole regularly. The pigeonholes are cleared at the end of each term. MSc programme work will usually be returned via the MSc study suites in Richards Building or via the College Office.

Dissertation Database

Examples of MSc dissertations are accessed via a specialised database. Students are encouraged to use the database which is made available via computers in the Richards Building foyer. Enquire at the College office (RB20) for details.


St. Luke's Campus Library

General Information

The campus library, as part of the University library system, seeks to serve the information requirements of its members. In particular, the library houses the main collections relating to Education and Sport Sciences. Access to the electronic library is via the library web pages
A PC cluster is located within the Haighton Building, although this is the responsibility of IT helpdesk; enquiries can be made at the library issue desk or by contacting the IT helpdesk on 263934 or

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