Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine

Course overview

  • 1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Term 1 Intake - January and Term 3 Intake - July


The Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine is a course designed to help passionate, qualified practitioners working with athletes of all ages and abilities to extend their practice in sports and exercise medicine.

Linking theory and practice, this course explores sport and exercise medicine in diverse contexts including:

  • Athlete physiology, biomechanics & performance
  • Sports injury prevention, diagnosis & management
  • Athlete case management.

As a student of this course you’ll have access to a network of internationally recognised experts and clinicians working with elite sports teams and institutions. You’ll also have the opportunity to appraise authentic expert consultations of real clinical cases.

This course is offered part-time and full-time, providing the flexibility to plan your study around other commitments.

Special announcement: APA and APodA recognition

The University of Melbourne is excited to announce that our Master of Sports Medicine course will now be recognised on the academic pathway for Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Sports and Exercise Titling and the Australian Podiatry Association’s (APodA) Sports Career Framework.

Graduates of this course will be eligible to apply for the APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist title or to apply for the APodA Certified Sports Podiatrist program.

Who the course is for

The course has been designed for doctors, physiotherapists and podiatrists with a minimum of three years sports medicine relevant clinical experience. The course structure allows you to tailor your subject choices to design a program that suits your professional needs and career goals.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

This course is designed to produce excellence in best practice sports medicine.

As part of this course, you will design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to advancement of practice in diverse sports, health and exercise contexts. You’ll further develop your practice in injury management, rehabilitation and training interventions for athletes of all ages and abilities. You’ll also learn about athlete management aiming to optimise function, enhance sports performance and encourage safe physical activity and exercise participation in different sporting and population contexts.


The Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine is part of a nested suite of courses, designed for versatility. You may also be interested in the following related courses: