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MScClinical Exercise Physiology

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The aim of this course is to provide an intellectually challenging
programme of advanced study in the application of exercise physiology
in clinical settings. The course involves the detailed study of the
physiological consequences of a range of chronic debilitating
diseases, and highlights the predictable changes that these different
diseases cause during exercise testing. You will be given a solid
grounding in the theory and application of a variety of physiological
tests and their application in clinical populations.

The theoretical parts of the course are underpinned by significant
time spent in the laboratory learning the practical skills required.
This includes graded cardiopulmonary exercise testing, cardiac
ultrasound measurements, vascular ultrasound measures and muscle
function analyses. A further strength is having the practical and
theoretical elements of Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation embedded
within the course delivery. The integration of theory and practice
within the course ensures that you will be able to meet developing
statutory professional requirements of practice-specific knowledge,
understanding and skills.


The course focuses on the use of exercise as a method of assessing
and diagnosing cardio pulmonary disorders and the resultant poor
exercise tolerance. As one of the few postgraduate courses that aims
to teach and develop these skills, it has the advantage of access to
the extensive teaching facilities and laboratory equipment of the well
established and successful BSc Sport and Exercise Science.
Furthermore, through the development of the Sport Science and Personal
Training degree, the University is recognised as a provider of awards
mapped to the National Occupational Standards. This opens up the
ability of students becoming approved Exercise specialists with the
British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) with the
delivery of a level 4 course within the degree.

Graduates will be well qualified to work in the health and fitness
industry – further career opportunities also include health promotion
and development with local authorities, and working as a researcher
within the NHS. Graduates will also be well-placed to develop their
research interests within higher education.

During this course you will:

  • Experience a unique course with a multi-disciplinary approach to
  • Benefit from practical components of the course which allow
    application of theory
  • Benefit from `world leading’ staff expertise and research as rated
    by the Government’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:

  • Research design
  • Exercise testing, diagnosis and prescription
  • Physical activity, nutrition and metabolic health
  • Laboratory skills
  • Research methods
  • Advanced exercise testing and diagnosis
  • Professional skills
  • Placement
  • Strength and conditioning


Career opportunities


The core philosophy of the course revolves round using a scientist
practitioner model to equip students with both research and practical
skills. Throughout the course students will be actively participating
in relevant practical sessions designed to increase their skills.

Since the course has a real world focus, these taught practical
elements will need reinforcing through additional opportunities such
as voluntary clinics, supervised practice sessions where time will be
spent working alongside University sports teams and members of the
public. This may also entail providing supervised short duration work
placements during the course. Shadowing of more experienced staff will
enhance learning opportunities.



Health promotion specialist

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Clinical technician

Further study:

The skills you will gain during your laboratory time as well as
during your research for coursework and dissertation will be valuable
should you wish to pursue an academic career such as working as a
research assistant or registering for a Doctorate. Research (e.g. a
researcher within a clinical setting, research assistant or PhD
student within a University department).

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States