About the course
Clinical exercise physiology is an emerging discipline and this MSc offers you the chance to carry out progressive research to further advance the field.
Students are supported throughout by teaching staff active in research that is critical to our understanding of the subject.
The course is designed for a wide variety of groups, including sports and exercise science graduates, personal trainers, health workers, nurses and physiotherapists. Students gain an understanding of the science behind clinical exercise physiology and develop an extensive range of laboratory skills.
We offer opportunities to apply the scientific knowledge you learn to real-life settings. We have strong links with the NHS, the City Healthcare Partnership and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Students will also undertake a significant research project which they will deliver to an end-of-year postgraduate conference.
The programme is available at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and masters level. The MSc has been designed to allow flexible study, enabling professionals to continue working.
What you'll study
The course combines theory and practice to focus on advanced exercise physiology, clinical exercise testing and training, exercise prescription, pathophysiology of disease and exercise adherence. It includes submaximal exercise testing and maximal cardiopulmonary exercise testing, resting and exercise electrocardiography.
Each student will undertake a significant research project delivered to an end of year postgraduate conference.
The masters course is a 45 week programme of full-time study although different levels of award are available as follows:
- Postgraduate certificate: 3 x 20 credit taught modules taken over an academic year (part-time)
- Postgraduate diploma: 6 x 20 credit taught modules taken over an academic year
- Masters degree: Successful completion of the postgraduate diploma stage allows progression to the masters stage which consists of a research project and dissertation written as a journal article and submitted, where possible, to a relevant peer-reviewed national/international academic journal.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
Clinical Exercise Testing, Prescription and Programming
Biochemical Analysis of Health and Disease
Pathophysiology of Cardiometabolic Disease
Study the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cardio-metabolic disease induced by obesity and ageing. You will have the opportunity to collect and interpret physiological data, be exposed to clinical environments and present evidence-based contemporary exercise therapies to diseased patients.
Psychology of Health and Disease
Learn about health-related behaviours (such as drinking alcohol and smoking), chronic disease - like cancer and heart disease - and how to help people adopt to a healthier lifestyle.
Research Methods and Statistics
Dissertation (Clinical Exercise Physiology)
This supervised module allows you to develop your specialist interest and skills in a designated topic within clinical exercise physiology.