University of Portsmouth - MSc Clinical Exercise Science

University of Portsmouth

MSc Clinical Exercise Science

On this MSc Clinical Exercise Science course, you'll develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to support people with long-term health conditions to improve their quality of life, through safe and effective activity and fitness programmes.

You'll learn about medical management, fitness assessment, exercise prescription and behaviour change, and develop your professional skills in exercise and physical activity. You'll learn how to support people with long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, renal disease, arthritis and cancer.

When you complete the course, you'll be set for a career providing clinical exercise physiology services and have the option to work towards becoming a clinical exercise physiologist.

Sports science at the University of Portsmouth is ranked 3rd of all post-1992 universities for research quality

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Career Prospects

The demand for qualified clinical exercise specialists is high, and the knowledge and skills you'll gain on this course will place you in a strong position to pursue a career in a variety of clinical settings, in both the public and private sector.

Career opportunities include:

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise referral coordinator
  • GP exercise referral coordinator
  • NHS trainee clinical scientist
  • Health advisor
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing research technician
  • Mental health exercise instructor
  • NHS physical activities adviser
  • Private exercise physiologist

You could also do postgraduate research, including a PhD.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Course Details

The Master's degree program is designed to accommodate students with various responsibilities, including work and family responsibilities. The course structure is divided into one year for full-time study and two years for part-time study. Full-time students will spend 6-10 hours of teaching time per week, while part-time students will spend 3-5 hours per week. Independent study will be 30 hours per week. The final three months will be dedicated to the independent study project.
Master's study is more specialized than an undergraduate degree, allowing students to focus on a specific topic and work closely with academics dedicated to the subject. Teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical sessions. Assessments will be conducted through practical assessments, research reports, applied essays, case studies, project reports, and poster presentations. Students can test their skills and knowledge informally before undergoing assessments that count towards their final mark. Feedback on both practice and formal assessments will be provided to help students improve in the future.

Course Modules

Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation - 30 credits
Clinical Strength and Conditioning - 30 credits
Humans in Extreme Environments - 30 credits
Pathophysiology and Medical Management - 30 credits
Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity - 30 credits
Research and Practice Development - 30 credits

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