University of Portsmouth

MSc Human and Applied Physiology

If you're fascinated by the human body and want to grow your theoretical and practical understanding of how it works, then our MSc Human and Applied Physiology degree course is for you.

On this course, you'll study physiological responses to exercise – both in healthy and clinical populations, and in response to extreme environments too. You'll also examine the role of exercise as part of a treatment programme.

You'll graduate with a postgraduate degree in a subject-specific discipline of physiology, and with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work as a physiologist, a specialised technician, or to pursue a career in biomedical research and medicine.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0

Career Prospects

What jobs can you do with a Human and Applied Physiology degree?

The skills you'll develop on this course will help you pursue a career as a:

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Health advisor
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise referral coordinator
  • Personal trainer
  • PhD researcher leading to employment as a professional scientist

You can also choose to pursue professional qualifications in exercise for clinical populations, such as cardiac rehabilitation or pulmonary rehabilitation. Your experience of physiological responses in normal conditions as well as extreme environments will place you in a strong position for a career in the Science and Technology branch of the Ministry of Defence, or in the English Institute of Sport and UK Sport.

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

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your physiology skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

If you're a full-time student, you'll need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits each year. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits. If you're a part-time student, you'll need to take modules totaling 90 credits each year,

Core Modules

  • Applied Sports Physiology – 30 credits
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology – 30 credits
  • Humans in Extreme Environments – 30 credits
  • MSc Professional Development – 30 credits
  • MSc Research Development and Practice – 60 credit

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