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MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology

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About the course

Clinical exercise physiology is an emerging discipline and this MSc offers you 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 and health workers, including 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 and students have the option of undertaking work placements with local health services. We have strong links with the NHS and the City Healthcare Partnership.

The University also has links with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences giving you the opportunity to work with national and international leaders in the field.

Students will 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 to enable professionals to continue working.

Key facts

Tuition fees

UK/EU: £7,000 full-time
Part time: £780 (20 credits) £2,335 (60 credits) £3,500 (90 credits)

*Please note, Home/EU fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £16,000 full-time


More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (sport and exercise science, nursing, sports therapy, physiotherapy, public health or medicine). Note: Second semester of the programme will provide a choice between Clinical Placement and Psychology of Health and Disease module. If you choose to undertake the Clinical Placement option, you need to be aware that you will have to successfully pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will administered on your behalf by the School once you start the programme. Should your check not be successful, you will be automatically assigned to the Psychology of Health and Disease module.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Mode of study: Hull Campus

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2.5 years part-time
MSc: 1 calendar year FT and 2 1/2 calendar years PT
PG Dip: 1 year FT and 2 years PT
PG Cert: 1 year PT and 1 1/2 years PT

Study information

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 phlebotomy, submaximal exercise testing and electrocardiography.

Students can complete a placement with one of our regional network clinical healthcare providers. 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.

Core Modules:

  • Clinical Exercise Testing, Prescription and Programming
  • Biochemical Analysis of Health and Disease
  • Pathophysiology of Cardiometabolic Disease
  • Psychology of Health and Disease
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Optional modules:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, Treatments, and Investigations
  • Professional Practice and Clinical Placement

Masters Stage:

Dissertation - a supervised, independent research project.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

This programme is designed to help embed the theories and practice of exercise physiology in health workers.

Many people undertaking this programme of study may already work for the health service or within the sports industry. For these students, the course will strengthen your CV and enable further professional development as you become an expert in your field. People who do not already work in the sector may seek employment within the NHS, or for private healthcare providers, including BUPA and Nuffield Health, or as sports rehabilitators.