This course will allow you to graduate with a postgraduate degree in the subject-specific discipline of physiology. It will give you the opportunity to study physiological responses to exercise in both healthy and clinical populations, in response to extreme environments, and to examine the role of exercise as a treatment adjunct.
On this course you can:
The programme will provide knowledge, skills and experience required to undertake work as a physiologist or specialised technician. Some specific examples are listed below.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued on allied courses:
The programme will be offered in full-time (12 months) and part-Time (24 months) study modes, with the academic year running from September to September. The course includes 120 credits of taught units and a 60 credit research project. With the exception of the Humans in Extreme Environments unit, the taught units are delivered on a Thursday during term time. The Humans in Extreme Environments unit is delivered in a two-week block during term time.
Core units include:
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
The delivery format for the course is based around seminar, practical, workshop and to a lesser extent, lectures. Sessions will be predominantly delivered by DSES staff with knowledge and research expertise in the areas studied.
Assessments include client/patient-focused practical and written assessments as well as some more traditional report writing assessments:
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Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratories in Spinnaker Building featuring treadmills, cycling, rowing and arm ergometers, and a range of physiological monitoring equipment including, expired gas analysis, blood, urine and sweat analysis, body composition assessment, lung function assessment, and measurement of blood pressure.
Extreme Environments Laboratory in Spinnaker Building featuring three climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude, an immersion pool, and a swimming flume. A range of physiological monitoring equipment including 12 lead ECG, Q sweat analysis system, radiant heat lamps, skin and deep body temperature measurement and infra-red thermography can be used in these facilities.
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There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
For any placement activities, you will be required to meet the cost of travel. These costs will be dependent on the type of placement and may range from £50 - £1,000 to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence.
For optional programmes of field work, costs may range from £50 - £1,000 dependent on the type of fieldwork being undertaken.
The skills-sets developed will permit students to enter a range of career pathways, examples of which are listed below. The course will provide essential underpinning knowledge for those who may wish to pursue professional training to possess qualifications to provide exercise in clinical populations e.g. cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation etc. The course will also permit students to gain experience of physiological responses in ‘normal’ conditions as well as extreme environments. This is particularly relevant for those students who wish to pursue employment by providers such as the Ministry of Defence (in particular Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), English Institute of Sport and UK Sport.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
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We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
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Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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