Clinical Exercise Science MSc
MSc Clinical Exercise Science
Patients with long-term health conditions can improve their quality of life through safe and effective activity and fitness programmes. Our MSc Clinical Exercise degree course will teach you the skills required to create these sort of programmes, and prepare you for a career as a Clinical Exercise Specialist.
On this course, you'll learn to tackle poor dietary habits, high-stress, and sedentary living, through personalised exercise training. You'll apply your knowledge to help people with long-term conditions, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
With professional qualifications, skills and experience, you'll be set for a career providing fitness and exercise training in clinical settings.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Work in clinical settings and our specialist sport and exercise science laboratories
- Develop your field skills, and learn how to devise personalised exercise training for people with different medical conditions
- Learn to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable way
- Work with clinicians, providing exercise in the management of long-term conditions
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 skills to work in a clinical exercise role.
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.
Careers and opportunities
- cardiac rehabilitation
- pulmonary rehabilitation
- exercise after cancer
- exercise after stroke
- exercise for falls prevention
You can also pursue a career as an exercise physiologist in multi-disciplinary teams, exercise entrepreneur or exercise service manager.
Some other routes our graduates have taken include:
You'll be able to get specialist qualifications including:
- exercise referral
- cardiac disease
- chronic respiratory
- falls prevention
- A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
- In addition, you're required to have completed, or be in the process of acquiring, an industry-approved exercise referral qualification, such as the University of Portsmouth's Exercise Referral Course, which can be provided prior to commencing the course. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration if you do not meet this requirement.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
- Full-time - £7,700
- Part-time – £3,850 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Full-time - £13,200
- Part-time – £6,600 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll need to meet the associated costs for any placements. These costs may include the cost of travelling from home to placement, and will be in the region of up to £300 a year.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
Full-time students will study four 30 credit units, plus the 60 credit MSc Project unit.
Part-time students will study two 30 credit units each year and complete the 60 credit MSc Project unit in the second year
Each unit can also be studied as a standalone short course. You can study the short courses individually and build up the credits towards either a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or MSc. You can take up to five years to work towards your qualification.
Changes to course content
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK). ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical workshops
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- Vocational training (MCQ and case study)
- Practical assessment
- Applied essays
- Case studies
- Project report
- Poster presentation
Feedback is provided both before and after assignments.