Human and Applied Physiology MSc
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.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn laboratory-based skills, as well as the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable manner
- Get hands-on experience of conducting research and physiological testing in simulated environmental conditions of heat, cold, humidity and hypoxia
- Boost your knowledge and experience of how exercise can be used in the management and treatment of a variety of conditions
- Access our Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratories, which feature physiological monitoring equipment, and our Extreme Environments Laboratory, with climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude, an immersion pool, and a swimming flume
- Be supported by professional and enthusiastic staff, who are experienced in the field
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.
Careers and opportunities
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.
- A minimum of a 2:1 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
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,500 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Part-time: £3,750 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £13,900 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Part-time: £6,950 (may be 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 cover any travel costs for placement activities, as well as accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs are in the region of £50 – £1,000, dependent on the type of placement.
You'll need to cover the cost of any optional field work that you undertake. These costs vary between £50 - £1,000, depending on the type of fieldwork.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
If you're a full-time student, you'll need to study units worth a total of 180 credits each year. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits. If you're a part-time student, you'll need to take units totalling 90 credits each year.
Core units include:
- Applied Research Methods
- Research Projects
- Humans in Extreme Environments
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Applied Sports Physiology
- Exercise Rehabilitation
- Clinical Physiology
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
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:
- practical assessments
- laboratory reports
- client reports
- case studies
- project report
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you an improve in the future.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.