Human and Applied Physiology MSc
MSc Human and Applied Physiology
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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.
MSc Human and Applied Physiology Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 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 requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
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 or 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
Careers and opportunities
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.
What you'll study on this MSc Human and Applied Physiology degree course
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 totalling 90 credits each year.
Core modules include:
- Applied Sports Physiology
- Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Humans in Extreme Environments
- MSc Professional Development
- MSc Research Development and Practice
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Teaching on this course includes:
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
- January/February to May – teaching block 2
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.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,950
- Part-time: £3,980 a year (subject to annual increase)
(including Transition Scholarship)
- Full-time: £7,950
- Part-time: £3,980 a year (subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £15,500
- Part-time: £7,750 a year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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.
September 2021 start
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.