A student running on a treadmill, wearing monitoring equipment in a physiology lab

Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024

Overview

If you're fascinated by the human body and want to grow your theoretical and practical understanding of how it works, then our MSc Applied Exercise 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.

Entry requirements

MSc Applied Exercise Physiology Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A minimum of an upper second class 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.

Qualifications or experience
  • A minimum of an upper second class 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 an Applied Exercise 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

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 60 credits in the first year and 120 credits in the second year.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Sports Physiology – 30 credits
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology – 30 credits
  • Humans in Extreme Environments – 30 credits
  • MSc Professional Development – 30 credits
  • MSc Research Development and Practice – 60 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Sports Physiology – 30 credits
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology – 30 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Humans in Extreme Environments – 30 credits
  • MSc Professional Development – 30 credits
  • MSc Research Development and Practice – 60 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.


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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • working in 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

Teaching on this course includes:

  • seminars
  • practicals
  • workshops
  • lectures

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 (September 2023 and January 2024 start)

  • Full-time: £8,500
  • Part-time (subject to annual increase):
    • Year 1 – £2,830
    • Year 2 – £5,670

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £17,200
  • Part-time (subject to annual increase):
    • Year 1 – £5,730
    • Year 2 – £11,470
  • Full-time: £17,200
  • Part-time (subject to annual increase):
    • Year 1 – £5,730
    • Year 2 – £11,470

Funding your studies

Find out more how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover. 

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government postgraduate loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

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.

Apply

    January 2023 start

    September 2023 start

    How to apply

    Please contact us to apply for this course.

    International students

    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.