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

Advance your career with this Clinical Exercise Science Master’s degree. Learn how to support people with long-term health conditions and improve their quality of life from industry experts. 

On this MSc Clinical Exercise Science course, you’ll be equipped with practical and professional skills in fitness assessment and exercise interventions, such as medical management, exercise prescription and behaviour change.

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You’ll develop your understanding of key clinical applications, including the relationship between exercise and chronic disease, the psychological effects of exercise and the importance of testing, and put this into practice through physiological assessments.

When you graduate, you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in a variety of clinical settings and have the opportunity to work towards becoming a certified clinical exercise physiologist.

Scholarships for sports students

We award around 20 student-athletes bursaries of between £500 and £3,000 per year.

Find out more about funding your studies

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights

  • Connect with clinicians from Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and learn real-life practical skills in physiological assessment
  • Practise your skills in our Physiology and Biomechanics laboratories
  • Learn how to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable way from experienced academics
  • Build expertise and professional skills in medical management, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, behaviour change, exercise and physical activity.
  • Work towards registering as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist

What you'll study

Full-time

All modules on this MSc Clinical Exercise Science Master's are core.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate depth and systematic understanding of the techniques and methodologies to perform cardiopulmonary exercise testing in individuals with various chronic health conditions
  • Outline the normal physiological response to exercise and how this is altered by various chronic disease states
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate clinical exercise testing data and critically discuss it relative to appropriate normative reference values
  • Competently analyse, report, and effectively communicate findings from a clinical exercise test to a clinical audience
  • Critically evaluate the relevant elements of pathophysiology and treatments for a number of chronic health conditions
  • Critically evaluate the current clinical treatment of some chronic health conditions using physical activity and/or exercise training

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically reflect on and evaluate your knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that are relevant to the requirements of a postgraduate career
  • Critically analyse career development needs to synthesise a short-term career development plan
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate the recent development of your knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that are relevant to the requirements of a postgraduate career
  • Critically analyse further career development needs to synthesise a career development plan incorporating further short, medium and long-term career objectives
  • Identify and discuss relevant evidence to include in the portfolio to demonstrate personal/professional development

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Additional content

Module information to be confirmed.

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically analyse, interpret and differentiate a range of symptomology to identify likely pathological disease states
  • Critically analyse the pathophysiology and likely treatments for a range of long term conditions
  • Critically evaluate current literature and clinical guidance in relation to a range of long term conditions
  • Critically review the clinical effects of primary and secondary pathology on symptomology, diagnostic data, presentation and management/ treatment of a complex long term condition presentation
  • Critically analyse the pathophysiology and likely treatment for a complex long term condition
  • Critically evaluate current literature and clinical guidance in relation to a complex long term condition presentations

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Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the relationship of psychology to health, disease, disorder and dysfunction.
  • Critically discuss the psychological effects of exercise participation.
  • Compare and evaluate theoretical perspectives of motivation towards aspects of health behaviour change.
  • Critically discuss the efficacy of interventions utilised to facilitate adoption and maintenance of health-enhancing behaviours.
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand boundaries of practice and the role of other professions in health and social care.
  • Demonstrate an ability to synthesise knowledge on interventions to enhance physical activity and exercise.

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Part-time

All modules on this MSc Clinical Exercise Science Master's are core.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate depth and systematic understanding of the techniques and methodologies to perform cardiopulmonary exercise testing in individuals with various chronic health conditions
  • Outline the normal physiological response to exercise and how this is altered by various chronic disease states
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate clinical exercise testing data and critically discuss it relative to appropriate normative reference values
  • Competently analyse, report, and effectively communicate findings from a clinical exercise test to a clinical audience
  • Critically evaluate the relevant elements of pathophysiology and treatments for a number of chronic health conditions
  • Critically evaluate the current clinical treatment of some chronic health conditions using physical activity and/or exercise training

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically analyse, interpret and differentiate a range of symptomology to identify likely pathological disease states
  • Critically analyse the pathophysiology and likely treatments for a range of long term conditions
  • Critically evaluate current literature and clinical guidance in relation to a range of long term conditions
  • Critically review the clinical effects of primary and secondary pathology on symptomology, diagnostic data, presentation and management/ treatment of a complex long term condition presentation
  • Critically analyse the pathophysiology and likely treatment for a complex long term condition
  • Critically evaluate current literature and clinical guidance in relation to a complex long term condition presentations

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Clinical Exercise Science Master's are core.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically reflect on and evaluate your knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that are relevant to the requirements of a postgraduate career
  • Critically analyse career development needs to synthesise a short-term career development plan
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate the recent development of your knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that are relevant to the requirements of a postgraduate career
  • Critically analyse further career development needs to synthesise a career development plan incorporating further short, medium and long-term career objectives
  • Identify and discuss relevant evidence to include in the portfolio to demonstrate personal/professional development

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Additional content

Module information to be confirmed.

Explore this module

Additional content
The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the relationship of psychology to health, disease, disorder and dysfunction.
  • Critically discuss the psychological effects of exercise participation.
  • Compare and evaluate theoretical perspectives of motivation towards aspects of health behaviour change.
  • Critically discuss the efficacy of interventions utilised to facilitate adoption and maintenance of health-enhancing behaviours.
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand boundaries of practice and the role of other professions in health and social care.
  • Demonstrate an ability to synthesise knowledge on interventions to enhance physical activity and exercise.

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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.

Facilities and specialist equipment

Biomechanics Laboratory

Use equipment including force plates, pressure plates and our electromyography system to explore the impact of exercise on the body in this lab, from the limits of human endurance to the effects of chronic health conditions.

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Physiology Laboratory

This lab includes treadmills, a swim bench, ergometers and a physiological monitoring kit for analysing athletes' blood, heart rate, and urine.

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Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

Once you graduate from this MSc Clinical Exercise Science degree, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to operate successfully in a clinical environment.

Depending on your choices during the Professional Development module, you'll also be able to work towards becoming a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. You’ll be set to provide services in physiology, health and fitness, exercise and science support in both the public and private sector – with the option to pursue professional certification and gain further training and experience in clinical physiology. Alternatively, you could proceed to a research degree.

Graduates of this course have gone into roles such as:

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise referral coordinator
  • GP exercise referral coordinator
  • NHS trainee clinical scientist
  • Health advisor
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing research technician
  • Mental health exercise instructor
  • NHS physical activities adviser
  • Private exercise physiologist

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Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

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Career support

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with employers
  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

This Master’s degree will take:

  • 1 year (full-time study)
  • 2 years (part-time study)

You can expect:

  • 6–10 hours of teaching time every week if you study full-time, or 3–5 hours each week if you study part-time. At the moment, this happens on-campus and on various days during the week
  • 30 hours of independent study each week

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your independent study project.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminars
  • workshop and practical sessions

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • practical assessment
  • research reports
  • applied essays
  • case studies
  • project report
  • poster presentation

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 can improve in the future.

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course.

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Dr Andrew Scott

Senior Lecturer

Andrew.Scott@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Zoe Saynor

Reader in Clinical Exercise Physiology

zoe.saynor@port.ac.uk

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January start

Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

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Graduation Class of 2021

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty 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

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

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.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (January 2023 start)

  • Full-time: £8,100
  • Part-time: £4,050 per year

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: 8,100
  • Part-time: £4,050 per year
  • Full-time: £16,200
  • Part-time: £8,100 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

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

Sport scholarships of up to £3,000 for student athletes

If you're competing at national standard or above in your sport, you may be eligible for funding. Around 20 student-athletes are awarded bursaries between £500 and £3000 per year.

Find out if you're eligible

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Funding for international students

Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

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Fees and funding for postgraduate taught courses

Discover how you can fund your postgraduate studies at Portsmouth – including loans, scholarships and bursaries – and read our guidance on topics like how to budget, and how to get support if you're disabled or have dependents.

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Additional 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. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

January 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024 start

Qualifications or experience

  • A minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English-speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English-speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English-speaking countries will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not 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.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also 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.

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

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.