Mode of Study

Part-time, Full-time

Duration

Up to 1 year full-time, Up to 2 years part-time

Overview

Patients with long-term health conditions can improve their quality of life through safe and effective activity and fitness programmes. Our Clinical Exercise degree course, offered as an MSc, PgDip and PgCert, 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 skills and experience, you'll be set for a career providing fitness and exercise training in clinical settings.

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

Careers and opportunities

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Clinical Exercise Science qualification?

When you graduate, you'll have the skills needed for a successful career in:

  • 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.

What jobs can you do with a Clinical Exercise Science qualification?

Some other routes our graduates have taken include:

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Bariatric exercise physiologist
  • NHS trainee clinical scientist
  • Health advisor
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise referral coordinator
  • Exercise therapist
  • PhD research

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

Full-time students will study 4 x 30 credit modules, plus the 60-credit MSc project module.

Part-time students will study 2 x 30 credit modules each year and complete the 60 credit MSc project module in the second year

You can also study each 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 5 years to do this.

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.

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • placements

How you'll spend your time

The course is organised into modular teaching blocks.

Teaching block 1 includes:

  • Exercise for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (scheduled for the first 8 weeks of teaching block 1)
  • Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke (scheduled for the final three weeks of teaching block 1)

Teaching block 2 includes the following 3 modules taught one after the other:

  • Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Exercise for Cancer Care
  • Exercise for Falls Prevention

Teaching takes place on Thursdays and Fridays, with some attendance on Saturdays. Placements take place for half a day to one full day per week during the course of each module.

 PgCert applicants will chose 2 modules to study and PgDip/MSc applicants will choose 4 modules.

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.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2020 start)

MSc

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
  • Full-time: £7,800
  • Part-time: £3,900 a year (subject to annual increase)
International students
  • Full-time: £14,300
  • Part-time: £7,150 a year (subject to annual increase)

PgDip

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
  • Full-time: £6,000
  • Part-time: £3,000 a year (subject to annual increase)
International students
  • Full-time: £9,530
  • Part-time: £4,770 a year (subject to annual increase)

PgCert

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
  • Part-time: £3,000 (subject to annual increase)
International students
  • Part-time: £4,770 (subject to annual increase)
If you want to apply for PgDip or PgCert, please contact us.