Mode of Study



1 year part-time


Safe and effective activity and fitness programmes can make a difference to patients with long-term health conditions. Our PgCert Clinical Exercise degree course will teach you the skills required to create these programmes, and prepare you for a career as a Clinical Exercise Specialist.

On this course, you'll learn to help people to manage their long term health conditions through personalised exercise training. You'll apply your knowledge to help people with long-term conditions, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

With professional qualifications, skills and experience, you'll be set for a career providing fitness and exercise training in clinical settings.

Professional accreditations

The programme provides an opportunity to work toward ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification and units aligned to National Occupation Standards for Health and Fitness.

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
  • Gain qualifications endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals in Clinical Exercise, including:
    • exercise referral
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory diseases
    • stroke
    • cancer
    • falls prevention

These qualifications are essential if you want a career in clinical exercise.

Careers and opportunities

Careers and opportunities

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.

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 unit can also be studied 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 five years to work towards your qualification. 

The units contain vocational elements relevant for providing personalised exercise training for a range of medical conditions, including classroom, exercise laboratory and placement learning.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries.

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 methods on this course include:

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • placement learning
  • practical sessions
  • vocational training
  • exercise laboratory work

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • vocational training (MCQ and case study)
  • practical assessment
  • presentations
  • applied essays
  • case studies

Feedback is provided both before and after assignments.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2018 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Part-time: £2,570 (subject to annual increase)

International students:

  • Part-time: £4,400 (subject to annual increase)