Exercise and Sport Sciences MSc

This postgraduate masters programme provides training in the practical, theoretical and applied elements of Exercise and Sport Sciences.

The modules we offer include teaching, learning and experience in core disciplines of exercise and health as well as in sport. For example, nutrition and metabolism in health and obesity, musculoskeletal systems, and cardiovascular and respiratory physiology.

All modules will be applied and related such that the thread of exercise and ageing will run through all. In addition, modules in continued professional development and research methods would allow theory to be applied in practice.

This programme acts as a conversion course taking students at entry from a variety of backgrounds and giving them new skills to enable them to move into research and employment in a number of disciplines. It is offered by the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, in collaboration with the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.

The purpose of the MSc Exercise and Sport Sciences is : 

  • to provide a strong foundation for research in exercise and sport science
  • to provide academic and practical knowledge and training for those seeking a career as an exercise or sports scientist in a clinical or community environment or involved in management or organisation of such services

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The course has two compulsory modules, which all students will undertake: research methods and integrated body systems. The remaining taught elements of the course will be delivered in the form of optional modules in core disciplines within exercise and sports sciences, allowing students to shape the course to their particular interest. A list of all compulsory and optional modules is provided below. Please click on each module to find out about module content, learning outcomes, delivery, and indicative readings. Please contact each module organiser directly if you need more information about a specific module; contact details are provided on each module link.  

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules – you need to select four modules

All students will also undertake a research project in their chosen discipline. Any member of staff could act as supervisor of this research project. You will find a list of academic staff and their interests here.

The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2016 are:

  Home/EU International
Fee Band C 
  Full time Part time Full time only
(MSc) Exercise and Sport Sciences £6,840 £3,420 £16,920

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Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant science subject (E.g. Sport and Exercise Sciences, BMedSci, Biochemistry, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Biology, Biological Sciences).

Learn more about postgraduate entry requirements

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

To make an informal enquiry about this course or register your interest, contact:

Student Recruitment Team 
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 2TT.
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 8327 
Email: sportexpgtadmissions@lists.bham.ac.uk

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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The courses have a taught component, and a period of research to produce a dissertation.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessments will be used through the course, including presentation, problem based assessments, portfolio and extended writing.

The career opportunities available to sport and exercise scientists are expanding all the time. The 2012 London Olympics and increased National Lottery funding for sport has increased the number of jobs in elite level sport and public health. Many hospitals are starting to appoint specialists with exercise backgrounds to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion. Clubs in a variety of different sports employ sports scientists as performance analysts, biomechanists and coaches. Other career routes include roles in the fitness and leisure industry, governing bodies, teaching, exercise prescription and testing, and sport promotion.

You will also have the support of a dedicated careers and employability team, to offer individual advice and guidance services and deliver an employability programme tailored to your needs.

Find out more at www.as.bham.ac.uk/careers

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