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.

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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. 

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.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2017

Please note: We are not accepting applications or deferrals for 2018 entry

  Home/EU International
Fee Band C 
  Full time Full time
(MSc) Exercise and Sport Sciences £7,290 £17,820

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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).

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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

Please note: We are not accepting applications or deferrals for 2018 entry

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.

Students will learn through a range of teaching methods that will include lectures, lab seminars and the use of group work activities to enrich the learning experience and recognise the rich contribution that each member of the cohort brings with them.

In the video above, student Prokopis-Nikos Barbarigos gives his perspective on the MSc in Exercise and Sport Sciences masters degree.

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.

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