Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

Exercise and Ageing

The field of �active ageing� continues to attract attention around the world because of increased longevity and a greater need for promoting health and enhancing the quality of life in ageing populations. Consequently, the knowledge of integrating exercise into ageing is increasingly becoming one of the fastest growing areas of applied sciences. At present, employers are preferably looking for graduates with fundamental knowledge of different aspects of ageing who are capable of making a significant contribution to maintaining the health of the aged population. The multidisciplinary structure of this programme is ideally suited to this purpose and targets students with widely diverse backgrounds.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st Class or upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant subject such as sports science, sport psychology, sport and physical education, biology/human biology, health sciences, nutrition, physiological sciences, and other related fields. Due to the diverse nature of this subject area, suitably qualified candidates (with degrees in non-relevant disciplines) but with applied backgrounds (e.g. professional sports coaches, occupational therapists, physiotherapists) are also encouraged to apply, and will be given consideration on an individual basis. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made. For students whose 1st language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL IBT 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

Course modules

The curriculum design comprises 5 interlinked modules to reinforce a multidisciplinary and critical approach to the exercise and ageing sciences: Fundamentals of ageing process: The epidemiology of ageing; the molecular and biological basis of ageing; physiological aging of major human body systems; the neuropsychology of ageing. Quality ageing: Determinants of �quality ageing� - genetics, nutritional, behavioural and lifestyle, sociocultural; health-related quality of life measures. Physical activity and exercise performance in ageing: Response to exercise - physiological, physical, cognitive; performance analysis; common exercise injuries; �master� athletes - ageing and athletic performance, lessons from master athletes, training master athletes. Exercise as medicine: Exercise for healthy life: �Active ageing�; effects of exercise on functional performance in older adults; principles of exercise programming and prescription for older adults; exercise in chronic age-related conditions - diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and arthritis. Independent research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 5,500 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hope Park Liverpool L16 9JD North West

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