Ulster University

Ulster University

Physical Activity and Public Health

Physical activity, not often taught in traditional postgraduate programmes associated with health promotion, is now recognised as an essential component for understanding public health. Physical inactivity is a major public health concern in developed countries and is associated with the epidemic increases in preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and some cancers. As well as providing grounding in popular aspects of health promotion, this programme provides students with an expert overview of all aspects of physical activity promotion in order to enhance the health of modern society. For careers in physical activity research or promotion, this postgraduate course is a must.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess: A 2nd Class Honours degree (or higher) in a related subject area (for example - BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, BSc Sport and Physical Activity or BSc Health Promotion) from a recognised university or; - An equivalent standard (normally 50 per cent) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, or an approved alternative qualification. All applicants should possess competence in written and spoken English by having GCSE English (grade C) or equivalent.

Assessment methods

All modules are assessed through the submission of coursework (defined as any non-examination based assessment) and there is no sessional examination for these modules. Coursework assessments are designed to test both knowledge and skills and vary from essays, literature reviews, project reports, presentations and poster presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Jordanstown Campus Newtownabbey BT37 0QB Northern Ireland

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