University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Clinical Exercise Science

There are increasing rates of ill-health resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles. The duties performed by a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) are linked closely to treating patients living with a long term condition in which exercise has been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. Specifically, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, stroke, cancer and musculoskeletal limitations remain important health concerns that have all been shown to benefit from regular safe exercise. Therefore, this innovative course is designed to offer you an interdisciplinary approach to exercise in clinical settings and vocational qualifications and experiences that will enable you to apply theory to practice. The integration of theory and practice within this course will enable you to critically analyse, adapt and modify existing approaches to develop safe and effective physical activity programmes to optimise the health-related fitness of clients.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. In addition, applicants are required to have completed or be in the process of acquiring an industry-approved exercise referral qualification, such as the University of Portsmouth's Exercise Referral Course, which can be provided prior to commencing the course. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Course modules

The modular programme is offered in two formats: Full-time (12 months) and Part-time (24 months). The course includes 120 credits of taught units and it is also possible to study parts of this course for CPD purposes, such as a single credit-bearing unit (30 credits), a postgraduate certificate (PG Cert; 60 credits) or progress to the full MSc. The units contain vocational elements relevant for providing personalised exercise training for a range of medical conditions, including classroom, exercise laboratory and placement learning. Teaching will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays so attendance on selected weekends is necessary for the vocational training associated with some of the units. Placements take place in areas such as Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth and Chichester and are scheduled according to placement provider requirements during the week. Each unit is generally taught over a three week block, however cardiac rehabilitation requires a longer study period. Options to choose include 120 credits from: Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation (30 credits) Exercise for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (30 credits) Exercise for Cancer Care (30 credits) Exercise and Fitness after Stroke (30 credits) Exercise for Falls Prevention (30 credits) Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine (30 credits)

Assessment methods

The delivery format for the course is largely based around seminar, practical, workshop and placement learning to integrate theory into practical sessions. Teaching sessions will include vocational training, seminar and exercise laboratory work, led by leading practitioners in the area of clinical exercise. You will be provided with a personal tutor to assist with academic and pastoral issues. The course has a problem-based learning approach and you will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-reflection and initiative and problem-based assignments. Here's how we assess you: Vocational training (MCQ and case study) Practical assessment Presentation Applied essays Case studies


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2018 8,800 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2018 5,130 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 4,400 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 2,570 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 9,270 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,800 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2019 2,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2019 4,630 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

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Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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