University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

With current obesity and diabetes epidemics resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles, the need for Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES) is now greater than ever before. This innovative course is, therefore, designed to inform you in the clinical aspects of exercise, providing a qualification that will enable you to apply theory to practice.

Entry requirements

MSc: A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

You can choose to take this course in either full-time or part-time mode. Our course draws on the strengths and thriving research expertise in the faculty. Here are the units you will study: Applied Research Methods: This prepares you for your Research Project by covering research design, discussing different investigation strategies and identifying appropriate statistical analyses. Clinical Physiology: This unit develops a critical understanding of the pathophysiology of chronic lifestyle diseases and the application and interpretation of diagnostic procedures for these diseases. Exercise Rehabilitation: On this unit you will gain experience of working in clinical exercise settings, such as cardiac rehabilitation, to allow you to apply your knowledge in a professional environment, where you will develop skills in risk stratification and leading safe and effective physical activities. Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity: This unit covers the emerging field of psychology in physical activity and exercise settings. You will study topics relevant to understanding how psychological theory can influence the promotion and prescription of exercise and physical activity to optimise health and wellbeing. Research Project: The unit will also guide you through the submission of a research proposal and the submission of research in the form of a manuscript. Your project will enable you to carry out a research study in the area of clinical exercise.

Assessment methods

Your learning experience will be research-informed, and will be delivered by enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable staff who will encourage and assist you to achieve your full potential. Teaching is largely based around seminar, practical and workshop sessions. You will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-assessment and problem-based assignments. Here's how we assess you: practical assessment research reports applied essays case studies project report poster presentation


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 13,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 6,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 6,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 3,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 6,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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