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Full time | Southampton Solent University | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sports Medicine Sports / Movement Science

Course type


Course Summary


The MSc in Clinical Exercise Science explores the science behind physical health and exercise and the impact it has on individuals with clinical disease. This course will provide an excellent opportunity in which to explore both the scientific and applied aspects of clinical exercise science including the prevalence, causes and pathophysiology of a range of physiological and mental-health disorders, population health and psychological wellbeing.

An important aspect to this course is the opportunity to work in clinical settings with real patients with real conditions.

The course will feature unique and exciting partnerships with a number of health practitioners and organisations such as the NHS, Nuffield Health and Diabetes UK. These placement opportunities allow real-world learning as well as enhancing employability skills and preparation for further study.

In addition to external placements, we can also offer placement opportunities in-house through our up and coming Exercise Referral scheme. This, in conjunction with a range of local initiatives, will provide a holistic health and wellbeing ‘hub’ which will serve the local community with provision such as gym and class-based exercise, nutrition and weight management information, smoking cessation, cooking classes and specialist training programmes for a range of clinical conditions. These will all be taught in our Sports Complex by fully trained staff and students

You’ll have the opportunity to choose your own clinical placement. This will allow you to tailor your learning experience in an area of interest. Although the list of placements is not exhaustive, we have managed to establish strong links with both local authority and private organisations such as University Hospital Southampton, Diabetes UK, MacMillan and a range of exercise referral schemes and facilities around Southampton and Hampshire.

Students will have the opportunity to gain extra qualifications during their studies. Available qualifications include Active IQ L2 Gym and REPs L3 Exercise Referral.

Learn from qualified staff with a wealth of experience working in a range of clinical settings.

What does this course lead to?

The real-world content and professional competencies delivered on this course will ensure successful graduates have the transferable skills to secure employment in a variety of exciting and diverse roles. These could include Clinical Physiologist, Health Advisor, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Health and Wellbeing Physiologist, Exercise Referral Coordinator, PhD Researcher or an NHS Trainee Clinical Scientist

Who is this course for?

The MSc in Clinical Exercise Science is ideally suited to and designed for students and health and exercise practitioners who wish to advance their knowledge and scientific understanding of the prescription and promotion of physical exercise to real patients in real clinical settings.

Applicants should have previously studied a health, fitness or health/sport science-based subject and would be required to have completed or be in the process of acquiring an industry-approved exercise referral qualification. Professional experience and other qualifications may be considered for applicants not meeting this requirement.

Part time option is also available.


This module will provide a critical understanding of the prevalence, aetiology and pathophysiology of clinical health disorders such as cancer, stroke and dementia. Students will also become competent in providing exercise prescription and programming for a range of clinical populations and gain real-world, applied practical skills.

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Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related subject.

University information

Solent University (SU) is a long-established and highly regarded educational institution in Southampton with over 160 years of teaching heritage to its name. With postgraduate courses available in a huge number of subject areas, SU offers a range of MA, MSc and MBA programs, as well as industry-accredited professional and part-time courses. SU is located in the coastal city of Southampton, a city with a population of around 250,000 which...more