menu icon
MSc Clinical Exercise Science

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sports Medicine Sports / Movement Science

Course type


Course Summary

This unique practical and applied course will develop specialised knowledge of clinical exercise science


This novel programme is designed for those wishing to gain and develop expert knowledge in the science of exercise assessment and prescription and learn applied techniques which will enable you to develop a career in clinical exercise science, academic research, teaching and other science-based professions.

The evidence demonstrating that physical activity reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes highlights the need for clinical exercise practitioners with high level knowledge of physical activity and health who can work within community and healthcare settings.

This programme offers a well-balanced blend between practice and theory. The course is multi-disciplinary in nature covering aspects of exercise physiology, exercise and health psychology, biomechanical principles as well as clinical skills.

Course details

During your studies you will develop an advanced understanding of the research evidence in the context of clinical exercise science.

You will learn to apply theoretical concepts and professional skills in practical situations likely to be encountered by a clinical exercise scientist.

You will employ advanced investigative, analytical and practical techniques to advance knowledge in clinical exercise science.

You will present evidence-based clinical exercise prescription appropriate for a range of pathologies and in seemingly healthy populations and be able to effectively communicate evidence and treatment goals with a variety of populations.

You will gain enhanced knowledge and learn skills in clinical exercise science to increase employability in an academic or applied setting.

How you’ll be taught

This is a one year full-time MSc course (180 credits) and is split up into three trimesters.

You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

There are also opportunities to complete a PgDip (120 credits) or a PgCert (60 credits). Alternatively you may wish to complete specific module/modules as part of your own continuous professional development.


Assessments will be conducted through a variety of methods including written reports, case studies; poster presentations and exams.


  • GP exercise referral coordinator
  • Trainee clinical scientist
  • Health advisor
  • Exercise science research technician
  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Physical activities adviser
  • Private exercise physiologist.

Different course options

Full time | Edinburgh Napier University | 1 year | 07-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



During this module you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the underpinning influencing physiological factors that can lead to the development of a number of metabolic and cardiovascular conditions. As well as gaining an in-depth knowledge regarding the pathophysiology of cardiometabolic disease, this module will evaluate the reported health benefits of exercise/increased physical activity in populations with long term conditions including cardiovascular disease, metabolic dysfunction and diabetes, obesity and dyslipidaemia. You will develop an understanding of the concept ‘Exercise is Medicine’ and devise and develop exercise programmes for individuals at risk of developing metabolic and cardiovascular conditions. During this module you will evaluate exercise as a vital prescription tool for specific populations in relation to the current physical activity guidelines and research within this area.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A Bachelor (Honours) degree at 2:2 or above. We look for candidates who have a background in Physical Activity & Health, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy or other Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) qualifications. We may also consider other qualifications/experience which demonstrate through our recognition of prior learning process that you have appropriate knowledge and skills at SCQF level 10.

University information

With three campuses located across the city, Edinburgh Napier University offers you the opportunity to join a diverse and friendly student community. The University boasts a wide range of postgraduate degrees in subject areas such as Biosciences, Building & Surveying, Music, Teaching, and Tourism, Hospitality and Events, which you can choose to study either full-time or part-time. For full flexibility, there is also a selection of online and...more

Similar courses at this uni