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MSc Exercise Physiology Degree

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Physiology (Human) Sports Physiotherapy Sports Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Our MSc Exercise Physiology is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the physiological, nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise and training, and their implications for participation in sport and for the maintenance of good health.

This master's in exercise physiology offers study at a high level across areas including the physiology of endurance sport, sport and exercise nutrition, exercise and immunology, vocational skills in exercise physiology, neuromuscular function, quantitative research, current research in exercise physiology, laboratory techniques in sport and exercise physiology and a research project. Physiology practical sessions are taught in the specialist physiology teaching laboratory housed in the Clyde Williams building, which can be partitioned to allow small group work stations or opened up to use the 20m sprint track. You will also have the opportunity to use these facilities as part of your research dissertations, where you complete a research study under the supervision of academic staff.

All students undertake a research project as part of their studies. Project areas include muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, risk factors for chronic diseases, exercise and appetite, exercise immunology, physiological response to exercise in children and disability sport.

Laboratory facilities are provided in the £8m Clyde Williams Building, which houses physiology, molecular biology and nutrition research laboratories and teaching rooms as well as the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies including two climatic chambers, a sprint lane and bespoke training and testing equipment. The facility is named after Emeritus Professor Clyde Williams, the first Chair in Sports Science in the UK.

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in research that is taking place in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands, an Olympic legacy on campus which houses outstanding exercise physiology research laboratories in a state-of-the-art facility. In addition to several specialist clinical and exercise physiology laboratories, there is also a specialist anthropometry laboratory, designated ‘invasive procedures’ rooms for the performance of muscle and adipose tissue biopsies, sample analytical laboratories, recovery rooms, research kitchens and a disability sport laboratory, where exercise testing is conducted using various equipment including a specialist treadmill designed for both wheelchair propulsion and running, and wheelchair, arm crank and handcycle ergometry.

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Exercise Physiology is designed for graduates possessing a good degree in sports science or other relevant biological sciences who may be considering careers or further research in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning or nutrition and are therefore seeking an exercise physiology master's degree to deepen their knowledge in this area.

What you'll study

Our MSc programme is designed to provide you with laboratory and field based research experience during the in-depth study of relevant areas of exercise physiology.

Future career prospects

Previous students have gone on to work in many high profile sports settings including the English Institute of Sport, Premier League football clubs, England and Wales Cricket Board, England Rugby, British Swimming, British Triathlon, British Cycling, British Athletics, UK Sport and Paralympic sports. A significant proportion of our graduates have also gone on to work in the health sector, as exercise physiologists working within the NHS, Spire and Nuffield Health. Many students also go on to further study.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will see you design, conduct and report on an original research study of an aspect of your MSc programme. On completion, you should have developed the knowledge and understanding to select and critically evaluate an appropriate research topic, formulate a research question and successfully collect, analyse and critique data to answer the question. You will also be to collect and consider evidence, accepting that which is useful and rejecting that which is redundant.

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

An honours degree (good 2:1 of 65% or above) or equivalent international qualification in sports science or other relevant biological science that contains a substantial element of exercise physiology, such as applied human physiology or physiotherapy.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more