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Applied Exercise Physiology MSc (PGCert PGDip)

Applied Exercise Physiology MSc (PGCert PGDip)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sports Physiotherapy Physiology (Human)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you are interested in sport and exercise physiology, and you are not too sure which direction to take yet. It will give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of both applied sport and applied exercise physiology.

A core module is dedicated to the study of clinical exercise physiology and some optional modules are tailored towards bespoke applications such as applied environmental physiology, and the science of performance and training.

Our Applied Exercise Physiology MSc is designed around three pillars.

Physiology is core to every module of our course with most sessions taking place in one of our five laboratories. During your MSc, you will be learn how to use new equipment such as ECG, spirometers, breath-by-breath analysers and blood sampling analysers. You'll develop your laboratory skills in the early part of the course, to deepen your understanding of integrative physiology through laboratory practicals and enquiry-based learning such as discussions of real case scenarios.

The Clinical Exercise Physiology module, taught in the second semester, will reinforce key physiological concepts covered in the first part of the course, with an added layer of complexity.

Of great importance is the confidence you will gain in your own ability to critique scientific work so that you become a life-long independent thinker.

Personal and professional development
You will gain real-world experience in areas relevant to your interests by working alongside experienced practitioners. Past projects have included working with participants in our cardiac rehabilitation and falls prevention programmes.

Our teaching laboratories are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). You can register on the BASES Supervised Experience Scheme to achieve personal accreditation.

We are one of just 10 institutions nationally, selected by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), to become a CIMSPA Higher Education Partner. We are part of their pilot programme to develop CIMSPA endorsed and quality assured degree programmes to improve students’ employment prospects. The partnership also offers many benefits for students studying this course.

Course structure

On this course all your modules can have an exercise physiology focus. You will take four 20-credit core modules, each finding their root in at least one of the course’s pillars: physiology, personal and professional development, science in practice. In addition, you will take two option modules from a choice of four and complete a final project.

You will learn through a mixture of taught sessions, tutorials, online learning, group work, independent study and through work-related activities. Most classes take place in either our exercise physiology laboratories or a computer class with a ratio of 2:20 (staff:students). You will work in groups of four or five on problem-based situations.

You are able to book individual tutorials with every lecturer. Group tutorials are also scheduled into our teaching programmes.


Career opportunities for sport and exercise scientists are growing.

Many hospitals and primary care trusts appoint specialists with exercise backgrounds to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion.

An MSc in Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Brighton will help you to stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career and is also ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level.

Students can exit with PGDip & PGCert.

Different course options

Full time | Eastbourne Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Final Project - Core
Science in Practice - Core
Clinical Exercise Physiology - Core
Skills for Physiological Assessment - Core
Professional and Personal Development - Core

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 good honours degree (normally minimum 2:2 classification) in sport and exercise science, or a relevant science-based degree such as medicine, biomedical sciences, physiology, biological science, or health science. The degree may contain a human physiology component, and should contain a research training component. Applicants without the minimum qualifications may also be considered, providing they can demonstrate they have the appropriate background and foundation knowledge by other means. In such circumstances, candidates may be interviewed, and evidence will be sought concerning: sustained and substantial work in a field cognate to the degree at an appropriate level; the ability to undertake, write up and present an honours level research study; an appropriate level understanding of research methods and human physiology; the ability to study independently and effectively and to communicate effectively; Claims for recognition of prior learning will also be considered (both prior experiential learning and prior certificated learning).

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more

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