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Applied Sport Physiology MSc (PGCert PGDip)

Applied Sport 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 know you want to work in the world of sport and want to deepen your understanding of applied sport physiology.

Two of the four option modules focus specifically on physical training and another offers and insight into applied environmental physiology. You’ll be given the opportunity to tailor the majority of your assessments to the sportive context with real-life case studies to gain an insight into the world of the sport practitioner.

Our Applied Sport 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 studies, you will learn integrative physiology through enquiry-based learning using equipment such as breath-by-breath analysers, a wide range of ergometers, our environmental chambers, and blood sampling analyser. We strongly believe students must learn through practice.

Science in practice
Of great importance is the confidence you will gain in your own ability to understand and critique scientific work so that you become a life-long independent thinker. Our Science in Practice module will help you learn how to best monitor changes over a sportive season through case studies and field work with sport physiologists.

Personal development
You will gain real-world experience in areas relevant to your interests by working alongside experienced practitioners. Past projects have included the design of individualised training programmes leading up to the Brighton Marathon and the physiological testing of elite athletes.

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

Course structure

On this course all your modules can have a sport 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). For problem-based situations you will work in groups of 4-5 students. You can book individual tutorials with every lecturer who each offer around three hours of tutorials per week. Group tutorials are also scheduled into our teaching programmes.

The course is flexible in that it allows you to exit with a postgraduate certificate at the end of one semester (three 20-credit modules) or a postgraduate diploma at the end of two semesters (six 20-credit modules). You must complete the 60-credit research project to qualify for the MSc.

Our course is taught over two days, normally on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Career opportunities for sport and exercise scientists are growing. Sports science is recognised as a vital ingredient in the success and development of most sports and for the individuals that take part it is an everyday aspect of their training.

An MSc in Applied Sport 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



Science in Practice
Skills for Physiological Assessment
Final Project
Exercise Tolerance (Integrative Physiology)
Professional and Personal Development

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

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2020. Degree and experience 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.

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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