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Physical Activity for Health PGCert

Physical Activity for Health PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Sports Studies Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Physical inactivity has been recognised as a pandemic and is a global public health issue. The programme draws on the health sciences of psychology, physiology and epidemiology, and on both research and practice to provide you with a thorough knowledge and awareness of the role of physical activity in improving and maintaining health. The programme is designed to provide academic training at a postgraduate level for recent graduates and the existing national and international workforce. This programme prepares you for a successful career in health promotion, primary care trusts, the health and fitness industry, physical activity development, or physical activity and health consultancy.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 4 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


4 months

Start date



This course reflects the need for students to understand fundamental concepts that underpin scientific research in order to be able to critically evaluate the strength of the research discussed throughout their programme of study. The course will contrast different philosophical approaches that epitomise quantitative and qualitative approaches and discuss fundamental issues that determine the quality of research articles and the conclusions drawn from them such as research biases, power, effect size, significance, credibility and trustworthiness of data.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as sport and exercise science, physical education, health sciences, psychology or physiology. Students with equivalent academic qualifications and significant professional training and experience will also be considered.

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