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About the course

The MSc in Clinical Exercise Science explores the science behind physical health and exercise and the impact it has on individuals with clinical disease. This course will provide an excellent opportunity in which to explore both the scientific and applied aspects of clinical exercise science including the prevalence, causes and pathophysiology of a range of physiological and mental-health disorders, population health and psychological wellbeing.

An important aspect to this course is the opportunity to work in clinical settings with real patients with real conditions.

The course will feature unique and exciting partnerships with a number of health practitioners and organisations such as the NHS, Nuffield Health and Diabetes UK. These placement opportunities allow real-world learning as well as enhancing employability skills and preparation for further study. 

In addition to external placements, we can also offer placement opportunities in-house through our up and coming Exercise Referral scheme. This, in conjunction with a range of local initiatives, will provide a holistic health and wellbeing ‘hub’ which will serve the local community with provision such as gym and class-based exercise, nutrition and weight management information, smoking cessation, cooking classes and specialist training programmes for a range of clinical conditions. These will all be taught in our Sports Complex by fully trained staff and students

You’ll have the opportunity to choose your own clinical placement. This will allow you to tailor your learning experience in an area of interest. Although the list of placements is not exhaustive, we have managed to establish strong links with both local authority and private organisations such as University Hospital Southampton, Diabetes UK, MacMillan and a range of exercise referral schemes and facilities around Southampton and Hampshire.

Students will have the opportunity to gain extra qualifications during their studies. Available qualifications include Active IQ L2 Gym and REPs L3 Exercise Referral.

We have a maximum of 22 places available for each intake of this course. We will therefore issue on a first come, first served basis upon being made an offer with a firm acceptance. Once maximum recruitment has been reached applicants will be kept on a waiting list thereafter should any places become available.

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Learn from qualified staff with a wealth of experience working in a range of clinical settings.

What does this course lead to?

The real-world content and professional competencies delivered on this course will ensure successful graduates have the transferable skills to secure employment in a variety of exciting and diverse roles. These could include Clinical Physiologist, Health Advisor, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Health and Wellbeing Physiologist, Exercise Referral Coordinator, PhD Researcher or an NHS Trainee Clinical Scientist

Who is this course for?

The MSc in Clinical Exercise Science is ideally suited to and designed for students and health and exercise practitioners who wish to advance their knowledge and scientific understanding of the prescription and promotion of physical exercise to real patients in real clinical settings.

Applicants should have previously studied a health, fitness or health/sport science-based subject and would be required to have completed or be in the process of acquiring an industry-approved exercise referral qualification. Professional experience and other qualifications may be considered for applicants not meeting this requirement.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,700
International full-time fees: £14,300
UK and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,350 per year
International and EU part-time fees: Students from outside the UK are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU full-time tuition fees the same as UK full-time tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

DBS – if student placement with vulnerable adults

Potentially Hepatitis B immunisation (TBC) 

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related subject

  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 110 overall with minimum 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Please use the link below to apply online:



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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

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What you'll study

Core modules

Clinical Exercise Physiology
This module will provide a critical understanding of the prevalence, aetiology and pathophysiology of clinical health disorders such as cancer, stroke and dementia. Students will also become competent in providing exercise prescription and programming for a range of clinical populations and gain real-world, applied practical skills

Research Methods and Statistics 
This module will provide students with a critical understanding of how research is conducted and how data is handled and analysed

Exercise Wellbeing and Health Psychology 
This module will provide a real-world insight into health-related, psychological behaviours and relevant behaviour change interventions. Students will also be introduced to the economic, political, social and psychosocial aspects of clinical disease and the role of exercise in health promotion initiatives

Laboratory-Based Exercise Testing and Diagnosis 
Students will learn how to carry-out a range of exercise and clinical testing procedures, such as electrocardiography, blood pressure, respiratory assessments and blood analysis. Students will learn how to clinically assess a client, perform the appropriate testing procedure, collect and analyse data and provide a detailed diagnosis

Clinical Placement
Involves a 250-hour clinical placement which is underpinned by research-led practice. The placement will provide you with the experience and opportunity to work alongside industry professionals in a clinical work environment

Independent Research Project
This module provides the opportunity for independent study in an area of relevance and interest


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Kevin Busuttil academic profile Kevin Busuttil Course Leader View profile
Chris Dunn academic profile Chris Dunn Senior Lecturer View profile
James Wright academic profile James Wright Lecturer View profile
Lee Turner academic profile Lee Turner Lecturer View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Lecturer View profile
Rob Williams academic profile Rob Williams Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students will have access to :

Physiology Lab 
Including Woodway treadmill for stress tests, Indirect Calorimetry, ECG, Blood analysis, Ultrasound and respiratory function.

Biomedical Lab 
Temperature controlled centrifuges, tissue culture facility including CO2 incubator, microbiological safety cabinet, and cell counter.

Sport Centre Gym 
Exercise Referral scheme and cardiovascular/resistance equipment.

You’ll have real world experiences on this course. This includes assessing, prescribing and delivering applied exercise programmes to patients with real chronic diseases and conditions.

Your future

Graduates from the MSc Clinical Exercise Science course will be well prepared for a wide range of employment or further education opportunities. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Doctoral studies
  • Clinical Physiologist
  • NHS Trainee Clinical Scientist
  • Health and Wellbeing Physiologist
  • Exercise Referral Coordinator
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist

Industry links

This course will provide excellent links with a range of clinical organisations such as the NHS, Nuffield Health, Diabetes UK as well as collaborations with practitioners from University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and from a range of local community NHS services.

During their time on the course, students will receive regular guest lectures and speakers from a range of clinical health and exercise-based disciplines. Students will also have an opportunity to work alongside clinical practitioners in a professional environment during a placement module where they will be able to experience and implement their skills in a wide range of disciplines such as academy physiologist, exercise referral instructor and a variety of hospital-based roles.


You’ll undertake a mandatory Clinical Work Placement module as part of this course. You’ll have the opportunity to select a clinical work placement from a range of organisations that will be provided as part of the strong industry links Solent University have developed.

These include hospital-based placements (University Hospital Southampton), Nuffield Health and Macmillan. Students will also be able to find their own work placement (with support from staff). This flexible approach allows you to select a placement of your choice which is tailored to your career path and interests.

Clinical placement module will take place during period 3 (summer) and placements are students will have to complete 250-hours of experience.

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