- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
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.
This MSc pathway features established and unique collaborations with a number of health practitioners, charities, and organisations such as University Hospital Southampton (UHS), Macmillan Cancer Support, Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation. These placement partnerships and opportunities allow 'real-world' and applied learning as well as enhancing employability skills and preparation for further study.
In addition to external placements, we also offer in-house placement opportunities through Solent Exercise Referral. In partnership with Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG and a range of local initiatives, such as the Saints Foundation, the scheme provides a holistic health and wellbeing ‘hub’ which serves the Southampton and West Hampshire regions 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 - all delivered by students.
You’ll have the opportunity to gain extra qualifications during their studies. Available qualifications include Active IQ L2 Gym and REPs L3 Exercise Referral. In order to gain the prerequisite experience and qualifications that will allow you to work with clinical patients, the course features a number of embedded accreditations that will allow you to get certified in the field. These include:
- Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
- Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
- WRIGHT Foundation Level 4 Cardiac Phase IV Rehabilitation
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Why choose this course?
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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 adviser, clinical exercise specialist, health and wellbeing physiologist, exercise referral coordinator, PhD researcher or an NHS trainee clinical scientist
What this course leads to
Graduates from this course will be well prepared for a wide range of employment or further education opportunities.
- Clinical physiologist
- NHS trainee clinical scientist
- Health and wellbeing physiologist
- Exercise referral coordinator
- Clinical exercise specialist
- Doctoral studies
Meet the team
Learn from qualified staff with a wealth of experience working in a range of clinical settings.
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.
Year one 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.
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.
At Solent, our aim is to deliver innovative, inclusive and intellectually stimulating teaching to develop self-confident and highly employable graduates. All our courses are designed with employability in mind, which makes industry-based learning a priority.
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 adviser, clinical exercise specialist, health and wellbeing physiologist, exercise referral coordinator, PhD researcher or an NHS trainee clinical scientist.
Learn transferable skills
You will be supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. This includes programming, project management, problem-solving, analytical skills, technical writing, teamwork, communication and presentation skills.
These transferable skills empower you to work in a range of different industries after graduation. The course will also equip you with research and academic skills helping those who wish to pursue a PhD or an academic career.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are:
- UK and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,850 per year
- International full-time fees: £14,550 per year
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2022/23 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:
DBS – if student placement with vulnerable adults
Potentially Hepatitis B immunisation (TBC)
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.Find out more
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
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.
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 is currently £15. 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
- All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
Key entry requirements
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
Your application checklist
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.
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 no component score below 5.5
- TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking
- Duolingo English Language Test - 110 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
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 programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
Students will have access to our industry-standard sport laboratories, such as the physiology lab, including Woodway treadmill for stress tests, Indirect Calorimetry, ECG, Blood analysis, Ultrasound and respiratory function; the biomedical lab, including temperature controlled centrifuges, tissue culture facility including CO2 incubator, microbiological safety cabinet, and cell counter. You'll use the Sports Complex teaching gym for the exercise referral scheme and cardiovascular/resistance equipment.
Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.
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