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MSc Clinical Exercise Science

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2:2Or higher
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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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  • Active IQ

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  • The Wright Foundation

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Why choose this course?

This course is for

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.

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