Clinical Exercise Physiology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview Advance your career with this Clinical Exercise Physiology Master’s degree. Learn how to support people with long-term health conditions and improve their quality of life from industry experts. On this MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology course, you’ll be equipped with practical and professional skills in fitness assessment and exercise interventions, such as medical management, exercise prescription and behaviour change. You’ll develop your understanding of key clinical applications, including the relationship between exercise and chronic disease, the psychological effects of exercise and the importance of testing, and put this into practice through physiological assessments. When you graduate, you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in a variety of clinical settings and have the opportunity to work towards becoming a certified clinical exercise physiologist. What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • Connect with clinicians from Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and learn real-life practical skills in physiological assessment
  • Practise your skills in our Physiology and Biomechanics laboratories
  • Learn how to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable way from experienced academics
  • Build expertise and professional skills in medical management, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, behaviour change, exercise and physical activity
  • Work towards registering as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Careers and opportunities Once you graduate from this MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology degree, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to operate successfully in a clinical environment. Depending on your choices during the Professional Development module, you'll also be able to work towards becoming a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. You’ll be set to provide services in physiology, health and fitness, exercise and science support in both the public and private sector – with the option to pursue professional certification and gain further training and experience in clinical physiology. Alternatively, you could proceed to a research degree. What can you do with a Clinical Exercise Physiology degree? Career opportunities include:
  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise referral coordinator
  • GP exercise referral coordinator
  • NHS trainee clinical scientist
  • Health advisor
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing research technician
  • Mental health exercise instructor
  • NHS physical activities adviser
  • Private exercise physiologist
You could also do postgraduate research, including a PhD. We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


Core modules (full-time) this year include:

  • Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation (30 credits)
  • Clinical Strength and Conditioning (30 credits)
  • Pathophysiology and Medical Management (30 credits)
  • Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity (30 credits)
  • Research and Practice Development (Sep) (60 credits)
Please see the full course page for part-time module details. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8900 Year 1
England £8900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8900 Year 1
Scotland £8900 Year 1
Wales £8900 Year 1
Channel Islands £8900 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8900 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.
Clinical Exercise Physiology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS