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This degree involves a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills for those aiming to pursue a career in applied sport and exercise physiology. Read more
This degree involves a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills for those aiming to pursue a career in applied sport and exercise physiology.

In today’s marketplace, employers are seeking to employ staff that are suitably qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities. As such, there is an increased need for postgraduate courses to be vocationally orientated, with an emphasis on training students in the theoretical underpinnings and relevant practical areas to work in the sport industry.

The PG Diploma/MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Physiology course focuses on disciplines pertinent to the field of applied sport and exercise physiology and reflects the needs of today’s students, within the context of the workforce in general, the social and political environment, and national and regional sporting and exercise priorities.

Why St Mary's?

The applied focus of the programme enables students to gain both the theoretical and practical skills required to gain employment as a Sport and Exercise Physiologist.

In addition, the location of the university provides many opportunities to refine those skills through work with various sports clubs in the area.

The course utilises equipment in the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science, which includes extensive laboratory analytical equipment and library materials that support the degree.

Course Content

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. With the exception of the Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology module, all modules are assessed by a variety of types of coursework. To qualify for the diploma you need to accrue 120 credits.

In addition, MSc students have to complete a substantial research project. Modules are either taught two or three hours per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) or, in the case of the research methods module, in an intensive block.

Module Information
› Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
› Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
› Training Programme Design and Evaluation
› Sport and Exercise Physiology in the Workplace
› Ergogenic Aids in Sport
› Applied Techniques in Sport and Exercise Physiology
› Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module in the course is assessed by one or more pieces of coursework. With the exception of the Advanced Sport & Exercise Physiology module, there are no written examinations; however, a number of modules employ oral examinations.

Assessments are designed to provide the opportunity to demonstrate critical analysis, deep and insightful thought and the application of knowledge. A wide variety of assessment modes are employed including case studies, laboratory reports, preparing articles suitable for journals, and poster/oral presentations.

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This Sport Masters programme is delivered by world-leading experts at Liverpool John Moores University. You will have access to excellent facilities, geared towards both classical physiology and research at the forefront of molecular exercise physiology. Read more
This Sport Masters programme is delivered by world-leading experts at Liverpool John Moores University. You will have access to excellent facilities, geared towards both classical physiology and research at the forefront of molecular exercise physiology.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Developed by world-leading researchers in our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
•Access to state-of-the-art physiology and biochemistry laboratories in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building
•Strong emphasis on active learning and practical training
•Career opportunities in teaching and lecturing, as applied practitioners in sport science support programmes of further study at Doctoral level


There has never been a more exciting time to undertake an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Sport represents one of the world’s major businesses and scientists have an increasingly prominent role in working with athletes, coaches, governing bodies and industry to help optimise elite performance.

Sport and Exercise Science is also playing an increasingly important role in society by promoting exercise for healthy ageing and the prevention of premature death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity.Our teaching is delivered primarily through laboratory practicals and student-centred learning techniques, such as problem-based learning. During this programme you will complete a record of competency in physiological assessment, deliver a conference presentation and gain first-hand experience of ‘wet lab’ techniques including western blotting and proteomics.

From this foundation, many of our graduates go on to conduct doctoral research within academic/clinical institutions, sport clubs and allied organisations.


Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

• Molecular Exercise Physiology

Provides a 1:1 mix of theory and practical training in molecular exercise physiology.

•Physiological Assessment

Provides extensive practical training in exercise physiology laboratory tests.

• Integrative Physiology and Metabolic Regulation

A lecture series on integrative human physiology and metabolism.

• Applied Practice in Exercise Physiology

Examines the science underpinning ‘wearable’ technologies to monitor both health and performance-based exercise programmes.

• Contemporary Research in Exercise Physiology

Explores the latest research using a ‘Journal Club’ format.

• Research Methods

Data collected during the Physiological Assessment module is used to teach statistical analysis techniques.

• Masters Research Project

Dissertation projects are undertaken within research themes led by staff and associated PhD students.


Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

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Would you like to enhance your already strong academic background to kick-start a career within the healthcare sector?. Read more
Would you like to enhance your already strong academic background to kick-start a career within the healthcare sector?

With a focus on the epidemiology and pathology of chronic diseases, the full-time MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology course will develop your understanding of the physiological and psychological factors associated with disease, and the role of exercise as a medicine in the prevention, treatment and management of conditions.

On completion of this course you will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to assess an individual’s physical status and quality of life to provide a bespoke solution to enhance their daily living.

Northumbria University is the only provider of this postgraduate physiology degree in the North East and boasts excellent links with key organisations to further support your development and knowledge.

Throughout the duration of your studies you will be based in our state-of-the-art, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) approved facilities, allowing you to learn in a high quality and dynamic environment.

This course can also be taken part time - for more information please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/clinical-exercise-physiology-msc-dtpcph6/

Learn From The Best

Our specialist team of teaching staff are internationally renowned within their individual disciplines, with many acting as advisors to industry and sitting on the boards of international federations.

The content of this course draws on their in-depth knowledge, delivering a learning experience that facilitates an advanced understanding of theory and practice that is at the forefront of this discipline.

Our reputation has also resulted in our department providing professional development and consultancy services to an array of organisations such as the Lawn Tennis Association, FIBA, Commonwealth Games, UK Deaf Sport and Newcastle United Football Club.

Teaching And Assessment

Incorporating all core areas of clinical exercise physiology, you will study a range of modules such as the translation of health research, epidemiology, aetiology and pathology of health disorders and special populations. You will also cover clinical competencies and assessment skills, exercise prescription for health disorders and special populations, exercise psychology and research methods. In your final year you will be required to complete a dissertation around a topic of physiology of your choice.

Teaching is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and practical elements such as laboratory and fieldwork. Assessments will be undertaken via a range of methods such as coursework, case studies, laboratory skills, reports, presentations, articles, posters, portfolios, public health campaigns and exams.

Learning Environment

When studying the MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology course at Northumbria University you will be based at our new £30 million purpose-built Sport Central.

Sport Central has been specially designed to enhance your learning experience thanks to its array of state-of-the-art facilities, which include a sprint track, nutrition kitchen and laboratory, as well as laboratories designed for assessing body composition, exercise physiology, integrated performance and biomechanics and gait.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will also receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists.

Research-Rich Learning

The course is delivered by a team of research-active staff who integrate their findings into their day-to-day teaching. Our team are responsible for pioneering research that helps to inform government policy and the strategies of renowned global businesses such as Berghaus, GlaxoSmithKline and Nova International.

Many of our team also work with organisations such as Cancer Research, MS Society, PD UK and the NIHR, which provides further benefit to you by ensuring you're learning from specialists with real-life expertise in the health field.

You are also encouraged to develop your own research skills and, in your final year, produce a dissertation under the supervision of one of our specialists. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to conduct applied research in a field of clinical exercise physiology that interests you most.

Northumbria is ranked in the top 30 for excellence in sport and exercise science research power, making it the best rated university in the North East in this discipline (REF 2014).

Give Your Career An Edge

Northumbria University is the only provider of the MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology course in the North East and our course is highly valued with employers.

We boast excellent links with the NHS and other organisations in the region thanks to the vast amount of work we do in partnership together.

Our state-of-the-art facilities will allow you to put your skills into practise in industry-standard facilities, meaning you leave with knowledge and understanding that can be applied to a real working environment.

You will leave this course equipped with a solid foundation in clinical exercise physiology, key practitioner skills and research skills that effectively prepare you for a career in this dynamic and rewarding industry.

Your Future

On graduation you can look forward to working within a number of health organisations such as the NHS, private hospitals or other health providers.

The roles that can be performed by you as a clinical exercise physician are varied and include cardiac rehabilitation, respiratory disorder rehabilitation, health screening and intervention, obesity management and exercise therapy for special populations.

A high percentage of students also progress onto further study or doctoral-level qualifications. The skills acquired during this course will ensure you are well prepared should you decide to progress down this route.

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Delivered by experts from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, this programme focuses on the practical application of research, including intermediate life support and phlebotomy. Read more
Delivered by experts from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, this programme focuses on the practical application of research, including intermediate life support and phlebotomy.

•Available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Course developed by world-leading academics in our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
•Student numbers are capped at 20 for this highly competitive course to give you dedicated access to staff and facilities
•Access state-of-the-art laboratories in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building
•Enjoy a combination of invaluable practical experience (including a substantial clinical placement) and theoretical learning
•The School houses 12-lead ECG and cardiopulmonary stress exercise testing equipment
•We also house ultrasound machines – echocardiography and vascular physiology, and we are world leaders in utilising this equipment in a practice-based setting
•Look forward to enhanced job opportunities

There has never been a more exciting time to undertake an MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Exercise now represents one of the world’s major businesses and scientists have an increasingly prominent role in working with healthy and clinical populations to maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce disease.

This Masters programme is ideal if you want to go on to specialise in exercise physiology in a clinical setting or work at doctoral level in academia.

The programme provides a detailed knowledge of physiology applied to clinical contexts, but is also designed to extend your knowledge beyond ‘classical’ exercise physiology studies and into novel techniques and theories underpinning exercise physiology and health.

The MSc programme provides extensive practical experience in key physiology laboratory tests such as ECG and cardiopulmonary testing. It also gives a good understanding into modern and novel ultrasound assessments of cardiovascular function. Academic development is provided in fundamental scientific techniques including research methods, statistical analysis and scientific communication.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
Pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease
Technical training for exercise physiology
Advanced exercise physiology and exercise prescription
Promotion, adherence and compliance
Clinical placement and thesis
Research methods

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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This course will suit you if you are a sport and exercise graduate, a graduate from a related science or a medical student looking to specialise in the field of exercise physiology. Read more
This course will suit you if you are a sport and exercise graduate, a graduate from a related science or a medical student looking to specialise in the field of exercise physiology.

It is designed to focus on professional skills that improve your employability, as you learn with equipment including environmental chambers, breath-by-breath analysers, blood sampling analysers and transcranial magnetic stimulation devices.

You also again gain real-world experience in areas relevant to your interests by working alongside experienced practitioners. Past projects have included working with participants in our cardiac rehabilitation programme.

Our teaching laboratories are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), as are most of our course staff. You can register on the BASES Supervised Experience Scheme yourself to achieve personal accreditation.

Course structure

The course is flexible in that it allows you to exit with a postgraduate certificate at the end of one semester (three 20-credit modules) or a postgraduate diploma at the end of two semesters (six 20-credit modules). You must complete the 60-credit research project to qualify for the MSc.

You spend around 100 hours of the course with an organisation related to the practice of physiology, which will allow you to apply your academic knowledge in a vocational setting. Previous students have worked in organisations including a cardiac rehabilitation programme and fall prevention classes with Albion in the Community. Many students have started their professional careers with the organisation that provided them with work experience.

Areas of study

In taught physiology modules, you'll experience and discuss the responses of the human body to various stimuli, including effect of environmental changes (heat and hypoxic chambers) and of ergogenic aids which can be used to simulate peculiar clinical conditions and help students understand better exercise tolerance. This novel approach to teaching integrative physiology will help you to develop a host of laboratory skills. You will be introduced to the latest in the research field of exercise physiology and will have an opportunity to write your own paper from your research project.

With modules such as Professional Enquiry, you'll also gain vocational skills to give you a competitive edge in the job market; through placement opportunities and chances to network in the world of exercise physiology, you'll graduate with a foot firmly in the industry.

Teaching environment

Laboratory work:

We accept a maximum of 15 students on this course.
All classes take place in our exercise physiology laboratories with a ratio of 2:3 (staff:students).
Students work in groups of four to five on problem-based situations.

Tutorials:

Students can book individual tutorials with every lecturer offering around three hours of tutorials per week.
Group tutorials are also scheduled in our teaching programmes.

Modules:

Critical Insights into the Study of Physiology
Professional Enquiry
Exercise Tolerance (integrative physiology)
Expertise in Laboratory Skills for Exercise Physiologists

Options:

Applied Environmental Physiology
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Ethical and Social Responsibility: Theory and Application
Bodies of Sport
Consultancy
Issues and Innovations in Physiology

Facilities

Our facilities include a gym over two floors with fitness equipment including a three-camera system to analyse weight-lifting actions and an isokinetic dynamometer to allow measurement of muscle strength.

Our sport and exercise laboratories which are all accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) include:

• a molecular genetics laboratory with biobanking
• a biomechanics laboratory with motion analysis equipment, various EMG systems, and immersive screen
• two exercise physiology laboratories where aerobic / anaerobic endurance, power and strength assessments as well as body composition, cardiac and pulmonary screening can be carried out
• an environmental laboratory with purpose-built environment chamber where we can simulate different climates by controlling the temperature (-20 to +50°C) and relative humidity (20 to 95%), and a 1.13m x 1.13m x 1.5m water immersion tank
• a research-based laboratory with an oxygen-controlled chamber to simulate altitude (hypoxia).

Professional-Based Learning Module

All credit-based postgraduate courses at the School of Sport and Service Management offer the Professional-Based Learning module.

The module offers you an opportunity to undertake practical experience in a work environment and gain invaluable first-hand knowledge. It is designed to help you engage with the process of planning and delivering expertise in practice, and to reflect upon and take steps to improve your academic, personal and professional skills.Visit the website to find out more:

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/applied-exercise-physiology-msc-pgcert-pgdip.aspx

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Career opportunities for sport and exercise scientists are growing. Sports science is recognised as a vital ingredient in the success and development of most sports and for the individuals that take part it is an everyday aspect of their training.

Many hospitals and primary care trusts are also appointing specialists with exercise backgrounds to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion.

An MSc in Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Brighton will help you to stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career and is also ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level.

100% of students who completed their course in 2014 found full-time employment or went on to further study within six months.
More than half of our graduates secured positions as exercise physiologists in the private or public sector. 14% joined the community of sports coaches, 14% became data analysts in the private sector and 14% progressed into MPhil/PhD studies.

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The programme provides you with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the physiological, nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise and training, and their implications for participation in sport and for the maintenance of good health. Read more
The programme provides you with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the physiological, nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise and training, and their implications for participation in sport and for the maintenance of good health.

It is designed for graduates possessing a good degree in sports science or other relevant biological science, and offers study at a high level in the defined areas, with emphasis on the research literature and hands-on experience of traditional and novel laboratory techniques. It is an excellent basis for research or for a career in teaching in further or higher education.

This programme is available for part-time applicants who have a pre-arranged, confirmed placement (eg with the Loughborough University Sports Development Centre, Sport National Governing Body, English Institute of Sport etc).

Core study areas include physiology of exercise and sport, sport and exercise nutrition, exercise and immunology, vocational skills in exercise physiology, quantitative research, current research in exercise physiology, laboratory techniques in sport and exercise physiology, a research project, and neuromuscular function.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/ssehs/exercise-physiology/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
Semester 1
- Physiology of Exercise and Sport
- Sport and Exercise Nutrition
- Exercise and Immunology
- Vocational Skills in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Physiology

Semester 2
- Quantitative Research
- Current Research in Exercise Physiology
- Laboratory Techniques in Sport and Exercise Physiology

Summer
- Research Project

Assessment

Examination, coursework and a research paper.

Careers and further study

Typical destinations include: exercise physiology teaching in higher education, sport science support with the English Institute of Sport, professional football and rugby clubs, research, and PhD study.

Why choose sport, exercise and health sciences at Loughborough?

Staff within the School are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world.

Knowledge gained from our research underpins the teaching and variety of learning experiences offered through the School’s comprehensive range of postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Our staff expertise, combined with on-going investment in buildings, teaching facilities, laboratories and equipment, makes the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment in which to study.

- Research
Research within the School is classified broadly into three themes: Performance in sport, Lifestyle for health and well-being, and Participation in sport and exercise.

- Career prospects
Over 92% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They go on to work with companies such as APR Psychology, Adidas, BUPA, Badminton England, British Red Cross, Ministry of Education, KPGM, Lucozade, NHS, Nuffield Health and Youth Sport Trust.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/ssehs/exercise-physiology/

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Gain extensive skills and upgrade your professional expertise in the field of sport and exercise physiology. This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply for a range of professional development opportunities giving you the chance to work with sports teams and elite performers. Read more
Gain extensive skills and upgrade your professional expertise in the field of sport and exercise physiology.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply for a range of professional development opportunities giving you the chance to work with sports teams and elite performers. This will offer you the chance to gain experience in sport and exercise physiology working under supervision with our University's sports teams, sporting partners and elite performers, whilst you are studying for your masters degree.

You will study core modules in the different aspects of sport and exercise physiology, as well as research methods, research into practice and a major independent study related to your specific interests in sport and exercise physiology.

You will also be able to choose one option from a range of modules in sport and exercise science including biomechanics, nutrition and psychology.

Sport & Active Lifestyles
At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/sport).

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportandphysiology_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Our course enables you to develop an advanced level of subject knowledge and research experience, as well as a comprehensive range of transferable scientific and vocational skills. As a consequence, your career choices may include leading sport science support programmes for teams and elite athletes, community sport, involvement in physical activity initiatives or interventions with the NHS and clinical populations, along with employment in national governing bodies and organisations. You will also be well equipped to pursue a higher degree through research.

- Exercise Physiologist
- Sports Development Officer
- Health and Wellbeing Physiologist
- Community Sports Coach

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our University is recognised as a leader in the field of sport and exercise science. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in sport-related studies in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2014 in which Leeds Beckett came second in the country for sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.

Much of our outstanding sport and exercise science research pervades our taught modules providing the opportunity for those of you working or intending to work in the field of sport and exercise science and its sub-disciplines (physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology) to upgrade your academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge.

Core Modules

Research Methods (20 credits)
This module focuses on the design of research projects as a way of answering questions and solving 'real world' problems in a reliable and valid manner.

Research & Professional Practice (20 credits)
This modules aims to develop an understanding of how to apply research into a range of professional contexts associated with sport and exercise science.

Major Independent Study (60 credits)
You will complete a research project of your choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Ideally you will aim to produce research of a publishable quality.

Option Modules

Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription (20 credits)
Examine the application of exercise testing and prescription primarily from a pathophysiological perspective in different clinical populations. You'll evaluate the contribution of exercise testing to diagnosis and prognosis for different chronic conditions.

Physiology & Biochemistry for Performance (20 credits)
Gain a critical understanding of the metabolic and endocrine responses to different types of exercise, their time course and scope for training and detraining adaptations.

Physiology of Sports Performance (20 credits)
Consider the acute physiological responses to exercise and chronic physiological adaptations to training, with a detailed evaluation of contemporary exercise testing and prescription methods.

Essentials of Sport & Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
Develop a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the structure and function of the main human systems during exercise.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This course focuses on sport and exercise physiology. It has been designed to be flexible and relevant to the student’s individual needs and interests, with a strong emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. Read more
This course focuses on sport and exercise physiology. It has been designed to be flexible and relevant to the student’s individual needs and interests, with a strong emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. Within the modular structure all students undertake core/compulsory modules in:

Research Skills;
Independent Study (a one to one supervised programme of work leading to the development of the proposal for the Research Project);
Supervised Experience – a module tailored to the needs of the individual and could include directed work with a specified client group or individual;
Research Project relevant to the programme being studied.
Research Skills
Research Skills is a double credit taught module. Students study the broad nature of the research process that will allow them to complete, initially, an appropriate Independent Study (in which a research proposal for the Research Project is completed) and subsequently, a full Research Project. The module covers material relevant to the design and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research. It also provides a broad understanding of the benefits and limitations of various research methods, research designs, data collection instruments and data analysis tools. Students are given the opportunity to develop their ability to be critically evaluative.

Specific content includes: Statistical issues in quantitative research and design; Simple and multiple (forced entry, moderated and mediated) regression analyses; Single factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Two factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Single factor and two factor multivariate analysis of variance (with and without repeated measures); Repeated measures analysis of variance using the multivariate solution; Doubly repeated measures analysis of variance; Analysis of covariance; Follow-up procedures for all of the above; Assumptions underpinning all of the above and available options for dealing with violations to these assumptions; Experiments and causal inference; External and construct validity; Experimental and quasi-experimental designs; Correlational and epidemiological research; Reliability and validity in quantitative and qualitative research; Issues in qualitative research and design; Interviews; Single case design and analysis; Observation; Narrative; Ethnography; grounded theory and discourse analysis.

Independent Study
The Independent Study should consist of a critical and concise review of the research literature pertaining to a particular research question. A rationale for the proposed research question must be provided, along with a sound methodology for exploring the research question, planned analyses, and expected outcomes. Further, anticipated problems such as resources, equipment, possible ethical issues, informed consent forms, a statement of feasibility of the project and expected costs must be discussed.

Supervised Experience
The content of this module will be largely student specific and include activities (workshops, directed reading, client based work) that will develop the individual’s personal applied support skills. Initially, students complete an individual self-assessment of their current skills/knowledge base and set personal goals to enable them to improve their applied support skills. All students will attend units (workshops) on Ethics in Research and consultancy, communication and counselling skills and how to conduct a needs assessment. Specific physiology and psychology workshops (eg Imagery) will also take place.

Students will complete a contract of intended activities agreed with their supervisor in the first four weeks of their programme of study. This contract may, where appropriate, include the intention to apply to British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) to commence a formally logged Supervised Experience.

A portfolio will then be developed; the portfolio records activities including meetings with supervisor, attendance at workshops, meetings and a plan of work with at least one client, and thought/evaluations of all meetings and workshops (ie evidence of reflective practice).

Overview and Format of the Research Project module
The Research Project is an independent piece of research, and acts as the culmination of the academic challenges faced by the student. The module comprises 60 credits (ie equivalent to three double modules) and will formally equate to some 600 hours of student time.

Students work closely with their supervisor to develop the work on their research proposal submitted during the Independent Study module. As External Examiners have noted, throughout this module students receive excellent research training from leaders in the field, with the resulting projects being published in international, peer reviewed journals.

Specifically, this will involve a review of research evidence with the aim of formulating an appropriate research question, and will likely involve some refinement and pilot work. Once achieved, the student will implement a research design and method suited to the area of enquiry. The supervisor provides excellent expert guidance throughout the process.

Mono-disciplinary studies and interdisciplinary work, which might involve the student’s ongoing sport/exercise experience, will be encouraged. Each topic will normally involve data collection, analysis and interpretation and allow students to demonstrate their powers of imagination, initiative, independence and time management. Students will be expected to show a thorough knowledge of the relevant sources of information and the ability to use them with discrimination; to provide full references; to exercise sound and independent judgment; to structure work logically and to express themselves with clarity and precision.

External Examiner for Physiology Programmes (May 2011)

"I viewed a range of Research Projects this year. As always they are aligned to staff expertise – I strongly support this focus as I think it enriches the student experience to work with a knowledgeable and often highly motivated staff member."

In addition to the core modules listed above, students choose an optional module from:

Sport Psychology;
Effective Coaching;
Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete.
Students also undertake two further compulsory modules in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Performance Physiology.

The programme is delivered using a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, practical work, tutorials and role play. Each module comprises approximately 200 hours of student time (including formal contact).

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Our programme equips you for a career in sport and exercise physiology. You will be provided with advanced knowledge based on the latest research in the theory and practice of a range of different areas in sport and exercise physiology, for the benefit of performance and health. Read more

Summary

Our programme equips you for a career in sport and exercise physiology. You will be provided with advanced knowledge based on the latest research in the theory and practice of a range of different areas in sport and exercise physiology, for the benefit of performance and health.

This inspiring degree offers a thorough theoretical, conceptual and practical grounding in the discipline. You will gain a detailed understanding of the science of sports and exercise with the focus on applied physiology. Among other things, you will study a wide variety of physiological assessment techniques, nutritional aspects of sport and exercise performance, and the physiological characteristics of the neuromuscular system with application to sport and injury. You will also be challenged to develop and publish new knowledge on a research topic of interest to you via a dissertation project.

Taught by leading experts in the field, you will develop the necessary skills to carry out your own consultancy work with a client. We also aim to provide opportunities for you to gain flexible and professional work placements through our professional networks. Placements in the past have included British Fencing, British Paralympic Sitting Volleyball, Watford FC and Queen Mary’s Hospital.

You will automatically become a part of the Sports and Exercise Research Centre, a research group committed to excellence in the field of sport, exercise and health sciences. Our research facilities have recently received over £250,000 of investment in state-of-the-art equipment located in specialist reach and teaching spaces - a physiology laboratory, walk-in environment chamber, cell-culture and wet laboratories, and a biomechanics laboratory.

Content

In this practical and theoretical taught programme, you will learn in-depth the advantages and disadvantages of adopting particular protocols and practices and consider an integrated approach to physiological assessment when working with your clients. You will study the structure and function of tissues of the musculoskeletal system, from basic scientific mechanisms to applications in sports performance, injury, disease, and treatment.

Our hands-on teaching approach will enable you to analyse contemporary assessment techniques used in the testing of exercise and sport participants, focussing primarily on those required for the assessment of the elite performer. At the same time, you will be able to develop your own laboratory reports by using theory in the completion of a client specific assessment. This will demonstrate the assessment procedure, analysis and interpretation according to your research findings.

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The focus of this. MRes Exercise Physiology. course is on developing research expertise, with a project conducted over the entire year of study. Read more

The focus of this MRes Exercise Physiology course is on developing research expertise, with a project conducted over the entire year of study. The aim is to develop and submit work of publishable quality. Current practical, technical and research skills are embedded in the course to reflect the needs of sport-related careers and industry but it is also a great stepping stone to a PhD.

You'll learn a strong complement of applied and research skills, balanced with how to communicate key information to relevant sport industry partners.

Terms one – four: Three taught modules (two core and one optional delivered during the first two terms) and an ongoing research project.

Modules

  • Sport Science Research Methods
  • Sport Science in Action
  • Sport Research Project
  • Exercise Physiology

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Specialising in sport and exercise physiology provides the scientific backup for training and performance and health and wellness intervention. Read more
Specialising in sport and exercise physiology provides the scientific backup for training and performance and health and wellness intervention. This innovative master’s programme allows the application of physiological principles via both a research and practitioner based context. You will develop your skills in both research and consultancy allied to an expert appreciation of advanced testing techniques. This course is targeted at students of sport and exercise sciences who wish to develop vocational skills in a truly applied context. It consists of a compulsory element outlining research methods, ethics and practices, advanced methodologies and a research project. This is supplemented by a choice of two optional study modules. Learning and assessment is via a combination of coursework, presentations, research reports and critical reviews.

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This course aims to provide training for professional development of physical educators and health care workers who employ exercise therapy. Read more
This course aims to provide training for professional development of physical educators and health care workers who employ exercise therapy. In addition this course would be ideal for those interested in gaining experience in assessment of exercise performance, and exercise applications in training and research. All graduates will develop an advanced understanding of how the body responds to acute and chronic exercise, in both physiological and pathological conditions, and acquire practical experience in the use of modern technologies for monitoring and assessing exercise performance.

To be eligible for admission, applicants are expected to hold a tertiary qualification, normally with some grounding in human biology. Typical candidates who achieve well on the course are employed in the field of physical education, as health professionals involved with patient management, or who have a significant personal involvement or interest in elite level exercise. Candidates with insufficient biological background may be required to undertake a lecture unit in basic physiological principles during the year before entry.

In year one, instruction will consist of approximately 300 contact hours devoted to taught modules comprising 60 ECTS. All modules will provide a focus on normal physiological function, pathological conditions and related aspects of exercise. Running themes throughout the course will encourage practical applications to human exercise, basics of data acquisition, recording and analysis, and critical evaluation of published works. As far as possible modules are scheduled to take place on only two days per week (Wednesdays and Thursdays).

In the first year, students are assessed progressively in all modules through a variety of formal reports, essays, practical work and through final written examinations (two 3-hour papers) held during the Annual examination period (May/June). All students must attend a viva voce examination following the end of year written papers to conclude the assessment process.

Subject to the discretion of the court of examiners, academic progress into year two of the course requires that students: a) achieve an overall mark of at least 50% which will be the credit-weighted average of all modules (all modules are compensatable), and b) pass taught modules amounting to 60 credits or more.

The second year of the course will consist of a research project on some aspect of exercise physiology which will comprise 30 ECTS. Projects will be chosen in consultation with an expert Supervisor, with consideration being given to individual candidates' interests. Practical work will be expected to occupy of the order of 300 hours over the year and assessment is via a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. Organisation of the research will be a matter of negotiation between student and Supervisor, dependent on the time commitments of each.

The most up to date information on the programme which includes year one timetables and module descriptions, recent year two research projects and dissertations, as well as other useful information such as career paths of recent graduates can be viewed at the course website.

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The Master of Exercise Physiology (MExPhys) is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice. Read more
The Master of Exercise Physiology (MExPhys) is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice.

Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition and pharmacology, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.

Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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The course involves the detailed study of the physiological consequences of chronic debilitating diseases and highlights the changes that these different diseases cause during exercise testing. Read more
The course involves the detailed study of the physiological consequences of chronic debilitating diseases and highlights the changes that these different diseases cause during exercise testing.

This unique course gives you a solid grounding in theory and application of physiological tests in clinical populations including: graded cardiopulmonary exercise testing; cardiac ultrasound; vascular ultrasound; and muscle function analyses; as well as practical and theoretical elements of Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation.

Throughout the course you will actively participate in practical sessions designed to increase your skills, with supervised practice sessions working alongside University sports teams. Integration of theory and practice ensures you will meet developing statutory professional requirements of practice-specific knowledge, understanding and skills.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/clinical-exercise-physiology3

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/clinical-exercise-physiology

Course detail

• Study on a unique course with a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching, with access to world-leading staff expertise and research
• Explore areas including: research design; exercise testing and diagnosis; exercise testing and prescription; physical activity, nutrition and metabolic health; laboratory skills; research methods; advanced exercise testing and diagnosis
• Develop the high-level professional standards demanded of members of a health care team; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, theoretical knowledge and research skills that will help you access careers in health and fitness or academia
• Gain from the opportunity to practice your skills on work placement, and shadow experienced staff
• Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to become a Health Promotion Specialist; Clinical Exercise Physiologist; Clinical Technician or researcher, and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Modules

• Laboratory Skills
• Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation
• Exercise Testing and Diagnosis
• Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
• Research Methods
• Clinical Exercise Physiology Dissertation
• Psychological Approaches to Public Health*
• Professional Skills for Healthcare Providers*
• Metabolic Health*
• Sport Science Support*
• Placement (short)*
• Placement (long)*
*denotes options

Assessment

A variety of assessment formats are used and are designed to develop your transferable skills such as written and oral communication, the ability to follow logical instructions, problem solving and time management.

Some assessments are designed to mimic the scenarios that you may find in the clinical environment, such as practical exams, assess client care, technical skills, analysis and interpretation of test results.

All of these assessments are considered to be the best method to assess the learning outcomes of the particular unit, as well as developing professional and transferable skills.

• Written assessments – dissertation, projects, reports, lab reports (approx. 85%)
• Exams and tests (5%)
• Presentations and practicals (approx. 10%)

Careers

You will experience hands-on practical experience from the start of the course developing confidence for meeting and assessing patients in the clinical setting.

You will be introduced to a range of specialist equipment that you become competent in, allowing you to transfer your practical skills to clinical environment.

The placement units allow you to experience the clinical setting and different clinical populations.

Clinical practitioners deliver some of the lecture and practical content ensuring that you can receive insight into the setting in which you are likely to work.

Graduates can to apply for positions such as: Health Promotion Specialist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Technician. Previous graduates have gone on to train as cardiologists, including a specialist in congenital and adult heart disease in the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas’.

You could also apply for further study, such as a PhD or the NHS Scientific Training Programme.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This programme has been designed provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the principles and application of research design and analytical methods relevant to the scientific study of the physiology of sport and exercise. Read more
This programme has been designed provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the principles and application of research design and analytical methods relevant to the scientific study of the physiology of sport and exercise. The programme facilitates the integration of theory and professional practice, and throughout the programme the research process and emphasis on student autonomy of learning become increasingly important.

Programme Structure and Content
Research skills oriented modules form the bedrock of SHES’ MRes programmes. As a result taught modules are aligned with both discipline specific and the (higher) cognitive skills our MRes programmes aim to provide. Within a modular structure all students undertake compulsory modules in research skills totalling 40 credits:

Research Skills (20 credits)
and 20 credits from the following modules:

How to Conduct Statistics (20 credits);
Presentation of Statistics (10 credits);
Peer Reviewing (10 credits);
Latent Variable Modelling (10 credits);
plus 20 credits from optional modules and a final compulsory Research Project comprising 120 credits.

Research Skills
Research Skills is a double credit taught module. Students study the broad nature of the research process that will allow them to complete, initially, an appropriate Independent Study (in which a research proposal for the Research Project is completed) and subsequently, a full Research Project. The module covers material relevant to the design and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research. It also provides a broad understanding of the benefits and limitations of various research methods, research designs, data collection instruments and data analysis tools. Students are given the opportunity to develop their ability to be critically evaluative.

Specific content includes: Statistical issues in quantitative research and design; Simple and multiple (forced entry, moderated and mediated) regression analyses; Single factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Two factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Single factor and two factor multivariate analysis of variance (with and without repeated measures); Repeated measures analysis of variance using the multivariate solution; Doubly repeated measures analysis of variance; Analysis of covariance; Follow-up procedures for all of the above; Assumptions underpinning all of the above and available options for dealing with violations to these assumptions; Experiments and causal inference; External and construct validity; Experimental and quasi-experimental designs; Correlational and epidemiological research; Reliability and validity in quantitative and qualitative research; Issues in qualitative research and design; Interviews; Single case design and analysis; Observation; Narrative; Ethnography; grounded theory and discourse analysis.

How to conduct Statistics and Presentation of Statistics modules
The purpose of these two taught modules is to provide students with an in-depth understanding and critical appreciation of statistical procedures. As independent study based modules, they will enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of a statistical procedure of their choosing (following consultation with the staff member responsible for the module). Towards this end, students will likely cover (i) relevant background issues; (ii) when to use utilise particular statistical tests;(iii) how to conduct statistical testing via appropriate software; (iv) how to correctly interpret computational output; and (v) how to present the findings following analysis.

Students learn about these themes through a “learning by teaching” paradigm via the development of a statistics oriented verbal presentation and written assignment resembling a book chapter/resource. The verbal presentation will be conducted first in order to obtain developmental feedback for the written assignment.

Peer Reviewing Scientific Research
Students work closely with their supervisor to perform an initial review of a previously submitted (and subsequently published) research article. Students will then follow the paper along the peer review process, discussing their review with their supervisor, and then be required to adequately address concerns which have been raised. Collectively this will mean that the student will cover a contemporary research topic in a highly focused and in-depth manner gaining a comprehensive understanding of how to prepare their own manuscripts (eg research proposal, Research Project) and how to evaluate the research of others. Students will also attend the School’s Research Seminar series.

Latent Variable Modelling
This module introduces postgraduate students to the concepts of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and to give a basic grounding in their implementation. It also covers an introduction to SEM using LISREL and topics including: measurement models and structural models; exploratory factor analysis; confirmatory factor analysis (CFA); structural modelling with observed and latent variables; conceptual issues, common misunderstandings and limitations.

Research Project
Under the guidance of their supervising tutor(s), students will pro-actively determine the content of this unit. The initial stages of the Research Project will develop the work of the project proposal and taught phases of the MRes programmes. This will involve the surveying and reviewing of research evidence with the aim of formulating an appropriate research question, and will likely involve some refinement and pilot work. Once achieved, the student will implement a research design and method suited to their area of inquiry. Ethical approval of the study will be obtained before data may be collected, thereby introducing students to this integral part of the research process. Throughout this module students receive excellent research training from leaders in the field. It is expected that the resulting projects will be publishable in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Mono-disciplinary studies and interdisciplinary work, which might involve the student’s ongoing sport/exercise experience, will be encouraged. Each topic will normally involve data collection, analysis and interpretation and allow students to demonstrate their powers of imagination, initiative, independence and time management. Students will be expected to show a thorough knowledge of the relevant sources of information and the ability to use them with discrimination; to provide full references; to exercise sound and independent judgment; to structure work logically and to express themselves with clarity and precision.

Optional Modules:

In addition to the core/compulsory modules students choose a further 20 credits from the following optional modules:

The taught programme is delivered using a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, practical work, tutorials and role play. Each module comprises approximately 200 hours of student time (including formal contact).

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