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The MSc in Applied Exercise and Health Science provides students with an extensive applied and practical experience. We want to fully utilise your skills and expertise, and provide you with further opportunities whilst studying on this programme. 

WHY MSC APPLIED EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCE?

The MSc in Applied Exercise and Health Science builds on expertise at Canterbury Christ Church University to deliver a programme of academic and practical study. Drawing upon cross School, Faculty, and University expertise, as well as our industry links, the programme aims to produce graduates with a detailed academic knowledge, which is supported by an advanced practical skill set that has the potential to expand employment opportunities within the industry.

The MSc is set in the context of the current health climate, where there is an emphasis on the need to develop quality health services for all ages across the health and social sector. Poor lifestyle habits including physical inactivity are associated with the prevalence of certain chronic diseases and this programme aims to develop graduates who can critique current thinking in these areas and, through advanced scholarship, develop ideas to progress this field. The technical skill sets that are required in this field will also be fully explored by you on the programme. The technical and practical work should be viewed on the programme as part of an advanced academic experience, developing the abilities to plan, collect, analyse and interpret advanced data in this field.

Some examples of the laboratory practical work you will engage with include cardiac and vascular scanning, respiratory physiology, heart rate variability, ECG interpretation, body composition, and cellular level physiological investigation. The practical application of psychological strategies involved in behaviour change, intervention and counselling will be explored.

On the programme you will be expected to understand concepts associated with how health and wellbeing are considered and reflected in models of health promotion. This will also encompass the challenges of establishing criteria to define and measure health which are both key underpinning themes associated with the programme.

The integration of practical work with academic study will help you to increase potential employment outcomes, and is also aimed at supporting ambition if you wish to go on to study at a higher level.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

The course is designed for those who wish to work or undertake further study in the exercise and health industry.

Specifically, the course offers you the opportunity to study a breadth of topic areas, but also an element of self­ direction in the topics and practical skills that you would wish to enhance and be assessed on.

The course is of particular relevance, though not exclusive, to recent graduates of sport and exercise science, health science, or related disciplines.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will study six (20 credit) core modules, and will then engage with a 60 credit dissertation in the final term of study.

  • RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES
  • PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLBEING
  • PSYCHOLOGY OF EXERCISE AND HEALTH BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN HEALTH AND DISEASE
  • HEALTH AND EXERCISE WITH SPECIAL POPULATIONS
  • ADVANCED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES
  • DISSERTATION

Visit the website for further module details.

LEARNING AND TEACHING

  • 98% of our Applied Exercise and Health Science students students were satisfied with the teaching quality of their course.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 17/18

You will be taught on the MSc in Applied Exercise and Health Science using a range of different learning events. These will include group lectures, seminars, and laboratory classes. Lectures may consist of tutor led sessions, and internal and external speakers who are research and/or practice active. The learning schedule and methods of delivery are designed to build a learning community around the topics of discussion, draw in student experience as a partner in the learning and teaching process, and will provide significant support for the transition to this level of study.

Materials for sessions will include University produced electronic material designed to enhance your experience, consider different perspectives (such as internationalisation and global citizenship), and allow to consider views and approaches in varied virtual and physical environments.

Laboratory classes and practical work will be used to plan, demonstrate, measure and evaluate various key aspects of your study.

It is anticipated that other study support mechanisms may also be found on the VLE such as interactive lectures, web based links to relevant data sources, e­discussion boards, alongside institutional regulatory documents and programme management processes.

ASSESSMENT

The methods of assessment will also be varied to support the potential for learning. This variety will ensure that you have experience of different forms of assessment, most of which are linked to industry tasks or requirements. In order to support different approaches to learning, there will be opportunity for formative feedback on tasks, enhancing opportunities to create, test and communicate ideas, which will enhance clarity, quality and confidence in your summative assessment submissions.

Summative assessments will be individual in nature (group work will be conducted in a formative environment), and will comprise 20 credit modules of practical assessment, case study presentation, critical review, oral presentation, examination, essay, portfolio and exam. The dissertation module will ensure a wide variety of ethical issues are considered in the proposal assessment phase, with a choice of submission ‘type’ for the dissertation document (thesis, or paper in the style of an appropriate academic journal).

FEES

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can   or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.


Visit the Applied Exercise and Health Science - MSc page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!

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