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Suitable for health professionals with an interest in exercise and the potential of physical activity, this course incorporates the exploration of physical activity in various critical settings within the public health arena (eg obesity, sedentary lifestyles and diabetes). This is a flexible programme structured to provide core and option modules tailored to the individual student profile.

In parallel to and offering shared learning with the MSc Rehabilitation, this course offers the opportunity to enhance the skills of critical enquiry and gain an appreciation of the underlying theory, research and policy guiding current health practice. There is a strong emphasis on exercise physiology, the role of exercise through the lifespan, and psychology for exercise to understand issues critical to adherence and behaviour change.


>Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.
>Before starting the course, you can discuss your work and personal and professional aspirations to select appropriate modules and create an individual programme plan.
>You will have the chance to meet other postgraduate students with whom you will share the core modules.
>You can take individual modules as free-standing short courses without committing to the full MSc.
>The course can be taken full time over one calendar year (Thursdays and Fridays) or part time over two years (attending for one day). More flexible routes can be discussed with the course director within a five year period.


The minimum period of study for the part-time programme route is 24 months; maximum period of study is 60 months.

The minimum period of study for the full time route is 12 months; maximum period of study is 36 months. It is possible to study modules on a standalone basis leading to an MSc, PgDip or PgCert over five years.

Core modules studied on this course:
Advanced exercise prescription
Critical thinking in practice
Data Analysis
Exercise through the life span
Research methods
Research project

Optional modules:
Cardiac rehabilitation
Exercise intervention for obesity and diabetes
Life after stroke
Managing fatigue: implications for exercise
Pain management
Professional development in rehabilitation
Psychology for exercise
Pulmonary rehabilitation
Quality and innovation in rehabilitation
Self-management in long term and neurological conditions


Graduates will be able to confidently participate in the academic community through discussion and debate; adopt an evidence based approach to health and wellbeing; present at workplace meetings, conferences and publish work in relevant journals.

Upon graduation from the full MSc Applied Exercise for Health students can expect to gain working roles within the following fields:

Academic roles/PhD studies.
Leadership roles in the Health and Fitness industry.
Developing specialist programmes for obese children via GP practice.
Working and developing programme for people post heart attack (GP referral clinic).
Working with people in respiratory rehabilitation programmes.
Public Health setting (national/international)


Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods; lectures, tutorials, student led seminars, group work, practical laboratory sessions, tutor led study and self-directed study.

You will learn in an inter-professional setting; working alongside clinical staff, researchers and students familiar with the health and wellbeing environment.

Student support is a central feature of the programme and is provided in multiple ways:

virtual learning environment, containing supplementary materials.
academic and pastoral support from an academic supervisor and personal tutor.
regular structured feedback from your module leader and academic supervisor.
peer assisted learning.
specific workshops of skill development such as giving presentations.
support in managing transition into postgraduate education and back into practice.
access to a range of student welfare support services.


To download an application for the course and find out more information about the process and our deadlines, please visit our website.

Visit the Applied Exercise for Health MSc page on the St George’s, University of London website for more details!




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