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.
The thought of doing the masters was daunting at first, and it did take a bit of time to get used to. The style of lectures and what the lecturers are looking for from you is very different from your undergraduate degree - you are encouraged to discuss topical subject areas and give your own opinion (as long as you can back it up with evidence!)
The first couple of assignments were especially challenging as there are no set specifications or essay titles to follow - you are expected to investigate, analyse, and produce work on an area you are interested in, and really think for yourself.
However, after a few weeks, and with the support of the teachers, I had loads more confidence in my ability to put across educated arguments and enjoyed being given the opportunity to explore areas I had a personal interest in - like exercise addiction, paediatric asthma and exercise, and physical activity and the elderly.
I want to be a PE teacher and I think having an MSc in Exercise for Health will help me stand out from all the other graduates. And if I ever want a career change in the future, the MSc will also enable me to go into other, more clinical areas of work within the NHS or with special populations.
I have also met some great, like-minded people, from all ages and walks of life, with whom I know I will remain friends once we finish!
You should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum second class degree 2.2 in a health or social care degree, or related subject.
Recipient: Kingston University
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