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  Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

St Mary’s University, Twickenham    Faculty of Sport, Technology and Health Sciences

Full time & Part time September PGCert, MSc, PGDip 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26)

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The Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology programme at St Mary's University is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in this field. With a strong focus on practical application, the course covers a range of disciplines relevant to sport and exercise physiology. The university's location provides ample opportunities for hands-on experience with local sports clubs. The programme offers a variety of modules, including Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology, Training Programme Design and Evaluation, and Ergogenic Aids in Sport. The entry requirements include a minimum upper second-class degree in sport science or a related field, with a background in research methods preferred.

About the course

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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Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for students is a first degree, normally in the Upper Second class category in: sport science, exercise science, physical education, physiotherapy or a related field. Students will be considered with other appropriate qualifications or experience that is deemed equivalent. Applicants should normally be able to demonstrate a background in research methods or a related discipline.


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