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.
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.
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.
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.
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.