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The aim of our Exercise as Medicine MSc is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively promote the uptake of exercise, both as a prescriptive medicine and as preventative therapy.

As the crucial role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of diseases and medical conditions is increasingly understood, and health practitioners are encouraged to consider exercise when designing treatment plans and health interventions, so grow the opportunities for well-qualified individuals with an understanding of research in this area.

Our Exercise As Medicine MSc has been developed in response to this trend, drawing on the University's internationally-recognised research on physical activity and health. The Exercise As Medicine programme is aimed at individuals with a background in exercise science and/or physical activity wishing to enhance their scientific knowledge and skills to effectively promote the uptake of exercise both as prescriptive medicine and as preventative therapy, particularly to patients with hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary, renal, and other cardiac conditions, or those at risk of metabolic syndrome.

This MSc will therefore educate a new, highly skilled cadre of allied health professionals with the ability to work alongside clinicians and practitioners to manage the epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases and conditions.

Based in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands, students registered on the programme will be taught in high quality teaching environments and have access to state-of-art laboratories designed to facilitate the transfer of cutting-edge research to front-line support and care. Students will be exposed to a range of specialist equipment and technology to facilitate their development.

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) is an Olympic legacy project delivering education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity. It aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation – from everyday people at risk of ill health through to elite athletes.

A wide range of high quality research takes place within the NCSEM-EM, which is then translated into teaching and training through its educational programmes. There is also a range of clinical services offered including sport and exercise medicine, orthopaedics, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as diagnostic facilities including a 3T MRI scanner.

NCSEM activity covers the following themes:

  • Physical activity in disease prevention
  • Exercise in chronic disease
  • Sports injuries and musculoskeletal health
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Performance health 

What you'll study

Core study areas include physical activity, measurement and evaluation; physical activity epidemiology; exercise, health, medicine and society; exercise, testing and prescription; interventions for physical activity promotion; and quantitative research, plus a research project where you will have the opportunity to complete a research study under the supervision of academic staff.


The Exercise as Medicine programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Epidemiology of Physical Activity
  • Interventions for Physical Activity Promotion
  • Physical Activity Measurement and Evaluation
  • Exercise, Health, Medicine and Society
  • Quantitative Research
  • Project in Exercise as Medicine

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Graduates of this programme will be able to pursue careers in the allied healthcare professions, including as exercise-referral specialists and lifestyle consultants, and in higher education and research.

Graduate destinations

As this is a new programme, there is no graduate destination information currently available. However graduates of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences have gone on to pursue varied roles within a wide variety of organisations including the England and Wales Cricket Board, Adidas, GlaxoSmithKline, British Gymnastics, the English Institute of Sport and the NHS.

Visit the Exercise as Medicine MSc page on the Loughborough University website for more details!





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