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Overview

If you're fascinated by the human body and want to grow your theoretical and practical understanding of how it works, then our MSc Human and Applied Physiology degree course is for you.

On this course, you'll study physiological responses to exercise – both in healthy and clinical populations, and in response to extreme environments too. You'll also examine the role of exercise as part of a treatment programme.

You'll graduate with a postgraduate degree in a subject-specific discipline of physiology, and with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work as a physiologist, a specialised technician, or to pursue a career in biomedical research and medicine.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn laboratory-based skills, as well as the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable manner
  • Get hands-on experience of conducting research and physiological testing in simulated environmental conditions of heat, cold, humidity and hypoxia
  • Boost your knowledge and experience of how exercise can be used in the management and treatment of a variety of conditions
  • Access our Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratories, which feature physiological monitoring equipment, and our Extreme Environments Laboratory, with climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude, an immersion pool, and a swimming flume
  • Be supported by professional and enthusiastic staff, who are experienced in the field

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your physiology skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching​

Teaching on this course includes:

  • seminars
  • practicals
  • workshops
  • lectures

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • practical assessments
  • laboratory reports
  • client reports
  • case studies
  • project report

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you an improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

The skills you'll develop on this course will help you pursue a career as a:

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Health advisor
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise referral coordinator
  • Personal trainer
  • PhD researcher leading to employment as a professional scientist

You can also choose to pursue professional qualifications in exercise for clinical populations, such as cardiac rehabilitation or pulmonary rehabilitation. Your experience of physiological responses in normal conditions as well as extreme environments will place you in a strong position for a career in the Science and Technology branch of the Ministry of Defence, or in the English Institute of Sport and UK Sport.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


Visit the Human and Applied Physiology MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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