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The MSc in Applied Exercise and Health Science builds on expertise at Canterbury Christ Church University to deliver a programme of academic and practical study. Drawing upon cross ­School, Faculty, and University expertise, as well as our industry links, the programme aims to produce graduates with a detailed academic knowledge, which is supported by an advanced practical skill set that has the potential to expand employment opportunities within the industry.

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The MSc is set in the context of the current health climate, where there is an emphasis on the need to develop quality health services for all ages across the health and social sector. Poor lifestyle habits including physical inactivity are associated with the prevalence of certain chronic diseases and this programme aims to develop graduates who can critique current thinking in these areas, and through advanced scholarship develop ideas to progress this field. The technical skill sets that are required in this field will also be fully explored by you on the programme. The technical and practical work should be viewed on the programme as part of an advanced academic experience, developing the abilities to plan, collect, analyse and interpret advanced data in this field.


The course is designed for those who wish to work or undertake further study in the exercise and health industry.

Specifically, the course offers you the opportunity to study a breadth of topic areas, but also an element of self­direction in the topics and practical skills that you would wish to enhance and be assessed on.

The course is of particular relevance, though not exclusive, to recent graduates of sport and exercise science, health science, or related disciplines.


• Research methods
• Promoting Health and Wellbeing
• Psychology of Exercise and Health Behaviour Change
• Physical Activity in Health and Disease
• Health and Exercise with Special Populations
• Advanced Laboratory Techniques
• Dissertation


You will be taught on the MSc in Applied Exercise and Health Science using a range of different learning events. These will include group lectures, seminars, and laboratory classes. Lectures may consist of tutor­ led sessions, and internal and external speakers who are research and/or practice active. The learning schedule and methods of delivery are designed to build a learning community around the topics of discussion, draw in student experience as a partner in the learning and teaching process, and will provide significant support for the transition to this level of study. The variety should allow students to maximise their potential in an environment stimulated by research­led and research­enhanced delivery.


Summative assessments will be individual in nature (group work will be conducted in a formative environment), and will comprise 20 credit modules of practical assessment, case study presentation, critical review, oral presentation, examination, essay, portfolio and exam. There is a maximum of two assessments on each of the modules, to ensure a focused assessment timetable. The dissertation module will ensure a wide variety of ethical issues are considered in the proposal assessment phase, with a choice of submission ‘type’ for the dissertation document (thesis, or paper in the style of an appropriate academic journal).

What can I do next?

This programme is designed to enhance the employment prospects of those that want to work in applied exercise and health sciences by developing both academic knowledge and an advanced practical skill set for varied roles within this industry.

The course is suited for those interested in careers such as exercise rehabilitators, exercise physiologists, health care scientists, health improvement specialists, or various roles in the health and fitness industry or further study.

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From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

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-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

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