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Our MSc Exercise Physiology is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the physiological, nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise and training, and their implications for participation in sport and for the maintenance of good health.

This master's in exercise physiology offers study at a high level across areas including the physiology of endurance sport, sport and exercise nutrition, exercise and immunology, vocational skills in exercise physiology, neuromuscular function, quantitative research, current research in exercise physiology, laboratory techniques in sport and exercise physiology and a research project. Physiology practical sessions are taught in the specialist physiology teaching laboratory housed in the Clyde Williams building, which can be partitioned to allow small group work stations or opened up to use the 20m sprint track. You will also have the opportunity to use these facilities as part of your research dissertations, where you complete a research study under the supervision of academic staff.

All students undertake a research project as part of their studies. Project areas include muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, risk factors for chronic diseases, exercise and appetite, exercise immunology, physiological response to exercise in children and disability sport.

Laboratory facilities are provided in the £8m Clyde Williams Building, which houses physiology, molecular biology and nutrition research laboratories and teaching rooms as well as the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies including two climatic chambers, a sprint lane and bespoke training and testing equipment. The facility is named after Emeritus Professor Clyde Williams, the first Chair in Sports Science in the UK.

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in research that is taking place in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands, an Olympic legacy on campus which houses outstanding exercise physiology research laboratories in a state-of-the-art facility. In addition to several specialist clinical and exercise physiology laboratories, there is also a specialist anthropometry laboratory, designated ‘invasive procedures’ rooms for the performance of muscle and adipose tissue biopsies, sample analytical laboratories, recovery rooms, research kitchens and a disability sport laboratory, where exercise testing is conducted using various equipment including a specialist treadmill designed for both wheelchair propulsion and running, and wheelchair, arm crank and handcycle ergometry. 

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Exercise Physiology is designed for graduates possessing a good degree in sports science or other relevant biological sciences who may be considering careers or further research in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning or nutrition and are therefore seeking an exercise physiology master's degree to deepen their knowledge in this area.

What makes this programme different?

  • taught within the world’s no.1 university for sports-related subjects (QS University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • be involved in cutting-edge NCSEM research
  • experience outstanding exercise physiology research laboratories

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of exams, coursework and group work. For full details, please see the module information above.

How you'll study

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

Your personal development

Throughout the programme you will develop an understanding of current health and exercise recommendations, the ways in which exercise impacts on health and wellbeing, and the measurement tools used for monitoring exercise, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and the methods used for assessing health and the effects of exercise. You will build knowledge of exercise treatment/testing strategies and learn how to implement exercise intervention strategies. The programme will also develop professional and transferable skills such as teamworking, problem-solving, communication and presentation, and self-learning.

Future career prospects

Previous students have gone on to work in many high profile sports settings including the English Institute of Sport, Premier League football clubs, England and Wales Cricket Board, England Rugby, British Swimming, British Triathlon, British Cycling, British Athletics, UK Sport and Paralympic sports. A significant proportion of our graduates have also gone on to work in the health sector, as exercise physiologists working within the NHS, Spire and Nuffield Health. Many students also go on to further study.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Australian Institute of Sport (Australia), Occupational Trainee Physiologist
  • BUPA, Health Adviser
  • Chasetown Football Club, Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • English Institute of Sport, Sport Science Technician
  • Institute of Youth Sport, Research Assistant
  • Local Government, Civil Servant
  • Lucozade, Sports Scientist
  • Nuffield Health, Health and Wellbeing Physiologist
  • Sport Scotland Institute of Sport, Exercise Physiologist
  • Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Senior Sports Science Intern
  • Youth Sport Trust, Project Support Assistant.

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

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