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MSc Sport and Health Sciences

Course Description

With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Programme content is underpinned by past and current research from our internationally recognised research groups: Bioenergetics and Human Performance(http://sshs.exeter.ac.uk/research/bhp/); and Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan(http://sshs.exeter.ac.uk/research/pahal/).

Our MSc Sport and Health Sciences provides you with a sound grounding in research methods and analytical procedures relating to sport and health sciences. The programme presents opportunities to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and allows you to choose from a diverse range of modules allied to our research expertise.

Learning and teaching

The MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an academic challenge whilst also providing you with the skills to apply theoretical concepts in real-world laboratory and field settings. The Masters programme is intended to enhance teaching and learning through research and applied practice derived from sport, health and exercise. It will provide you with the opportunity to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and acquire a range of transferable skills to develop as an autonomous and reflective individual.

Delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme draws upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics. You will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with on-going research projects and develop key transferable skills, which has led to a number of students subsequently seeking PhD study.


A dedicated careers day and tailored career support for each student are provided. Graduates of the programme have typically found employment in a variety of sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, and health promotion settings. Recent examples include: community based obesity practitioners and physical activity facilitators; lifestyle support worker and public health officers for NHS trusts; sports development officers; and a research assistant at the Medical Research Council.

This programme is suitable for sport, exercise and health-related professionals seeking continuing professional development. Recent examples of professionals graduating from our programmes include medical doctors, practice nurses, physiotherapists and youth sports managers/coaches.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of compulsory and optional modules, which may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. The following are examples of what you can expect to be learning.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules are likely to be; Research Methods and Analytical Procedures and Dissertation (Journal Article).

Optional modules

Some examples of optional modules are as follows; Biomechanical Aspects of Lower Limb Injury; Laboratory Techniques in Physiology; Paediatric Exercise and Health; Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease and Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Visit the MSc Sport and Health Sciences page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

James Curtis

679.jpg I just wanted to thank staff for all the work they put into the MSc programme last year. I have never learnt so much in one year and probably never will do again! I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Exeter and it was your personal touch as staff that made it what it was. So I have to thank you because without the MSc I wouldn't have been able to acquire the job I have now. You were right, you do have to keep plugging away and the right job finds you.

I am now a Health Improvement Facilitator in Food and Health, working for Gloucestershire PCT, and Gloucestershire County Council in the Children and Young Persons Health and Wellbeing Team. I project coordinate the nutrient analysis of primary and secondary school meals on behalf of the School Food Trust. I am also designing a 10 week child weight management scheme to be rolled out throughout Gloucestershire, to be a signpost off the National Child Measurement Programme. I also facilitate any other projects in nutrition and obesity going on in the county - so a big remit!

(Student Profile)

Izzy Mason

680.jpg I work for Torbay Care Trust (part of the NHS) as a Lifestyle Support Worker. In its broadest sense, I would say the job is classed as community-based health promotion. My BSc and Masters courses at the School of Sport and Health Sciences significantly contributed to my success in getting the job and also the personal transferable skills I learnt are highly relevant to carrying out my day-to-day duties.

I believe having a postgraduate degree from Exeter helped to give me the edge over other interview candidates, not only because of the qualification but because of the specialised, relevant knowledge I acquired through my studies. In addition, because I was able to choose Masters modules that were geared towards my career path, I feel I am a step ahead when learning new things in my job, because I am already familiar with current research concerning evidence-based best practice, and topics and issues in public health.

I am always remembering advice given to me by my lecturers and looking back on my notes to brush up on the exercise psychology models and nutrition principles. I am to attend a course to gain a Cardiac Rehab qualification and I know I’ll be a step ahead of the other candidates because of the module (Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations) I took at Masters level. It is great to have the opportunity to put into practice everything I learnt while at Exeter, and fantastic to be out there in the field doing what I have been trained to do – and getting paid for doing a job I love!

(Student Profile)

Alec Leslie

I chose to study the MSc Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter because of the current rankings in league tables and the quality of teaching. I welcomed the opportunity to be taught subject which were not just part of a broad syllabus, but were passions of the lectures teaching them. I found the staff knowledgeable about their topics and each module was well designed and thought through with practical and theoretical aspects. Study at Exeter is unique because of the opportunity to study on a compact and friendly campus.


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Please see the website for full details

Last Updated

02 August 2017

Course Fees

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