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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    MSc: 1 year full or 2 years part-time; PgDip: 9 months full-time or 2 years partime; PgCert: 2 years

  • Course Type

    PgDip, PgCert, MSc

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    02 October 2019

Programme description

Physical inactivity has been recognised as a pandemic and global public health issue. The MSc Physical Activity for Health is designed to provide academic training at a postgraduate level for both recent graduates from a range of disciplines (including sport and exercise sciences, health sciences, psychology, epidemiology, and physiology) and the existing national and international workforce in the area of physical activity and public health.

The programme draws on the health sciences and on both research and practice to provide you with a thorough knowledge and awareness of the role of physical activity in improving and maintaining health.

Programme structure

The programme combines compulsory and optional courses, which make use of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and some laboratory and field practicals.

Assessment involves a combination of essays, reports, case studies, examinations, oral presentations and practical demonstrations.

To complete the MSc programme, you will produce a supervised dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Assessment of Physical Activity and Body Composition
  • Physical Activity for Health
  • Physical Activity for Health Across the Lifespan
  • Psychology of Physical Activity
  • Research Process
  • Understanding Research Concepts

Option courses:

Students will also choose 40 credits of optional courses selected from across the university, subject to availability and suitability for the programme. Example optional courses include:

  • Systematic Reviews
  • Research-Based Attachment
  • Developing and Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions
  • Preventative Dance Medicine

Career opportunities

Graduates will enhance their opportunities for employment in careers related to physical activity including health promotion (local authorities), primary and community health care, physical activity development, physical activity and health consultancy, the health and fitness industry and research.

You could also go on to teach in further and higher education or progress to postgraduate research.


Visit the Physical Activity for Health (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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