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Physical Activity for Health - MSc/PgDip/PgCert


Course Description

Physical inactivity has been recognised as a pandemic and is a global public health issue. This exciting new MSc will enhance knowledge and understanding of this field, and will contribute to building workforce capacity in this area.

The programme draws on the health sciences of psychology, physiology and epidemiology, 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.

The programme is designed to provide academic training at a postgraduate level for recent graduates and the existing national and international workforce.

Programme structure

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

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

The MSc will culminate in 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

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:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Sport Development and Social Policy in Sport Management
  • Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy
  • 3-14 PE: Setting the Context

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for a successful career in health promotion, primary care trusts, the health and fitness industry, physical activity development, or physical activity and health consultancy.

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!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as sport and exercise science, physical education, health sciences, psychology or physiology.

We may also consider your application if you have equivalent academic qualifications and significant professional training and experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

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