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Applied Exercise for Health PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Course Description

Suitable for health professionals with an interest in exercise and the potential of physical activity, this course incorporates the exploration of physical activity in various critical settings within the public health arena (eg obesity, sedentary lifestyles and diabetes).

What will you study?

This is a flexible programme structured to provide core and option modules tailored to the individual student profile.

In parallel to and offering shared learning with the MSc Rehabilitation, this course offers the opportunity to enhance the skills of critical enquiry and gain an appreciation of the underlying theory, research and policy guiding current health practice. There is a strong emphasis on exercise physiology, the role of exercise through the lifespan, and psychology for exercise to understand issues critical to adherence and behaviour change.


Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

Before starting the course, you can discuss your work and personal and professional aspirations to select appropriate modules and create an individual programme plan.

You will have the chance to meet other postgraduate students with whom you will share the core modules.

You can take individual modules as free-standing short courses without committing to the full MSc.

The course can be taken full time over one calendar year (Thursdays and Fridays) or part time over two years (attending for one day). More flexible routes can be discussed with the course director within a five year period.

Core Modules

Advanced Exercise prescripton
Critical thinking in practice
Data analysis
Exercise through the life span
Research methods
Research project

Optional modules

Cardiac rehabilitation
Exercise intervention for obesity and diabetes
Life after stroke
Managing fatigue: implications for exercise
Pain management
Professional development in rehabilitation
Psychology for exercise
Pulmonary rehabilitation
Quality and innovation in rehabilitation
Self-management in long term and neurological conditions
Work based learning

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries. If you would like an admissions officer to review your qualification, please send a copy of it to . If your qualification is not in English, please arrange for it to be translated by a certified translator before sending it to us.
English language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

English language tests are valid for only two years, as English language ability changes from year to year. If you've completed a test which is now considered out of date, you may be required to complete another, though applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.


This qualification can lead to a number of rewarding careers in the NHS, research, fitness or health.
Graduates will be able to confidently participate in the academic community through discussion and debate; adopt an evidence based approach to health and wellbeing; present at workplace meetings, conferences and publish work in relevant journals.

Visit the Applied Exercise for Health PgCert/PgDip/MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lucy Ives

1453.jpg The thought of doing the masters was daunting at first, and it did take a bit of time to get used to. The style of lectures and what the lecturers are looking for from you is very different from your undergraduate degree - you are encouraged to discuss topical subject areas and give your own opinion (as long as you can back it up with evidence!)

The first couple of assignments were especially challenging as there are no set specifications or essay titles to follow - you are expected to investigate, analyse, and produce work on an area you are interested in, and really think for yourself.

However, after a few weeks, and with the support of the teachers, I had loads more confidence in my ability to put across educated arguments and enjoyed being given the opportunity to explore areas I had a personal interest in - like exercise addiction, paediatric asthma and exercise, and physical activity and the elderly.

I want to be a PE teacher and I think having an MSc in Exercise for Health will help me stand out from all the other graduates. And if I ever want a career change in the future, the MSc will also enable me to go into other, more clinical areas of work within the NHS or with special populations.

I have also met some great, like-minded people, from all ages and walks of life, with whom I know I will remain friends once we finish!


Entry Requirements

Previous related degree. For a full list of entry requirements visit the website View Website

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