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Sport and Exercise Physiology

Course Description

This Sport Masters programme is delivered by world-leading experts at Liverpool John Moores University. You will have access to excellent facilities, geared towards both classical physiology and research at the forefront of molecular exercise physiology.

• Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Developed by world-leading researchers in our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
•Access to state-of-the-art physiology and biochemistry laboratories in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building
•Strong emphasis on active learning and practical training
•Career opportunities in teaching and lecturing, as applied practitioners in sport science support programmes of further study at Doctoral level

There has never been a more exciting time to undertake an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Sport represents one of the world’s major businesses and scientists have an increasingly prominent role in working with athletes, coaches, governing bodies and industry to help optimise elite performance.

Sport and Exercise Science is also playing an increasingly important role in society by promoting exercise for healthy ageing and the prevention of premature death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity.
Our teaching is delivered primarily through laboratory practicals and student-centred learning techniques, such as problem-based learning. During this programme you will complete a record of competency in physiological assessment, deliver a conference presentation, provide strength and conditioning training in the University’s high-performance gym and gain first-hand experience of ‘wet lab’ techniques including western blotting and proteomics.

From this foundation, many of our graduates go on to conduct doctoral research within academic/clinical institutions, sport clubs and allied organisations.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
Mechanisms of Muscle Adaptation: provides a mixture of theory and practical work in molecular exercise physiology
Technical Training: provides extensive practical training in exercise physiology laboratory tests, and data collected during these sessions is used to teach statistical analysis techniques in the Research Methods topic
Contemporary Research: develops adaptations to training and fundamental academic skills through the critical appraisal of leading research
Applied Practice: is ideal if you aspire to a career in high-level professional sport and performance-orientated amateur training. This module teaches practical skills associated with safe and effective training prescription, and you may have the opportunity to gain experience by assisting the delivery of strength and conditioning training within the University’s Sport Scholarship scheme
Masters Dissertation: you will undertake a significant body of research in sport and exercise physiology. Dissertation projects are undertaken within research themes led by staff and associated PhD students. The majority of work is typically conducted across Semesters 2 and 3 and then presented as a journal manuscript, which may later be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Visit the Sport and Exercise Physiology page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Am I eligible?Scholarships are available to outstanding international students applying for an undergraduate course, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. International students studying on a distance learning course are not eligible to apply for international scholarships. Scholarships are available to outstanding international students applying for an undergraduate course, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. International students studying on a distance learning course are not eligible to apply for international scholarships. LJMU scholarship information will soon be available online.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for undergraduate courses, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.If you are an alumnus of LJMU you are entitled to a 20% fee reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

Application Procedure

LJMU scholarship information will soon be available online.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (first class or upper second class) in sport science, or a related discipline.The MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology Programme typically enrolls 20 students per year. Demand for places is high and applicants are selected on merit, in some instances interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the Programme Manager. Applications for registration in September are accepted between the 1st April and 30th June of that year only.

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