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Exercise and Health Science (MSc)

Course Description

With practical experience opportunities built into the curriculum, this programme is aimed at those who wish to build careers as exercise physiologists or exercise specialists within private or public healthcare, health promotion, or the health and fitness industry.

About the programme

Physical inactivity is a major factor in the national and international epidemic of preventable diseases. The programme examines the
effectiveness of exercise health interventions and investigates the use of exercise as a tool to assess future health risks. It will equip you with the high-level skills required to implement and interpret exercisebased data. With a strong emphasis on research, practical experience is also a key part of this programme.

Modules will look at analysis of individual’s behaviour towards their exercise and health choices, utilising network analyses as a novel method of investigation. Strong emphasis is placed on health screening and the understanding of medical data, covering the theory and interpretation of the tests that patients with chronic lifestyle diseases undergo.

There is also a strong focus on research informed practice. Modules include the design and implementation of exercise and health research, and in the data analyses of such research. These units are key not only in enhancing your ability to find, interpret and critically appraise literature from an expert standpoint, but also prepare you for your MSc project.

Practical experience

Opportunities exist to gain practical experience within specific modules and, if appropriate, within your MSc project.

Your learning

Postgraduate Diploma
• Research Methods for Exercise and Health Science
• Health Behaviour and Network Analyses
• Epidemiology and Health Screening
• Data Analyses for Exercise Science
• Applied Strength and Conditioning
• Exercise Prescription for Special Populations


Upon successful completion of the taught modules, students will undertake a project which leads to the MSc award.

Further study

Graduates from the programme may wish to pursue further studies i.e. a PhD within the area of exercise and health.

Our Careers Adviser says

Careers for graduates include exercise physiologist or exercise specialist with the NHS, in community health provision, and the private sector.

Note: To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.

Industry expertise

UWS School of Science and Sport academics are experts in their field, many with international profiles in science, health and sport and experience with organisations such as the Olympic and Commonwealth bodies, the Scottish Football Association and the Welsh Rugby Union. We also work with a range of partners including Glasgow School of Sport, the Scottish Football Association and we have links with organisations such as Sport Scotland, BASES, UK Sport and many more.

First-class facilities

Our Institute for Clinical Exercise and Health Science provides the underpinning science for our sport programmes. Newly developed
facilities, spanning four floors of the Almada Building at Lanarkshire Campus, are equipped to carry out cutting-edge research and deliver state-of-the-art instruction.

Labs and learning areas include an exercise physiology laboratory, strength and conditioning laboratory, exercise biochemistry laboratory, blood analysis laboratory, EMG-ECGUltrasound laboratory, biomechanics laboratory, social psychology laboratory, a computer laboratory equipped with the latest in student research and learning software,
along with a traditional sports hall.

Students can have supervised access and experience with:
• health assessment
• ergometric fitness assessment
• protein analysis in blood and tissues
• RNA and DNA analysis
• electromyography, electrocardiography, and ultrasonography
• sports event management
• commercial fitness practice
• community fitness intervention
• sport performance analysis
• social and psychological analysis
• coaching practice

Visit the Exercise and Health Science (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Normally 2:1 in Sport Science, Exercise Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy or related area. Applicants with a 2:2 and relevant experience in the exercise and health sector may also be considered. Applicants returning to education with a science based first degree and relevant experience in the exercise and health sector may also be considered. The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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