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Physical Activity and Health (MSc/PgD/PgC)

Course Description

Course Overview

The MSc Physical Activity and Health offers an excellent opportunity for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including sport and exercise graduates, those working in the health and leisure industry and other health practitioners, to develop their understanding of the link between physical activity and health. With its multi-disciplinary perspective it is one of the few programmes in the UK to focus particularly on the association between health and activity.

Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity and at the very latest by 31st July. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.

*Please note. This programme will undergo periodic review in March 2016. As such, it is likely that this programme will be offered as a specialist pathway within the MSc in Sport & Exercise Science. Refer to this website for the most up-to-date information at that point.​​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/schoolofsport/courses/Pages/Physical-Activity-and-Health.aspx

​Course Content​​

Through the programme, students are able to develop a greater appreciation for the complex and dynamic issues of health and physical activity, which may be applied to their chosen career path. This programme may also be used as a stepping-stone for students to further their specific research interests generated from their undergraduate studies. Previous students have gone on to various careers including 5x60 officers, work in leisure providers or continue their studies to PhD.

Compulsory Modules:
- Research Methods for Sports Studies
- Physical Activity in Health and Disease
- Paediatric Exercise Science and Health
- Health and Exercise Psychology
- Dissertation Project.

Two option modules chosen from:
- Nutrition and Health
- Independent Study
- Exercise Testing and Interpretation
- Organisational Strategy

There are three exit points from the degree; Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgC) after successful completion of three modules; Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgD) awarded completion of three core and three option modules; the MSc is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements as well as submission of a 15,000 word dissertation project.

Learning & Teaching​

All modules, except the independent research project (dissertation) module, are 20 credit modules. Timetabled delivery for each taught module usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and up to 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is normally made up of lecture, seminars, practical laboratories/ workshops and tutorials.

Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture, seminar and practical based sessions. Group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All students are supported with access to a personal tutor who is usually the Programme Director of their course.


With the exception of the independent research project (dissertation), all module assessment is based upon 5,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, needs analyses and the design of interventions, research reports, presentations and critique.

The independent research project (dissertation) can be presented either as a traditional 12,000 word thesis or in the format of a journal article.

Employability & Careers​

This course is of particular relevance to experienced professionals such as occupational therapists, health promotion workers, physiotherapists, and others involved in the health and leisure industry and recent graduates, who wish to develop their skills in the provision of physical activity programmes in a health context.

In addition, some graduates of the programme have progressed to studying for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in related subject, become lecturers in further and higher education while others are working abroad. Opportunities for professional development in the light of the new occupational standards implemented in many professions are encouraged.​

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

Visit the Physical Activity and Health (MSc/PgD/PgC) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate scholarship is an award for those studying a full time taught masters programme at Cardiff Met in 2015. The award will pay for your fees in full, valued at £4000 depending on the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4000


See http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships for full criteria.

Application Procedure

Please fill in the online application form at: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships

Or visit the website to download the application form and return by:

Post: Admissions, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
Fax: 029 20 416286

You will receive notification that we have received your application and successful applicants will be notified in September following enrollment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in an appropriate discipline or a relevant professional qualification. Applicants without such formal qualifications may be considered if they are able to demonstrate an appropriate level of relevant professional experience.​

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £4,500; International Students: £12,000

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