Applied Sport And Exercise Physiology MSc

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  • MSc Applied Sport And Exercise Physiology, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 10320 per year
  • MSc Applied Sport And Exercise Physiology, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 1720 per 30 credit module
  • MSc Applied Sport And Exercise Physiology, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15960 per year

What makes this course different

Applied focus

Helping you develop the key practical skills required to work as an applied exercise physiologist

Careers driven

Opportunities to gain work experience, where you can put your knowledge and skills into practice

Research led

Opportunities to design, conduct, present and publish your research

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

The mix of advanced theoretical knowledge and practical experience will equip students with the required subject-specific skills to follow a successful career within the field of applied exercise physiology.

Graduate employers of exercise physiologists within elite sport, such as the English Institute of Sport, require applicants to have an advanced theoretical knowledge of the subject, along with experience working with athletes collecting, analysing and interpreting the results of physiological tests. The two subject-specific modules on this course, along with our dedicated Human Performance Clinic provide graduates with valuable experience in both of those areas. 

In addition to the subject-specific skills, the incorporation of the mental wealth curriculum provides graduates with soft skills, such as critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence and resilience, alongside practical skills, such as digital proficiency. In this age of artificial intelligence, we recognise that it is the uniquely human skills that will set future graduates apart in the job market. This is why the development of these skills is at the heart of this degree, equipping graduates from this programme with the skills to thrive in the businesses of tomorrow.

We have connections with a range of professional/semi-professional sports teams and we support students to gain placements through these contacts, as well as being able to provide support to teams through East London Sport.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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Individual support has been excellent, I have felt able to ask anything and have had an immediate response from my tutor, always with the option for more help if needed.
Emma Lakin

MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology student 2022-23

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

With this course, we aim to produce postgraduate students with a sound knowledge of both the theoretical and practical aspects of applied sport and exercise physiology. We will also equip you with the necessary skills to undertake individual and collaborative research. 

All students take two specialist subject modules, giving them the underpinning theoretical knowledge and the key practical skills required to work as an applied sport and exercise physiologist. Throughout your studies, you will gain sound scientific knowledge and develop your practical skills and experience. You will also learn to evaluate field and laboratory data, including statistical analysis. In addition to the specialist modules, students have the opportunity to apply their skills within our dedicated human performance clinic, providing students opportunities for hands-on real-world work experience opportunities with external athletes and clubs.

In keeping with our careers-led focus, all students will complete a work-based learning module. This module offers you the opportunity to develop transferable and lifelong learning skills that directly translate to your area of expertise. Working in conjunction with the employer and with an allocated supervisor, work-based learners will plan, negotiate and manage their own study including formalising and agreeing on the topic of a student-led applied work-based report.

In preparation for your final research project, you will undertake a research skills module. In this module, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to evaluate current literature and develop a research question and well-suited methodology. You will learn appropriate statistical analysis methods and develop a research proposal appropriate for the final dissertation module.

The individual research project is the capstone of your master's course. This module will give you the opportunity to undertake an extensive investigation of a topic within applied sport and exercise physiology. This will give you the opportunity to show your knowledge and expertise, demonstrating many of the skills future employers require. 

How you'll learn

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and a dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. 

If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths or statistics, our academic tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.

Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

Your overall workload consists of tutor-led class sessions, practical activities and individual learning. The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year depending on your course.

How you will be assessed

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Assessment methods include group works, exams and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD