Advancing from undergraduate study, this course provides me with an enhanced level of knowledge required to establish the next step in my career.


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    Our MSc Applied Exercise and Health Science is set in the context of the current health climate, where there is an emphasis on the need to develop quality health services for all ages across the health and social sector.

    Throughout the course you will be supported by our enthusiastic and highly qualified academics who perform regular clinical investigations within the National Health Service and bring this experience into the teaching. Guest lectures take place from experts such as clinical physiotherapists, cardiac rehabilitators and public health project developers.

    You will have access to new state of the art specialist sport and exercise laboratories where you can carry out assessments such as electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiography, vascular sonography, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and autonomic function testing.

    This programme is for those that wish to enhance both academic knowledge and advance their practical skills in the field of Exercise and Health.

      All about the course

      Research training 

      The structure of the MSc Applied Exercise and Health Science will provide an interaction of both applied practical skills and academic knowledge. You will develop research methods skills associated with the broad field of exercise and health science with the support of Faculty expertise at Christ Church, where both qualitative and quantitative tools and methods of data collection and interpretation will be explored.

      Disciplines of study 

      The disciplines of psychology, biomechanics, sociology and physiology will be investigated within a number of health and exercise contexts both independently and in an interdisciplinary context; specifically in relation to health promotion, culture and policy, behaviour change, interaction of physical activity and disease (analysis, manifestation and progression). You will also explore these issues and their varied approaches to dealing with special populations and individual case studies.

      Practical experience 

      You will study a module on developing laboratory techniques which is associated with precise measurement. This module will evaluate your practical skills associated with essential techniques within this field of study. Practical engagement and laboratory use will also be a key feature of other modules on the programme ensuring that you are exposed to technology and techniques to enhance knowledge at this level of academic study. The practical focus of study will mean you are involved in practice scenarios, with both participant and experimenter responsibilities which are expected from all students.


      The dissertation module will engage you in a substantive research investigation with an aligned supervisor negotiated with the programme team. It is envisaged that your topic area of the dissertation is aligned with your future intentions and ambitions.

      The MSc in Applied Exercise and Health Science provides students with an extensive applied and practical experience. We want to fully utilise your skills and expertise, and provide you with further opportunities whilst studying on this programme.

      The Section of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences has allocated a minimum of 200 hours of paid work that will be delivered by students studying at postgraduate level in the Section.

      The aim of this work is to support the activities of the Section, and will enhance your profile and experiences whilst studying with us at CCCU. If you wish to be considered for this work, once registered there will be an ‘expression of interest’ process which will require you to indicate your skills and attributes that would be useful to the Section.

      Entry requirements

      Our standard offer for accepting students onto this programme is an undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above. Applicants from a range of undergraduate subjects (health, science, sport and exercise) will be considered.

      This is in addition to a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV. The University has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) structure in operation. Students without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process.

      If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate you can contact the programme team direct to Dr Hayley Mills.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Honours degree

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught on the MSc in Applied Exercise and Health Science using a range of different learning events. These will include group lectures, seminars, and laboratory classes. Lectures may consist of tutor led sessions, and internal and external speakers who are research and/or practice active. The learning schedule and methods of delivery are designed to build a learning community around the topics of discussion, draw in student experience as a partner in the learning and teaching process, and will provide significant support for the transition to this level of study. The variety should allow you to maximise your potential in an environment stimulated by research and research enhanced delivery.

      Materials for sessions will include University produced electronic material designed to enhance your experience, consider different perspectives, and allow you to consider views and approaches in varied virtual and physical environments.

      As a partner in the process of learning seminars you will lead these sessions alongside staff. These events will focus on reading, dissemination of key ideas, theory, and critical reflection and will require significant interaction and debate. Sessions will allow you to enhance your understanding, give you the opportunity to explore and reflect, and develop academic resilience in an arena of support and challenge. Again in this context relevant active staff and external expertise will be a feature of these learning events to ensure relevant research and industry related currency, thus integrating themes aligned with your graduate employability.

      Laboratory classes and practical work will be used to plan, demonstrate, measure and evaluate various key aspects of your study. These physical environments could represent the future workplace for some individuals; the laboratory work will be flexible and responsive enough to consider your individual and class interests.

      The term ‘laboratory’ in the context of this programme will reflect the environment in which you can collect robust data for analysis, so this will include both explicit facilities and the context of data collection in the social environment. In both academic learning and practical classes, you will experience approaches from cellular function to more holistic whole body interaction in the process of learning. Industry relevant technology and IT packages will also be utilised in the teaching process to ensure currency for future employment. Indeed, technological support will be a key feature of your programme from the use of the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) for e lecture notes, session recordings, video material, key readings and both course and module information.

      It is anticipated that other study support mechanisms may also be found on the VLE such as interactive lectures, web based links to relevant data sources, e discussion boards, alongside institutional regulatory documents and programme management processes. Beyond the use of the VLE to enhance learning, the offsite availability of this resource will enable some flexibility in engagement with key materials for this programme. Although ‘work based learning’ is not an explicit route of delivery of material for this programme, the utilisation of staff active in practitioner roles will allow you to engage with industry driven policy and process, and engage in applied work with industry staff supervision.

      We pride ourselves on providing a supportive yet challenging Masters course, which utilises collaborative, practical, teaching strategies. Our MSc is suited to those looking to move into practical lines of employment or who wish to pursue careers in research, intervention design/evaluation, teaching and academia.

      Hayley MillsProgramme Director

      Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 18/19

      of our Applied Exercise and Health Science students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

      How you’ll be assessed

      The methods of assessment will also be varied to support the potential for learning. This variety will ensure that you have experience of different forms of assessment, most of which are linked to industry tasks or requirements. In order to support different approaches to learning, there will be opportunity for formative feedback on tasks, enhancing opportunities to create, test and communicate ideas, which will enhance clarity, quality and confidence in your summative assessment submissions. This is considered a key aspect of the course assessment design and scheduling to provide an outstanding student experience of learning, teaching and assessment.

      Summative assessments will be individual in nature (group work will be conducted in a formative environment), and will comprise 20 credit modules of practical assessment, case study presentation, critical review, oral presentation, examination, essay, portfolio and exam. There is a maximum of two assessments on each of the modules, to ensure a focused assessment timetable. The dissertation module will ensure a wide variety of ethical issues are considered in the proposal phase, followed by both a 'conference style poster' and a 'article style' (paper in the style of an appropriate academic journal) assessment. The dissertation module will offer the opportunity for you to co-construct your curriculum. You will individually specialise in a negotiated area, and consider future employment opportunity with the topic, content, and presentation of this work. All students will receive detailed feedback on summative work.

      Your future career

      This course is designed to enhance the employment prospects of those that want to work in applied exercise and health sciences by developing both academic knowledge and an advanced practical skill set for varied roles within this industry.

      The course is suited for those interested in careers such as exercise rehabilitators, exercise physiologists, health care scientists, health improvement specialists, or various roles in the health and fitness industry or further study.

      Our recent graduates have secured roles across such as assistant clinical physiologists, rapid response care workers, specialised laboratory technicians, fully funded PhD students, teachers and specialised exercise therapists.

      My job as Team Lead for the Exercise and Lifestyle team in the Community Cardiac Rehabilitation Service is varied and rewarding. The role allows me to contribute to the recovery of service users that have had a recent cardiac event, by facilitating them in making positive lifestyle changes, increasing habitual exercise and physical activity. Often the service users quality of life is also substantially increased.

      GraduateCommunity Health Foundation Trust employee


      Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

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      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

      The course is designed for those who wish to work or undertake further study in the exercise and health industry. 

      Specifically, the course offers you the opportunity to study a breadth of topic areas, but also an element of self direction in the topics and practical skills that you would wish to enhance and be assessed on. 

      The course is of particular relevance, though not exclusive, to recent graduates of sport and exercise science, health science, or related disciplines.

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