Exercise and Health Science

Course contact

Dr Nick Sculthorpe
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) - 1 year* / 2 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Please note this programme is not recruiting for session 2016/17

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.

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.

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 exercise-based 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.

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.
Careers for graduates include exercise physiologist or exercise specialist with the NHS, in community health provision, and the private sector. Opportunities exist to gain practical experience within specific modules and, if appropriate, within your MSc project.
Studying at UWS gave me the opportunity to be a student ambassador for Lead 2014. To have been able to participate in such a great event was a wonderful experience. Lead 2014 was fun and I learned a lot – having it on my CV will help me in the future.
Alan Wright, Science and Sport student

Useful Information

  • Please note this programme is not recruiting for session 2016/17

    * 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.