Newcastle University is the first Russell Group University to develop an MSc in Exercise Physiology.
You'll study theory and conduct research relating to applied exercise physiology. Our interactive modules attract those who wish to become industry professionals. You'll become a reflective, responsible and independent exercise physiologist. The course exposes you to key industry partners. This enables you to forge professional links to advance your future career.
Previous industry partners include:
- Newcastle United
- Newcastle Falcons Rugby
- Newcastle Eagles Basketball
- clinician-scientists from the local NHS Trusts
You'll receive tuition from clinical and academic experts from the:
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What you'll learn
You'll develop core knowledge in:
- human physiology
- exercise immunology
- pathophysiology of a variety of diseases
- exercise in extreme environments.
You'll also study the following areas:
- taking medical histories and performing physical examinations
- examinations of high-level athletes
- examinations of patients with poor physical function
- interpreting exercise data
- understanding principles of varied exercise programmes
- understanding strengths and limitations of exercise tests
- practical skills associated with collecting and interpreting physiological data from patients and athletes
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
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How you'll learn
Teaching will begin with lectures. We'll introduce theories, concepts, and evidence.
Intellectual skills and group learning activities include:
- practical classes
Practical and project work will help you develop key applied skills. These are essential for exercise physiologists working with athletes and patients.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Reflective log
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
The Faculty of Medical Science has a great amount of expertise in exercise physiology. This includes:
- exercise in the heat, cold and at altitude
- exercise in the prevention and management of cancer
- exercise and heart failure
- exercise and diabetes
- recovery and management of athletes after intensive exercise
You'll become a confident and successful professional using skill gained, including:
- advanced knowledge and critical understanding of theory in Exercise Physiology
- advanced knowledge and critical understanding of research in Exercise Physiology
- advanced knowledge and critical understanding of methods and ethical issues in Exercise Physiology
- critical understanding of knowledge in exercise physiology
- critical awareness of problems and new insights related to the exercise physiology field
- the ability to plan, design and execute practical skills
- research skills using appropriate exercise physiology techniques and procedures
Graduates with Exercise Physiology MSc can go on to a range of careers, including:
- Sports science support for professional bodies and sports teams
- Roles within sport, fitness and sports nutrition industries
- Exercise physiologist within public and private healthcare
This course provides a route into PhD level study.
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll be part of the Faculty of Medical Science, within the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences. We have invested £32m in state-of-the-art teaching facilities for sport and exercise. This includes:
- exercise physiology lab
- biomechanics lab
- gait track
- high-performance lab
- nutrition kitchen
- blood preparation & analysis lab
- an environmental chamber that enables the simulation of altitude, temperature and humidity
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
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