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5430F - Exercise Physiology MSc

Exercise Physiology MSc

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Start in: September 2022

Our Exercise Physiology MSc allows you to develop essential skills and knowledge in the field. We prepare you to become a reflective and independent exercise physiologist.


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
  • anatomy
  • 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.

How you'll learn

Your development

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

Professional skills

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


Your future


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
  • Research
  • Exercise physiologist within public and private healthcare

Future studies

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.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Questions about this course?

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Please contact the Exercise Physiology team, in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences:



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