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MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology


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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £7,800

2020/21 International fee: £14,300

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.


  • To gain a Postgraduate Certificate, students need to complete three taught module requirements.
  • To gain a Postgraduate diploma, students need to complete six taught module requirements.
  • To gain an MSc, students need to complete six taught module requirements and a research dissertation or supervised portfolio.
  • You will also be required to attend an interview

Course content

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology programme is designed for graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in Sport and Exercise Physiology. It provides you with the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge base of the physiological and metabolic demands of exercise and physical training. In addition, the program allows you to enhance and strengthen your practical skills in exercise physiology measurements and research methods as well as developing your professional qualities.

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology provides students with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfill the initial requirements for accreditation by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

BASES has procedures for the accreditation of suitably experienced individuals that stipulate the possession of a relevant form of postgraduate qualification, i.e. an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology.


Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf (to be completed by September 2019)

Image below is for illustrative purposes only for colours. (not actual astro at Chichetster)  Line markings and surrounding layout will be different.

Blue and green astro - image of different institution to see style

110m synthetic athletics track

Strength and conditioning room

Two multi-purpose gymnasiums

Outdoor netball and tennis court

Two seminar rooms

Cricket nets 


Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room


Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Our students have gone on to work & train in a variety industries including:

  • Athletic trainer
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports equipment consultant
  • Health promotion

We provide performance support for elite athletes and competitive teams. We consistently perform well against the elite of university sport. A high number of our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme at the elite level.

Several teams are supported with high-level coaching, training facility support and sports science analysis. Numerous local and national sports clubs’ links with our student sports teams provide additional high-level playing opportunities.

Indicative modules

You are required to complete four Exercise Physiology modules plus two modules in Research Methods and Statistics and a research dissertation or experience portfolio. 

  • Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

An ability to select the most appropriate technique, protocol, piece of equipment or software is critical when assessing human performance from either a physiology or nutrition perspective. The module will adopt an evidence based approach to identifying ‘best practice’ in terms of protocols and procedures when undertaking work with clients from a different athletic ability, gender and age. Existing knowledge will be challenged through critical evaluation of recently published peer review publications and reports. The module is assessed by a client letter, practical exam and written report.

  • Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in Sport and Exercise

An insight into oxygen uptake kinetics is essential to an understanding of bioenergetics when examining performance and training in sport, or when evaluating exercise tolerance in sedentary individuals and / or cardiovascular / respiratory disease patients. The module aims to develop a critical insight into the theoretical and practical issues associated with the increasingly researched area of oxygen uptake kinetics. The application of this knowledge to athletic training and general conditioning will be discussed within both theoretical and practical contexts. The module is assessed by a scientific report.

  • Muscle Physiology in Sport and Exercise

An understanding of the role of skeletal muscles to exercise is essential when examining performance and training in sport and the potential impact of exercise in disease prevention and amelioration. This module aims to develop a critical knowledge of muscle functioning, the nature of metabolic limitations in skeletal muscles during exercise, the role and function of skeletal muscles in specific sports, and the relationships between metabolic limitation, nutritional interventions, and training adaptations. The application of this knowledge to athletic training in divergent sporting activities, and general conditioning in sedentary and special populations will be discussed within both theoretical and practical contexts. The module is assessed by a written exam and literature review of a topic of your choice.

  • Professional Skills and Practice in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

Sport and exercise scientists can practice in different contexts with variety of settings (e.g. laboratory or field), geographical locations, populations and medical applications. This module aims to develop the knowledge base associated with physiological and nutritional support in applied environments. Specifically the module will address the interplay between external physical challenges associated with different environments; internal physiological and metabolic challenges associated with gender, training status, and various states of disease-impaired or compromised function such as musculoskeletal injuries. Whilst the module gives due consideration to elite sports performance and recreational exercise participation, the module also discusses exercise and physical performance in occupational settings such as the military, emergency services and heavy industry. A focus of the module is to describe how sport and exercise scientists working in interdisciplinary teams can enhance performance, protection and promote safety and well-being. This module does not set out to provide all the answers, rather it is a vehicle by which students are supported as they grow and develop as informed exercise physiologists and nutritionists, able to confidently progress in to a career in the exercise sciences. The module is assessed by a précis of a presentation and 30-min presentation on a topic of your choice.

  • Researching the Sports Disciplines

This research methods module, mandatory for the all MSc programs, is intended to enable you to explore qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and their application. You will examine a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies that will equip you to undertake a variety of research projects. The module is assessed by a portfolio.

  • Advanced Research Skills for Sport

You  will examine a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies of your choosing that will equip you to undertake a variety of research projects. The module is assessed by a portfolio.

  • Research Dissertation or Supervised Experience Portfolio

The credit of Master of Science is achieved by completion of either a full write-up or write-up and presentation dissertation, or a portfolio of a supervised experience.


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