MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology students working in a lab

Deepen your knowledge of physiology within a sporting context

1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time
Bishop Otter Campus


Focus on the development of skills for practical application in both sporting and exercise populations

This programme has a strong focus on the development of skills for practical application in both sporting and exercise populations and 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, it 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 you with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfil the initial requirements for accreditation by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

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The Course

Understand the exercise physiology of leading sporting and exercise performance

This course provides you with the knowledge of advanced exercise physiology principles and theories, and enhance your practical skills, as you build towards your final research project or supervised experience portfolio.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Whole Body Metabolism: Measurement and Application

In this module, you will be introduced to a variety of methodological approaches to measure whole body metabolism during exercise and critically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Practical work will evaluate an area of contemporary research associated with whole body metabolism.

Research Methods for Exercise and Public Health

This is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative methodology for exercise and health using practical and real-world examples to illustrate how we make sense of data.

Muscle Physiology for Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

You will advance your in-depth understanding of the structure, function and adaptability of human skeletal muscle with additional application to nutritional and training strategies to improve exercise performance.

Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

This is a hands-on module that advances the skills required to undertake physiological assessments linked to client population requirements.

Professional Skills and Practice in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

You will learn how research and applied practice can be used to support the varied physical, physiological and nutritional challenges associated with sport and exercise performance in a range of settings and the importance of working as part of multi-disciplinary teams.

Planning your Research Dissertation / Supervised Experience Portfolio

The module will support you with the development of the research aim and essential issues of preparation to undertake a Research Dissertation or Supervised Experience Portfolio.

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 of your dissertation, or your portfolio of a supervised experience project.


Discover world-class sporting and research facilities to support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice


Our team of academics ensure innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Each module is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops and laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task. As you progress through your degree you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.


You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

  • To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Physiology, you need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Physiology, you need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology, you need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a supervised experience portfolio.


Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in sports, exercise or health industries

The experience and skills gained during your MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology allows you to start a career in many areas of sport, exercise and health.

Students have gone on to work in the health care sector, national governing bodies for sports, sports related industry, private sports clubs and fitness centres, teaching in Further and Higher Education or continued to pursue a PhD in a related field.

Typical careers include:

  • Fitness consultant
  • Athletic trainer
  • Laboratory technician
  • Sport science support personnel
  • Sport equipment consultant
  • Exercise prescription on GP referral schemes
  • PhD research

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.
International fee

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

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline.
  • You will also be required to attend an interview.

If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification

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