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St Mary's University

Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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Distance learning available


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1 year (full-time)

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Optimise human potential with our innovative Sport and Exercise Physiology master’s.

Enhance human performance with our practical Sport and Exercise Physiology master’s.

You will cover topics like:

  • applied physiology
  • environmental physiology
  • fatigue
  • VO2 kinetics
  • training programmes
  • research methods.

Emphasis on practical application

We offer one of the few postgraduate Sport and Exercise Physiology degree to focus on the practical application of skills and knowledge, allowing you to enhance your employability.

World-class facilities

We have recently invested £250,000 into a Performance Education Centre unrivalled as a strength and conditioning education facility.

You’ll also access our world-class sporting facilities and laboratories, including our:

Specialist teaching and support

Our lecturers are highly experienced researchers and consultants committed to your development. Our student, Paddy, tells us the academic team was “always welcoming and willing to give help”.

Designed according to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

We designed course content according to competencies laid out by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Therefore, our Sport and Exercise Physiology MSc is the perfect stepping-stone into the sport industry.

Sarah Coakley

Course Lead - Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

An 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in sport science, exercise science, physical education, physiotherapy or a related field.


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

Students will be considered with other appropriate qualifications or experience that is deemed equivalent. Applicants should normally be able to demonstrate a background in research methods or a related discipline.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding






Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many home postgraduate students. Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding.  International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed by one or more pieces of coursework. With the exception of the module ‘Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology I’, there are no written examinations; however, a number of modules employ oral examinations.

Assessments are designed to provide the opportunity to demonstrate critical analysis, deep and insightful thought and the application of knowledge. A wide variety of assessment modes are employed including case studies, laboratory reports, preparing articles suitable for journals, and poster/oral presentations.

Career opportunities

With our Sport and Exercise Physiology master’s, you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as communication, critical thinking, and adaptability.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology MSc, PGDip, PGCert include:

sports clubsfitness centresnational governing bodiesteaching

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