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Providing you with the theory, skills and experience required for a successful career in sport and exercise physiology.

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Why study Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology?

This Master's degree provides you with the theoretical underpinning, practical skills and professional experience required for a successful career in sport and exercise physiology. Sports physiologists play a vital role in developing human performance for sports teams and individual athletes by providing scientific support, monitoring physical attributes and optimising training programmes.

The programme is led by Dr Jessica Hill and staff include John Pattison, Dr Owen Jeffries, Dr Mark Glaister and Dr Mark Waldron who each bring many years of teaching, research and consultancy experience in their specialist areas.

Why St Mary's?

We have excellent facilities including three human performance laboratories, a state-of-the-art performance education centre and extensive sports grounds.

Unlike courses that take a more academic approach to scientific theory, this programme focuses on the practical application of skills and knowledge required by today’s sports and exercise professionals. Content is aligned to the competencies identified by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and therefore provides the perfect stepping-stone to a professional career.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory sessions. Small class sizes ensure that students get one-to-one access to academic staff on a regular basis.

An intensive one-week block of teaching will be delivered in September, after which, all modules are planned to run on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the semester.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed by one or more pieces of coursework. With the exception of the Advanced Sport & Exercise Physiology module, 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.

How the course is structured

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. To qualify for the PGDip you need to accrue 120 credits, for the PGCert you need to accrue 60 credits.

Modules are taught two or three hours per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) in addition to an intensive teaching week at the start of semester one. The programme can be completed full time (1 year) or on a part time basis (2 years).

Key facts

  • Strong focus on the practical application of skills and knowledge.
  • Content is aligned to the professional competencies identified by BASES.
  • Excellent sports facilities including three human performance laboratories.

Course content


  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology 
  • Applied Techniques in Sport and Exercise Physiology 
  • Ergogenic Aids in Sport 
  • Professional Skills for Applied Physiology 
  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise 
  • Research Project 
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology in the Workplace 
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

This degree builds on the strengths of our Sport Science programme and reflects the demand for applied sport scientists in today’s marketplace. The course of study is suitable for sport and exercise practitioners, teachers, and recent graduates and provides the opportunity to study applied aspects of sport and exercise physiology.

The programme offers a focused range of opportunities, leading to a number of vocational and academic outlets in sport related industry including national governing bodies, public/private sports clubs/fitness centres, and teaching in Further/Higher Education institutions.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.


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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £7,000
International: £13,650

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The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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.

Additional costs

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

Previous dissertations

  1. The effects of thermal and non-thermal cooling of the oral cavity on cycling performance in the heat
  2. Effects of Local and Remote Ischemic Preconditioning on Repeated-Sprint Performance
  3. The effect of Omega-3 fatty acids on exercise-induced inflammation  and muscle damage
  4. The Effects of Lower Body Compression Garments on Middle Distance Running Performance and Oxygen Uptake Kinetics
  5. The effects of strength training on physiological demands in female junior sprint kayakers
  6. The effects of far infrared (FIR) garments on recovery after a muscle damaging protocol
  7. Oral L-menthol reduces thermal sensation, increases work-rate and extends time to exhaustion, in the heat at a fixed rating of perceived exertion.
  8. The effect of sodium phosphate supplementation on repeated sprint performance in team sport athletes.
  9. Determination of Critical power in an over-ground running protocol using GPS velocity profiles
  10. The Effects of Fitness Status and Exercise Intensity, on Oxygen Uptake Kinetics, Within the Moderate-intensity Domain
  11. The Effectiveness of Carbohydrate Ice Slurry Ingestion on Performance in Team Sport Players
  12. The Impact of Five Consecutive Days of Ischemic Preconditioning on Running Performance in Hypoxia
  13. The efficacy of tart cherry juice on the indices of recovery following rugby sevens
  14. Influence of Work-Interval Intensity and Duration on Time Spent at a High Percentage VO2max During Intermittent Supramaximal Exercise