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Dr Magali Chohan

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Health and exercise science addresses the causes, prevention and management of chronic diseases using physical activity and health promotion strategies as tools to improve health and wellbeing. The programme includes added exercise and health related vocational qualifications.

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Why study Health and Exercise Science?

There are currently two pathways offered on this programme, a community or clinical pathway. The importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is increasingly calling for highly skilled and practically adept graduates in the health sector.

The knowledge and skills you will gain from this degree, which has an emphasis on practical learning, will prepare you to enter a wide array of career pathways in vocational areas.

Why St Mary's?

Our staff are student-centred and interested in your holistic development. The programme is a relatively new innovation, addressing the growing need to improve the health of an increasingly sedentary population.

Teaching methods

A range of traditional -  as well as more innovative - teaching methods are used on the programme including lectures, seminars, student-led presentations, work-based learning and workshops and tutorials.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways, including continuous coursework assessment, timed essays, research and laboratory reports, oral and poster presentations and written examinations.

Key facts

  • Added vocational qualifications at no extra cost
  • Good employability prospects in the health sector/allied health fields
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable student-centred teaching team
  • Study as part of a flexible Joint Honours degree
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Joint honours

Health and Exercise Science can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content

Year one

  • Health Skills
  • Introduction to Health
  • Introduction to Health and Nutrition
  • Introduction to Research
  • Physical Activity Instructor
  • Physiology and Anatomy

Year two

  • Aetiology of Chronic Disease
  • Exercise Physiology and Activity across Lifespan
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Psychology
  • Nutrition for Health and Exercise
  • Personal Trainer
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Year three

  • Anthropometry
  • Applied Health Promotion
  • Behaviour Change
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Placement
  • Directed Study
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Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional- you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

The Health and Exercise Science degree provides you with knowledge and skills that will prepare you for a range of employment opportunities within the health and exercise sector and the wider job market, including:

  • Physical activity and health promotion specialist
  • GP Exercise referral consultant
  • Health and fitness industry
  • NHS physical activities advisor
  • Workplace health improvement
  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Postgraduate study

    The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Health and Exercise Science students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

    There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


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    Fees and funding

    Home/EU: £9,250
    International: £11,220

    The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

    Additional costs

    Your tuition fee 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 contact

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