Taught course

Applied Exercise and Health Science

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Our standard offer for accepting students onto this programme is an undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above. Applicants from a range of undergraduate subjects (health, science, sport and exercise) will be considered.

This is in addition to a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV. The University has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) structure in operation. Students without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate you can contact the programme team direct to Dr Hayley Mills.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Applied Exercise and Health Science builds on expertise at Canterbury Christ Church University to deliver a programme of academic and practical study. Drawing upon cross School, Faculty, and University expertise, as well as our industry links, the programme aims to produce graduates with a detailed academic knowledge, which is supported by an advanced practical skill set that has the potential to expand employment opportunities within the industry.

The MSc is set in the context of the current health climate, where there is an emphasis on the need to develop quality health services for all ages across the health and social sector. Poor lifestyle habits including physical inactivity are associated with the prevalence of certain chronic diseases and this programme aims to develop graduates who can critique current thinking in these areas and, through advanced scholarship, develop ideas to progress this field. The technical skill sets that are required in this field will also be fully explored by you on the programme. The technical and practical work should be viewed on the programme as part of an advanced academic experience, developing the abilities to plan, collect, analyse and interpret advanced data in this field.

Some examples of the laboratory practical work you will engage with include cardiac and vascular scanning, respiratory physiology, heart rate variability, ECG interpretation, body composition, and cellular level physiological investigation. The practical application of psychological strategies involved in behaviour change, intervention and counselling will be explored.

On the programme you will be expected to understand concepts associated with how health and wellbeing are considered and reflected in models of health promotion. This will also encompass the challenges of establishing criteria to define and measure health which are both key underpinning themes associated with the programme.

This broad spectrum of activities will allow for you to engage with the material; from those progressing directly from a theory based undergraduate programme to those that have extensive work related experience. In lectures, seminars and practical sessions you will be expected to bring your experiences to these learning events to explore some of the key concepts in this field.

You will study: a broad Research Methods module; the promotion of health (with health professionals from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing); and exercise scientists will deliver modules on physical activity, disease, and behavioural change based on both a case study approach and the investigation of specific populations. With the exercise scientists you will study concepts and evidence from single, multi and an interdisciplinary approach using expertise in physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology.

The integration of practical work with academic study will help you to increase potential employment outcomes, and is also aimed at supporting ambition if you wish to go on to study at a higher level.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr. Hayley Mills