Taught course

Sport and Exercise Physiology

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (first class or upper second class) in sport science, or a related discipline.

The MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology Programme typically enrolls 20 students per year.

Demand for places is high and applicants are selected on merit, in some instances interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the Programme Manager.

Applications for registration in September are accepted between the 1st April and 30th June of that year only. In rare circumstances, accompanied by genuine and compelling reasons (e.g. International fellowship or visa deadlines), applications may be considered outside of this period.

Within the application, the Personal Statement should be regarded as an opportunity to evidence (i) recent achievements, (ii) passion for Sport and Exercise Physiology research and practice, and (iii) career trajectory. It is particularly important to provide evidence of relevant knowledge and skills that you have gained during your undergraduate education and also through additional paid/unpaid employment, training courses or non-examined subjects that you may have studied. For example, you may detail awards that you have received or explain how you have successfully competed for sought-after positions. In addition, Programme staff will be particularly interested to read the abstract from your undergraduate research dissertation (please provide your abstract as a separate attachment).

If you have been out of education for some time, please outline any relevant experience that may be taken into account in lieu of formal qualifications, for example, work experience, voluntary work, research etc. paying careful attention to how this has helped you to improve your knowledge of exercise physiology.

Months of entry


Course content

This Sport Masters programme is delivered by world-leading experts at Liverpool John Moores University. You will have access to excellent facilities, geared towards both classical physiology and research at the forefront of molecular exercise physiology.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Developed by world-leading researchers in our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Access to state-of-the-art physiology and biochemistry laboratories in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building
  • Strong emphasis on active learning and practical training
  • Career opportunities in teaching and lecturing, as applied practitioners in sport science support programmes of further study at Doctoral level
There has never been a more exciting time to undertake an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Sport represents one of the world’s major businesses and scientists have an increasingly prominent role in working with athletes, coaches, governing bodies and industry to help optimise elite performance.

Sport and Exercise Science is also playing an increasingly important role in society by promoting exercise for healthy ageing and the prevention of premature death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity.

Our teaching is delivered primarily through laboratory practicals and student-centred learning techniques, such as problem-based learning. During this programme you will complete a record of competency in physiological assessment, deliver a conference presentation, provide strength and conditioning training in the University’s high-performance gym and gain first-hand experience of ‘wet lab’ techniques including western blotting and proteomics.

From this foundation, many of our graduates go on to conduct doctoral research within academic/clinical institutions, sport clubs and allied organisations.

Information for international students

IELTS English language minimum score of 6.5 or equivalent and a relevant academic qualification to degree level is the minimum requirement.

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting our International students webpage for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact the Faculty of Science for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at ScienceAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 2888

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090