Taught course

Exercise as Medicine

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent international qualification in sports science or other relevant biological science that contains a substantial element of exercise physiology, such as applied human physiology or physiotherapy.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Exercise as Medicine will equip you with the knowledge and skills to promote the uptake prescription of exercise, both as a prescriptive medicine and as preventative measure as well as treatment/therapy.

As the crucial role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of diseases and medical conditions is increasingly understood, and health practitioners are encouraged to consider exercise when designing treatment plans and health interventions, so grow the opportunities for well-qualified individuals with an understanding of research in this area.

Our MSc Exercise as Medicine has been developed in response to this trend, drawing on the University's internationally-recognised research on physical activity and health. The programme is aimed at individuals with a background in exercise science and/or physical activity wishing to enhance their scientific knowledge and skills in exercise medicine to effectively promote the uptake of exercise both as prescriptive medicine and as preventative therapy, particularly to patients with hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary, renal and other cardiac conditions or those at risk of metabolic syndrome.

This MSc will therefore educate a new, highly skilled cadre of allied health professionals with the ability to work alongside clinicians and practitioners to manage the epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases and conditions.

Based in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands, you will be taught in high quality teaching environments and have access to state-of-art laboratories designed to facilitate the transfer of cutting-edge research to front-line support and care. You will be exposed to a range of specialist equipment and technology to facilitate their development.

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) is an Olympic legacy project delivering education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity. It aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation – from everyday people at risk of ill health through to elite athletes.

A wide range of high quality research takes place within the NCSEM-EM, which is then translated into teaching and training through its educational programmes. There is also a range of clinical services offered including sport and exercise medicine, orthopaedics, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as diagnostic facilities including a 3T MRI scanner.

NCSEM activity covers the following themes:

  • physical activity in disease prevention
  • exercise in chronic disease
  • sports injuries and musculoskeletal health
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • performance health

Who should study this programme?

This programme is suitable for you if you are looking to enhance your knowledge and skills to transform the way that exercise and physical activity is used in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases and the promotion of health and wellbeing. It will be particularly relevant to students with a passion for the promotion of exercise medicine who are considering careers within health provision or health policy-making and advice.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 226302