Taught course

Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations

Middlesex University London · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students that will have attained an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above); a degree in Sport, Sport Science or Health would be advantageous. Applicants with a 2:2 degree may be considered at our discretion. Ideally applications will have 1-2 years relevant experience in the sport and fitness industry

Months of entry


Course content

The health and fitness industry has witnessed an explosion in recent years as more and more people realise the importance of exercise. With this comes new challenges for professionals who must consider the wide range of long-term medical conditions which could impact their clients or patients. Our degree is the only masters in the country to focus purely on how to prescribe safe and effective physical activity, exercise and sporting participation to those living with the 18 most common chronic diseases in the UK.

Why study MSc Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations at Middlesex?

Our postgraduate degree promotes cutting edge professional practice, giving students the opportunity to undertake leading research and acquire the latest knowledge of effective practice prescription for special populations, under the supervision of highly experienced experts.
The course has been designed specifically for qualified graduates and health and fitness professionals, so understands that you will bring experience and working knowledge with you. We help you put this into context and develop it. During the course you will learn how to justify your professional decisions with evidence-based practice, and develop your professional understanding and accountability.
You might already have a Level 3 GP referral qualification, a Level 4 individual condition qualification or a BSc degree, but this Level 7 degree takes that knowledge to the highest level. At the end of the degree you will have a comprehensive understanding of 18 of the most commonly presented conditions and how to manage them singly or as comorbidities through exercise prescription.
Course highlights:
  • This is the only masters degree in the UK to focus purely on the prescription of safe and effective physical activity across the most common chronic diseases
  • Workshops replicate a range of working environments, from fully equipped gyms to clients' own homes
  • Learn to understand the underlying pathologies of the most common chronic diseases
  • Look in great depth at a specific condition that interests you through an individual research project
  • Once you complete the course you will be one of the highest qualified specialist trainers in the health and fitness industry
  • You learn using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, at a university recognised as one of the best in the country for sport and exercise science and rehabilitation
  • The course allows you to build a sound foundation of individual research interests which can then be taken to PhD level.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500 per year full time
International students
£12,500 per year full time

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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