Taught course

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Northumbria University · Division of Sport Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for students is a first degree, normally in the Upper Second class category in: sport science, physical education, physiotherapy or other related field. Students will be considered with other appropriate qualifications or experience that are deemed equivalent. Applicants should normally be able to demonstrate a background in research methods or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The field of clinical exercise physiology focuses on the study of acute physiological as well as pathophysiological responses to physical activity and how regular exercise alters human form and functional capacity. Clinical exercise physiology (CEP) has a strong foundation in basic science and applied research approaches to the study of acute and chronic adaptations to exercise, ranging from sub-cellular to systemic levels of organisation. The applied clinical branch of the field involves the application of various exercise modalities for the assessment of physiologic functional capacity in healthy individuals and the diagnosis and rehabilitation of dysfunction in those with chronic disease and disability.

The MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology will delve into the epidemiology and pathology of chronic diseases and special populations and the role of exercise as a medicine in the prevention, treatment and management. Students will focus on how to improve the physical health and quality of life of an individual through physical and physiological assessment and the personalised prescription of exercise in the context of clinical pathology. It will also examine the psychological factors associated with chronic disease and exercise adherence so that practitioners better understand the populations they are working with. The programme will teach physical activity and nutrition as therapeutic modalities in preventative, maintenance and rehabilitative health care and improvement of physical condition.

All assessments are applied to the practice of clinical exercise physiology and examples of these include case studies, laboratory skills, reports and presentations.

Graduates will be able to work in varied roles that include: cardiac rehabilitation; respiratory disorder rehabilitation; health screening and intervention; obesity management; and exercise therapy for special populations. Your career will be focussed on how to improve a person's physical status and quality of life through individualised assessment and exercise prescription in the dual context of clinical pathology (acute and chronic) and enhancement of daily living activities. Clinical exercise physiologists form the basis of GP referral schemes.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24+ months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444