Taught course

Exercise Science

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline such as sports science, sports performance and coaching, physical education, physiotherapy; or, an honours degree in another discipline which includes anatomy and physiology.

Work experience in a relevant field and/or a professional qualification may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Research (MRes) allows you to develop specialised research methods in exercise science, within a professional research setting. This master's course is excellent preparation for PhD study in exercise science, as the discipline becomes increasingly focused on research.

Early in the course you will take a taught module, choosing from a menu of options related to Strength and Conditioning or Clinical Exercise Physiology. You will then select a project to work on, related to the existing work of the department's research groups. This prepares you for the main part of the course, which is the design and implementation of a study of your choice for your thesis.

At the end of the course you could follow the usual route of progressing to doctoral level. Equally, you will have the appropriate skills to start a career in any aspect of professional research or exercise science.

The course will provide you with an excellent foundation in research methods. It can act as the perfect stepping stone to a doctorate, and will give you a real taste of PhD life. Not only will you gain this fantastic experience but you will gain an MRes Exercise Science master's degree, which is an extremely valuable qualification in it's own right.

Given the intensity and complexity of study, the MRes qualification demonstrates your ability to go beyond undergraduate skills. In order to achieve the Exercise Science MRes you will enhance your research professionalism, communication skills and evaluative abilities. You will show that you are capable of making decisions in complex situations, and that you possess a thirst for independent learning.

Northumbria has an unrivalled reputation for sport and exercise science research power in the North East. Making full use of our sport science labs, we adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our three main themes:

  • Relation of, adaptation to, and recovery from exercise
  • Clinical exercise physiology and nutrition in promoting healthy living
  • Education and development of coaches' and athletes' performance

Sport and exercise science graduate jobs can include roles across a range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. You can expect to be prepared for roles such as: exercise physiologist, fitness centre manager, personal trainer, secondary school teacher, sports administrator, sports development officer and sports therapist.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    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

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0191 227 4444