Taught course

Clinical Exercise Physiology

University of Bedfordshire · School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Standard entry route Applicants will have a first degree normally in a relevant science based subject, such as a biological science, sports science, coaching, exercise or health science based subject (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, medicine, osteopathy). Non-standard entry route All non-standard entry candidates will be required to attend an interview with the Course Co-ordinator a. Graduates with a first degree in a closely allied subject, where the gaps in subject specific knowledge could be closed using a negotiated programme that would include additional units from within the undergraduate modular degree scheme b. Sport, Exercise, Coaching and Health professionals with demonstrable experience and expertise within the field who also possess an HNC/HND or GNVQ/NVQ at level 4 in an appropriate subject. These candidates will be required to provide a full portfolio of supporting evidence outlining appropriate academic and educational training and attend an interview, which will aim to assess: the applicants motivation, maturity and realistic approach to their studies the nature and level of life/work experience and prior study, and the learning that has resulted from such experience the clarity of the applicants educational goals and objectives the extent to which the applicant can provide evidence of the threshold skills and knowledge required for a given programme. As a result of this interview candidates may also be required to bridge gaps in their current knowledge by taking additional units from within the undergraduate modular degree scheme Additional Recognition of Prior Learning: credit may be given for prior (academic/professional) learning against some of the units. A portfolio of evidence and attainment of equivalent learning outcomes is required. Applicants can discuss the options with the Course Co-ordinator.

Months of entry


Course content

About this course

The course involves the detailed study of the physiological consequences of chronic debilitating diseases and highlights the changes that these different diseases cause during exercise testing.

This unique course gives you a solid grounding in theory and application of physiological tests in clinical populations including: graded cardiopulmonary exercise testing; cardiac ultrasound; vascular ultrasound; and muscle function analyses.

Throughout the course you will actively participate in practical sessions designed to increase your skills, with supervised practice sessions working alongside University sports teams in our BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Science Laboratories. Integration of theory and practice ensures you will meet developing statutory professional requirements of practice-specific knowledge, understanding and skills.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

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Key features

  • Study on a unique course with a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching, with access to world-leading staff expertise and research
  • Explore areas including: research design; exercise testing and diagnosis; exercise testing and prescription; physical activity, nutrition and metabolic health; laboratory skills; research methods; advanced exercise testing and diagnosis
  • Develop the high-level professional standards demanded of members of a health care team; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, theoretical knowledge and research skills that will help you access careers in health and fitness or academia
  • Gain from the opportunity to practice your skills on work placement, and shadow experienced staff
  • Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to become a Health Promotion Specialist; Clinical Exercise Physiologist; Clinical Technician or researcher, and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes

Career opportunities

You will experience hands-on practical experience from the start of the course developing confidence for meeting and assessing patients in the clinical setting.

You will be introduced to a range of specialist equipment that you become competent in, allowing you to transfer your practical skills to clinical environment.

The placement units allow you to experience the clinical setting and different clinical populations.

Clinical practitioners deliver some of the lecture and practical content ensuring that you can receive insight into the setting in which you are likely to work.

Graduates can to apply for positions such as: Health Promotion Specialist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Technician. Previous graduates have gone on to train as cardiologists, including a specialist in congenital and adult heart disease in the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas’.

You could also apply for further study, such as a PhD or the NHS Scientific Training Programme

Area of study include:

    • Laboratory Skills
    • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation
    • Exercise Testing and Diagnosis
    • Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
    • Research Methods
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology Dissertation
    • Psychological Approaches to Public Health*
    • Professional Skills for Healthcare Providers*
    • Metabolic Health*
    • Sport Science Support*
    • Placement (short)*
    • Placement (long)*
  • *denotes options

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for direct entrants to postgraduate study in the UK is level B2 on the CEFR. The University requires equivalent to 6.0 IELTS with at least 5.5 in each band for direct entry to a postgraduate study

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

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