Taught course

Exercise and Sport Sciences

University of Birmingham · School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevent science subject (Sport and Exercise Sciences, BMedSci, Biochemistry, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Biology, Biological Sciences).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme acts as a conversion course taking students at entry from a variety of backgrounds and giving them new skills to enable them to move into research and employment in a number of disciplines. It is offered by the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, in collaboration with the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, and Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy in the University of Birmingham Medical School.
The purpose of the MSc Exercise and Sport Sciences is:
  • to provide a strong foundation for research in exercise and sport science in health and disease
  • to provide academic and practical knowledge and training for those seeking a career as an exercise or sports scientist in a clinical or community environment or involved in management or organisation of such services
Course Information
The course has three compulsory modules, which all students will undertake, in: research methods; continued professional development; and integrated body systems. The remaining taught elements of the course will be delivered in the form of optional modules in core disciplines within exercise and sports sciences, allowing students to shape the course to their particular interest. Optional modules include: Neuromuscular performance through the human lifetime; Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; Nutrition and metabolism in health and obesity; Psychology of physical activity promotion.
All students will also undertake a research project, which is offered in the shape of a 12 week research project in the students chosen discipline.
Specific areas of active research include:
  • Exercise metabolism: The health effects of exercise in obesity and ageing
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology,
  • Behavioural medicine: Psychological processes, immunology and cardiovascular function.
  • Biomechanics, neurophysiology and psychology of motor control and exercise performance
  • Motivations for, and effects of, physical activity participation
Research projects can be undertaken in an academic, industrial or hospital environment.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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