Taught course

Sport and Exercise - Physiology

University of Chichester · Institute of Sport

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have a good honours degree (2:1) in a related area (e.g. Sport Science, Sport Studies or Human Movement Studies). In addition, students will be required to attend interview and satisfy the panel that they are able to complete the course. The interview will also seek to establish potential gaps in knowledge that may hinder student progress. Where such gaps are identified candidates may be referred to preparatory study prior to the start of the course. Non-standard entry via a procedure of accredited prior learning or experience may be granted to applicants with appropriate, but non-standard qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a one-year full time programme of study (with part time options available) designed for graduates seeking to develop a specialist knowledge in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Within the past decade there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sport and exercise physiologists (e.g. teaching in further and higher education and World Class Support Programmes). There has also been an increased need for appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to fill such positions. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) has developed procedures for the accreditation of suitably experienced individuals that stipulate the possession of a relevant form of postgraduate qualification. The MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology, therefore, provides students with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfil the initial requirements for BASES accreditation, to develop their knowledge of the sport and exercise sciences and to increase their skills in applying such knowledge in both sporting and exercise populations.

Indicative Course Content

All students are required to complete four modules in their chosen pathway plus the two modules in research methods and statistics and a research dissertation or support placement.

Modules currently available are:

  • Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology
  • Cardio-respiratory Physiology in Sport, Exercise and Disease
  • Professional Skills in Sport and Exercise Physiology: Towards a Theoretical Framework
  • Research Methods and Statistics I
  • Research Methods and Statistics II
  • Skeletal Muscle: Structure, Function and Plasticity
  • The Research Dissertation
  • The Supervised Experience Portfolio.


To gain a Postgraduate Certificate students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain an MSc students need to complete six modules and a dissertation of 12,000-words.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Simon Northcott
01243 816000