A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. In addition, applicants are required to have completed or be in the process of acquiring an industry-approved exercise referral qualification, such as the University of Portsmouth's Exercise Referral Course, which can be provided prior to commencing the course. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
Months of entry
Patients with long-term health conditions can improve their quality of life through safe and effective activity and fitness programmes. Our Clinical Exercise degree course, offered as an MSc, PgDip and PgCert, will teach you the skills required to create these sort of programmes, and prepare you for a career as a Clinical Exercise Specialist.
On this course, you'll learn to tackle poor dietary habits, high-stress, and sedentary living, through personalised exercise training. You'll apply your knowledge to help people with long-term conditions, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
With professional qualifications, skills and experience, you'll be set for a career providing fitness and exercise training in clinical settings.
What you'll experience
- Work in clinical settings and our specialist sport and exercise science laboratories
- Develop your field skills, and learn how to devise personalised exercise training for people with different medical conditions
- Learn to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable way
- Work with clinicians, providing exercise in the management of long-term conditions
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in a clinical exercise role.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll have the skills needed for a successful career in:
- cardiac rehabilitation
- pulmonary rehabilitation
- exercise after cancer
- exercise after stroke
- exercise for falls prevention
You can also pursue a career as an exercise physiologist in multi-disciplinary teams, exercise entrepreneur or exercise service manager.
Some other routes our graduates have taken include:
- Health and wellbeing physiologist
- Bariatric exercise physiologist
- NHS trainee clinical scientist
- Health advisor
- Clinical exercise physiologist
- Exercise referral coordinator
- Exercise therapist
- PhD research
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Team
- 023 9284 5566