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Overview

This Physical Activity, Exercise and Health course at University of Portsmouth expands your skill and knowledge in the field, and also covers the clinical aspects of exercise, communicating with clients and the delivery of effective physical activity programmes – for patients with chronic diseases – to improve their quality of life.

And at a time when Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES) are in high demand, you'll graduate with the skills you need to pursue a career as a CES – or a related role – either in the NHS or the private sector.

What you will experience?

On this course, you'll:

  • Use our specialist facilities, which include biomechanics, physiology, psychology and kinanthropometry labs, climatic chambers and an immersion pool
  • Improve your communication skills, so that you can to talk to clients in a professional and approachable way
  • Learn about the key issues in the field, including clinical physiology, exercise rehabilitation, and the psychology of exercise and physical activity
  • Understand diagnostic techniques and learn how to deliver physical activity programmes which improve your clients' fitness and health
  • Complete your own research project in the field of clinical exercise
  • Be supported by academic staff who are conducting research in their chosen specialism
  • Benefit from our strong links with the School of Health Sciences and the National Health Service

Career

On this course, you'll be able to work towards the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Clinical Exercise Specialist certification, and units aligned to Level Four National Occupational Standards for Health and Fitness.

The demand for qualified clinical exercise specialists is high, and the knowledge and skills you'll gain on this course will place you in a strong position to pursue a career in a variety of clinical settings, in both the public and private sector.

Career opportunities include:

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise referral coordinator
  • PhD research
  • GP exercise referral coordinator
  • NHS trainee clinical scientist
  • Health advisor
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing research technician
  • Mental health exercise instructor
  • NHS physical activities adviser
  • Private exercise physiologist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • MSc research project
  • Applied research methods
  • Clinical physiology
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Psychology of exercise and physical activity

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Make your application as soon as possible.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Part time: £3,250

International students

  • Part time: £6,600

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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