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MSc Sport Physiology and Performance

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About this course

LJMU's Sport Physiology and Performance is geared towards both classical physiology and research at the forefront of molecular exercise physiology.

  • The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked 6th for Sports Science (QS World University Rankings 2024)
  • Study on a programme developed by world-leading researchers in our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Access state-of-the-art physiology and biochemistry laboratories in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building
  • Benefit from a strong emphasis on active learning and practical training
  • Look forward to a variety of career opportunities, including working as an Exercise Physiologist in either sport science/athletic support or health assessment contexts, further study at Doctoral level and teaching and lecturing in science
  • Study full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years)
  • There has never been a more exciting time to undertake an MSc in Sport Physiology and Performance. Sport represents one of the world's major businesses and scientists have an increasingly prominent role in working with athletes, coaches, governing bodies and industry to help optimise elite performance.

This Masters programme is ideal if you want to go on to specialise in physiology-related studies at a doctoral level for academic and professional development or if you aspire to a professional career in exercise physiology.

During your studies you will be provided with detailed knowledge of physiology applied to sport and exercise contexts. The programme is also designed to extend your knowledge beyond 'classical' exercise physiology studies and into the new arena of molecular exercise physiology. The curriculum is informed by a world class research infrastructure with over 20 full-time academic staff and support staff contributing to the taught modules and research dissertation.

You will be provided with extensive practical experience and academic development in fundamental scientific technical including research methods, statistical analysis and scientific communication. As part of your course you will complete a record of competency in physiological assessment, deliver a conference presentation and gain first-hand experience of 'wet lab' techniques including western blotting and proteomics.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Cutting-edge research in Exercise Physiology relies heavily on molecular techniques and it is imperative that future graduates are able to contribute to this high-impact area of exercise science. On graduation, you may go into teaching and lecturing in schools, colleges and universities. Many students choose to continue in education, research or applied sports science, with a significant number continuing their studies to Doctoral level.

Past graduates have taken positions as applied practitioners in sports science support programmes within a variety of professional sports clubs, national governing bodies of sport, or as strategic sport science officers and consultants in professional sport settings.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules and a Research Project as detailed below.

Core modules

Research Methods
20 credits

This module of study is available to provide mastery and expertise in quantitative research strategies, methods and techniques, specifically focussed on quantitative data so that students can undertake postgraduate research. The module aims to encourage critical understanding of how quantitative data should be handled and analysed using a variety of approaches. The module will provide the opportunity to develop critical analysis of statistical concepts and procedures, train them to use statistical analysis software and extend their knowledge of the experimental and research design process.

This module is fundamental to the analysis of quantitative data. It is expected that students develop the data handling and analysis skills that they will directly use in their MSc project.

Research Project
60 credits

This module will develop and extend your knowledge and practical experience of the research process and the use of advanced research skills. This will involve a critical analysis of the methodology and results of research and the assimilation of a research project that demonstrates the ability to plan, design and conduct a piece of independent research within a discipline of Sport and Exercise Science.

Physiological Assessment
20 credits

This module aims provide extensive practical training in fundamental exercise physiology measurements, including aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, muscle strength and cardiac function.

Molecular Exercise Physiology
20 credits

This module aims to provide the knowledge and practical skills to contribute to this exciting area of research. It will also provide training in traditional and contemporary protein analysis.

Wearable Technology for Exercise Prescription
20 credits

This module aims to provide theoretical understanding and practical training in the construction and delivery of performance and health-related exercise programmes. In addition you will critically examine the validity and appraise the merits of monitoring exercise performance using new, wearable technologies.

Integrative Physiology and Metabolic Regulation
20 credits

The purpose of this module is to develop and enhance your understanding of the adaptive responses to acute and chronic (training) exercise using human muscle and cardiovascular physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology as the underpinning disciplines. The module aims to:

  • give you integrative insight in the development of exercise prescriptions to maximize athletic performance across a large range of sport disciplines
  • improve physical performance and health in people of all ages and covering a wide range of physical activity levels and exercise capacities

Contemporary Research in Exercise Physiology
20 credits

This module encompasses a series of keynote lectures highlighting prominent research themes within the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences. The module aims to develop scientific communication (written and oral) skills and the ability to critically appraise scientific literature.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Students will have approximately two hours per module per week of taught material and/or seminar work. This may be supplemented by reflective tutorials during the semester. Private study will cover both time spent studying (for example in the library), collecting data in the laboratory and completing directed tasks and coursework. Taught sessions will provide an orientation to the topic and opportunity for classroom discussion and debate. You will also be expected to read widely using primary sources of reference material.

Teaching methods

Our teaching is delivered primarily through laboratory practicals and student-centred learning techniques, such as problem-based learning.

Applied learning

The programme provides extensive practical experience in both physiology laboratory tests and wet laboratory bench skills. Academic development is also provided in fundamental scientific techniques including research methods, statistical analysis and scientific communication.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The MSc programme is delivered in the City Campus, in the £28million Tom Reilly Building, which provides world-class sport and exercise science facilities including 800 m2 of exercise physiology laboratory space and 100 m2 of molecular/ biochemistry laboratory space.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • a minimum 2:1 honours degree in sport science, or a related discipline

or (if you have been out of education for some time)

  • to provide details of relevant experience in lieu of formal qualifications, for example, work experience, voluntary work, research etc. Please describe in detail how this has helped you to improve your knowledge of exercise physiology

International requirements


    • IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Further information

  • Extra Requirements
  • RPL

    • RPL is accepted on this programme

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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