Clinical Exercise Physiology

Clinical Exercise Physiology MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,825
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £38 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Sport and Exercise Sciences

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Delivered by experts from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, this programme focuses on the practical application of research, including intermediate life support and phlebotomy.  

  • Choose this course developed by world-leading academics in our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Benefit from a small class size - student numbers are capped at 20 for this highly competitive course to give you dedicated access to staff and facilities
  • Use state-of-the-art laboratories in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building
  • Enjoy a combination of invaluable practical experience (including a substantial clinical placement) and theoretical learning
  • Access cutting edge equipment, including 12-lead ECG and cardiopulmonary stress exercise testing equipment. We also house several ultrasound machines – echocardiography and vascular physiology – and we are world leaders in utilising this equipment in a practical-based setting
  • Look forward to enhanced job opportunities in NHS and private clinical physiology
  • Study full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years)

The course enabled me to complete a clinical placement and gain experience that proved to be essential for me to start my career in health care. My job now involves using the technical skills I developed on the course and working in the area I completed my placement in.

James Shelley, MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology

The course has contributed to the development of my practical skills and theoretical knowledge which has definitely influenced my work as Head of Sports Therapy and Medicine at Everton Ladies Football Club and in my private business as a Sports Therapist. It has also opened other doors such as access to PhD opportunities and work as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist within the NHS or private companies.

Kristian Weaver, MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology

Introduction to the School

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences delivers innovative, research-led and employability-focused postgraduate programmes that are supported by world-class academics and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

The School is proud of its long-standing tradition in innovation and excellence in the field of Sport Science. We initiated the first undergraduate honours degree course in the UK for Sport Science in 1975, and have since developed a world-wide reputation for leading edge sport science teaching and research.

Our five taught postgraduate degrees in Sport Psychology, Sport and Clinical Biomechanics, Sport Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition offer excellent career prospects within elite sport, the health sector, education and other areas.

We also offer opportunities to complete MPhil and PhD research across a wide range of sport science disciplines, where you would be working alongside nationally and internationally respected academics based in our acclaimed research groups.

The currency of our postgraduate programmes is achieved through the national and international standing and expertise of our academic staff for both research and applied work. The enables us to deliver high quality teaching and supervision to our students, built around research-informed and vocationally-relevant curricula and supported by world leading ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities.

Our internationally recognised research activity, long-standing commitment to high quality teaching and active role in the public engagement and promotion of the subject areas with our key external partners makes us the perfect choice for anyone looking to forge a career in this exciting field.

We offer you a fantastic and supportive environment in which to study a sport and exercise science-related postgraduate course. Our postgraduate community is thriving and fully integrated into wider School activities. That’s why we are so highly rated by our postgraduate students. We hope that you too will soon be joining our dynamic team of staff, students and researchers.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Sport and Exercise Science is playing an increasingly important role in society by promoting exercise for healthy ageing and the prevention of premature death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity. This programme is ideal for those that want to work with applied science in a clinical setting.

Your contribution to this field of clinical expertise will enable you to apply your knowledge to effective assessments that consider risk, lifestyle and behaviour. Ultimately you will contribute to the motivation and rehabilitation processes of your patients, and this MA will provide you with the knowledge framework you need to achieve these goals.

In place of a traditional research project, you will have the opportunity to gain essential experience through a 140 hour clinical placement, based in a hospital clinical exercise physiology department or related department in the NHS or private healthcare sector. This extensive placement affords you the unique opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the Masters in a ‘real-world’ setting, and places you in a highly employable position.

The MSc programme itself is delivered in the £28million Tom Reilly Building, which provides world-class sport and exercise science facilities. For Sport and Clinical Exercise Physiology this includes 12-lead ECG and cardiopulmonary stress exercise testing equipment, ultrasound machines, echocardiography and vascular physiology, and we are world-leaders in utilising this equipment in a research setting. The School also houses 800m2 of exercise physiology laboratory space and 100 m2 of molecular/biochemistry laboratory space.

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 clinical placement.

Programme outline and structure

There has never been a more exciting time to undertake an MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Exercise now represents one of the world’s major businesses and scientists have an increasingly prominent role in working with healthy and clinical populations to maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce disease.

This Masters programme is ideal if you want to go on to specialise in exercise physiology in a clinical setting or work at doctoral level in academia.

The programme provides a detailed knowledge of physiology applied to clinical contexts, but is also designed to extend your knowledge beyond ‘classical’ exercise physiology studies and into novel techniques and theories underpinning exercise physiology and health.

The MSc programme provides extensive practical experience in key physiology laboratory tests such as ECG and cardiopulmonary testing. It also gives a good understanding into modern and novel ultrasound assessments of cardiovascular function. Academic development is provided in fundamental scientific techniques including research methods, statistical analysis and scientific communication.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease
  • Technical training for exercise physiology
  • Advanced exercise physiology and exercise prescription
  • Promotion, adherence and compliance
  • Clinical placement and thesis
  • Research methods

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

The programme is designed to train you to become an effective Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and your assessed work will benefit from invaluable practical experience and cutting-edge theory.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • interactive problem solving exercises
  • oral presentations in front of a peer group
  • coursework
  • essays, in some cases combined with oral defence

The case report and literature review is a substantial piece of work based on your 140 hour clinical placement.

Staff research interests

In the 2014 REF, 97% of research submitted by LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was considered world- leading, or internationally excellent.

This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts. 

The advancement of diagnostic technologies together with the growing importance of exercise as a diagnostic tool and its role in prehabilitation/rehabilitation, disease management and health promotion has led to the development of clinical exercise physiology. 

The MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology at LJMU is unique nationally and aims to provide the post-graduate student with the specialist theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to enable them to be competitive in acquiring posts in the field of clinical exercise physiology in both the NHS and private sector.

The Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science (RISES) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for cardiovascular and pulmonary function in health and disease and is housed in a £25 million facility with state-of-the-art laboratories ensuring the highest quality educational experience.

Expertise within RISES and external collaborative links with world leading academics, practitioners and institutions offer a quality of educational experience unique in the UK.

Furthermore, existing links with specialist secondary and tertiary referral centres in local NHS and private hospitals provide the specialist clinical experience required to develop highly skilled, competitive MSc graduates.

Entry requirements (Home)

Candidates will be required to have academic qualifications commensurate with entry to postgraduate study, and be able to demonstrate an aptitude for scientific study. Candidates would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (i.e., upper second or first) in sport science, science or a related discipline.

Overseas students whose first language is not English will further require an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Please note that the majority of the placements offered by this programme will require a DBS check.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

Please note that the majority of the placements offered by this programme will require a DBS check.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

This postgraduate qualification will not only advance your career prospects, but also your ability to be an effective and deeply knowledgeable practitioner in this area of applied science.

The substantial placement that you will undertake during the course of your programme will well prepare you for a number of relevant roles in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Previous students have gained their experience at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Harley Street clinics, and a range of NHS Royal Trust clinics.

This programme gives you the opportunity to learn from national and international leaders in the field, and its unique combination of theory and practice provides you with invaluable practical experience, giving you a distinct advantage when securing a job in this highly competitive market.

Many careers opportunities will be available on graduation, including teaching and lecturing in schools, colleges and universities. You may choose to continue in education, research or applied science, even taking your studies to Doctoral level.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

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