MSc Exercise Physiology

Start date(s)
September 2023
Study mode
Full-time (1 year)
Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 23/24

Home (full-time, per year): £9,710

Home (per credit): £53.95

International (full-time, per year): £17,400

About this course

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

  • 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 Exercise Physiology. 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.

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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)

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  • 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.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your course

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

Core modules

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.

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.

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

Applied Exercise Physiology
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.

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.

Research Methods
20 credits

The aim of this module is to encourage critical understanding of how research is conducted and how quantitative data is handled and analysed. Typically, the module provides two hours of direct contact per week. You will receive stimulus lectures on topics concerned with research design and data analysis. You will also take part in computer practicals where you will be required to analyse data using a statistical package and interpret the statistical output.

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.


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.

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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.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Each module has specific learning objectives which are formally assessed. The modes of assessment include: written essays, case reports, laboratory reports, computer assessments, written examinations, oral examinations and oral/poster presentations.

Course tutors

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

I am passionate about the Exercise Physiology programme and, in particular, I love teaching my module on molecular exercise physiology.

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.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 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
Additional Information
  • IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, Mphil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details

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

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the 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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.