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What will I learn?

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. The programme provides an opportunity to work toward ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification and units aligned to National Occupation Standards for Health and Fitness. The course is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) to provide Level 2 Fitness Instructing (gym-based exercise) and Level 3 Exercise Referral, which is the independent public register for qualified professionals and endorsed by PD:Approval. Membership of a body such as REPs is a requirement of the UKactive Code of Practice and shows employers that you have the appropriate skills to do the job. These qualifications are stepping stones towards developing a career as a Clinical Exercise Scientist or Physiologist. The programme provides an opportunity to get REPs recognised specialist exercise instructor qualifications and to get experience to work toward ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification. You'll be able to get specialist qualifications including: • exercise referral • cardiac disease • chronic respiratory diseases • stroke • cancer • falls prevention What you'll experience On this course, you'll: • 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 Careers and opportunities What can you do with a Clinical Exercise Science qualification? 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. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

Which department am I in?

Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£14,300.00 (US$ 18,486) per year
Tuition fees are subject to annual increase. Additional cost may apply.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021


University of Portsmouth

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,


PO1 2UP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.6 /4 or above from a recognised Higher Education institution. Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.5–7.0, with no component below 6.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

The University of Portsmouth is one of the top 40 UK universities (Guardian University Guide).

  • 1 of top 100 young universities in the world (THE)
  • 88% student satisfaction with the University (NSS 2017)
  • ‘Gold’ award in Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Invested GBP150m in last 10 years to upgrade amenities