Exercise Physiology MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
Yes - see entry requirements
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



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Our Exercise Physiology MSc programme is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the physiological, nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise and training, and their implications for participation in sport and for the maintenance of good health.

The Exercise Physiology MSc offers study at a high level across areas including the physiology of endurance sport, sport and exercise nutrition, exercise and immunology, vocational skills in exercise physiology, neuromuscular function, quantitative research, current research in exercise physiology, laboratory techniques in sport and exercise physiology and a research project. Physiology practical sessions are taught in the specialist physiology teaching laboratory housed in the Clyde Williams building, which can be partitioned to allow small group work stations or opened up to use the 20m sprint track. You will also have the opportunity to use these facilities as part of your research dissertations, where you complete a research study under the supervision of academic staff.

All students undertake a research project as part of their studies. Project areas include muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, risk factors for chronic diseases, exercise and appetite, exercise immunology, physiological response to exercise in children and disability sport.

The MSc in Exercise Physiology was very highly rated for Learning, Engagement and Information by our students (PTES 2016) and very highly rated by employers in the areas of professional sport, health and research.

Laboratory facilities are provided in the £8m Clyde Williams Building, which houses physiology, molecular biology and nutrition research laboratories and teaching rooms as well as the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies including two climatic chambers, a sprint lane and bespoke training and testing equipment. The facility is named after Emeritus Professor Clyde Williams, the first Chair in Sports Science in the UK.

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in research that is taking place in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands, an Olympic legacy on campus which houses outstanding exercise physiology research laboratories in a state-of-the-art facility. In addition to several specialist clinical and exercise physiology laboratories, there is also a specialist anthropometry laboratory, designated ‘invasive procedures’ rooms for the performance of muscle and adipose tissue biopsies, sample analytical laboratories, recovery rooms, research kitchens and a disability sport laboratory, where exercise testing is conducted using various equipment including a specialist treadmill designed for both wheelchair propulsion and running, and wheelchair, arm crank and handcycle ergometry. 

What makes this programme different?

  • Be involved in NCSEM research
  • Outstanding exercise physiology research laboratories
  • Very highly rated for Learning, Engagement and Information

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc in Exercise Physiology is designed for graduates possessing a good degree in sports science or other relevant biological sciences.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (good 2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in sports science or other relevant biological science that contains a substantial element of exercise physiology; such as applied human physiology or physiotherapy.

* This programme is available for part-time applicants who have a prearranged, confirmed placement (e.g. with Loughborough University’s Sports Development Centre, or a Sport National Governing Body, English Institute of Sport, or similar). 

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements. 

What you'll study

Our Exercise Physiology MSc programme is designed to provide you with laboratory and field based research experience during the in-depth study of relevant areas of exercise physiology.


This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

Physiology of Endurance Performance

Learn to understand the physiology of the body systems that underpin the capacity for exercise including the basis of intervention/training strategies to enhance endurance performance, the basis of fatigue and determinants of performance in events requiring endurance and repetitive high intensity work and to understand the physiological characteristics of elite athletes in particular sports.

Current Research in Exercise Physiology

Gain a critical understanding of the most recent research in the physiology of exercise and sport and its possible application to the performance, recovery or health of the athlete.

Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology

Develop competency in a wide range of research techniques (exercise tests, biochemistry, calibration, data handling) for the study of human physiology during exercise to prepare students to undertake laboratory-based research in these areas.

Quantitative Research Methods

Gain a critical understanding and appreciation of statistical theory and its application in sport, exercise and health sciences;

Gain a working knowledge of common statistical procedures in sport, exercise and health sciences research.

Research Project

Plan and carry out an original research study utilising knowledge gained from other modules on the MSc programme.

Optional modules

Exercise and immunology

Evaluate the evidence concerning the influence of exercise on immune function and infection risk.

Study the relationship between training and respiratory infection risk, how exercise affects immune defence mechanisms, how nutritional interventions may help to reduce infection risks in athletes and how this relationship can be applied to the health of the general population. 

Vocational Skills in Exercise Physiology

Develop a systematic understanding of the framework within which the exercise physiology operates within a sport-science or clinical setting;

Critically appreciate professional issues and the role of the exercise physiologist.

Neuromuscular Function

Develop understanding of neuromuscular function from the micro to applied whole human body level using principles of biomechanics and muscle physiology, and gain practical skills in investigating neuromuscular function at the whole body level.

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Examine the fundamental principles of human nutrition and metabolism and how exercise and sport influence nutrient needs and eating strategies

How you'll be assessed

You will study through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, group work, practical sessions and guided independent study, making use of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at Loughborough University.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Previous students have gone on to work in many high profile sports settings including the English Institute of Sport, Premier League football clubs, English and Wales Cricket Board, England Rugby, British Swimming, British Triathlon, British Cycling, British Athletics, UK Sport and Paralympic sports. A significant proportion of our graduates have also gone on to work in the health sector, as exercise physiologists working within the NHS, Spire and Nuffield Health. Many students also go on to further study.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Australian Institute of Sport – Australia, Occupational Trainee Physiologist
  • BUPA, Health Adviser
  • Badminton England, Badminton Development Officer
  • Burton Albion Football Club, Head of Sports Science
  • Chasetown Football Club, Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Coventry City Football Club, Football Fitness Coach
  • English Institute of Sport, Sport Science Technician
  • Institute of Youth Sport, Research Assistant
  • KPMG, Graduate Training Programme
  • LA Galaxy – USA, Manager of Sports Science Department
  • Local Government, Civil Servant
  • Lawn Tennis Association, Event Organiser
  • Leicester City Football Club, Sport Scientist
  • Lucozade, Sports Scientist
  • Nuffield Health, Health and Wellbeing Physiologist
  • San Diego Padres Baseball Club, Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Shropshire Cricket Board, Cricket Development Officer
  • Sport Scotland Institute of Sport, Exercise Physiologist
  • Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Senior Sports Science Intern
  • Youth Sport Trust, Project Support Assistant

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to develop the following skills:

  • Management of self-learning (using the library, note taking, revision and exam techniques, reading efficiently, problem solving, action planning, self motivation, time management)
  • Written, verbal and visual communication
  • Field and laboratory skills
  • IT skills
  • Numeracy and data analysis
  • Team work 

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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