Exercise Medicine MSc

Entry Requirements


The course is founded on two core elements:

  1. The national aims set by the Joint Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons
  2. The historical aims of Dr William Penny Brookes of Much Wenlock, Shropshire, the true founding father of the modern Olympic movement; activity and sport for social-cultural, mental and physical well-being

Why study Exercise Medicine at Shrewsbury?

There is an increasing demand for postgraduate studies and professional development in exercise medicine in the UK and internationally. With the specialist and internationally respected reputations of the academic staff at University Centre Shrewsbury, this course aims to provide for the broader need around exercise in health, disease management and prevention.


This MSc (Full-time 12 months, Part-time 2 to 4 years) aims to provide opportunities for healthcare and medical practitioners to advance knowledge and practical applications in exercise science as related to health and medicine. You will be required to undertake three core modules and then select three other elective modules from the following choices, plus an independent research project.

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Core modules will include:

•    Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport in Public Health
•    Psychology and Human Behaviour in Health and Performance
•    Research and Analyses in Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport

You will then choose three more modules to determine your own personally applied pathway from the following*:

•    Comparative Exercise Physiology in Health, Disease and Human Performance
•    Exercise Testing, Prescription and Programming in Human Health and Performance
•    Biomechanical Techniques in Human Health and Performance
•    Comparative Nutrition in Health, Disease and Human Performance
•    Pharmacy in exercise and ergogenic aids
•    Musculoskeletal health and physical activity
•    Independent Clinical or Health Setting Application
•    Physical Activity and Mental Health
•    Research Project

*With the exception of the Independent Clinical Setting and the Research Project Modules, all other optional modules' delivery may be subject to the enrolment of a minimum number of students.

If you are currently working in practice, you may be encouraged to integrate your studies with work by way of the optional independent study module and/or in your independently chosen research project.

The course will provide you with a multidisciplinary approach to public health in physical activity and sports medicine.

How will I be taught?

The learning experience will be based on a flexible learning model. You will attend modules that involve 20-30 hours of block tutoring over three to four days in Shrewsbury (this will include lectures, workshops and laboratory work), plus self-directed distance learning and/or practice-based experiential learning for approximately 150 hours.


Assessment will involve:

  • examinations
  • case-study reports
  • practical skills
  • critical reviews
  • written reports.


Depending on your professional or experiential background, the course aims to help you achieve either:

  • continuing professional development (CPD) specialisms for established medical and allied health professionals (primary care, hospital, community, exercise and health settings, public health)
  • a first step into a route for gaining employment in areas such as public health; disease prevention and rehabilitation; and sports performance and injury management.  

Entry Requirements

Extra Information

Undergraduate degree or equivalent in medicine, professions allied to medicine, sport and exercise science, or related health or biological sciences.

Applicants must hold a medical degree or related degree (e.g. Biomedical Science, Dietetics, Human Biology, Biological Sciences sport and exercise Science, human nutrition, human physiology, allied health care and nursing), or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.

The individual modules can also be taken as Continuous Professional Development (CPD) modules and will provide opportunities for advancement in many health service career structures. 2.2 or above.

Course content enquiries

Professor John Buckley

Professor of Applied Exercise Science

  • Email: j.buckley@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0)1743 297185