Postgraduate Factfile: Clinical Exercise Physiology MSc

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Course at a glance

Mode of study: Full Time(1 year), Part Time(2 years)
Start date: September

  • Course developed by world-leading researchers in our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratories in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building
  • All staff are members of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science (RISES) which was awarded a maximum 4* rating in the 2008 research assessment exercise
  • Enhanced job opportunites through a combination of invaluable practical experience and theory

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Course overview

The importance of exercise in a clinical setting has grown rapidly in recent years and led to an explosion in job opportunities for highly skilled graduates.

This programme provides the required advancement in knowledge underpinned by an extensive and detailed enhancement of your practical skills. Over half the course is devoted to the development of practical, vocational-based skills. In addition to becoming qualified in intermediate life support and phlebotomy, you will become skilled in the delivery of integrated cardiopulmonary stress tests, 12-Lead ECG, echocardiography and so much more.

Combined with a clinical placement in one or more of our network of NHS and private hospitals across the UK, you will develop a unique set of practical skills and experience. To support the practical skill development the course focuses on advanced exercise physiology and exercise prescription, the pathophysiology of disease, and physical activity promotion and adherence.

LJMU is recognised as a centre of excellence for Sport Development and Physical Education programmes. It initiated the first undergraduate honors degree course in Sports Science in 1975 and more recently was designated the only HEFCE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in PE, Dance, Sport and Exercise Sciences.  Today the programme team has established an extensive network of contacts with the regional sport development industry in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) the School maintained its position as one of the leading research centres in the UK and is now ranked number 1 for world leading research in this field out of all the UK’s post-1992 universities. Research projects from MSc students have played a significant part in this success.

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed in a variety of ways including interactive problem solving exercises, oral presentations in front of a peer group, and coursework essays in some cases combined with oral defence. The Dissertation is a substantial piece of research submitted in a written thesis format followed by a viva voce.

Why study this course at LJMU?

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 new £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 offers the student 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 offers the specialist clinical experience required to develop highly skilled, competitive MSc graduates leading to employment.

Introduction to the School

Liverpool John Moores University is ranked equal first in the UK for 4* world-class sport-related research and our School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is rated as ‘amongst the very best departments in the world’.

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.

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The Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) was established in 1997 and continues to be the cutting-edge and vibrant home of research activity within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. The success of RISES staff since its inception in 1997 is obvious and a high profile international reputation has been gained for its Research Training and Research Outputs. 

Across broad but multi-disciplinary research areas the RAE in 2001 rated the Institute as 5**. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 RISES submitted 22 staff and maintained its position as a leading research centre in the UK with recognition of its world leading and world-class activities.

We are joint 1st nationally for world leading (4*) research (25%)
85% of our research is of an international standard.

The School has published over 750 academic papers, over 135 each year.

Non HEFCE QR funding is well over £5 million and is currently running at c. £1.2 million a year.

There have been over 60 MPhil and PhD graduates from the School, at least 12 per year.

Also of interest was the RAE panels rating of research environment as 50% 4* or world leading stating that RISES provides an exceptional focus for research training and staff development.  This performance recognition comes on the back of significant and recognized research activity.

Other related courses

M.Sc. Sports Physiology.

Employment and careers

This programme gives you the opportunity to learn from national and international leaders in the field of clinical exercise physiology. 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.

As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.

LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.

Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.

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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 from September 2014 onwards.

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
Name of scholarship Level of study Value of scholarship Number available Additional eligibility criteria
John Moores International Undergraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught and research degrees (MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil / PhD) A full tuition fee waiver worth up to £12,000 8 You must:
  • have an English IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component) or recognised equivalent
  • be a self-funded student
  • have a valid offer to study a masters programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form
Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught degrees (MSc, MA, MRes) A one-off £4,000 fee waiver 20 You must
  • be a self-funded student from Africa, the ASEAN countries, the People’s Republic of China or Commonwealth country
  • have a valid offer to study a masters degree or research programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary is worth £700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

English language requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Minimum TOEFL requirements:

Listening - 17
Reading - 18
Speaking - 20
Writing - 17

Will I be interviewed?

No, an interview is not required.

Fees information

Please contact the admissions team for details.

Financial support

How to apply

Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Science on:
0151 231 2888
fax: 0151 207 3224
web: Faculty web site

If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:

Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090

Please apply via the online application form

LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.

International students

LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, 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.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.

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