Postgraduate Factfile: Sport and Exercise Physiology MSc, PgDip, PgCert
- The Programme
- Academic School
- Employment / careers
- Entry requirements
- Finance / fees
- How to apply
Course at a glanceMode of study: Full Time (1 year) & Part Time (2-3 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 most recent research assessment exercise
- Career opportunities in teaching and lecturing, as applied practitioners in sport science support programmes or further study at Doctoral level
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There has never been a more exciting time to undertake an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Sport now 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. Sport and Exercise Science is also playing an increasingly important role in society by promoting exercise for healthy ageing and the prevention of premature death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity.
This master’s 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 performance-orientated training. The MSc programme is delivered in the £28M Tom Reilly Building, which was completed in 2010 and provides world-class sport & exercise science facilities including ~800 m2 of exercise physiology laboratory space and ~100 m2 of molecular/ biochemistry laboratory space. 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.
The programme provides a detailed knowledge of physiology applied to sport and exercise contexts, but is also deigned to extend your knowledge beyond ‘classical’ exercise physiology studies and into the new arena of molecular exercise physiology. Nowadays, cutting-edge research in exercise physiology relies heavily on molecular techniques and it is imperative future graduates are able to contribute to this high-impact area of exercise science. Therefore, the MSc programme at LJMU provides extensive practical experience not only in physiology laboratory tests but also ‘wet laboratory’ bench skills, as well as vocational training in strength & conditioning practice. Academic development is also provided in fundamental scientific techniques including research methods, statistical analysis and scientific communication.
Specifically, the programme consists of 6 taught modules (20 M credits each) and a 60 M credit Masters dissertation project. Taught modules in Semester 1 include “Mechanisms of Muscle Adaptation,” which provides a mixture of theory and practical work in molecular exercise physiology. The “Technical Training” module provides extensive practical training in exercise physiology laboratory tests, and data collected during these sessions is used to teach statistical analysis techniques in the “Research Methods” module. In Semester 2, state-of-the-art and novel theory underpinning exercise physiology is delivered in the “Adaptations to Training” module, and fundamental academic skills are developed through critical appraisal of leading research in the “Contemporary Research” module. The “Applied Practice” module caters to students that aspire to careers in high-level professional sport and performance-orientated amateur training. This module teaches practical skills associated with safe and effective training prescription, and talented students have the opportunity to gain experience by assisting the delivery of strength and conditioning training within the University’s Sport Scholarship scheme.
The Masters dissertation project comprises one-third of the total number of assessment credits within the programme and is your opportunity to undertake a significant body of research in sport and exercise physiology. Dissertation projects, are undertaken within research themes led by staff and associated PhD students. The majority of work is typically conducted across Semesters 2 and 3 and then presented as a journal manuscript, which may later be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
How will I be assessed?
Each module has specific learning objectives which are formally assessed. The modes of assessment are diverse and include, written essays, case reports, laboratory reports, computer assessments, written examinations, oral examinations and oral/poster presentations.
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.
To find out more, read our brochure or go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/sps
Staff research interests
Please go to: http://ljmu.ac.uk/sps/RISES/index.htm for more detailed information.
The Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) was established in 1997 and continues to be a cutting-edge and vibrant home for research activity within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. The success of RISES staff since its inception in 1997 is demonstrated by our high-profile international reputation for Research Training and Research Outputs.
Across broad but multi-disciplinary research areas the RAE in 2001 awarded the Institute the maximum achievable 5** rating. 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.
Consistent with the previous assessment in 2001, 25 % of our research outputs were awarded the maximum 4* rating and the RAE Panel rating our 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 and we are joint 1st nationally for world leading (4*) research, and 85% of our research is deemed to be of an international standard.
Since its inception, the Research Institute has published over 750 academic papers (over 135 each year), and trained more than 60 MPhil and PhD graduates (at least 12 per year). Non-HEFCE QR funding is well over £5 million and is currently running at c. £1.2 million a year.
Other related courses
- MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology
Employment and careers
A wide variety of careers are available to graduates, including teaching and lecturing in schools, colleges and universities. Many students choose to continue in education, research or applied sports science, with many continuing their studies to Doctoral level. Others still, have taken positions in applying their sports science skills 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.
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.
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 www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
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: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
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
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 take 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
IELTS6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)
Pearson58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)
Candidates would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (first class or upper second class) in sport science, or a related discipline.
The MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology Programme typically enrolls 20 students per year. Demand for places is high and applicants are selected on merit, in some instances interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the Programme Manager. Applications for registration in September are accepted between the 1st April and 30th June of that year only.
In rare circumstances, accompanied by genuine and compelling reasons (e.g. International fellowship or visa deadlines), applications may be considered outside of this period. Within the application, the Personal Statement should be regarded as an opportunity to evidence (i) recent achievements, (ii) passion for Sport and Exercise Physiology research and practice, and (iii) career trajectory. It is particularly important to provide evidence of relevant knowledge and skills that you have gained during your undergraduate education and also through additional paid/unpaid employment, training courses or non-examined subjects that you may have studied.
For example, you may detail awards that you have received or explain how you have successfully competed for sought-after positions. In addition, Programme staff will be particularly interested to read the abstract from your undergraduate research dissertation (please provide your abstract as a separate attachment).
If you have been out of education for some time, please outline any relevant experience that may be taken into account in lieu of formal qualifications, for example, work experience, voluntary work, research etc. paying careful attention to how this has helped you to improve your knowledge of exercise physiology.
International students: IELTS English language minimum score of 6.5 or equivalent and a relevant academic qualification to degree level is the minimum requirement.
Will I be interviewed?No, an interview is not required.
Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £5,000.00
Part time fees are charged by the number of credits you are registered for per annum, at a rate of £28.00 per credit.
Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £12,000.00
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please talk to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0151 0151 231 3153/3154.
Sources of funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). Please go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/127541.htm for more details.
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For further details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre (www.ljmuisc.com). For further details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website (http://ljmu.prospects.ac.uk) can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships/ summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. Go to www.gov.uk/careerdevelopment-loans for more details.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
How to apply
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.
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 www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
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