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Manchester Metropolitan University: MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology

Institution Manchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Study type Taught


Course Overview

There has never been a more exciting time to study an MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology. A fast-growing and essential specialism around the world, Clinical Exercise Physiologists (CEPs) are experts in exercise testing and assessment. They design, deliver and evaluate evidence-based exercise interventions in patients with long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory disease.

With longer life expectancy comes greater chance of being diagnosed with a long-term health condition. Therefore as the UK’s population ages, the NHS has needed to set out a clear strategy to improve health and support for individuals at risk of, or those already diagnosed with, long-term disease. There is now greater need for CEPs who are skilled to work within care teams across multiple chronic disease populations, where exercise interventions demonstrate a reduced risk of disease, improve quality of life and minimise healthcare costs. Our MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology course will prepare you for those roles. You’ll graduate as a well-rounded clinician having gained critical thinking skills, expert knowledge and extensive practical experience in key physiology tests. This includes cardiopulmonary exercise testing, ultrasound assessment of cardiovascular function and advanced imaging.

You’ll learn all this from experts in the field; registered clinical exercise physiologists, consultant cardiologists/oncologists and surgeons, as well as experienced professionals from the world of psychology and nutrition. Many of our teaching staff have worked in the clinical sector, ensuring your learning is influenced by real-world experience. Together with well-established links and contacts throughout the health care sector, you’ll leave us career ready.

Features and Benefits - Gain invaluable professional experience – On a clinical placement, you’ll learn-by-doing. By putting theory into practice, you’ll graduate fully equipped to launch a successful career – with experience and industry connections to back you.

  • Learn alongside world-leading researchers – We are 6th in the UK for the power of our research in Sport and Exercise Science. Plus, 95% of our research outputs in Sport and Exercise Science are rated world-leading or internationally excellent. (REF 2021).  

  • Learn from experts – You’ll be taught by highly experienced, registered clinical exercise physiologists and NHS clinicians who can give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

  • Study in world-class sporting facilities – We’ve invested heavily in the Institute of Sport, our Manchester-based hub for all things sport. Our teaching spaces house specialist facilities for clinical exercise physiology students, including cardiopulmonary exercise testing equipment with 12-lead ECG, several ultrasound machines to perform echocardiography and vascular imaging, a duel energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) and 3 Tesla MRI scanners for advanced imaging.

  • Join a diverse sporting community – You'll be part of the Manchester Graduate School of Sport, the UK’s only graduate school of sport, home to a large and diverse sporting community that gives you the springboard you need to launch your career. 

  • Cutting-edge research facilities – In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 100% of our research environment in Sport and Exercise Science is rated world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021). 

Benefit from small class sizes – We cap student numbers at 25, ensuring we get to know you as an individual and tailor our mentorship to your personal development.


Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) is a historic and internationally recognised institution that dates back to 1824. Known for the quality of its teaching, it is also ranked as one of the top 60 universities in the UK*.

The University, which is located in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, is home to a diverse community of more than 4,000 international students from over 100 countries. International students are offered comprehensive support throughout their journey at Manchester Met, including advice on employability skills, careers, accommodation, and immigration.

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