University of Portsmouth: Human and Applied Physiology

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Science
Web https://www.port.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Email admissions@port.ac.uk
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught

Summary

Overview
If you're fascinated by the human body and want to grow your theoretical and practical understanding of how it works, then our MSc Human and Applied Physiology degree course is for you.

On this course, you'll study physiological responses to exercise – both in healthy and clinical populations, and in response to extreme environments too. You'll also examine the role of exercise as part of a treatment programme.

You'll graduate with a postgraduate degree in a subject-specific discipline of physiology, and with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work as a physiologist, a specialised technician, or to pursue a career in biomedical research and medicine.

What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
Learn laboratory-based skills, as well as the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable manner
Get hands-on experience of conducting research and physiological testing in simulated environmental conditions of heat, cold, humidity and hypoxia
Boost your knowledge and experience of how exercise can be used in the management and treatment of a variety of conditions
Access our Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratories, which feature physiological monitoring equipment, and our Extreme Environments Laboratory, with climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude, an immersion pool, and a swimming flume
Be supported by professional and enthusiastic staff, who are experienced in the field
Careers and opportunities
The skills you'll develop on this course will help you pursue a career as a:

Health and wellbeing physiologist
Health advisor
Clinical exercise physiologist
Exercise referral coordinator
Personal trainer
PhD researcher leading to employment as a professional scientist
You can also choose to pursue professional qualifications in exercise for clinical populations, such as cardiac rehabilitation or pulmonary rehabilitation. Your experience of physiological responses in normal conditions as well as extreme environments will place you in a strong position for a career in the Science and Technology branch of the Ministry of Defence, or in the English Institute of Sport and UK Sport.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

​What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

If you're a full-time student, you'll need to study units worth a total of 180 credits each year. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits. If you're a part-time student, you'll need to take units totalling 90 credits each year.

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Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your physiology skills to work.

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

Autumn teaching block – September to December
Spring teaching block – January to Easter
Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays.

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