MSc Sport and Health Sciences

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • Sport and Health Sciences
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September


With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Programme content is underpinned by past and current research from our internationally recognised research groups: Bioenergetics and Human Performance; and Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan.

Our MSc Sport and Health Sciences provides you with a sound grounding in research methods and analytical procedures relating to sport and health sciences. The programme presents opportunities to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and allows you to choose from a diverse range of modules allied to our research expertise.

Delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme draws upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics. You will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with on-going research projects and develop key transferable skills, which has led to a number of students subsequently seeking PhD study.

A dedicated careers day and tailored career support for each student are provided. Graduates of the programme have typically found employment in a variety of sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, and health promotion settings. Recent examples include: community based obesity practitioners and physical activity facilitators; lifestyle support worker and public health officers for NHS trusts; sports development officers; and a research assistant at the Medical Research Council.

This programme is suitable for sport, exercise and health-related professionals seeking continuing professional development. Recent examples of professionals graduating from our programmes include medical doctors, practice nurses, physiotherapists and youth sports managers/coaches.

The MSc in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter provides students with both variety and focus. With the available option modules, students can choose a physiological, biomechanical, psychological, sociological or mixed focus, while always being assured of fantastic support from academic and technical staff whatever their choice. Not only are sessions excellently delivered, but staff are always available for help outside lectures. Students can also participate in current research studies and gain valuable practical experience.

Michael Nunns, MSc Sport and Health Sciences Graduate.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

The MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an academic challenge whilst also providing you with the skills to apply theoretical concepts in real-world laboratory and field settings. The Masters programme is intended to enhance teaching and learning through research and applied practice derived from sport, health and exercise. It will provide you with the opportunity to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and acquire a range of transferable skills to develop as an autonomous and reflective individual.

Ranked 3rd in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research across the discipline^, all of our teaching staff are active researchers and their work informs public policy on exercise and health. For example, we provide scientific support and consultancy services to national and international athletes and teams including Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, and the Football Association.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout the programme. You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratories, computer laboratories, field-based work, and self-directed research-based work.


Different modules require different types of coursework. Some will require you to attend practical classes in order to collect data that has to be analysed as part of the coursework assessment and attendance at these sessions is compulsory. Other modules require you to submit coursework essays resulting from individual study.

^Times Higher Education, REF 2014: subject ranking on intensity-weighted GPA

Students clearly integrate into research teams/groups for their dissertation work so have experiences at the cutting edge of relevant scientific topics with high quality staff.

Professor Keith George, External Examiner for MSc Sport and Health Sciences and MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health.


MSc graduates are well placed for career opportunities in a number of different employment sectors such as sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, health promotion, finance and marketing. In addition, the Masters degree provides an opportunity for further study.

Graduate destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13 and 2011/12. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Foundation Doctor
Research Assistant
Sport Science Intern
Fitness Instructor
SW Development Officer
Primary teaching
Clinical Health Advisor
PE and Sports Science Lecturer
Health Advisor
Exercise Specialist
Junior Doctor
Associate Professional - Sport Performance and Psychological Officer
Health and Wellbeing Physiology
Project Field Worker
Coach-Sport Scientist
Paediatric Trainee
Physical Education Teacher
Programme Leader of PdSc Sports Therapy
University of York
GB Rowing Team
English Lacrosse Association
Premier Sport
Swindon Academy
University of Exeter
Bristol Royal Infirmary
JJS Developers
Exeter Tennis Club
Cirencester College
Nuffield Health
Plan Ishrane
The Sports Company of T&T
King's College
Bristol University
Forest Hill Park FC
Royal Cornwall Hospital
University of Hong Kong
Ministry of Education Brunei Darussalam

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences Masters programmes. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of our Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13 and 2011/12. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject areaInstitution
MPhil Health and Wellbeing
PhD Sport and Health Sciences
MPhil Sport and Health Sciences
PhD Therapeutic Medicine
University of Exeter
Sao Paulo Federal University

More information

For more information on careers in exercise and sport sciences take a look at:

Other information about careers and employability can be found on the University’s Employability website.

Find out more about our career support schemes for postgraduate students.

I work for Torbay Care Trust (part of the NHS) as a Lifestyle Support Worker. In its broadest sense, I would say the job is classed as community-based health promotion. My BSc and Masters courses at the School of Sport and Health Sciences significantly contributed to my success in getting the job and also the personal transferable skills I learnt are highly relevant to carrying out my day-to-day duties.

I believe having a postgraduate degree from Exeter helped to give me the edge over other interview candidates, not only because of the qualification but because of the specialised, relevant knowledge I acquired through my studies. In addition, because I was able to choose Masters modules that were geared towards my career path, I feel I am a step ahead when learning new things in my job, because I am already familiar with current research concerning evidence-based best practice, and topics and issues in public health.

I am always remembering advice given to me by my lecturers and looking back on my notes to brush up on the exercise psychology models and nutrition principles. I am to attend a course to gain a Cardiac Rehab qualification and I know I’ll be a step ahead of the other candidates because of the module (Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations) I took at Masters level. It is great to have the opportunity to put into practice everything I learnt while at Exeter, and fantastic to be out there in the field doing what I have been trained to do – and getting paid for doing a job I love!

Izzy Mason, MSc Sport & Health Sciences Graduate

I just wanted to thank staff for all the work they put into the MSc programme last year. I have never learnt so much in one year and probably never will do again! I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Exeter and it was your personal touch as staff that made it what it was. So I have to thank you because without the MSc I wouldn't have been able to acquire the job I have now. You were right, you do have to keep plugging away and the right job finds you.

I am now a Health Improvement Facilitator in Food and Health, working for Gloucestershire PCT, and Gloucestershire County Council in the Children and Young Persons Health and Wellbeing Team. I project coordinate the nutrient analysis of primary and secondary school meals on behalf of the School Food Trust. I am also designing a 10 week child weight management scheme to be rolled out throughout Gloucestershire, to be a signpost off the National Child Measurement Programme. I also facilitate any other projects in nutrition and obesity going on in the county - so a big remit!

James Curtis, MSc Sport and Health Sciences Graduate

Entry requirements 2017

Normally a minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £7,600 full-time; £3,800 part-time
  • International: £19,200 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our Sport and Health Sciences taught Masters programmes

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about the course, for further information contact:

Tel: +44 (0)1392 722774

The Programme Director is Dr Victoria Stiles.