MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health 2018/19 entry

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


It is well known that the first two decades of life represent an important window of opportunity to not only improve the health and well-being of young people, but also their health status into adult life. The role that physical activity and fitness can play in improving markers of health and well-being in young people is an important area of study, especially given concerns of declining fitness and increasing obesity in today’s children and adolescents.

Based on the internationally-recognised research conducted at the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC), our Masters programme in Paediatric Exercise and Health offers a thorough grounding in the unique physiological responses of children and adolescents during exercise and how these responses are influenced by age, sex and biological maturation. It provides an in depth evaluation of the relationships between physical activity, fitness and health in young people. You will gain experience of both theoretical and hands-on methods used to evaluate physical activity and fitness, plus advanced training in research methods and analytical procedures.

The programme is delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, drawing upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics. You will have opportunities for involvement with on-going research projects and to develop key transferable skills beneficial for further doctoral study.

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 physical activity coordinators and directors; research assistant at the Medical Research Council; and a local authority physical activity specialist for children with coordination and movement difficulties.

The 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.

I have worked with children for a number of years as a teacher and coach, and would like to continue working with them in the future, hopefully in a hospital or organisation that uses physical activity interventions to rehabilitate children who suffer from chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. In the words of Dr Neil Armstrong, ‘Children are not mini adults’, and by doing this degree I will be able to better comprehend how growth and maturation affects children, and design training programmes to suit their stage of development and particular health needs.

I recommend Sport and Health Sciences because the facilities and lecturers are all world class. Classes are small and interactive and there’s always someone you can turn to for support when you need it. There are lots of opportunities for you to work independently and you are given a degree of autonomy in terms of choosing an area of research that interests you. The small friendly campus means you do not get lost in the crowd, unlike big universities.

Sports and Health Sciences has a dedicated careers advisor who keeps us up to date on sports related jobs and courses on a weekly basis. The sports guild runs a community schools coaching programme which may be beneficial to coaches and those interested in working with children who want hands on experience.

Joel Paul, MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health graduate.

Programme structure 2018/19

I did my undergraduate degree in Health Science in a joint degree with the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, West of Toronto. My degree also had a focus on Athletic Therapy. I have always had a passion for children and sports, and although my undergraduate degree did not focus much on children I want to work with children who are physically challenged when I am finished with my education.

I was a competitive figure skater for most of my life and suffered from various sports related injuries, which therefore made me more aware of those people who are physically challenged. I strive to be able to help them one day. I would also like to pursue a PhD when I am finished with this Master’s program in hopes of possibly teaching as well.

Cali Toman, MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health graduate.

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 Paediatric Exercise and Health 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 research^, 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.

After completing my undergraduate degree in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter, I chose to do a Masters there too because of its worldwide reputation in children’s exercise physiology and health at the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC). I knew that the staff would support me through the course and help me with anything I needed. I hope for a career in health and physical activity promotion in children – encouraging children to be active and understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle – working towards a healthier nation.

After attending the St Luke’s Careers Day and talking to guest speaker Jon Pitts, I was offered a job at Motive8 Health and Fitness. Working in the schools department, I carried out research with staff at St Luke’s on physical activity levels during PE lessons in primary schools. Then I progressed to department manager, with the aim to improve the quality of sport and health provision offered in schools. After a year at Motive8, I moved to Wales and became coordinator of the ‘5 for life’ project at Newport Local Health Board. Under the Going for Gold scheme, the project targets children and families through school, community learning and festivals to promote healthy living.

This job offers a range of experiences from working on partnership with public health agencies, organising community events as well as delivering healthy workshops to children in schools. I have to give full praise to the support that Sport and Health Sciences staff provide. The University of Exeter offers so much, from community action to sports and the various societies, and it's reputation enhances job prospects.

Emma Pilgrim, BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences, and MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health graduate

Entry requirements 2018/19

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 2018/19

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £9,400 full-time; £4,700 part-time
  • International: £19,800 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.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Contact us

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

Tel: +44 (0)1392 722774

The Programme Director is Brad Metcalf.