MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Would you like to further your career in sport, health and exercise science? Would you like to offer sports science support to professional teams? Or does working in the field of physical activity and exercise in your community drive your ambition? The MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science course represents the academic and research interests of exercise and health scientists at the University.

During your postgraduate studies, you will conduct supervised and independent research work at our Sports Park and at our state-of-the-art environmental, exercise physiology and body composition laboratories on Glyntaff campus. The University of South Wales is 15th overall in the UK for world leading research in sports and exercise science – there is a strong research culture and our students are encouraged to engage with this from the beginning of their studies.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
  • Exercise Physiology
    This module aims to enhance your understanding of the relationship between exercise, physiological systems and human biochemistry, with a specific focus on what limits exercise performance. It will also allow you to develop an advanced understanding of a selection of technical skills in exercise physiology and competence in these skills.

  • Research Project
    This module aims to enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to produce a scholarly, in-depth, empirical research study, resource, or report.

  • Research Methods
    This module will develop your ability to design and statistically analyse experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental quantitative studies. It will allow you to appreciate the strengths and limitations of the different quantitative research designs used in sport, health and exercise science and synthesize knowledge and competencies gained during taught modules, to produce a scholarly, in-depth critical review and proposal for a research study.

  • Professional Work Based Development 
    This module provides an opportunity for students to observe and participate in work-based professional environments, including identifying a work problem for you to overcome, which will enhance your professional and vocational learning and inform your own everyday practice. As part of your studies you will critically reflect on your learning throughout the work placement. You will, together with the module team, identify an organisation or organisations that are relevant to your field of study and that will be able to provide 140 hours of work experience.

Plus three of the following optional modules:

  • Strength and Conditioning (Sport Science Pathway)
    This module aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of concepts and theories regarding strength and conditioning. You will also have developed the ability to implement effective strength and conditioning programmes into a range of performance environments. The above have been closely linked to the professional standards required for accreditation by both the NSCA and the UKSCA.

  • Movement Analysis (Sport Science Pathway)
    This module aims to develop your awareness of the analysis of sports performance, with particular emphasis on technique analysis and notation analysis. The use of systematic observation techniques in the analysis of sports performance will also be considered.

  • Nutrition for Health and Performance (Sport Science or Exercise and Health Pathway)
    This module aims to provide students with the scientific basis of nutrition for performance. This has been designed to develop advanced skills essential for understanding the nutritional requirements of the human body in order to maximise exercise performance and promote health and wellbeing.

  • Physical Activity and Health (Exercise and Health Pathway)
    This module aims to enhance your understanding of the relationship between physical activity and the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases. It has also been developed to consider the design and implementation of physical activity public health policy.

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Public Health (Exercise and Health Pathway)
    This module aims to introduce students to both fundamental and advanced concepts in epidemiology and the application of these concepts within the study of public health.




The MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science is taught via small group workshops, seminars, lectures, video analysis, practical laboratory investigations and practicals; some of which will be student-led. All teaching material is supported by the latest research information and national and local policy drivers. Interactive, e-learning platforms are used to support your learning throughout the course, as well as the excellent library facilities.


A wide variety of applied, academic and vocational assessment is used on this modern and innovative MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science. You will be assessed by oral and poster presentations, laboratory write-ups and case studies, critical essays and in some modules, examinations. The assessments are continually updated to reflect contemporary policy and practice to provide graduates with the most up-to-date professional knowledge and experiences.


During the MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science course, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a professional work placement module, using the experience to further develop your vocational skills in a specific sport or exercise area. We will work with you to secure the most relevant placement for your future career aspirations. 


USW Sport Park is our purpose-built site, designed to train and develop our students to their highest potential. Our sports hall includes a national-standard six badminton court with sprung floor. This complements our excellent outdoor facilities. We have 11 pitches including five floodlit pitches, an artificial training pitch and a 3G rubber crumb floodlit football pitch. The notational analysis suite features cutting-edge technology. This allows students to analyse coaching effectiveness and performance, in both a laboratory and a field-based environment.

Continued investment in our Sport Park means we will have new facilities from autumn 2017. This will include a specialist centre for strength and conditioning, with 12 lifting platforms designed to provide a high-performance environment for aspiring athletes. We’ll also have a specially designed facility for sporting performance. Our brand-new, full-sized 4G indoor football pitch will be the only one in Wales, and one of only five in the UK.

The Sports Park is a five-minute drive from the Pontypridd Campus, which is made up of two sites: Treforest and Glyntaff. There is even a free bus to take you between all three. The laboratories at Glyntaff provide a strong, scientific background to learning, and complement the specialist equipment available at USW Sport Park. They cover health and human performance, muscle strength and power, anatomy and biomechanics, body composition and environmental physiology.

MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science students have access to the best equipment, including a unique underwater weighing system and whole-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). These measure whole and regional body fat and muscle. We also have a large environmental chamber that can simulate different temperatures (hot and cold), humidities and/or altitudes. These are used to acclimatise athletes to environments they may be competing in in the future or as an additional stimulus, in an attempt to improve exercise performance.


Usually an Honours degree at class 2:2 or above in a relevant science subject such as Sports Science, Biomedical Science or Physiology, although experience can sometimes be taken into account.

Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable. Those without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior professional experience may be taken into account.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £13000 
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

A higher level degree such as an MSc, MPhil or PhD is becoming increasingly essential if you want to pursue a professional and/or academic career in sport and exercise science or physical activity/nutrition related to public health. Future employment opportunities include areas such as academia, professional sports clubs, the public/private health sector, sport national governing bodies, fitness industry, as well as supporting those of you already in employment such as teachers, community sport and health officers, as well as physical activity and fitness leaders.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.