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Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations, MSc

Middlesex University

Masters Degree , Sport And Exercise Sciences

Course Description

Originally developed at Middlesex University, the first degree in the UK to focus purely on how to prescribe safe and effective physical activity, exercise and sporting participation to those living with the 18 most common chronic diseases in the UK.

Why study MSc Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations at Middlesex University?

The health and fitness industry has witnessed an explosion in recent years as more and more people realise the importance of exercise. With this comes new challenges for professionals who must consider the wide range of long-term medical conditions which could impact their clients or patients.

Our postgraduate degree promotes cutting edge professional practice, giving students the opportunity to undertake leading research and acquire the latest knowledge of effective practice prescription for special populations, under the supervision of highly experienced experts.

The course has been designed specifically for qualified graduates and health and fitness professionals, so understands that you will bring experience and working knowledge with you. We help you put this into context and develop it. During the course you will learn how to justify your professional decisions with evidence-based practice, and develop your professional understanding and accountability.

You might already have a Level 3 GP referral qualification, a Level 4 individual condition qualification or a BSc degree, but this Level 7 degree takes that knowledge to the highest level. At the end of the degree you will have a comprehensive understanding of 18 of the most commonly presented conditions and how to manage them singly or as comorbidities through exercise prescription.

Course highlights

  • One of the few masters degrees in the UK to focus purely on the prescription of safe and effective physical activity across the most common chronic diseases
  • You will consider the most effective way to work in a range of working environments, from fully equipped gyms to clients' own homes
  • Learn to understand the underlying pathologies of the most common chronic diseases
  • Look in great depth at a specific condition that interests you through an individual research project
  • Once you complete the course you will be one of the highest qualified specialist trainers in the health and fitness industry
  • You learn using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, at a university recognised as one of the best in the country for sport and exercise science and rehabilitation
  • The course allows you to build a sound foundation of individual research interests which can then be taken to PhD level.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Originally developed at Middlesex University, the first degree in the UK to focus purely on how to prescribe safe and effective physical activity, exercise and sporting participation to those living with the 18 most common chronic diseases in the UK. Why study MSc Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations at Middlesex University? The...

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Course Content

This programme has been designed to give sports scientists and health and fitness practitioners the expertise and qualifications to prescribe exercise regimes to the 18 most common special populations in the UK.

The course examines the baseline prescription for a healthy population, and specific approaches to: depression, eating disorders, obesity, pregnancy, elderly, remedial exercise, cognitive dysfunction (Alzheimers/Parkinsons), injury and inflammation, CVD, arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, stroke/thrombosis and cancer.

Students will also consider epidemiology and lifestyle factors of special population conditions. You will also explore applied psychological models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).

The first three modules see you study the pathology of chronic diseases and the best practice in exercise prescription, developing an understanding of your professional practice and applying your newly acquired knowledge in a work-based project. In the following two modules you will study research methods and then undertake a research project on a topic that particularly interests you.

Full-time students

Full-time students will complete all five modules in one year.

Part-time students

Part-time students will complete the first three modules in their first year before undertaking the Research Methods and Dissertation modules in the second year.

Modules

  • Clinical Sciences for Special Populations (30 credits) - Compulsory

  • Exercise Prescription and Management in Special Populations (30 credits) - Compulsory

  • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

  • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

  • Work Placement (30 credits) - Compulsory

This programme has been designed to give sports scientists and health and fitness practitioners the expertise and qualifications to prescribe exercise regimes to the 18 most common special populations in the UK. The course examines the baseline prescription for a healthy population, and specific approaches to: depression, eating disorders, obesity, pregnancy, elderly, remedial...

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Entry Requirements

Qualifications

  • We welcome applications from students with an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above); a degree in a sport or exercise related field.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 degree may be considered at our discretion, providing they have 5+ years of industry experience
  • Alternatively prospective students who have completed a lower equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and have extensive experience in the area will be considered via interview. Students may be invited to an interview if they have 10+ years of experience.
  • Prospective students who fail to meet some of the above criteria may be directed to some preliminary study.

Eligibility

UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.

Academic credit for previous study or experience

If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions

Prospective students may require an interview, either in person or via Skype/telephone.

Qualifications We welcome applications from students with an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above); a degree in a sport or exercise related field. Applicants with a 2:2 degree may be considered at our discretion, providing they have 5+ years of industry experience Alternatively prospective students who have completed a lower equivalent...

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed by a variety of means, including:

  • Presentations
  • exercise programme design
  • Essay
  • Unseen examinations
  • Journal
  • A dissertation (4,000 word research paper).

You will be assessed by a variety of means, including:

  • Presentations
  • exercise programme design
  • Essay
  • Unseen examinations
  • Journal
  • A dissertation (4,000 word research paper).