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Health Rehabilitation and Exercise

Developed in close consultation with health and exercise experts, this work-based programme will help give you the skills to specialise in health rehabilitation and exercise for chronic and non-acute medical conditions.

Qualification: MSc

Credits: 180

Study mode: Distance learning

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Two years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

If you are working, or looking to work, in a role with responsibilities for designing and supporting fitness programmes for participants with specific and non-acute health needs, then this course is for you.

You may already be working in the industry but wish to enhance your skills, or be medical personnel who have an understanding of chronic and non-acute health conditions but are looking to develop exercise programmes for rehabilitation.

What will this course cover?

This programme aims to provide specific training and education for professionals wishing to specialise in the growing field of health rehabilitation and exercise for chronic and non-acute conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

A key feature of the course is to combine the theoretical and practical qualifications needed to work professionally in exercise rehabilitation.

Developed in close consultation with experts from the health and fitness industries, this programme links medicine, kinestherapy, sport science and professional approaches to physical recreation and exercise. It combines theoretical and practical experiences from practitioners and academics across a range of areas such as medicine, sport science and psychology.
On the course, you will study the pathophysiology of non-acute health conditions, learn to administer suitable fitness tests and design appropriate exercise programmes for cardiac patients, diabetics, hypertensive individuals and the obese.

Importantly the course offers the opportunity to exchange ideas and explore the significance of values within other health and physical recreation professions in order to develop greater understanding and communication between associated disciplines and cultures.

We have designed the course to allow you to continue working while studying and apply the knowledge acquired on the course to your working practice.

To minimise the time spent away from work, you can utilise our online virtual learning package. All learning and teaching materials are available online and communication with lecturers is facilitated by using emails and online conferencing software.

We utilise our impressive Human Performance Laboratory facilities during the course, and you will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment in the practical workshops.

There are also opportunities to get involved in research projects that take place within the Human Performance Laboratory. Such projects are underway in conjunction with external partners, such as the Bucks County Council 'Movers and Shakers' health initiative with the elderly.

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Year One

  • Fitness and Physical Exercise Science
  • Contemporary Study of Non-Acute Health Conditions
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Year Two

  • Socio-cultural aspects of the Body, Health and Exercise
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology


Year one - five x two-day workshops (September to June)

Year two - five x two-day workshops (September to March)

Then a further three months study for your dissertation and submit it in June.

Our workshops are held at our High Wycombe Campus.

Workshops run Friday to Saturday, all day.

The ten workshops are equally spread over the first 18 months.


What are the entry requirements?

Applicants to this programme are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree, at 2:1 honours level or above, in sports and exercise science or any subject related to sports studies, health or fitness.

We welcome applicants with non- standard qualifications, or with no formal qualifications but with suitable work experience.

You should also have at least one year of recent experience in the field of health and fitness.

Experience in certain areas and/or professional qualifications, such as Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training, will be an advantage

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Home and EU students: £3,550 per year.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

How do I apply?

Full information on the application process can be found at

What are my career prospects?

Many UK health providers are now introducing the expertise of exercise rehabilitation specialists to work in obesity and exercise prescription programmes as well as in cardiac rehabilitation programmes.

We will give you the specific training and education to allow you to specialise in the field of health rehabilitation and exercise for chronic and non-acute medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

The MSc assisted with my anatomy and physiology knowledge and understanding of the key principles to formulate exercise rehabilitation for patients diagnosed with chronic conditions. The programme was a key turning point within my personal development, as in the near future I will be progressing my career to study a Physiotherapy degree or PGCE in Physical Education.

Patrick Hamilton

I am currently working as a Physical Activity Project Officer for Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity. Even though I had been working in the fitness industry for more than 20 years, having never been an undergraduate I wouldn't have even been considered for the position if I hadn't had the MSc Health Rehabilitation and Exercise.

Jane Trenchard

I have been offered a full time Senior Lecturer post at Leeds Beckett University, so I can honestly say that doing the MSc was worthwhile! The MSc has not only given me the level of education required to progress from a part time to a full time lecturing post, it also has widened my knowledge base in current issues for health related rehabilitation. Given the shift of focus in the NHS to preventative care and the emphasis of the health benefits of active lifestyles to combat chronic diseases, the MSc course delivers content that is current and relevant to exercise and health rehabilitation practitioners. The distance learning delivery of the course is an excellent option for anyone who wishes to pursue a higher level of education while remaining in employment.

Helen Llewelyn