Clinical Exercise Physiology MSc

This programme develops the required knowledge and skills to be eligible for registration as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP)


There has never been a more pressing need for CEPs to support the health of the nation. The NHS and other health care providers are facing unprecedented demand for services while the experience of Covid highlighted and exacerbated issues related to an underlying physical inactivity epidemic. CEPs are University MSc qualified health professionals trained to screen, assess and apply clinical and scientific reasoning to ensure safety and appropriateness of exercise-based interventions that can support long term behaviour change; as professionals they are expected to advance their practice through continuing education, competency development and professional experience.

Our MSc programme helps graduates to meet the Academy for Healthcare Sciences (AHCS) Standards of Proficiency which are in line with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency.

This course is led by Dr Amanda Pitkethly, and our team of excellent academics have a lot to offer. You will experience their international reach and esteem, for example, Prof. Anna Campbell is a member of the WHO Cancer Rehabilitation 2030 working group. The team also have valuable applied clinical experience to bring to the classroom, are involved in developing the CEP-UK national curriculum, as well as the continued recognition and promotion of the CEP profession in the UK.

More information on Clinical Exercise Physiology can be be found here. 

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Full-time)


2 years

Start date:


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Talitha de Klerk, Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist

I was a student on the previous iteration of this MSc which equipped me with the requisite skills, knowledge and clinical placement experience required for professional registration. This new programme offers the latest skills and practical experience aligned with the new UK CEP-UK curriculum.

Course details

This MSc course will prepare you for a career as a CEP, so that you can:

· specialise in the prescription and delivery of evidence-based exercise interventions to optimise the prevention, treatment, and long-term management of acute, sub-acute, chronic and complex conditions.

· work in a range of primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings as part of a multidisciplinary team of health care and rehabilitation providers

· optimise physical function and health and promote long-term wellness through lifestyle modification and behaviour change across the lifespan.

Accreditation (Academy for Healthcare Sciences (AHCS) accreditation pending)

Our MSc programme delivers the Clinical Exercise Physiology-UK (CEP-UK) curriculum framework. This national curriculum framework has been developed for all UK MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology degrees to ensure the required knowledge and skills and forms part of the AHCS MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology degree accreditation. The Academy of Healthcare Science (AHCS) are currently in the process of assessing our programme to ensure that it meets the Standards of Proficiency and principles of Good Clinical Practice. Members of our programme team have been directly involved in the development of the UK CEP register, the development of the national curriculum framework, and the planning and organisation of ongoing CEP-UK promotion and development.

To pave the way for your career as a registered professional with the title Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP), you will be required to complete all the University MSc degree requirements (successfully passing all 180 credits), and, that you meet the AHCS required competencies according to the Standards of Proficiency and principles of Good Clinical Practice. Please note: Even once we have achieved accredited status for our MSc programme, the AHCS competency requirements are separate from the University degree requirements. We will make you aware of these expectations and make sure that you are in no doubt as to what is required for you to become a registered CEP.

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    How you’ll be taught

     You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, practical lab sessions, and work-based learning.

    Years 1 and 2 will be broken down into 3 Trimesters: 

    Year 1

    Tri 1 - 40 credits

    Tri 2 - 40 credits

    Tri3 - 0 credits

    Year 2

    Tri 1 - 20 credits

    Tri 2 - 20 credit PLUS a 60 credit placement running throughout  Tri2 and Tri3 

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    Assessment methods will be varied including written reports, case studies, portfolios, oral and practical skills assessments, and assessment of clinical competencies.
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    Work placement

    A 60-credit, work-based learning module will provide you with supervised opportunities to learn and demonstrate your taught knowledge and skills, a well as your problem solving and reflective scientist-practitioner skills to the highest level of this award.
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    Study abroad

    At present there are not opportunities to study abroad within this programme, however, there are currently conversations developing with international colleagues. The programme team can keep you updated on any progress with this.
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    As a postgraduate student at Edinburgh Napier University, our Sighthill campus provides you with a superb learning environment, including state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for exercise physiology, biomedical science, and biomechanics.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Clinical Exercise Physiology?

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) degree at 2:2 or above, or equivalent experience, in a sport and exercise science or physical activity & health or any human health related science degree (e.g. Biomedical Science, Human Physiology, or allied health professional degree including Physiotherapy and Nursing).

In addition to the academic qualification, candidates should use their personal statements to show how their undergraduate knowledge and skills, any additional experience and hobbies, support their application for the course.

Additional information

Successful applicants to the MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology programme will be required to complete a placement module, this is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Check at the module preparation stage. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University. The Edinburgh Napier University terms and conditions of enhanced PVG checks and the policy for Applicants with Declared Criminal Convictions can be found here.  Additionally, during the placement module preparation stage, successful applicants, going on clinical placements, will be required to undergo an Occupational Health check, including required immunisations for a variety of conditions. If an applicant declares an issue, they will be guided to occupational health for discussion concerning their health needs and potential adaptations. Immunisation is advised but cannot be required nor mandatory. Documented evidence of previous immunisations will be required, and students will be guided through this process by Edinburgh Napier University when entering the programme. 

Successful applicants are recommended to become student members of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences on joining the programme, and to opt in for communications from Clinical Exercise Physiology | Clinical Exercise Physiology UK. Once you have successfully completed all aspects of the MSc programme you will then be eligible for professional registration with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) as a as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

Application advice and support connected to Edinburgh Napier University policy for Applicants with a Declared Disability can be found here.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.5 with no individual component scores of less than 6.5 for Reading, 6.5 for Writing, 6.0 for Listening and 6.0 Speaking.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2024/25 2025/26
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland-Taught modules *£940 *£tba
Overseas and EU-Taught Modules *£2,270 *£tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. The discount can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount. For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.


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What can you do with a Clinical Exercise Physiology MSc?

By studying Clinical Exercise Physiology at Edinburgh Napier University, you will gain the skills and knowledge to be able to work as part of a healthcare team across multiple healthcare settings, such as within a hospital or a community as a CEP.  You will specialise in screening, exercise testing and assessment, as well as the design, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based exercise or physical activity interventions that include education, advice and support that promote lifestyle modification and behaviour change.

What does a Clinical Exercise Physiologist do?

As a CEP, you will help a range of people from apparently healthy individuals to those with chronic and complex conditions along the care pathway from primary prevention, through acute management, to rehabilitation and maintenance.

The role of CEP is to work in a range of primary, secondary and tertiary care settings as part of a multidisciplinary team of health care and rehabilitation providers from hospital to community. For example, within:

• Secondary care pre/rehabilitation settings

• Primary Care

• Private hospital settings

• Public and private multidisciplinary clinics

and leisure services

• Defence Medical Services

• Population/Public health/ Policy advisors

• Workplace health and rehabilitation

• Research/Academic