Clinical Exercise Physiology (PgDip)



About the course

The course involves the detailed study of the physiological consequences of a range of chronic debilitating diseases and highlights the predictable changes that these different diseases cause during exercise testing.

You will be given a solid grounding in the theory and application of a variety of physiological tests and their application in clinical populations.

The theoretical parts of the course are underpinned by significant time spent in the laboratory learning the practical skills required. This includes graded cardiopulmonary exercise testing; cardiac ultrasound measurements; vascular ultrasound measures; and muscle function analyses.

The integration of theory and practice within the course ensures that you will be able to meet developing statutory professional requirements of practice specific knowledge, understanding and skills.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level





Clinical Exercise Physiology - (PgDip) - Bedford Campus

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

  • Study on a unique course with a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching, with access to world-leading staff expertise and research
  • Explore areas including: research design; exercise testing and diagnosis; exercise testing and prescription; physical activity, nutrition and metabolic health; laboratory skills; research methods; advanced exercise testing and diagnosis and strength and conditioning
  • Develop the high-level professional standards demanded of members of a health care team; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, theoretical knowledge and research skills that will help you access careers in health and fitness or academia - previous graduates have gone on to train as cardiologists, and some now specialise in congenital and adult heart disease in the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas'
  • Gain from the opportunity to practice your skills on work placement, and shadow experienced staff
  • Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to become a Health Promotion Specialist; Clinical Exercise Physiologist; Clinical Technician or researcher, and/or continue to MSc and further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

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Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • Laboratory Skills
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation
  • Exercise Testing and Diagnosis
  • Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
  • Research Methods
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology Dissertation
  • Psychological Approaches to Public Health*
  • Professional Skills for Healthcare Providers*
  • Metabolic Health*
  • Sport Science Support*
  • Placement (short)*
  • Placement (long)*

*denotes options

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment formats are used and are designed to develop your transferable skills such as written and oral communication, the ability to follow logical instructions, problem solving and time management. 

Some assessments are designed to mimic the scenarios that you may find in the clinical environment, such as practical exams, assess client care, technical skills, analysis and interpretation of test results.

All of these assessments are considered to be the best method to assess the learning outcomes of the particular unit, as well as developing professional and transferable skills.

  • Written assessments – dissertation, projects, reports, lab reports (approx. 85%)
  • Exams and tests (5%)
  • Presentations and practicals (approx. 10%)

Entry requirements

For this award there are two entry routes:

Standard Entry

Graduates with a first degree normally 2:1 (at least 2:2 classification) in a relevant biology, sport, exercise or health science based subject (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, Medicine, Osteopathy).

AP(E)L

Credit may be given for prior (academic / professional) learning against some of the units. A portfolio of evidence and attainment of equivalent learning outcomes is required. Procedures for considering APL applications are determined by the Academic Board and issued by the Registry.

Students from the European Union and International Students

As a general guide, to apply for a place on the course students need to have met the above requirements and, due to the technical nature of much of the assessment and teaching language applicants must have the required English qualification as outlined below:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall - Minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL internet-based test (IBT) 91+ overall with a minimum of 18 in each component
  • If paper test: TOEFL 620 [paper] with 5.0 in test of written English - It is important that the academic version of the test is taken and that the qualifications have been acquired within the last year
  • Cambridge CPE C
  • Cambridge CAE C

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will experience hands-on practical experience from the start of the course developing confidence for meeting and assessing patients in the clinical setting. 

You will be introduced to a range of specialist equipment that you become competent in, allowing you to transfer your practical skills to clinical environment.

The placement units allow you to experience the clinical setting and different clinical populations.

Clinical practitioners deliver some of the lecture and practical content ensuring that you can receive insight into the setting in which you are likely to work.

Graduates can to apply for positions such as: Health Promotion Specialist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Technician. Previous graduates have gone on to train as cardiologists, including a specialist in congenital and adult heart disease in the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas’.

You could also apply for further study, such as the full MSc, a PhD or the NHS Scientific Training Programme.

This course gives an opportunity to those graduating from sport courses who wish to transition to a clinical setting. You will advance your knowledge and skills in Exercise Science to apply it to clinical populations, and develop understanding of how exercise can be used to diagnose, prevent and treat pathologies.
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Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • Fees are £4,534

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £8,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern muscle cell and molecular biology laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the genetics of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

    You can also apply online

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