The MSc Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations is designed to give sports scientists, 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 will complete all five modules in one year.
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.