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.
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.
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.