Applied Exercise Physiology

Get the skills required for applied exercise physiology testing and research in areas such as power, aerobic capacity and neuromuscular function.

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Key facts

  • Module codeSPSU9AE
  • Start date 20 Jan 2025
  • Application deadline6 Jan 2025
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 9
  • Fees Scotland: £303, Rest of UK and Republic of Ireland: £1542, International: £3550
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery blended


This module provides students with the theoretical and practical skills required for applied exercise physiology testing and research. Areas covered will be:

  • power
  • strength
  • estimating and determining of aerobic capacity
  • lactate threshold and assessment of neuromuscular function

Students will also carry out a group research project.

Days on campus

Minimum one day per week - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday (Weeks 1-5, 7-12).

Entrance requirements

Students will need to have taken the following modules:

  • EP (Physiology of Sport and Exercise)

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 56 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill.
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.


On completion of this module students will be able to:

  • explain and perform a range of exercise assessments commonly used by exercise physiology practitioners

  • critically analyse exercise assessment data and make exercise prescriptions

  • develop and evaluate research questions in a group environment

  • deal with practical problems in laboratory, field, and community health settings

Delivery and assessment

The module will be delivered using a range of approaches including face-to-face and online activities which may include:

  • live lectures, webinars and workshops
  • pre-recorded lectures, videos, podcasts
  • other activities such as reading, quizzes, discussion boards

Canvas (our virtual learning environment), Microsoft Teams and other tools may be used in the teaching of the module.

Module coordinator

Dr Lewis Macgregor

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