Physiology of Sport and Exercise

Key facts

  • Module codeSPSU9EP
  • Start date 26 Sep 2022
  • Duration12 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 9
  • Fees Home: £303 Rest of UK: £1,542 Overseas: £2,983
  • Study mode Full-time


Applications for academic year 2022/23 will open March 2022.

This module provides students with an understanding of the regulation and integration of multiple physiological systems during exercise, including cardiovascular and respiratory systems, neuromuscular function, and muscle metabolism.

The module aims to develop knowledge of acute responses to exercise, understanding adaptations to exercise training, and integration of responses within and between systems.

Days on campus

Minimum of one day per week required on campus. Tuesday, Thursday or Friday on weeks 1-5 and 8-9.

Entrance requirements

Usually you need to have taken the following modules:

  • Cell biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Introduction to sport and exercise science


On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the regulation, integration, and adaptations of cardiovascular and respiratory systems in response to exercise
  • critically evaluate and interpret the regulation and adaptation of neuromuscular function in relation to exercise modalities
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the regulation, integration, and adaptation of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism in response to exercise
  • evaluate the role of genetic markers of trainability and key molecular drivers that promote skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise

Delivery and assessment

The module is delivered via:

  • Online lectures
  • Flipped classroom sessions
  • Practical sessions
  • Prescribed reading

Assessments will be:

  • Coursework 1 (summative)
  • Coursework 2 (summative)
  • Weekly quizzes (formative)
  • Exam (summative)

Module coordinator

Dr Stuart Galloway

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