Physical Activity and Health - MSc/PgD/PgC 

Course Overview

The MSc Physical Activity and Health offers an excellent opportunity for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including sport and exercise graduates, those working in the health and leisure industry and other health practitioners, to develop their understanding of the link between physical activity and health. With its multi disciplinary perspective it is one of the few programmes in the UK to focus particularly on the association between health and activity.

Due to the popularity of the postgraduate sport programmes, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Programmes will be closed over the summer when full capacity is reached.

Course Content

Through the programme, students are able to develop a greater appreciation for the complex and dynamic issues of health and physical activity which may be applied to their chosen career path. This programme may also be used as a stepping stone for students to further their specific research interests generated from their undergraduate studies. Previous students have gone on to various careers including 5x60 officers, work in leisure providers or continue their studies to PhD.

Compulsory Modules:

• Research Methods for Sports Studies
• Physical Activity in Health and Disease
• Paediatric Exercise Science and Health
• Health and Exercise Psychology
• Dissertation Project.

Two option modules chosen from:

• Nutrition and Health
• Independent Study
• Exercise Testing and Interpretation
• Organisational Strategy

There are three exit points from the degree; Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgC) after successful completion of three modules; Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgD) awarded completion of three core and three option modules; the MSc is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements as well as submission of a 15,000 word dissertation project.

Employability & Careers

This course is of particular relevance to experienced professionals such as occupational therapists, health promotion workers, physiotherapists, and others involved in the health and leisure industry and recent graduates, who wish to develop their skills in the provision of physical activity programmes in a health context. In addition, some graduates of the programme have progressed to studying for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject, become lecturers in further and higher education while others are working abroad. Opportunities for professional development in the light of the new occupational standards implemented in many professions are encouraged.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in an appropriate discipline or a relevant professional qualification.
  • Applicants without such formal qualifications may be considered if they are able to demonstrate an appropriate level of relevant professional experience.
  • Key Facts

    Campus: Cyncoed

    School: Cardiff School of Sport

    Course Length:
    1-2 years full-time or 2-5 years part-time.

    Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments and laboratory reports and oral presentations.

    Selection Procedure:
    Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, curriculum vitae and an interview.

    How to Apply:
    Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
    International Applicants:
    Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

    Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
    For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

    Postgraduate Scholarships:
    The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

    Contact Us

    For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

    For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, David Wasley:
    Tel: 029 2041 7192

    See Also:
    Cardiff School of Sport Website