Is this course for me?

If you are working, or looking to work, in a role with responsibilities for designing and supporting fitness programmes for participants with specific and non-acute health needs, then this course is for you.

You may already be working in the industry but wish to enhance your skills, or be medical personnel who have an understanding of chronic and non-acute health conditions but are looking to develop exercise programmes for rehabilitation.

If you would like to find out more about this course, come along to a postgraduate open evening.

What will this course cover?

This programme aims to provide specific training and education for professionals wishing to specialise in the growing field of health rehabilitation and exercise for chronic and non-acute conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

A key feature of the course  is to combine the theoretical and practical qualifications needed to work professionally in exercise rehabilitation.

Developed in close consultation with experts from the health and fitness industries, this programme links medicine, kinestherapy, sport science and professional approaches to physical recreation and exercise.

It combines theoretical and practical experiences from practitioners and academics across a range of areas such as medicine, sport science and psychology.

On the course, you will study the pathophysiology of non-acute health conditions, learn to administer suitable fitness tests and design appropriate exercise programmes for cardiac patients, diabetics, hypertensive individuals and the obese.

Importantly the course offers the opportunity to exchange ideas and explore the significance of values within other health and physical recreation professions in order to develop greater understanding and communication between associated disciplines and cultures.

Our European partners enable us to offer a unique pan-European flavour to the modules so that you not only gain an in depth knowledge of the systems in the UK but also a comparative study of health rehabilitation across Europe.

Led by dedicated specialists with active research profiles, this course reflects the very latest thinking and practice.

Industry practitioners give guest lectures, allowing you to gain first-hand knowledge and make valuable contacts.

We have designed the course to allow you to continue working while studying and apply the knowledge acquired on the course to your working practice.

To minimise the time spent away from work, you can utilise our online virtual learning package. All learning and teaching materials are available online and communication with lecturers is facilitated by using emails and online conferencing software.

We utilise our impressive Human Performance Laboratory facilities during the course, and you will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment in the practical workshops. Take a virtual tour.

There are opportunities to get involved in research projects that take place within the Human Performance Laboratory. Such projects are underway in conjunction with external partners, such as the Diabetology Unit at High Wycombe Hospital and the Bucks County Council ‘Movers and Shakers’ health initiative with the elderly.


Delivery mode

Distance learning

Assessment mode

Coursework, Practical presentations


Relevant professional experience