Ergogenic Aids for Exercise Performance MED5470

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

The course will provide students with knowledge and information about up to date research regarding strategies to enhance exercise performance.


This course will be taught in year two of the MSc Sport & Exercise Science and Medicine via distance learning. The online sessions will total 30 hours.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

MED5369 (on-campus version of this course)




50% Oral Presentation (15 mins talk and 5 mins questions)

50% Written Report (2000 words)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of recent research investigating ergogenic aids for exercise performance

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically evaluate the numerous methods which have been suggested to enhance exercise performance

■ Critically discuss the mechanisms which underlie the purported ergogenic action of the above methods

■ Critically evaluate the evidence supporting the efficacy of popular ergogenic aids

■ Identify areas where further study is required to support or refute a suggested ergogenic aid

■ Develop an evidence-based plan to enhance exercise performance

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.