Postgraduate taught 

Sport & Exercise Science & Medicine MSc

Exercise in Clinical Populations MED5340

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students will learn about the aetiology and pathology of a number of chronic diseases and the role of physical activity in their prevention and management.


The course will be delivered over 2-3 days of the week during teaching from semester 1


Assessment: ILO's map to both forms of assessment

Poster 50% The submission of a poster (no defence) will be based on a chosen chronic disease with students asked to discuss pathophysiology (ILO 1) prevention and/or treatment (opposite of what they conduct presentation on) (ILO 2 or 3). Students are expected to identify gaps in current knowledge and suggest future research questions (ILO 4)

50% Clinical Presentation: 10-15 minute presentation and defence on a given topic looking at the role of physical activity in either the prevention or treatment of a given disease.. (ILO 2 or 3)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with:

■ A critical understanding of the aetiology and pathology of a number of chronic diseases

■ Knowledge of the role of physical activity plays in their prevention of these diseases

■ Knowledge of the role physical activity plays in the treatment of these disease

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Critically discuss the pathophysiology of a number of chronic diseases

2. Critically evaluate the role of exercise as a prevention tool in a number of chronic diseases

3. Critically discuss and evaluate the role of exercise as a treatment for a number of clinical conditions

4. Identify gaps in the knowledge of use of exercise in a variety of clinical populations and design future research studies to address these issues

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.