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Clinical Exercise

Clinical Exercise

Course Title Clinical Exercise (P.G. Diploma.)
Qualification PG Diploma
Duration 1 year (FT) or 2 years (PT)
Next Intake September 2018

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A Diploma in Clinical Exercise is to provide clinicians with higher level postgraduate training in the use of exercise as an assessment and treatment modality for chronic diseases

Course Details

The objective of this postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise is to provide clinicians with a higher level of training and knowledge in the prescription of exercise as a disease preventative and treatment modality. Material covered on this course includes how to accurately assess activity and fitness and apply this knowledge for the safe and effective prescription of exercise. Research presented throughout this course will enable an understanding of the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease, while case scenarios and group discussions will help apply this knowledge to patients with various pathologies. The course will culminate with an on-campus practical seminar, providing students with practical skills development in fitness assessment and exercise prescription.

This postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise will primarily be delivered online. The final module will be delivered in a blended format with both online and on-campus lectures. The overall course will address how physical activity and exercise can become an integral part of patient prescription. In recent years evidence has emerged on the role of exercise as a treatment tool for those with depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, rheumatic diseases and other conditions where exercise was not traditionally considered beneficial. This course in Clinical Exercise has been specifically designed to provide health professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to become confident at individually prescribing exercise to people with various pathologies.


This level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise is delivered fully online and consists of four Modules which run from September to June.

  • Module 1: The Cardiovascular and Respiratory System (10 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Physical Activity and Exercise (5 ECTS)
  • Module 3: Exercise in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (10 ECTS)
  • Module 4: Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations (5 ECTS)
  • Module 5: Research Methods (10 ECTS)
  • Module 6: Exercise and Metabolism (10 ECTS)
  • Module 7: Practical Aspects of Clinical Exercise (10 ECTS)

Students will obtain credit for satisfactory engagement with lectures, by carrying out the required course work, and by successful timely completion of online examinations and designated assignments.

Admission Requirements

This course is open to those with an honours primary degree in Physiotherapy, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition/Dietetics, Physiology and Sports Science. Applicants with other qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis by the course selection panel.

Applicants must also have a fluent command of the English language. Students whose first language is not English will need a recognised English language qualification in line with the requirements as laid down in section 1.5 of the Postgraduate Calendar part 3 document.

How to Apply

Expressions of interest can be emailed to Neil Fleming 

Applications are completed through our online system ('Apply Now'). Please note that you will be required to complete an application form and to upload two reference letters, official transcripts, including undergraduate degree transcript, and your Curriculum Vitae.


Up-to-date information about course fees can be found at the Academic Registry.

Contact Details

For enquiries, please contact Neil Fleming