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Exercise and Ageing (MSc)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)

Overview

*  Upto £10,280 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL) for 2017 entry

The field of ‘Active Ageing’ continues to attract attention around the world because of increased longevity and a greater need for promoting health and enhancing the quality of life in ageing populations. Consequently, the knowledge of integrating ‘Exercise’ into ‘Ageing’ is increasingly becoming one of the fastest growing areas of applied sciences. At present, employers are preferably looking for graduates with fundamental knowledge of different aspects of ageing who are capable of making a significant contribution to maintaining the health of the aged population. The multidisciplinary structure of this programme is ideally suited to this purpose and targets students with widely diverse backgrounds.

This programme has been designed to provide a critical understanding of the integration between exercise and ageing, and how these fundamental principles can be applied to different settings such as health-related injury prevention, rehabilitation, and exercise intervention strategies in ageing exercisers and Master athletes. The multidisciplinary structure of the School of Health Sciences with recognised research-active academics in Sport and Exercise Science, Human Biology, Psychology, Nutrition and Metabolism, and Health and Well-Being provides students with a broad range of research opportunities consistent with their main interests.

Furthermore, the programme provides students with the opportunity to develop fundamental practical skills. Graduates of this programme will have a good understanding of the key methods and equipment used for the assessment of exercise-induced changes in the key body systems. Liverpool Hope University is currently investing around £13.5M in building a new multipurpose science facility including state-of-the-art labs for biomechanics, exercise physiology and performance, sport psychology, nutrition and biology, followed by modernising and expanding the existing sport facilities. These developments will be completed by December 2015, providing students with an excellent environment for skill development, independent learning, and research.

For further information download the Exercise & Ageing Course Leaflet

Curriculum

The curriculum design comprises five interlinked modules to reinforce a multidisciplinary and critical approach to the ‘Exercise’ and ‘Ageing’ sciences:

1. Fundamentals of Ageing Process

  • The Epidemiology of Ageing 
  • The Molecular and Biological Basis of Ageing
  • Physiological Aging of Major Human Body Systems 
  • The Neuropsychology of Ageing

2. Quality Ageing 

  • Determinants of ‘Quality Ageing’  - Genetics, Nutritional, Behavioural and Lifestyle, Sociocultural 
  • Health-Related Quality of Life Measures

3. Physical Activity and Exercise Performance in Ageing

  • Response to Exercise - Physiological, Physical, Cognitive 
  • Performance Analysis 
  • Common Exercise Injuries 
  • ‘Master’ Athletes - Ageing and Athletic Performance, Lessons From Master Athletes, Training Master Athletes

4. Exercise as Medicine

  • Exercise for Healthy Life: ‘Active Ageing’   
  • Effects of Exercise on Functional Performance in Older Adults
  • Principles of Exercise Programming and Prescription for Older Adults
  • Exercise in Chronic Age-Related conditions - Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular Diseases, Arthritis

5. Independent Research Project

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject such as Sports Science, Sport Psychology, Sport and Physical Education, Biology/Human Biology, Health Sciences, Nutrition, Physiological Sciences, and other related fields.

Due to the diverse nature of this subject area, suitably qualified candidates (with degrees in non-relevant disciplines) but with applied backgrounds (e.g. professional sports coaches, occupational therapists, physiotherapists) are also encouraged to apply, and will be given consideration on an individual basis. 

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

On occasion, the programme may admit non-graduates whose lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by relevant professional and work experience. The selection of such applicants will be based on provided evidence and interviews.

Teaching & Research

School of Health Sciences has a strong teaching and research reputation. All academics are actively engaged in research, publishing and contributing to the development of their discipline. According to the REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014 results, Sport and Exercise Sciences group is ranked second in the Northwest for their research intensity. Research is a central part of Liverpool Hope University’s academic life and vision. In this context the School of Health Sciences is fully committed to developing and supporting a research-led teaching and learning environment particularly at the postgraduate level in order to enhance student experience. 

The school has recognised focused research groups in several sub-disciplines of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Biosciences including Movement Science and Sport Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology & Health, Sport Psychology, Nutrition, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Genomics reinforced by established internal and external research collaborations. The university’s investment in a new multipurpose Health Science facility with state-of-the-art equipment and labs for biomechanics, exercise physiology and performance, nutrition, biosciences, and sport psychology will provide students with a unique environment for skill development and research activities. Students will have the opportunity to use a broad range of specialist lab facilities and equipment to conduct their individual research project.

Employability

The ‘Science of Ageing’ is becoming a major trend within higher education mainly because of potential employability and the rapidly developing market. At present, employers are preferably looking for graduates with fundamental knowledge of different aspects of ageing who are capable of making a significant contribution to maintaining the health of the aged population. The multidisciplinary structure of this programme is ideally suited to this purpose and targets students with widely diverse backgrounds. 

There are numerous potential career opportunities associated with this award, including employment in the laboratory and public health research fields; exercise science; exercise and longevity schemes, in both public and private sectors; applied health promotion for the elderly, allied health professions (e.g. physiotherapy, nutrition); health and leisure management; geriatric rehabilitation; pharmaceutical industry, and policy advice on ageing and education. Furthermore, the award prepares students for further study (MPhil/PhD) in related fields. The programme also provides opportunities for continuous professional development and career progression of those already involved in the field of ageing.

There has been a significant investment in ageing research by major trusts and funding bodies (e.g. Help the Aged, Dunhill Medical Trust, MRC, Age UK, Welcome Trust) and numerous institutes, societies, and networks producing potential opportunities for further study and work for graduates. There is wide range of national and international job adverts on the web appropriate for suitably qualified postgraduates.

Overview

*  Upto £10,280 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL) for 2017 entry

The field of ‘Active Ageing’ continues to attract attention around the world because of increased longevity and a greater need for promoting health and enhancing the quality of life in ageing populations. Consequently, the knowledge of integrating ‘Exercise’ into ‘Ageing’ is increasingly becoming one of the fastest growing areas of applied sciences. At present, employers are preferably looking for graduates with fundamental knowledge of different aspects of ageing who are capable of making a significant contribution to maintaining the health of the aged population. The multidisciplinary structure of this programme is ideally suited to this purpose and targets students with widely diverse backgrounds.

This programme has been designed to provide a critical understanding of the integration between exercise and ageing, and how these fundamental principles can be applied to different settings such as health-related injury prevention, rehabilitation, and exercise intervention strategies in ageing exercisers and Master athletes. The multidisciplinary structure of the School of Health Sciences with recognised research-active academics in Sport and Exercise Science, Human Biology, Psychology, Nutrition and Metabolism, and Health and Well-Being provides students with a broad range of research opportunities consistent with their main interests.

Furthermore, the programme provides students with the opportunity to develop fundamental practical skills. Graduates of this programme will have a good understanding of the key methods and equipment used for the assessment of exercise-induced changes in the key body systems. Liverpool Hope University is currently investing around £13.5M in building a new multipurpose science facility including state-of-the-art labs for biomechanics, exercise physiology and performance, sport psychology, nutrition and biology, followed by modernising and expanding the existing sport facilities. These developments will be completed by December 2015, providing students with an excellent environment for skill development, independent learning, and research.

For further information download the Exercise & Ageing Course Leaflet

Curriculum

The curriculum design comprises five interlinked modules to reinforce a multidisciplinary and critical approach to the ‘Exercise’ and ‘Ageing’ sciences:

1. Fundamentals of Ageing Process

  • The Epidemiology of Ageing 
  • The Molecular and Biological Basis of Ageing
  • Physiological Aging of Major Human Body Systems 
  • The Neuropsychology of Ageing

2. Quality Ageing 

  • Determinants of ‘Quality Ageing’  - Genetics, Nutritional, Behavioural and Lifestyle, Sociocultural 
  • Health-Related Quality of Life Measures

3. Physical Activity and Exercise Performance in Ageing

  • Response to Exercise - Physiological, Physical, Cognitive 
  • Performance Analysis 
  • Common Exercise Injuries 
  • ‘Master’ Athletes - Ageing and Athletic Performance, Lessons From Master Athletes, Training Master Athletes

4. Exercise as Medicine

  • Exercise for Healthy Life: ‘Active Ageing’   
  • Effects of Exercise on Functional Performance in Older Adults
  • Principles of Exercise Programming and Prescription for Older Adults
  • Exercise in Chronic Age-Related conditions - Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular Diseases, Arthritis

5. Independent Research Project

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject such as Sports Science, Sport Psychology, Sport and Physical Education, Biology/Human Biology, Health Sciences, Nutrition, Physiological Sciences, and other related fields.

Due to the diverse nature of this subject area, suitably qualified candidates (with degrees in non-relevant disciplines) but with applied backgrounds (e.g. professional sports coaches, occupational therapists, physiotherapists) are also encouraged to apply, and will be given consideration on an individual basis. 

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

On occasion, the programme may admit non-graduates whose lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by relevant professional and work experience. The selection of such applicants will be based on provided evidence and interviews.

Teaching & Research

School of Health Sciences has a strong teaching and research reputation. All academics are actively engaged in research, publishing and contributing to the development of their discipline. According to the REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014 results, Sport and Exercise Sciences group is ranked second in the Northwest for their research intensity. Research is a central part of Liverpool Hope University’s academic life and vision. In this context the School of Health Sciences is fully committed to developing and supporting a research-led teaching and learning environment particularly at the postgraduate level in order to enhance student experience. 

The school has recognised focused research groups in several sub-disciplines of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Biosciences including Movement Science and Sport Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology & Health, Sport Psychology, Nutrition, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Genomics reinforced by established internal and external research collaborations. The university’s investment in a new multipurpose Health Science facility with state-of-the-art equipment and labs for biomechanics, exercise physiology and performance, nutrition, biosciences, and sport psychology will provide students with a unique environment for skill development and research activities. Students will have the opportunity to use a broad range of specialist lab facilities and equipment to conduct their individual research project.

Employability

The ‘Science of Ageing’ is becoming a major trend within higher education mainly because of potential employability and the rapidly developing market. At present, employers are preferably looking for graduates with fundamental knowledge of different aspects of ageing who are capable of making a significant contribution to maintaining the health of the aged population. The multidisciplinary structure of this programme is ideally suited to this purpose and targets students with widely diverse backgrounds. 

There are numerous potential career opportunities associated with this award, including employment in the laboratory and public health research fields; exercise science; exercise and longevity schemes, in both public and private sectors; applied health promotion for the elderly, allied health professions (e.g. physiotherapy, nutrition); health and leisure management; geriatric rehabilitation; pharmaceutical industry, and policy advice on ageing and education. Furthermore, the award prepares students for further study (MPhil/PhD) in related fields. The programme also provides opportunities for continuous professional development and career progression of those already involved in the field of ageing.

There has been a significant investment in ageing research by major trusts and funding bodies (e.g. Help the Aged, Dunhill Medical Trust, MRC, Age UK, Welcome Trust) and numerous institutes, societies, and networks producing potential opportunities for further study and work for graduates. There is wide range of national and international job adverts on the web appropriate for suitably qualified postgraduates.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3262

Department: Health Sciences

Start date: October 2017

How to Apply