Exercise Physiology

Master's degree programme, 2 years

Exercise Physiology

The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology will be replaced by a new Master of Science (MSc) in Physical Activity and Health from 2019. 

The MSc in Physical Activity and Health will provide students with knowledge concerning the relationship between physical activity, health, disease, participation, function and performance. There will be a special emphasis on interventions to improve health and physical activity levels and reduce disability in different populations. To tailor your expertise you can apply directly to the three following specializations:

Exercise Physiology emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms for supply and demand of oxygen transport, as well as the neuromuscular basis for muscle strength. A main goal is to identify exercise-training responses, prescribe and supervise effective strength and endurance training programs, and to study their effect on health and performance.

Movement Science emphasizes understanding of, and skills to evaluate and improve, physical performance, -function and -activity in daily life, health and disease as well as in competitive sports. 

Occupational Science emphasizes understanding the complex interplay of individual, physical, group- and societal environmental factors that affect human activity and everyday life. Occupational science translates this knowledge into evidence-based approaches for treating, rehabilitating and preventing diseases and unhealthy lifestyles, as well as promoting health and active living.

The application portal is now open. More information about admission procedures.


About the MSc in Exercise Physiology

The MSc programme is associated with the research group in Exercise and Extreme Environments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. This group searches for the mechanisms for limitations for the supply and demand of oxygen transport, as well as the muscular and neural limitations for strength and coordination. A main goal is to identify exercise-training responses, prescribe effective strength- and endurance training programmes, and to study their effect on top sports performance.

Furthermore, the epidemic of cardiovascular and other lifestyle-related diseases in western societies, which is an impending threat to public health and economy, calls for effective, affordable treatment and prevention strategies. The search for an adequate treatment for these diseases is a major challenge, and even though medical treatment has been improved substantially, the mortality rate is high. There is a need for a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms for such diseases, as well as the beneficial effects of physical activity on the organism. Physical activity is advocated as an important part of rehabilitation programmes for these patient groups. Understanding the mechanisms of training-induced (strength- and endurance) amelioration of cardiovascular performance will help identify targets for treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The language of teaching and examinations is English.

26 Nov 2018



Degree: Master of Science in Exercise Physiology
Programme code: MSPORT
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS credits
Restricted admission: Yes (20 places)
Language of Instruction: English

Faculty: Medicine and Health Sciences
Department: Circulation and Medical Imaging

Location: Trondheim (Campus Øya)

The MSc in Exercise Physiology will not admit new students. The MSc programme will be replaced by the new MSc in Physical Activity and Health.