Moray House School of Education and Sport

Career opportunities

Graduates will enhance their opportunities for employment in careers related to physical activity including health promotion (local authorities), primary and community health care, physical activity development, physical activity and health consultancy, the health and fitness industry and research. 

Completion of the MSc degree also enables you to continue onto advanced research and a possible academic career. We are particularly proud of the success of our graduates in securing funded PhD positions. 

This programme equips graduates with critical knowledge of the current research evidence relating to the relationship between physical activity and health, the determinants of physical activity, the measurement of physical activity, considerations for specific and diverse populations and physical activity policies.

You will gain specialist measurement and research skills to investigate issues in the field of physical activity and health, and the critical awareness of how research evidence informs current physical activity recommendations, policy and practice. You'll be aware of how physical activity policies impact globally and to identify problems arising from physical inactivity and suggest appropriate solutions. 

Graduates will grow a range of skills related to knowledge and understanding, research and enquiry, and personal and intellectual autonomy. This includes knowledge of and the ability to critique the methods for assessing physical activity and health and the role of physical activity in the maintenance of health and the causes, prevention and treatment of disease. 

Careers Service

The University of Edinburgh's Careers Service supports all current students (and graduates for up to 2 years) to develop their potential and achieve satisfying and rewarding futures.  This is done through individual appointments, group sessions and wider campus-based activity, alongside online services and resources.  A diverse programme of face-to-face and online events is delivered throughout the academic year.  

Physical Activity for Health Career's Sessions

Every year, the University’s Careers Service hold two sessions for our programme - one for students considering further postgraduate study and another on non-academic career opportunities. For students who continue with further postgraduate study in the form of a PhD, or take on a research assistant role, we are also creating up an academic alumni network for early career researchers to cultivate interaction and collaboration.

Our alumni also return for an annual event to talk with our current cohort about career paths and their experience on the programme.

Suzanne Agnew

Careers Consultant, Moray House

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