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Dr Stefan Birkett

Course Leader, Clinical Exercise Physiology, MSc, Lecturer in Exercise Science
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Stefan teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules within the areas of Sport & Exercise Science, Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition & Exercise Sciences. He is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and is research active in the field of cardiovascular diseases and clinical rehabilitation, with special interests in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and exercise delivery.

Stefan leads of Level 4 and Level 5 modules including Planning and Instructing Exercise for Health & Fitness, Functional Anatomy and Advanced Principles of Exercise & Training. He also supervises several doctoral (PhD) students who are investigating exercise prescription and delivery in patients with peripheral artery disease.

Stefan has substantial clinical experience and was employed for six year by the NHS as an Exercise Specialist in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation where he was involved in exercise testing and prescription in clinical populations including those with heart failure and post heart transplant. During those six years he completed an MSc in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation at the University of Chester with his dissertation data later published in Sports Medicine. In 2015, Stefan left the NHS to successfully complete a fully funded PhD which investigated high intensity interval training in UK cardiac rehabilitation, part of a large multi-centred randomised control trial (HIITorMISSUK). Since arriving at UCLan in 2018, Stefan has published several investigative and review pieces in the area of clinical populations.

  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine, 2020
  • PhD Exercise Science, University of Hull, 2019
  • AFHEA, University of Hull, 2018
  • MSc Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, University of Chester, 2013
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Testing
  • Exercise Prescription & Delivery in Clinical Populations
  • Resistance Training
  • Associate Fellow Hight Education Academy
  • Tutor for the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)