Postgraduate study
Sport & Exercise

MSc Sport and Exercise

This course is designed to prepare you for playing a leading role in the growth areas of sport and exercise. It stresses the relationship between theory and its professional application, and aims to develop knowledge, skills and expertise in a range of sport and exercise disciplines.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

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  • Facilities

    Sport & Exercise facilities

    The Sport & Exercise department is home to some outstanding facilities, including fully-equipped physio and biomechanics labs, an environmental chamber and a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool.

 

You are encouraged to develop your own programme of study by selecting modules which have particular relevance to your professional, academic and personal goals.

Teaching is informed and underpinned by current research, which can be categorised broadly into four groups: physiology, biomechanics, psychology and sociology.

Modules

Term 1 core modules

Development of the Sport and Exercise Scientist 1

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of some of the key competencies and knowledge which are relevant to professional sport and exercise practitioners, such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and the British Sociological Association. You are encouraged to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical basis of, and variety of approaches to, assessment and intervention in a variety of sport and exercise related issues.

Understanding Research in Sport and Exercise Science

The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in research methodology. It culminates in the presentation of a sport and exercise research proposal.

The module initially focuses on the methods of knowledge acquisition and the theory and practice of different research paradigms commonly used in the study of sport. Following this, learning is directed toward developing your ability to effectively utilise traditional and more contemporary approaches to statistical analysis and report the findings in a manner commensurate with peer-reviewed publications.

Finally, the module focuses on the skills required to develop, justify and construct a realistic research proposal that is appropriate to your own research or practice.

 

and one optional module

Sport and Exercise Physiology

The purpose of the module is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to critically appraise exercise physiology research.

Within this framework the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and sport are investigated; specifically, the effects of different types of training on muscle growth, function and oxygen uptake responses.

You are expected to be able to demonstrate the ability to synthesise research findings and disseminate this information effectively.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This module is calculated to develop a knowledge and understanding of the value and use of psychology in the field of sport and exercise. Thus the module aims to foster the ability to construct empirically based solutions to contemporary problems and issues in the field of sport & exercise

 

Term 2 core module

Understanding Research in Sport and Exercise Science

The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in research methodology. It culminates in the presentation of a sport and exercise research proposal.

The module initially focuses on the methods of knowledge acquisition and the theory and practice of different research paradigms commonly used in the study of sport. Following this, learning is directed toward developing your ability to effectively utilise traditional and more contemporary approaches to statistical analysis and report the findings in a manner commensurate with peer-reviewed publications.

Finally, the module focuses on the skills required to develop, justify and construct a realistic research proposal that is appropriate to your own research or practice.

 

and two optional modules

Biomechanics and Anatomy of Movement in Sport

Working as a biomechanist requires an in-depth understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and the mechanics of human movement, to enable the evaluation of sporting skills in relation to performance enhancement.

A range of fundamental movement skills required for sporting performance and the technology used to monitor these from a biomechanical perspective are studied. Your skills will be developed beyond undergraduate or prior learning experiences to allow you to collect, analyse and interpret data as an independent researcher and practitioner.

Development of the Sport and Exercise Scientist 2

The prerequisite for this module is Development of the Sport and Exercise Scientist 1 (DSES-1). In DSES-1 you propose a small-scale research intervention to address an applied sport and/or exercise-related issue.

In Development of the Sport and Exercise Scientist 2 you can potentially carry out this proposal. This provides the opportunity for you to explore a diverse range of issues, in the context of applied sport and/or exercise science, as they relate to your own personal area of interest.

You are encouraged to develop an interdisciplinary approach to developing your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical considerations for implementing your research.

Student Independent Learning

This module provides you with a further opportunity to design a unit of advanced learning in a specific area that is relevant to your area of interest.

This is achieved by allowing you to negotiate, manage and present personal learning outcomes. Please note that this module is not necessarily constrained by term dates. A learning contract must be completed by liaising with the relevant member of staff.

 

Term 3 core module

Sport and Exercise Research Project

This module is designed to enable you to apply your learning from previous modules to conduct a substantial self-initiated research project.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You develop the necessary comprehension and critical understanding of theories, techniques and methodologies appropriate to research and advanced scholarship using practical sessions, workshops, laboratories, tutorials, seminars and research projects.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods include assignments, data-based evaluation, presentations, laboratory reports, critical reviews, case study and other research reports, original research and examinations.

Career opportunities

Graduates go on to varied careers, including sports management, coaching, consultancy and academia.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a good honours degree in an appropriate subject, or a degree plus experience, or additional acceptable qualifications. Applicants with extensive relevant experience in an appropriate field and evidence of an academic contribution to that field will also be considered.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

Contact details

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