Postgraduate study
Sport & Exercise

MSc Strength and Conditioning

This course reflects the growth of strength and conditioning as a profession in the UK and has been developed in consultation with experts and employers to provide an exciting, challenging and current learning experience for recent graduates and established industry professionals.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Tuesdays or Thursdays, afternoon/evening
  • 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.

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It provides opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of strength and conditioning and their application to vocational and sporting practice.

Opportunities are provided to study a wide range of research findings, theories and methodologies across the field of strength and conditioning. You also develop a critical awareness of how to apply theories and methodologies in appropriate ways in the development of strength and conditioning.

You develop an awareness of ethical issues as they relate to the field and develop research skills and professional competencies. The aims of the programme are pursued across all elements of the course and synthesised in the production of the final dissertation.

Modules

Core 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.

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 Research Project

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

Strength and Conditioning: Theory, Practice and Personal Development

This module is designed to enable you to explore the broad area of strength and conditioning in sport and exercise through a combination of classroom learning and work-related activity.

You apply previous knowledge and systematically evaluate the current literature to address key questions concerning the enhancement of physical preparation. You are then given the opportunity to disseminate your findings.

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.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You develop the necessary comprehensive and critical understanding of techniques/methodologies appropriate to research and advanced scholarship by learning through practical workshops, laboratories, tutorials, seminars, experiential learning and student-led research projects. These skills enable you to make informed contributions to the workshops, practicals, discussions and problem-based learning activities. Research skills are also further developed during the seminars and workshops. You target your study and research towards specialist fields of enquiry within strength and conditioning. This provides a platform from which you can proceed to complete coursework and your dissertation.

You have the opportunity to develop personal development planning throughout all modules on the programme. The delivery of modules is via blended learning, which uses a combination of face-to-face learning and online delivery. The modules have a site in the University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard), which adheres as a minimum to the University’s Threshold Quality Standards.

The Strength and Conditioning module includes 50 hours of work-related learning.

As with all study at MSc level, you are expected to study the subject in greater depth during personal study between contact sessions.

How you are assessed

Assessments methods include exams, essays, critical review, presentation, scientific report writing, athlete reports, e-portfolio, proposal, report, student-led projects and a dissertation.

These methods allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding and application of the relevant curriculum. Professional and key transferable skills are also developed through these assessments. You are required to undertake appropriate research, using the skills developed in the core modules and this provides the impetus for the development of your dissertation proposal. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialist area, selected by you, displaying an original and/or compelling study or review of that area.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are qualified to be strength and conditioning coaches, conditioning scientists or fitness consultants.

Entry requirements

A relevant first degree, second class or above, and/or substantial previous practical experience.

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

  • Tuesdays or Thursdays, afternoon/evening
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

Contact details

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