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Sport and Exercise

Sport and Exercise MSc

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.

  • This course is closed for September 2022 entry for international applicants.

Course overview

You will be encouraged to develop your own programme of study by selecting topics within modules that have particular relevance to your professional, academic and personal goals. The programme is designed to allow you to focus on your particular discipline interest(s). You will be required to attend University one day per week (Monday) in semesters 1 and 2. Attendance in semester 3 is more flexible and is negotiated between you and your research project supervisor.


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Course details

Teaching is informed and underpinned by current research, which can be categorised broadly into five groups: exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychology, strength and conditioning, and sociology of sport.

Course structure

Core modules

Applied Laboratory and Field Skills

This module will develop your understanding and skills in sport and exercise laboratory and field techniques, data collection/processing, and analysis. You will gain hands on experience of using a wide range of equipment that is used to assess different aspects of sport and exercise performance. You will also develop an evidence-based reflective learning approach in the assessment of a range of clients.

Development of the Sport and Exercise Specialist

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 will be 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. You will also develop self-awareness and self-reflection in relation to your personal development.

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. The project will be conducted under the supervision of your academic supervisor.

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 associated with the topic you choose to study.

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 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.


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 general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

Graduates go on to varied careers, including sports management, coaching, consultancy, sports science or strength and conditioning support roles and academia.


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£6,100 a year

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£14,000 a year

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