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MSc Strength and Conditioning Who is it for?

You are a graduate in a related area who has an interest in developing knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance.

About the Course

The course will examine advanced aspects of physiological, biomechanical and psychological theory and practice aimed at developing an advanced, critical understanding of sport and exercise measures and training, systems and adaptations that dictate performance. The course also allows you to develop a multidisciplinary approach to strength and conditioning issues.

coping techniques and professional practice issues (i.e. ethics, counselling skills, communication skills and reflective practice).

Performance Analysis

The module will consider the analysis of sports performance, with particular emphasis on physiological and biomechanical tests. The underpinning rationale for the use of such tests in the analysis of sports performance is evaluated, and issues of validity and reliability are also considered prior to a focus on the procedures and methods underpinning these performance tests.

Advanced Training Methods Course Content

The course allows you to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge base in a range of disciplines that inform sport and exercise performance via the development of Strength and Conditioning. It consists of four compulsory modules in addition to the dissertation module with a further four designated modules.

Modules Musculoskeletal Training and Adaptation

This module will focus on Musculoskeletal Strength and Conditioning theory and practice in relation to performance and injury. It specifically addresses training theory, exercise prescription and adaptation of the musculoskeletal system. You will be exposed to various analyses to develop your ability to use both field and laboratory- based analyses.

Cardiovascular Response and Adaptation

This module develops the knowledge and understanding gained at undergraduate level in cardiovascular physiology. The module will focus on how the cardiovascular system is controlled, the cardiovascular responses to an acute bout of exercise, the chronic adaptations associated with prolonged dynamic and isometric exercise training and the mechanisms purported to be involved in these adaptations.

Psychological Skills - Theory and Practice

This module will focus on psychological skills theory and application in relation to sport performance and injury. It specifically addresses arousal and anxiety, confidence,

This module provides an opportunity for you to critically explore the complex issues surrounding the overall design and monitoring of elite training programmes. It will also provide you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and understanding of athletic training and how this information may be applied to enhance specific performance characteristics.

Applied Training Methods

This module is designed to provide an opportunity for you to critically explore the complex issues surrounding the overall design and monitoring of elite training programmes including periodisation. It will also provide you with the opportunity to work closely with an athlete to determine their needs, implement a training plan to address the identified weaknesses and to review the performance outcomes following the completion of training.

Research Methods: Philosophy and Study Design

This module sets out to ensure the foundations for the techniques necessary to successfully complete a piece of extended research are appropriately established. As such, it is intended as a pre-requisite for the dissertation module and is considered to be a compulsory module within the programme.

Research Methods: Advanced Statistical Analyses

This module will focus on examining a specific area of interest chosen by you to introduce you to the research process and prepare you for your dissertation studies by designing and developing a valid research proposal. It will also introduce you to

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concepts, principles and techniques of quantitative statistical analyses commonly used in research projects.


The module provides an opportunity for you to apply knowledge, concepts and research techniques to a question or problem in a specific discipline within your studies. The module builds and expands on your prior knowledge and aims to develop expertise and understanding of the scientific process including research methodology, skills to execute planning, conducting, analysis and writing up of your research. It will develop your ability to work independently and to reflect on the subject-specific research process.


Two assessments are normally included in each module with various assessment modes specific to each module that may include written or practical assignments and formal examinations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect to have highly developed analytical research skills and a critical understanding of current issues in sport and exercise performance that will enable several diverse career opportunities. These can include continuing your research via PhD studies, teaching/ lecturing at a range of academic levels, or working in various sport, exercise and health environments with special populations including elite athletes in professional sport and recreationally active or sedentary individuals in private or public sector health industries.

Duration of Course

The course begins in September of each year and takes 12 months to complete.

Entry Requirements You will normally have a First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5.


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