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This Professional Doctorate in Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University enables you to create and interpret new knowledge associated with your own professional practice in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. Read more
This Professional Doctorate in Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University enables you to create and interpret new knowledge associated with your own professional practice in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. The course provides quality supervision and is underpinned by high-grade research.

•Available to study full time (2 years) and part time (4 years)
•Designed to support the creation and interpretation of new professional practice
•Career opportunities in Applied Sport and Exercise Science professional practice and promotion, as well as education, teaching and research

Applied Sport and Exercise Science is an established discipline with growing opportunities for qualified professionals.

Opportunities for professional training at doctoral level are increasingly important for vocational careers within both sport and exercise. The professional doctorate facilitates the creation and interpretation of new professional knowledge. To obtain the award you will need to complete a related Masters programme or MPhil and spend two or more years acquiring a range of supervised skills connected with professional skills, interventions, consultancy, research, and teaching and training (as facilitated through this course).

The programme is underpinned by a strong focus on equipping the future Applied Sport and Exercise Scientists for a range of professional scenarios.

The programme can be studied full time or part time. Full time students must be enrolled for a minimum of two years, and for part-time students this is adjusted pro rata.

You will be developing your skills in teaching and training (education and dissemination), research, consultancy and demonstrating that you have the generic professional skills needed as an Applied Sport and Exercise Scientist. This is achieved through your own work-based learning experiences, taught sessions on the programme and extensive supervision.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Professional Planning and Training for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences
Introduces important concepts related to the development, planning and implementation of research programmes, supported by the delivery of information associated with important principles of professional training. Learning outcomes inform an individual training plan which guides study across the remainder of the programme.
Professional Practice in Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences
Focuses on the completion of professional and academic projects, which represent the contents of the research programme developed in the training plan. Focuses on the completion of self-directed learning tasks relevant to an individual’s area of professional expertise.
Reflection in Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences
Students reflect on their individual learning journey for both professional and academic orientated activities – specifically the completion of a designated programme of research. Also includes a viva voce on the theoretical and practical knowledge and skill base of each candidate.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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This is a 1-year full-time course, all teaching is delivered in a distance-learning format, through an online Virtual Learning Environment. Read more
This is a 1-year full-time course, all teaching is delivered in a distance-learning format, through an online Virtual Learning Environment. Drawing on a variety of multi-media technologies, the elements are broken down into various engaging formats to help you learn, and provide interaction between students and tutors. You will explore a wide-ranging curriculum, covering subjects such as applied sport psychology techniques, group dynamics, leadership, applied research methods, skill acquisition, physical activity and mental health, stress, and resilience.

As an exclusively online course, this MSc is unique in the UK, and through Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning expertise you will gain access to a highly effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills around your life.

The MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology is aimed at individuals who come from a sport science (or related) background and wish to study applied sport and exercise psychology at Masters Level. This MSc provides the required post-graduate qualification for an individual seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and to gain Chartered Scientist status that can support a career in sport and exercise psychology.

Course content

-Physical Activity and Mental Health
-Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
-Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport and Exercise
-The Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology
-Skilled Performance Under Pressure
-Dissertation

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This degree involves a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills for those aiming to pursue a career in applied sport and exercise physiology. Read more
This degree involves a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills for those aiming to pursue a career in applied sport and exercise physiology.

In today’s marketplace, employers are seeking to employ staff that are suitably qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities. As such, there is an increased need for postgraduate courses to be vocationally orientated, with an emphasis on training students in the theoretical underpinnings and relevant practical areas to work in the sport industry.

The PG Diploma/MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Physiology course focuses on disciplines pertinent to the field of applied sport and exercise physiology and reflects the needs of today’s students, within the context of the workforce in general, the social and political environment, and national and regional sporting and exercise priorities.

Why St Mary's?

The applied focus of the programme enables students to gain both the theoretical and practical skills required to gain employment as a Sport and Exercise Physiologist.

In addition, the location of the university provides many opportunities to refine those skills through work with various sports clubs in the area.

The course utilises equipment in the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science, which includes extensive laboratory analytical equipment and library materials that support the degree.

Course Content

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. With the exception of the Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology module, all modules are assessed by a variety of types of coursework. To qualify for the diploma you need to accrue 120 credits.

In addition, MSc students have to complete a substantial research project. Modules are either taught two or three hours per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) or, in the case of the research methods module, in an intensive block.

Module Information
› Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
› Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
› Training Programme Design and Evaluation
› Sport and Exercise Physiology in the Workplace
› Ergogenic Aids in Sport
› Applied Techniques in Sport and Exercise Physiology
› Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module in the course is assessed by one or more pieces of coursework. With the exception of the Advanced Sport & Exercise Physiology module, there are no written examinations; however, a number of modules employ oral examinations.

Assessments are designed to provide the opportunity to demonstrate critical analysis, deep and insightful thought and the application of knowledge. A wide variety of assessment modes are employed including case studies, laboratory reports, preparing articles suitable for journals, and poster/oral presentations.

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The MSc in Applied Sport Psychology is aimed at those wishing to develop a career in the area of sport psychology or wish to enhance their understanding and develop their skills in the area. Read more
The MSc in Applied Sport Psychology is aimed at those wishing to develop a career in the area of sport psychology or wish to enhance their understanding and develop their skills in the area.

Over the previous 20 years there has been a gradual acceptance and involvement in psychology within sport at all levels. The application of psychology with sports performers and coaches has been rapid and continues to develop.

Recognising this, the professional bodies of both sport science and psychology (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the British Psychology Society) have developed professional routes to recognition within the field.

The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science has five specialised laboratories, in addition to a £8 million sports centre.

Why St Mary's?

This Applied Sport Psychology postgraduate degree has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is designed to enable students to attain professional recognition beyond the programme and to help those wishing to develop a career in sport psychology or aiming to enhance their understanding of the field.

The programme has a discipline-focussed curriculum, looking closely at developing knowledge and applied skills that are critical to practitioners.

Motor skills are an integral element of the programme, allowing students to enhance their ability to work closely with both performers and coaches.

The focus on sport and elite sporting performance at St Mary’s makes the University an ideal environment for students.

A Student View

Phoebe SandersPhoebe Sanders (Graduated in 2015)
"This course will do much more than teach you the theory, it will give you an understanding of how to do it in practice. When you are face to face with your first client, that will make all the difference.

"One of the best things for me has been the level of care and attention that the staff offer. I am still in regular contact with my thesis supervisor, who has been an incredible source of support and guidance even since I left the university.

"St Mary's also have fantastic contacts within various sports organisations, which allowed me to get a rare placement within a Premiership rugby club."

Course Content

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. All modules are assessed by a variety of both written and oral forms of assessment. In order to qualify for the Certificate, students will be required to achieve 60 credits and for the Diploma 120 credits. For the degree of Master of Science, students will be required to achieve 180 credits, 60 of which will be the Research project.

Module Information
› Professional and Counselling Skills
› Psychological Skills 1
› Research Methods
› Psychological Skills 2
› Applied Motor Skills
› Social Psychology of Sport: Interpersonal and Group Processes
› Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career Prospects

The specific focus of the programme on applied sport psychology enables students to focus their understanding and skills to enhance their opportunities for employment within the sport and performance sectors.

The options on completion of the MSc are wide ranging but include moving into supervised experiences through internships or development programmes, progressing into teaching or research positions within higher education as well as building skills towards business ventures in the applied psychology field.

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Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes focuses on the role of nutrition in the optimisation of health and physical performance. Read more
Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes focuses on the role of nutrition in the optimisation of health and physical performance. Nutrition has profound effects on both human health and athletic performance and this course is based on the latest scientific research and contemporary practice. It is designed to fulfil the needs of students who want to work with a range of populations to improve their health, fitness or sporting performance. Applications are encouraged from graduates who have a background in either sport and exercise science or human nutrition.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/applied-sport-and-exercise-nutrition/

Why choose this course?

- Our research groups and consultancies have strong links with Oxfordshire hospitals, elite athletes and food organisations, allowing students to conduct internal and external research projects and develop potential career opportunities.

- We invite guest speakers from industry, other universities and research organisations to provide you with subject specialist knowledge.

- Our staff come from a wide range of sporting and nutrition backgrounds. Some are actively involved in coaching which means the course is based on the latest scientific research and contemporary practice.

- Small class sizes provide plenty of opportunities for in-depth discussions and practical application of the theory.

- We provide opportunities to work with university and local sports teams as well as individuals seeking personalised nutrition advice.

- Our staff conduct first-class research in sport, exercise and nutrition and bring it to the classroom.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, with each module requiring approximately 36 hours of staff contact time and 200 hours of total student input in each 12-week semester.

The main theme of the teaching and learning aspect of this MSc is to encourage you to develop the necessary skills to understand and communicate advanced theoretical and research-based knowledge of nutrition to people who participate in sport and exercise. Learning methods reflect the wide variety of topics associated with applied sport and exercise nutrition and include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, practical exercises, laboratory sessions and project work. The research project will be supervised on a one-to-one basis.

Student performance in each module is usually assessed by evaluation of the quality of written or design work, and verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project case work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises.

Specialist facilities

- BASES-accredited Human Performance Laboratory.
- Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit.
- Functional Food Centre.
- Specialist equipment including near-infrared spectroscopy, Qualysis motion capture system, online breath-by-breath analysis technologies and a BodPod.

Field trips

We encourage students to attend relevant industry and academic conferences to further their subject knowledge and take advantage of networking opportunities. When possible, we provide finanical support for students to attend conferences (subject to availability).

Careers

Many sports are becoming increasingly professional in their approach to training and nutrition. For example, many sports clubs now employ full-time nutrition consultants. Career prospects outside sport are perhaps even more exciting. The NHS offers an increasing number of opportunities for students with specialist training in exercise nutrition to support GP referral schemes and other healthy living programmes. The growing awareness of health within society, coupled with misunderstandings about the relationships between physical activity, nutrition and health has led to an increasing demand for graduates who can deliver evidence-based solutions and advice at all levels. Research or teaching within further or higher education also provide potential career opportunities.

Graduates progress to a diverse range of careers including exercise and lifestyle consultants based within hospitals and private practice. Various graduates have secured full time and part time work with professional sports teams as well as the Institutes of Sport in the UK. Graduates also progress to work in major international companies such as GlaxoSmithKline or are employed as industry consultants, dieticians and nutrition counsellors. Graduates have also successfully gained funded PhD positions.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research areas and clusters

- Immediate physiological and psychophysical exercise performed at different intensities.

- Effects of restricted fluid intake in people with MS on temperature control, energy levels, balance and cognitive and physical performance.

- Feasibility of supporting people with long-term neurological conditions to exercise in the community.

- Exploring exercise responses in children with physical disabilities with plans to explore delivery of community exercise and sports programmes.

- Exploring novel exercise delivery techniques for people who find it hard to move, including use of mental imagery.

- Effect of fluid and carbohydrate intake on rowing skill and performance.

- Relationship between levels of physical activity and blood levels of neuroactive proteins induced by exercise.

- Green tea effect on competitive cycling performance.

- Effective nutritional strategies for enhancing post-exercise rehydration.

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The study of sport and exercise is a rapidly expanding field with both academic and professional relevance. Read more
The study of sport and exercise is a rapidly expanding field with both academic and professional relevance. The PgCert, PgDip and MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Science offers suitably qualified graduates and professionals the opportunity to develop their academic knowledge, skills and qualifications through evidence based critical debate and reflective professional practice relevant to the scientific study of sport and exercise.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

You will have the opportunity to study all the theoretical and practical areas necessary for gaining accredited status with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

You will engage in practical application of Sport and Exercise Science in individual and team sport settings and in performance and health related settings.

Blended learning allows maximum flexibility to fit study into your own schedule.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

For those students who wish to further develop their academic skills the Masters programme includes rigorous independent research in the area. It will also provide students with continued professional development and facilitate their personal career development. The proposed provision has been mapped against the requirements for individual accreditation by the British Association for Sport and exercise Sciences (BASES) including practical ability in laboratory techniques, reflective practice, theoretical basis of the physiology and psychology of sports and exercise, and completion of an in-depth research study in the area of sport and exercise science. It will, therefore, be excellent preparation for students who want to undertake these professional qualifications.

The course is focused on the key elements of sport and exercise science and comprises modules on the following topics:
-Performance Physiology
-Environmental Exercise Physiology
-Exercise, Nutrition and Obesity
-Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology
-Physical Activity, Exercise and Special Populations
-Sport, Exercise and Cognitive Performance

To achieve the award of an MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science you will also receive research methods training and then undertake a mandatory research project.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

This course equips students with knowledge and professionalism for a variety of careers in the sport and exercise domain both in the private sector and in government funded initiatives such as:
-Sport and Exercise Scientist
-Performance Manager
-Exercise/physical activity referral officer
-Health and fitness industry
-Health Promotion
-Research/PhD Study
-Exercise Physiologist

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Staffordshire University’s MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology offers students a critical understanding of current issues in psychological theory applied to sport and exercise settings. Read more
Staffordshire University’s MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology offers students a critical understanding of current issues in psychological theory applied to sport and exercise settings.

Available as a 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time course, all teaching is delivered in a distance-learning format, through an online Virtual Learning Environment. Drawing on a variety of multi-media technologies, the elements are broken down into various engaging formats to help you learn, and provide interaction between students and tutors. You will explore a wide-ranging curriculum, covering subjects such as applied sport psychology techniques, group dynamics, leadership, applied research methods, skill acquisition, physical activity and mental health, stress, and resilience.

As an exclusively online course, this MSc is unique in the UK, and through Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning expertise you will gain access to a highly effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills around your life.

If you have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) this course provides Stage 1 training towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. It’s also suitable for anyone with a Sport and Exercise Science or related first-degree background, however, to complete Stage 2 training with the BPS you’ll need to obtain GBC via a conversion course before enrolling in Stage 2.

Modules

-Physical Activity and Mental Health
-Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
-Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport and Exercise
-The Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology
-Skilled Performance Under Pressure
-Masters Research Project (MSc Dissertation)

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For over 10 years we have been delivering a fully online MSc in Applied Sport & Exercise Science. The aim of the award is to provide you with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science. Read more
For over 10 years we have been delivering a fully online MSc in Applied Sport & Exercise Science.

The aim of the award is to provide you with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science. The award provides a sufficient grounding for those individuals seeking to develop a career as a sport and exercise science professional and provides the required postgraduate qualification for an individual seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) in support of a career in sport & exercise science.

Course outline

As an exclusively online course, this MSc is unique in the UK, and through Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning expertise you will gain access to a highly flexible and effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills with minimal disruption to your working life.

What You'll Learn

Available as a 2 year part time course the award uses the advantages of modern digital connectivity to deliver engaging content via an online virtual learning environment. In adopting an active student centred approach to learning, we ensure students on this award are actively collaborating with content, each other and ourselves in a dynamic manner.

So the course draws on the full advantage of online pedagogy enabling active student participation and collaboration with both faculty and peers in a dynamic learning environment. Students engage with content directly via video lectures, synchronous and asynchronous text and audio discussions and are supported by 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources.

You will explore a wide-ranging curriculum, focusing on the key sub disciplines of sport & exercise science covering such areas as Sports Biomechanics and Injury, Physiological Support of Athletes, Applied Research Methods, the Practice of Sport Psychology, with all modules delivered by research active staff.

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This course will suit you if you are a sport and exercise graduate, a graduate from a related science or a medical student looking to specialise in the field of sport physiology. Read more
This course will suit you if you are a sport and exercise graduate, a graduate from a related science or a medical student looking to specialise in the field of sport physiology.

It is designed to focus on professional skills that improve your employability, as you learn with state-of-the-art equipment including environmental chambers, breath-by-breath analysers, blood sampling analysers and transcranial magnetic stimulation devices.

You also gain real-world experience in areas relevant to your interests by working alongside experienced practitioners. Past projects have included the design of individualised training programmes leading up to the Brighton Marathon and the physiological testing of elite athletes.

Our teaching laboratories are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), as are most of our course staff. You can register on the BASES Supervised Experience Scheme yourself to achieve personal accreditation.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

The course is flexible in that it allows you to exit with a postgraduate certificate at the end of one semester (three 20-credit modules) or a postgraduate diploma at the end of two semesters (six 20-credit modules). You must complete the 60-credit research project to qualify for the MSc.

You spend around 100 hours of the course with an organisation related to the practice of physiology, which will allow you to apply your academic knowledge in a vocational setting. Previous students have worked with organisations including Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club and the English Institute of Sport.

Many students have started their professional careers with the organisation that provided them with work experience.

Areas of study

In taught physiology modules, you will experience and discuss the responses of the human body to various stimuli, including effect of environmental changes (heat and hypoxic chambers) and of ergogenic aids, which can be used to simulate peculiar clinical conditions and help you understand better exercise tolerance.

This novel approach to teaching integrative physiology will help you to develop a host of laboratory skills. You will also be introduced to the latest in the research field of exercise physiology and will have an opportunity to write your own paper from your research project.

Through professional modules, placement opportunities and chances to network in the world of sports physiology, you will graduate with a competitive edge in the jobs market and a foot firmly in the industry.

Teaching environment

Laboratory work:

We accept a maximum of 15 students on this course
All classes take place in our exercise physiology laboratories with a staff:student ratio of 2:3
Students work in groups of four to five on problem-based situations

Tutorials:

Students can book individual tutorials with every lecturer offering around three hours of tutorials per week
Group tutorials are also scheduled in our teaching programmes

Modules:

Critical Insights into the Study of Physiology
Professional Enquiry
Exercise Tolerance (integrative physiology)
Expertise in Laboratory Skills for Sport Physiologists

Options:

Applied Environmental Physiology
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Bodies of Sport
Ethical and Social Responsibility: Theory and Application
Consultancy
Issues and Innovations in Physiology

Facilities

Our facilities include an x-m square gym over two floors with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, which features a three-camera system to analyse weight-lifting actions and an isokinetic dynamometer to allow measurement of muscle strength.

Our sport and exercise laboratories are all accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). They include:

• a molecular genetics laboratory with biobanking
• a biomechanics laboratory with motion analysis equipment, various EMG systems and an immersive screen
• two exercise physiology laboratories where aerobic/anaerobic endurance, power and strength assessments as well as body composition, cardiac and pulmonary screening can be carried out
• an environmental laboratory with purpose-built environment chamber where we can simulate different climates by controlling the temperature (-20 to +50°C) and relative humidity (20 to 95 per cent), and a 1.13m x 1.13m x 1.5m water immersion tank
• a research-based laboratory with an oxygen-controlled chamber to simulate altitude (hypoxia).

Professional experience

Professional-Based Learning Module:

All credit-based postgraduate courses at the School of Sport and Service Management offer the Professional-Based Learning module.

The module offers you an opportunity to undertake practical experience in a work environment and gain invaluable first-hand knowledge. It is designed to help you engage with the process of planning and delivering expertise in practice, and to reflect upon and take steps to improve your academic, personal and professional skills.

In Semester 1 (September–January) you will have classes on CV development, interview skills, target setting, reflective practice and experiential learning, leading to 100 hours of professional experience in Semester 2 (February–June). This experience could take the form of a part-time job, an unpaid internship, a volunteering opportunity in the university or time as a mentee in your chosen industry. You can also take this module as part of a live consultancy in connection with one of your tourism, sport, hospitality or event modules, either in the UK or a School of Sport and Service Management project overseas.

Our school-based Employability Hub will be on hand to assist you in securing an experience that best meets your career goals and aspirations. Professional experience will enhance your practice and academic knowledge, and many of our students have started their careers with their placement organisation.

Careers and employment

Career opportunities for sport and exercise scientists are growing. Sports science is recognised as a vital ingredient in the success and development of most sports and for the individuals that take part it is an everyday aspect of their training. Many hospitals and primary care trusts are also appointing specialists with exercise backgrounds to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion.

An MSc in Applied Sport Physiology from the University of Brighton will help you to stand out in today's competitive job market. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful career and is also ideal preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD level.

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This course focuses on developing a student’s scientific understanding of the human mind, behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these and the domain of sport and exercise. Read more
This course focuses on developing a student’s scientific understanding of the human mind, behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these and the domain of sport and exercise. It has been designed to be flexible and relevant to the student’s individual needs and interests, with a strong emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. Within the modular structure all students undertake core/compulsory modules in:

Research Skills;
Independent Study (a one to one supervised programme of work leading to the development of the proposal for the Research Project);
Supervised Experience – a module tailored to the needs of the individual and could include directed work with a specified client group or individual;
Research Project relevant to the programme being studied.
Research Skills
Research Skills is a double credit taught module. Students study the broad nature of the research process that will allow them to complete, initially, an appropriate Independent Study (in which a research proposal for the Research Project is completed) and subsequently, a full Research Project. The module covers material relevant to the design and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research. It also provides a broad understanding of the benefits and limitations of various research methods, research designs, data collection instruments and data analysis tools. Students are given the opportunity to develop their ability to be critically evaluative.

Specific content includes: Statistical issues in quantitative research and design; Simple and multiple (forced entry, moderated and mediated) regression analyses; Single factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Two factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Single factor and two factor multivariate analysis of variance (with and without repeated measures); Repeated measures analysis of variance using the multivariate solution; Doubly repeated measures analysis of variance; Analysis of covariance; Follow-up procedures for all of the above; Assumptions underpinning all of the above and available options for dealing with violations to these assumptions; Experiments and causal inference; External and construct validity; Experimental and quasi-experimental designs; Correlational and epidemiological research; Reliability and validity in quantitative and qualitative research; Issues in qualitative research and design; Interviews; Single case design and analysis; Observation; Narrative; Ethnography; grounded theory and discourse analysis.

Independent Study
The Independent Study should consist of a critical and concise review of the research literature pertaining to a particular research question. A rationale for the proposed research question must be provided, along with a sound methodology for exploring the research question, planned analyses, and expected outcomes. Further, anticipated problems such as resources, equipment, possible ethical issues, informed consent forms, a statement of feasibility of the project and expected costs must be discussed.

Supervised Experience
The content of this module will be largely student specific and include activities (workshops, directed reading, client based work) that will develop the individual’s personal applied support skills. Initially, students complete an individual self-assessment of their current skills/knowledge base and set personal goals to enable them to improve their applied support skills. All students will attend units (workshops) on Ethics in Research and consultancy, communication and counselling skills and how to conduct a needs assessment. Specific physiology and psychology workshops (e.g. Imagery) will also take place.

Students will complete a contract of intended activities agreed with their supervisor in the first four weeks of their programme of study. This contract may, where appropriate, include the intention to apply to British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) to commence a formally logged Supervised Experience.

A portfolio will then be developed; the portfolio records activities including meetings with supervisor, attendance at workshops, meetings and a plan of work with at least one client, and thought/evaluations of all meetings and workshops (i.e. evidence of reflective practice).

Overview and Format of the Research Project module
The Research Project is an independent piece of research, and acts as the culmination of the academic challenges faced by the student. The module comprises 60 credits (ie equivalent to three double modules) and will formally equate to some 600 hours of student time.

Students work closely with their supervisor to develop the work on their research proposal submitted during the Independent Study module. As External Examiners have noted, throughout this module students receive excellent research training from leaders in the field, with the resulting projects being published in international, peer reviewed journals.

Specifically, this will involve a review of research evidence with the aim of formulating an appropriate research question, and will likely involve some refinement and pilot work. Once achieved, the student will implement a research design and method suited to the area of enquiry. The supervisor provides excellent expert guidance throughout the process.

Mono-disciplinary studies and interdisciplinary work, which might involve the student’s ongoing sport/exercise experience, will be encouraged. Each topic will normally involve data collection, analysis and interpretation and allow students to demonstrate their powers of imagination, initiative, independence and time management. Students will be expected to show a thorough knowledge of the relevant sources of information and the ability to use them with discrimination; to provide full references; to exercise sound and independent judgment; to structure work logically and to express themselves with clarity and precision.

External Examiners’ Report (May 2012)

“Overall, students on these programmes (MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology) are producing work of a very good quality. It is clear that the programme develops students’ theoretical and research knowledge base, critical thinking and evaluation skills, understanding of research methods and a range of analytical techniques, and communication and professional skills to a very high level.”

In addition to the above, students undertake an optional module from either Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete or Effective Coaching. They also study two additional compulsory modules in Sport Psychology and Exercise Psychology.

The programme is delivered using a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, practical work, tutorials and role play. Each module comprises approximately 200 hours (including formal contact).

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enable you to tailor the content to your area of interest, allowing you to choose one of two pathways (Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology) or study a mix of these disciplines. Read more

This course will:

• enable you to tailor the content to your area of interest, allowing you to choose one of two pathways (Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology) or study a mix of these disciplines
• provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop as an applied sport and exercise practitioner, through real world learning and support from a team of professionals
• expand your research skills and allow you to gain first-hand experience working in the field of sport and exercise science.

About this course

This course enables you to focus on the sport and exercise science discipline of your choice, so you can tailor your learning to your area of interest.

Studying this course will provide you with access to a team of professionals with experience of working in applied settings, and can mentor you through gaining applied experience as a practitioner in the discipline of your choice.

Our partnerships with Team Derby and the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS), for example, will provide you with the opportunity to work with athletes in a real world setting, to build your applied skills and put theory into practice.

We have experts in sport and exercise psychology, physiology, exercise and health, strength and conditioning, biomechanics and performance analysis, and nutrition, to enable you to access guidance in a field of your choice.

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The MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two to four years. As an MSc student, you will study a series of core modules in sports and exercise medicine. Read more

Overview

The MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two to four years

As an MSc student, you will study a series of core modules in sports and exercise medicine. This includes taking an emergency care qualification; studying anatomy with images, in the dissecting room and on each other; learning about physical activity recommendations for special groups (e.g. people with diabetes); as well as comprehensive research methods tutorials, in addition to the compulsory project and dissertation module.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake research on a subject related to sports and exercise medicine or exercise physiology under the supervision of an appropriate member of academic staff. There are also a wide variety of optional modules, so you can tailor this degree to your requirements.

Modules

MSc students take a combination of compulsory and optional modules to gain 180 credits.

Compulsory modules (totalling 140 credits)

Module A34614 - Sports Injury Anatomy (20 credits)

Module A34616 - Physical Activity in Health and Disease (20 credits)

Module A34621 - Research Methods (10 credits)

Module A34631 - Project and Dissertation: Sports and Exercise Medicine (60 credits)

Module A34634 - Physical Activity Epidemiology (10 credits)

Module A34635 - Sport and Exercise Nutrition (10 credits)

Module A34636 - Fundamentals in Statistics (10 credits)

Students can also choose modules totalling a further 40 credits from a selection of optional modules. Full details can be found online.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

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These awards represent an innovative and unique approach to postgraduate study in sport & exercise science. They offer an opportunity to study for postgraduate qualifications at a time and place convenient for the learner, via an online distance learning delivery format. Read more
These awards represent an innovative and unique approach to postgraduate study in sport & exercise science. They offer an opportunity to study for postgraduate qualifications at a time and place convenient for the learner, via an online distance learning delivery format. Part time study mode allowing you to ‘earn while you learn’.

Course outline

This course delivers an advanced multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary issues that apply to sport and exercise science. It is aimed at learners who wish to update their knowledge and skills for professional development.

The course offers a range of modules that integrate knowledge from the key sub-disciplines of sport and exercise science and adopts an issue based framework to achieve this goal.

The MSc incorporates a substantial piece of independent research. The course is the first in the UK in the subject area to adopt an electronic distance-learning based format. It is therefore designed to be particularly attractive to those in full time work who wish to study in a flexible manner, and who cannot access traditionally delivered MSc courses due to geographical, work-based or other constraints.

Student experience

"Studying for a masters degree online was a real challenge, but the delivery format gave me a unique chance to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Applied Sport & Exercise Science. There are no opportunities for postgraduate study in sport & exercise science either locally or regionally, and my desire to keep working while studying meant that the online masters from Staffs fitted my circumstances perfectly. I am sure there are many others who, like me, really want to develop their qualifications, but are constrained by the times we live in. This award has provided the solution for me. It has been a demanding but ultimately very rewarding experience and one which I would strongly recommend to others."

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The only distance learning, postgraduate qualification in sport and exercise psychology offered by a university in the UK. Course tutors have a wealth of research and consultancy experience and come from both the Sport and Exercise Department and the Psychology Department. Read more
The only distance learning, postgraduate qualification in sport and exercise psychology offered by a university in the UK. Course tutors have a wealth of research and consultancy experience and come from both the Sport and Exercise Department and the Psychology Department. It offers a unique opportunity to study for postgraduate qualifications at a time and place convenient for the learner. Part-time study mode allowing you to 'earn while you learn'.

Course outline

The award is for individuals interested in the exciting and growing field of sport and exercise psychology. The aim of the award is to provide students with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the application of psychological theory to sport and exercise settings. It has been developed for individuals who possess an appropriate honours degree in sport science (or related topic). The course is part-time, taking two years to complete, and is delivered in a distance learning format through a Virtual Learning Environment.

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The only distance learning, postgraduate qualification in sport and exercise psychology offered by a university in the UK. Course tutors have a wealth of research and consultancy experience and come from both the Sport and Exercise Department and the Psychology Department. Read more
The only distance learning, postgraduate qualification in sport and exercise psychology offered by a university in the UK. Course tutors have a wealth of research and consultancy experience and come from both the Sport and Exercise Department and the Psychology Department. It offers a unique opportunity to study for postgraduate qualifications at a time and place convenient for the learner. Part-time study mode allowing you to 'earn while you learn'.

Course content

The award is for individuals interested in the exciting and growing field of sport and exercise psychology. The aim of the award is to provide students with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the application of psychological theory to sport and exercise settings. It has been developed for individuals who possess an appropriate honours degree in sport science (or related topic). The course is part-time, taking two years to complete, and is delivered in a distance learning format through a Virtual Learning Environment.

Student experience

"Working full-time, I would never be able to do a masters degree - but distance learning has made this possible, giving me the flexibility to study in the evenings and at weekends. It is not an "easy" option by any means but has been stimulating and challenging. The opportunity of attending in person to meet other students and staff was welcomed and made me feel part of the learning community again."

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