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The course is rooted in an appreciation of the fact that it is almost impossible to understand society without first understanding the place of sport. Read more
The course is rooted in an appreciation of the fact that it is almost impossible to understand society without first understanding the place of sport. As our Chancellor, James Nesbitt, noted at a recent honorary degree ceremony for Sir Alex Ferguson, "sport matters". For example, sport plays a central role in identity construction and it is a socially constructed phenomenon that is embedded in the very fabric of cultures. It is also increasingly associated with issues like poverty, labor migration, crime, development, gender and social inequalities as well as being seen increasingly as a tool to address these.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/sports-development-and-coaching-8993

Course detail

- Description -

The programme is delivered by an interdisciplinary team with experience of working in the highest echelons of sports development and coaching, and with considerable research expertise in the social sciences of sport. The programme has attracted many students from leading governing bodies and development agencies and several graduates have gone on to progress in their career as a result of pursuing this course. It has attracted students from across the island of Ireland and the UK, with many coming from diverse backgrounds (community sport, disability sport, elite sport etc). This eclectic mix allows for the transfer of knowledge and an enhanced understanding of best practice.

- Purpose -

The programme is designed to:

• enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the myriad facets of sports development and coaching and how ideas and policies can be effectively implemented;

• develop in students the ability to understand the ways in which professional practice in sports development and/or sports coaching can be informed by a social scientific understanding of sport;

• provide opportunities for students to enhance their abilities in a range of transferable skills required in the fields of sports development and coaching;

• produce graduates who have gained experience of an in-depth, independent investigation of current issues in sports development and/or coaching using appropriate research methodology, and;

• produce graduates who can demonstrate increased capacity for understanding and evaluating the concepts, complexities and current issues in sports development and coaching.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Classes are taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials and online delivery. Assessment is by means of assignments, group tasks and presentations.

Career options

The specialist knowledge and transferable skills provided on this programme have enhanced opportunities for obtaining employment in the sports development, sports coaching and related sectors.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) statistics provided by Ulster University's Careers Service show that a significant cohort of those students graduating from Ulster (with sports related undergraduate awards) go on to full-time employment in the broad field of sport and leisure. This Masters programme at the School of Sport continues this excellent track record of producing multi-skilled graduates who are attractive to a range of employers.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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Study at the cutting edge of sports engineering and learn how to apply advanced engineering techniques to the research and development of sports technologies. Read more
Study at the cutting edge of sports engineering and learn how to apply advanced engineering techniques to the research and development of sports technologies. This course is taught by the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, one of the largest hubs of sports engineering research in the world.

If you are a high-achieving graduate in engineering and the physical sciences, learn to develop and apply your technical knowledge to the world of sport. The course gives you the skills and knowledge to work at the cutting edge of research and development in the sports equipment industry.

More than ever, the world of sport is intimately connected to new technologies. The global sports equipment industry is valued at £200 billion annually and is driven by new research and innovation. In addition professional and national teams are increasingly reliant on technological solutions to monitor and assess the performance of their elite athletes.

Throughout this course you enhance your technical, problem solving and engineering skills and learn to apply them to the sporting environment. You also develop a biomechanical and physiological understanding of athletes, enabling you to analyse the athlete-equipment interactions in sport.

You complete a major industry linked research project to develop your practical understanding of sports engineering, to gain vital real world experience as well as improve your employability. Recent student projects have been partnered to organisations such as:
-Adidas
-Ping
-Prince Sports
-Mitre
-Gunn and Moore
-Eley
-International Tennis Federation
-International Rugby Board
-D3o
-English Institute of Sport
-UK Sport

The course is delivered by the Centre for Sports Engineering Research an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy with over 200 years of cumulative experience. The Centre for Sports Engineering Research has 35 research staff and PhD students making it one of the world’s largest centres for sports engineering research. The group has close ties to many different sports companies and organisations and works extensively to enhance elite performance across many sports through its role as an English Institute of Sport research and innovation partner.

We assign you an academic and professional advisor, whose role is to support your academic and professional development, and career planning. You can also attend a free four day leadership award, that explores different perspectives on leadership.

The course is led by Dr Simon Choppin, a fellow of the research centre and an associate editor of the Sports Engineering Journal.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-sports-engineering

Course structure

Full time – 1 year
Part time – 2 years (the part-time route is only available to home and EU students)
Starts September

The course is made up of nine taught modules, plus a major industry linked research project. All modules are mandatory and have been tailored to match the previous experience of a graduate engineer/ physical scientist. The vast majority of teaching is in small groups (typically less than 20) allowing for bespoke delivery.

Modules
-Industry linked research project (45 credits)
-Mechanics of sports equipment (15 credits)
-Measurement techniques in sports engineering and biomechanics (15 credits)
-Computer simulation of sports equipment (15 credits)
-Numerical programming in sports engineering (15 credits)
-Innovation and enterprise in sports engineering (15 credits)
-Human factors in sports engineering (15 credits)
-Physiology of sport and exercise (15 credits)
-Research methods (15 credits)

Assessment: examinations, coursework, presentations, research project thesis.

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*Starting January 2016* This unique diploma course delivered in partnership with IMG, the world’s largest independent sports producers, will equip students with the editorial skills required to produce state-of-the-art sports and live events coverage, highlights content and other material. Read more
*Starting January 2016* This unique diploma course delivered in partnership with IMG, the world’s largest independent sports producers, will equip students with the editorial skills required to produce state-of-the-art sports and live events coverage, highlights content and other material.

Quick Facts

- 12 Month Course
- Full-time
- Course runs Jan-Dec
- Next intake: January 2017
- UK and EEA applicants only

- Unique course.
- Job at IMG for one student on graduation.
- Intensely practical and hands on.
- Four week work placement at IMG .
- Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 07 JUL 2016

Visit the website https://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/sports-production

COURSE OVERVIEW

IMG is the world's largest independent producer. It has major relationships with broadcasters including the BBC for the Football League show, snooker and darts, Channel Four for its exclusive horse racing coverage, and ESPN in the US for the Open Championship. It also enjoys a string of other important client relationships, most notably with Wimbledon, the R&A for the Open Golf Championship, the BCCI for IPL Cricket, FIFA, UEFA and the New York Road Runners (NY Marathon).

IMG produces Sport 24, the first ever-live global premium 24-hour sports channel for the airline and cruise industries, as well as other in-flight programming for over 50 airlines, and is also a partner with Associated Press for the sports news agency SNTV, and with the European Tour for European Tour Productions, the world's most prolific producer of golf programming.

The diploma course is 12 months full-time and is delivered at the NFTS and at IMGs' state-of-the-art facility IMG Studios.

Specifically students will learn about:

- Outside broadcast production
- Studio production
- Highlights production
- Planning and pre-production
- Storytelling in sports
- Chasing stories and ideas
- Shooting and editing effective pieces
- Scripting and Running Orders
- Logging and IPD Director
- Basic self-shooting and editing
- Casting and working with Talent
- Leading production teams
- Budgets & Scheduling
- Rights and Distribution

Students graduate with:

- the know-how to produce live and pre-recorded sports content
- a practical working knowledge of current television and digital production methods
- the ability to generate sports programme ideas and formats
- the confidence and know-how to pitch those ideas to commissioning editors and/or rights holders
- work experience on high profile sports content
- brilliant Industry contacts

CURRICULUM

The course philosophy is that you learn by ‘doing’ as well as understanding theory and developing a variety of practical and creative skills. Specific areas taught and practiced are:

- Sports programming landscape in the UK and worldwide

This will explore the outlets for domestic sports programming and the relationship between producers, facilities suppliers, rights holders and broadcasters. Which broadcasters and which channels have access to particular sports and how that is scheduled will be examined. The differences between dedicated sports channels and mixed programming channels and their requirements will be discussed, particularly with regard to scheduling and planning for over-running events.

International sports broadcasters and their relationships with UK producers will be explored and the differences between producing programming for a domestic and an international audience will be detailed.

- Producing Sports and Live Events

This takes students through the production process from planning and pre-production through to transmission. Students will receive instruction and mentoring throughout a production period which will involve researching, shooting and editing single camera items (Broadcast Production students will be available to help with at least some of this), researching and editing archive footage, producing graphics and music assets and booking presenters and guests. Students will also be given a recording of a football match and having logged it, will, prepare a 10 minute highlight package for use in the programme, with the assistance of an editor. The final product will be an 'as live' sports feature programme. Working in teams, each team will produce a short show recorded in the NFTS TV Studio.

- Developing, pitching and responding to RFPs

Both broadcaster in-house and production company development, pitching and costing will be examined together with authoring documentation and presentations for both Requests For Information and Proposal (RFI/RFP). The skills and knowledge are needed to make up an RFP team will be discussed. In addition to broadcasters, event organisers, rights holders and sports governing bodies may also issue an RFP. The differences in approach required across a range of potential clients will be examined and a practice RFP will be issued to students as an exercise for them to respond to. Production Management and Technical advice will be available to the students.

Each sport has its particular requirements and restrictions. A thorough knowledge of these has to be demonstrated in bid documentation and presentations. This module will include briefings on major sports and their particular issues.

- Managing people and being managed

As a leader you are successful if you deliver your objectives and people want to work for you again. Leadership skills will form part of this module as these are critical to getting the best out of production, craft, technical and, of course, performers. The management, as distinct from leadership, of both staff and on-screen talent will be looked at. This module will also consider how to be effectively managed by Heads of Department/Production.

- Understanding the commercials

This deals with many of the issues that confront sports producers on a daily basis in an increasingly complex and fragmented media distribution landscape. Budgets and how to prepare and manage them will be examined and the importance of scheduling and its contractual implications will be discussed. A contract may stipulate a minimum number of matches that have to be shown irrespective of whether there is still mass viewer interest in the tournament after the ‘local’ team has been knocked out. Live rights and deferred highlights will also be covered as will the importance of ‘new media’ and distribution over IP rights

- Placement

Each student will complete a four week internship at IMG.

- Specialist Workshops and Exercises

During the course there will be a range of other specialist workshops on topics including digital content and formats, social media and mobile applications and risk management.

- Graduation Projects with IMG

The final part of the course allows students to produce projects with teaching and preparation being done at the NFTS and at IMG. Participants will use IMG facilities and help from IMG staff, including access to incoming sports feeds, archive material, editing and studio time to create exemplar coverage of major sporting events. For example, participants might create a Ryder Cup highlights show, a live presenter led insert for the World Snooker Championships a look ahead to the Grand National or a studio based ‘Look back at the year’ with guests, clips and live inserts. Graduation Project subject matter will be different each year depending on access and the sporting calendar.

NFTS BENEFITS

Sports course participants will have full access to the NFTS’ optional creative stimulus strands, including: Passport to Cinema (weekly screenings of classic and pre-release films in the state-of-the-art campus cinema); and NFTS Masterclasses - major creative figures from film, television and games screening their work and discussing with students in the campus cinema. Recent speakers include David Fincher (Director, Seven, Gone Girl), Andy Wilman (Executive Producer, Top Gear), Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted) and Hamish Hamilton (Director, Super Bowl XLVIII).

APPLY WITH

- A one-page overview detailing how you would enhance the coverage of either a typical Premier League Football Match (Broadcast on Sky) or Channel 4 Racing.
- Evidence (via a short showreel) of technical proficiency in editing and/or camera.

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply directly to us at the NFTS by clicking on the link below:

- APPLY FOR SPORTS PRODUCTION COURSE - https://nfts.co.uk/sign-me-up/apply-now/?nid=1592

You can apply online, or download a word document of the application form to submit via email
When selecting your course, please ensure that you have read the entry requirements and details of the supporting materials that should accompany your application.

TIMING YOUR APPLICATION

We are happy to receive applications 24/7 and 365 days a year up until the deadline. That said, there is no particular advantage to submitting your application very early. The important thing is that your application shows us your latest work and tell us about your most recent filmmaking experiences.

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If you have a passion for sport and writing, this specialist course gives you a head start working in sports journalism and related careers. Read more
If you have a passion for sport and writing, this specialist course gives you a head start working in sports journalism and related careers. You develop the traditional and new media skills needed to work in the area, and you benefit from links with major broadcasting and newspaper organisations, and major sports clubs.

• Gain the traditional and new media skills needed to work in sports journalism.
• Learn how to manage print, broadcast, online and social media
• Benefit from links to major broadcasting and newspaper organisations and major sports clubs.
• Gain work placements at sports organisations and media sports departments

Develop the practical skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a sports journalist or public relations professional. Sports journalism is one of the fastest growing areas in online media, and a major component of print and broadcast media. Print Journalists are also in demand for the publicity departments of major sports clubs and organisations, which are also expanding rapidly. This is leading to an increasing demand for graduates with good journalistic and media skills and a sport-focused portfolio.

On this course, you learn how
• the sports department of media organisations operate
• to produce news stories, match reports, preview features, opinion pieces and personality profiles
• to research and plan sports coverage for radio and television broadcasts.

You also gain public relations and media liaison techniques, such as how to devise and organise media opportunities and how to write • web pages • press releases • news items • personality features • promotional material.

We teach you the skills and knowledge required by employers. This involves a mix of traditional reporting skills and an understanding of the emerging technologies in the media industries that affect the way journalists record and report the latest stories. You learn about a range of technical and journalistic skills such as
• writing sports news and features
• reporting the action
• commentating and interviewing
• web development
• editing
• newsroom and broadcast suite skills
• writing press releases
• organising media events
• social media skills.

You learn how to manage the print and broadcast media at sports matches and events and how sports publicity and marketing departments are organised and run.

You produce and process sports publicity material for media use and discuss the major issues affecting sports worldwide including • commercialism • globalisation • racism • hooliganism • political regulation and interference • sponsorship • match fixing.

We offer you regular one-to-one feedback, given by practising sports journalists and public relations professionals. We can also offer you opportunities to gain experience and insight through our links to major broadcasting, newspaper and sports organisations, such as professional football clubs.

There may also be opportunities to further your learning through work placements, working with sports publications, the sports departments of newspapers, or in the media departments of sports clubs and organisations.

Assessment

• coursework • critical evaluation • dissertation or project • a combination of practical and theoretical work

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The MSc Sports Business Management is designed to enable students to make a significant contribution to the dynamic and complex global sports industry. Read more
The MSc Sports Business Management is designed to enable students to make a significant contribution to the dynamic and complex global sports industry. The course will develop and enhance students’ business management knowledge and skills in areas such as marketing, HRM, finance and enterprise, strategy and economics. It is completely taught within the sport context by staff with sport management and consultancy experience. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work for a range of UK and international sports organisations including: leisure trusts, local authorities, consultancies, commercial sport providers, sports governing bodies and professional sports clubs. A strong philosophy of the MSc is to be intellectually and academically stimulating but clearly focused on the vocational needs of the industry, generating practitioners who can challenge and develop existing practices. The course is suitable for existing sports professionals and those with an appropriate undergraduate qualification who aspire to a career in sport business management.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

-Operations, Sports Law
-Principles and Practice of Sports Marketing
-The Sports Business
-Professional Development in Sport
-Managing People in Sport
-Sports Finance and Economics
-Sports Management Consultancy Project
-Strategic Thinking for Sports Managers
-Research Methods for Sport
-Dissertation

INDUSTRY LINKS

The School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors has strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs. We regularly invite in guest speakers from industry to speak to students within the modules on this course. This represents a valuable opportunity for students to meet potential employers and learn about life in the sports industry. For example, we have had guest lectures given by representatives of Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, Bolton Wanderers Football Club, St Helens Rugby League Club, David Lloyd Leisure and Preston City Council.

The course team are currently working with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity as part of their consultation on accreditation of HE courses.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The teaching and learning environment will be interactive and challenging. It is organised to ensure that key concepts, theories and, where appropriate, practices relevant to business and management in the sports industry form a central role in the student’s learning. Throughout the programme students will engage in a range of learning activities including lectures, seminars, debates, case studies, presentations and group work.

The staff on the programme are friendly and supportive and they also have considerable experience, both within higher education and working in the sports industry. This means that learning is stimulating, creative and challenging.

Assessment on each of the modules is designed to maximise the students’ learning in relation to both subject-specific knowledge and understanding and wider skills, including communication, problem solving and teamwork. Assessment types include reports, consultancy projects, essays, oral and multimedia presentations, debates and a dissertation.

PROGRAMME AIMS

-Equip you with the ability to critically analyse the theories and concepts underpinning sports business management and their application to practice within the national and international sport industry
-Enable you to critically evaluate sports business management practice
-Develop your critical awareness of the key issues and trends within the national and international sports industry
-Enable you to reflect on and develop your personal and professional attributes in order to enhance you employability within the national and international sports industry
-Develop your ability to conduct independent research in the area of sport and management

OPPORTUNITIES

An integral part of the course is the Consultancy Project, which is an opportunity for students to work on a “live” sports marketing and business management project for an external client, agreed using a project specification negotiated between the student, client and academic supervisor. The Consultancy Project offers students the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge that they have developed within the programme in a relevant, practical context. Previous students have worked on projects with a range of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, facilities, local authority and private sector providers and grassroots sports clubs.

The use of guest speakers on the course is designed to facilitate networking opportunities for students to meet with potential employers.

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We offer two part-time options. on campus and distance learning. If you choose to study part-time at our Headingley Campus the length of study is two years. Read more
We offer two part-time options: on campus and distance learning. If you choose to study part-time at our Headingley Campus the length of study is two years. For distance learning you will study part-time for three years.

Sport is now big business - changing lives, shaping communities and impacting on economies all over the world. We will help you gain an understanding of the sports industry and the business principles that sit at its core, helping you turn your passion into a lifelong career.

By examining the work of sports business professionals, agencies, organisations and governing bodies, you'll gain an understanding of how general business principles can be applied to the sports industry. Working with industry partners we'll help you increase your employment opportunities in this exciting field, both nationally and globally.

With a choice of option modules, you will have the opportunity to tailor your course to your individual needs and career aspirations. Whether you're already working in the sports arena and wish to progress to a more senior management role, or if you are motivated to seek a new and exciting career and are attracted by the options sport and commerce can provide in the UK and across the globe, this course will help you stand out in the professional world.

Sport & Active Lifestyles
At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent .

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportbusiness_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Sport is now recognised as big business and requires well qualified individuals to fulfil a range of management related functions. An increasing commercial focus is also needed in both the public and voluntary sports sector. This relates to a diverse series of employment opportunities - from the commercial director of a professional sports club to the general management of local authority sports facilities and the professional aspirations of countless sports and related governing bodies.

- Stadium Facilities Manager
- Sports Retail Account Manager
- Commercial Director
- Sport Development Manager

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

This course has been designed to introduce you to the key principles and processes of sports business management, with the opportunity to customise your study to your individual needs and career aspirations through making considered assessment choices and, also, through the negotiated focus of the Major Independent Study.

Guest lectures will bring you into contact with professionals at the vanguard of sport business, inspiring your learning, enhancing your networks and boosting your career prospects.

Our University has outstanding sports facilities at both the Headingley Campus and the world famous Headingley Carnegie Stadium, which is an international base for professional cricket, rugby league and rugby union teams. We enjoy fruitful partnerships with this famous sports arena, providing you with outstanding opportunities.

Core Modules

Strategic Management of the Sports Business Environment (20 credits)
Sport business organisations need to think and act strategically to succeed. Gain an insight into related aspects of the internal and external environment in order to formulate a holistic strategy for organisational development.

Enterprise, Entrepreneurship & Sport (20 credits)
Consider the area of enterprise and entrepreneurship with regards to business start-up, growth and sustained development, recognising the key role that strategy and finance play in achieving long-term success for sports businesses.

Sport Marketing & PR (20 credits)
Stimulating an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to the study of sports marketing and PR this module aims to develop your critical understanding and awareness of contemporary sports marketing issues and practices.

Sport Economics & Finance (20 credits)
Study principles of economics and finance, using examples from the management of sports teams and clubs to illustrate economic issues and to give you an understanding of finance and funding for sports businesses.

The Management of Human Resources for Sport (20 credits)
Giving your learning a grounding in professional development, you will examine the theories and good practice surrounding HR and organisational development for managers operating in a sporting environment.

Major Independent Study (60 credits)
Undertake a major independent study into an area of your personal interest, relevant to your Sports Business course.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The sports market is a multibillion dollar industry, experiencing rapid expansion in countries such as China, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East, opening many doors to those with a specialized skillset. Read more
The sports market is a multibillion dollar industry, experiencing rapid expansion in countries such as China, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East, opening many doors to those with a specialized skillset. This is an interdisciplinary program designed to teach management skills, covering areas such as: sports marketing and management, sports advertising, media relations and sponsorship. The industry offers diverse and dynamic opportunities to graduates, ranging from professional sports to managing events and corporate sponsorships.

Program

Students gain the knowledge necessary to become successful sports managers, through case study research, industrial visits and routine networking with professional sports industry professionals, in addition to the managerial training they receive in a classroom setting.

Term I
MCO 101 - Management Skills
MCO 102 - Organizational Behavior
MCO 103 - Managerial Accounting
MCO 104 - Marketing
MCO 105 - Quantitative Business Methods
MCO 106 - Negotiation (seminar)
MCO 107 - Business Law (seminar)
MCO 108 - Personal & Professional Development

Term II
MCO 201 - Finance
MCO 202 - Human Resources Management
MCO 203 - Global Economics
MCO 204 - Strategic Management
MCO 205 - Management Information Systems
MCO 206 - Business Strategy Simulation
MCO 207 - Job Career Planning (seminar)
MCO 208 - Communication Skills (seminar)
MCO 209 - Personal & Professional Development

Term III
MSP 301 - Sports Marketing Management
MSP 302 - Financial Management Applications to Sport
MSP 303 - Sports Sponsorship
MSP 304 - Sports Management Issues
MSP 305 - Crafting Unique Sports Events

Faculty

EU Business School faculty members are leading innovators who work both inside and outside of the classroom to guide our business students’ education.

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international professional community. Our faculty members possess experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This combination of the academic and business worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning.

Employability

The sports market is expanding in countries which are experiencing strong economic growth, such as China, Russia, Brazil and India, as well as other Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries.

Important international sporting events are taking place worldwide. Examples include the Rio de Janeiro and Sochi Olympic Games and the Football World Cup in Brazil, Russia and Qatar.

The sports market is often identified through its media and commercial activities. It is breaking ground through the incorporation of various sectors into areas of the business world:
-Development of new sport-related media
-Optimization of new sports facilities
-Expansion of online games and betting
-Sports, the environment and sustainable development
-Sports organization within companies
-Charity sports and sponsorship
-Sports ethics and society

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The sports market is a multibillion dollar industry, experiencing rapid expansion in countries such as China, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East, opening many doors to those with a specialized skillset. Read more
The sports market is a multibillion dollar industry, experiencing rapid expansion in countries such as China, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East, opening many doors to those with a specialized skillset. This is an interdisciplinary program designed to teach management skills, covering areas such as: sports marketing and management, sports advertising, media relations and sponsorship. The industry offers diverse and dynamic opportunities to graduates, ranging from professional sports to managing events and corporate sponsorships.

Program

Students gain the knowledge necessary to become successful sports managers, through case study research, industrial visits and routine networking with professional sports industry professionals, in addition to the managerial training they receive in a classroom setting.

Term I
MCO 101 - Management Skills
MCO 102 - Organizational Behavior
MCO 103 - Managerial Accounting
MCO 104 - Marketing
MCO 105 - Quantitative Business Methods
MCO 106 - Negotiation (seminar)
MCO 107 - Business Law (seminar)
MCO 108 - Personal & Professional Development

Term II
MCO 201 - Finance
MCO 202 - Human Resources Management
MCO 203 - Global Economics
MCO 204 - Strategic Management
MCO 205 - Management Information Systems
MCO 206 - Business Strategy Simulation
MCO 207 - Job Career Planning (seminar)
MCO 208 - Communication Skills (seminar)
MCO 209 - Personal & Professional Development

Term III
MSP 301 - Sports Marketing Management
MSP 302 - Financial Management Applications to Sport
MSP 303 - Sports Sponsorship
MSP 304 - Sports Management Issues
MSP 305 - Crafting Unique Sports Events

Faculty

EU Business School faculty members are leading innovators who work both inside and outside of the classroom to guide our business students’ education.

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international professional community. Our faculty members possess experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This combination of the academic and business worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning.

Employability

The sports market is expanding in countries which are experiencing strong economic growth, such as China, Russia, Brazil and India, as well as other Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries.

Important international sporting events are taking place worldwide. Examples include the Rio de Janeiro and Sochi Olympic Games and the Football World Cup in Brazil, Russia and Qatar.

The sports market is often identified through its media and commercial activities. It is breaking ground through the incorporation of various sectors into areas of the business world:
-Development of new sport-related media
-Optimization of new sports facilities
-Expansion of online games and betting
-Sports, the environment and sustainable development
-Sports organization within companies
-Charity sports and sponsorship
-Sports ethics and society

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The sports market is a multibillion dollar industry, experiencing rapid expansion in countries such as China, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East, opening many doors to those with a specialized skillset. Read more
The sports market is a multibillion dollar industry, experiencing rapid expansion in countries such as China, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East, opening many doors to those with a specialized skillset. This is an interdisciplinary program designed to teach management skills, covering areas such as: sports marketing and management, sports advertising, media relations and sponsorship. The industry offers diverse and dynamic opportunities to graduates, ranging from professional sports to managing events and corporate sponsorships.

Program

Students gain the knowledge necessary to become successful sports managers, through case study research, industrial visits and routine networking with professional sports industry professionals, in addition to the managerial training they receive in a classroom setting.

Term I
MCO 101 - Management Skills
MCO 102 - Organizational Behavior
MCO 103 - Managerial Accounting
MCO 104 - Marketing
MCO 105 - Quantitative Business Methods
MCO 106 - Negotiation (seminar)
MCO 107 - Business Law (seminar)
MCO 108 - Personal & Professional Development

Term II
MCO 201 - Finance
MCO 202 - Human Resources Management
MCO 203 - Global Economics
MCO 204 - Strategic Management
MCO 205 - Management Information Systems
MCO 206 - Business Strategy Simulation
MCO 207 - Job Career Planning (seminar)
MCO 208 - Communication Skills (seminar)
MCO 209 - Personal & Professional Development

Term III
MSP 301 - Sports Marketing Management
MSP 302 - Financial Management Applications to Sport
MSP 303 - Sports Sponsorship
MSP 304 - Sports Management Issues
MSP 305 - Crafting Unique Sports Events

Faculty

EU Business School faculty members are leading innovators who work both inside and outside of the classroom to guide our business students’ education.

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international professional community. Our faculty members possess experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This combination of the academic and business worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning.

Employability

The sports market is expanding in countries which are experiencing strong economic growth, such as China, Russia, Brazil and India, as well as other Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries.

Important international sporting events are taking place worldwide. Examples include the Rio de Janeiro and Sochi Olympic Games and the Football World Cup in Brazil, Russia and Qatar.

The sports market is often identified through its media and commercial activities. It is breaking ground through the incorporation of various sectors into areas of the business world:
-Development of new sport-related media
-Optimization of new sports facilities
-Expansion of online games and betting
-Sports, the environment and sustainable development
-Sports organization within companies
-Charity sports and sponsorship
-Sports ethics and society

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If you wish to work with sports performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or applied sports scientist, this innovative course is for you. Read more

Course Summary

If you wish to work with sports performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or applied sports scientist, this innovative course is for you.

Designed to meet the needs of students interested in the optimisation of performance in sport, it will provide the theory and foundation knowledge and skills you need to pursue professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES); the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA); and appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3 or above).

Choose Sports Performance MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study on a unique course with a multidisciplinary approach to sports performance and gain access to world-leading staff expertise and research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) three quarters of our work across sports science, PE and tourism and leisure has internationally recognised impact. More than 95% of our research outputs are rated as internationally recognised or better (compared with a sector average of 93%).
- Explore a range of disciplines and their contribution to helping athletes increase performance, including: strength and conditioning; performance analysis; coaching in a performance setting; sport science support ; laboratory skills; talent identification
- Develop your research skills and capabilities including research design and ethics, statistics and laboratory skills, opening up additional career opportunities
- Gain from a course designed to prepare you to for employment in the rewarding and expanding fields of coaching, sport science support and strength and conditioning
- Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to pursue roles including Strength and Conditioning Specialist; as a Coach or in Coach Development; Applied Sports Scientist; Laboratory Specialised Technician (eg in universities, sports clubs or hospitals) and/or continue to further research-based study on Masters by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Want to know more about our courses and keep up to date with news? Have a look at our Sport Beds website - http://www.beds.ac.uk/sportbeds#Sport%20Beds%20Link

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Sports Performance is an innovative course designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in maximising sports performance. The course is designed to provide the necessary theoretical and practical skills for those who wish to work within the sport and exercise industry as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, applied sport scientist or a technical coach. It will allow you to be capable of training, test and coach performers to maximise their physical potential to help improve their sporting ability.

Career Management Skills

This Masters degree aims to provide an understanding of real life applications of theory. You will encounter a range of examples of the application of enhancing athletic performance relevant to a future career in the sport and exercise industry or in a profession where such knowledge and skills acquired during the degree would be useful. Throughout the course you will have lectures and workshops given by the Centre for Personal and Career Development.

An initial session on career options is offered by the team from the Centre for Personal and Career Development through your induction process. You will be expected to enhance your career-related and employability skills through interactive exercises, group activities and individual reflection throughout the course.

You will be encouraged to ask appropriate questions and increase the use of feedback that you receive. We also encourage critical thinking, coinciding with the transition to less tutor-led and greater peer- and self-feedback, and `management of tutor. Towards the end of your studies you will be encouraged to make use of the Careers drop-in Centre at the Polhill campus.

Professional competencies are embedded throughout this course. Experiential learning will be promoted through case study and practical assessments of your competency, while work experience and placement opportunities are available both extra to the course and as part of formal learning in a Work Experience unit. The UKSCA is recognised as the lead organisation within Strength & Conditioning in the UK, while BASES is recognised as the lead organisation for sports scientists; there competencies are embedded within this course and will allow you to gain an understanding of and practice the UKSCA accreditation process. This should allow you to accelerate your competency as a coach and look to gain professional accreditation, vital to gaining employment within this career pathway.

Career/Further study opportunities

Career opportunities in the Sports field have expanded greatly in recent years. The professionalizing of many sports through the lottery process and increased governing body investment has opened up opportunities in many sports in terms of careers in the coaching, sport science support and strength and conditioning areas. This process seems to be ongoing with an emphasis, particularly in female and Olympic sports, continuing to grow for the foreseeable future.

Career Possibilities:

- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Personal Trainer
- Fitness Professional
- Lecturer in Further or Higher Education *
- Teacher *
- Coaching/Coach Development
- Applied Sports Scientist
- Laboratory Specialised Technician (e.g. university, sports clubs, hospitals)
- Police *, Armed Services * and Prison Service.

Further study

University of Bedfordshire Postgraduate degrees such as:

Research degree studies (MSc by Research, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy)

The course can also lead on to some conversion postgraduate courses such as:

PGCE

MSc Physiotherapy

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Our MSc Sports Performance analysis programme is designed for graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in Sports Performance Analysis. Read more
Our MSc Sports Performance analysis programme is designed for graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in Sports Performance Analysis. Within the past decade there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sports performance analysts (e.g. professional sporting teams, nationally and internationally, World Class Support programmes, and teaching in Further and Higher Education). Coupled with this growth there has also been an increased need for appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to fill such positions.

The MSc in Sport Performance Analysis will help towards accreditation from International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS). The course is aligned to some of the key benchmarks for accreditation, and fulfils the initial requirements if the graduate would like to apply for accreditation.

Home tuition fees 2017

1 year full-time including dissertation £5670.00.

Alumni Discount 10% for students applying within five years of completion of an undergraduate course at Chichester.

Overseas fees 2017

1 year full-time £12,360.00

Our facilities
Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite. In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
Sports hall
110m synthetic athletics track
Modern fitness suite
Strength and conditioning room
Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
Grass football and rugby pitches
Outdoor netball and tennis court
Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
Two seminar rooms
Cricket nets
Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs
Two dedicated biomechanics labs
Five dedicated physiology labs
An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space
Where this can take you
We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

We provide performance support for elite athletes and competitive teams. We consistently perform well against the elite of university sport. A high number of our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme at the elite level. Some of our graduates have gone on to secure jobs with England Netball, Southampton FC, AFC Bournemouth, Brighton FC, Bristol City FC, London Scottish RFC, Surrey County Cricket Club, amongst others.

Several teams are supported with high-level coaching, training facility support and sports science analysis. Numerous local and national sports clubs’ links with our student sports teams provide additional high-level playing opportunities.

Work placements
The course includes an extensive work placement module involving work related learning and the development of skills specific to the world of commercial sports performance analysis. You will be involved within an elite, semi-professional or professional sports setting through organisations connected with the University, or even one of your choice providing an agreement is arranged. Through the departments' consultancy work, there is opportunity to work with a variety of clubs from various sports. This placement has ranged from a variety of sports over the years including football, rugby, cricket, basketball and netball.

Previous students have worked with the following clubs and franchises:

AFC Bournemouth
Surrey Cricket
Surrey United Basketball
Southampton FC
Brighton and Hove
Harlequins
London Scottish
and many more...
The work placement module provides a platform for students to get involved in performance analysis in a real world situation, working closely with coaches, players, strength and conditioning coaches, physios and management support team. Students are expected to utilise this opportunity to practise skills learned in the university and use innovative ideas to provide the teams with advanced analysis services.

Indicative modules
All students are required to complete modules in their chosen pathway (one as an elective) plus the two modules in research methods and statistics and a research dissertation.

Modules currently available are:

​Advances in Performance Analysis of Sport
Applied Performance Analysis
Work Placement
Research Methods & Statistics I
Research Methods & Statistics II
Research Dissertation
In addition, all students have the option of an elective module from:

Applied Techniques in Biomechanics
Motor Learning & Control
Independent Study

Teaching and Assessment
To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Performance Analysis, students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Performance Analysis, students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis, students need to complete six modules, and either a 12,000 word thesis or a 6,000 word journal article and an oral presentation.

We use a broad range of assessments, which are also novel and vocational to help enhance key employability skills i.e. job application, job interview, CPD portfolio, scout reports, and oral presentations, as well as scientific reports and independent research projects.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Sports Science at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Sports Science at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Swansea University has a flourishing research environment looking at elite sports performance and exercise health and medicine.

Key Features of MSc by Research in Sports Science

Sport and Exercise Science research at Swansea University takes place in the Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) research centre. Engaging in research, teaching and third mission activity that spans the artificial boundaries between traditional disciplines. Swansea University is unique as the only research-intensive university in the UK where Sport and Exercise Science is located in Engineering.

Research activity in Sport and Exercise Science is in two main areas:

Elite Sports Performance
Exercise Medicine and Health

Our research spans the areas of, science, technology, health and medicine applied to sport, exercise and health settings with children, older people, clinical groups and elite international sports people. Importantly, sport and exercise science research is applied in nature and populates teaching, third mission activities and work-related learning opportunities. It has impact on elite sport, students, industry, patients and the general public.

MSc by Research in Sports Science typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

The A-STEM Research Centre has developed its own laboratories that rank alongside the most prestigious and well known universities in the UK.

Find out more about the facilities used by Sports Science students and Researchers at Swansea University.

Swansea University also has a proud reputation for sporting excellence and outstanding sporting facilities. See a 365 degree panoramic of the Sports Village: including the Wales National Pool, Gym, Indoor Courts, Running Track, Astroturf and Indoor Track.

Links with Industry

In addition to teaching and research, academic staff are actively engaged with applied practice and consultancy in sport and exercise settings.
 
Our well-established links include organisations such as:
 


Diabetes UK
Haemaflow
Swansea NHS Trust
Carmarthenshire NHS Trust

UK Sport
Sport Wales
Welsh Rugby Union
International Rugby Board (IRB)

We also work with elite sports teams including:


Scarlets Rugby
Ospreys Rugby
Swansea City AFC
West Ham United AFC
British Bobsleigh
British Bobskeleton
British Cycling
Wales 7s Rugby

Our staff also regularly consult in exercise settings with populations with chronic disease, including diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation and renal care.

Research

Sport and exercise science research occurs within the world-leading Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre.

Significant research in diabetes and health as well as sedentary behaviour, physical activity, fitness, fundamental movement skills in childhood obesity is undertaken by a number of clinical exercise science staff.

Our elite sport performance group is leading a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government to position Wales at the forefront of Science, Technology and Medicine in elite sport and to promote its wider application in health and education. This project represents a unique collaboration of leading Welsh academics, businesses and sport, with the overall objective of enhancing their respective performances.

Fundamental links integrating engineering and sport and exercise science research are being developed by the Sports Visualisation Group who analyse video material to rapidly produce data for immediate analysis of sports performance. Recently the Engineering Behaviour Analytics in Sport and Exercise (E-BASE) research group was set up to investigate the use of advanced sensor and processing technology to quantify training and activity in sport and clinical populations respectively.

We have international research links and projects with universities in Southern and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USE, Italy and Austria.

Student quote

I chose Swansea University to study my MSc Sports Science by Research because Swansea has a great reputation for sports and exercise research and the A-STEM research project is an exciting environment to be part of. Swansea also has great funding opportunities for postgraduate study and it is a really friendly and supportive university.

Zoe Marshall, Sports Science, MSc by Research

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The MSc Sports Sciences (Sports Biomechanics) course has been designed to enable you to develop a range of discipline-specific abilities and apply them to your selected area of special interest. Read more
The MSc Sports Sciences (Sports Biomechanics) course has been designed to enable you to develop a range of discipline-specific abilities and apply them to your selected area of special interest.

Why Study Sports Sciences (Sports Biomechanics) with us?

As well as increasing your theoretical and empirical knowledge within the area, our course comprises core modules that are designed to provide opportunities to enhance your abilities in a range of transferable skills, and also to develop the basic competencies that will aid your personal development should you wish to pursue accreditation in the future, for example with BASES, UKSCA or ISPAS.

The course is taught by an experienced team of tutors who have specialist research interests and publications within the subdiscipline pathways. All teaching has an applied focus, with full use made of the BASES-accredited sports science laboratories.

The above critical elements of teaching excellence and research, combined with the applied practical experience of many of the staff who have worked with national and international athletes and teams, means that during all lectures you will not only be challenged intellectually but will also gain experience and knowledge of how research informs and is informed by practice.

The requirement for an experiential learning placement within the course means that our course provides invaluable practical experience that provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge within an applied sporting environment, as well as developing key interpersonal skills while working alongside applied practitioners.

This course is suitable for: (i) students who wish to embark upon a career in the sports sciences domain and who are seeking postgraduate study with the opportunity of supervised experience; (ii) practitioners already working in the field (coaches, trainers, analysts and physiotherapists); (iii) those looking to extend their knowledge before moving into the research and academic sectors.

What will I learn?

Over the year, full-time students will take six taught modules, including: Research Methods; two sports science generic modules designed to examine practitioner skills (The Applied Sports Scientist Core Competencies) and allow you to gain field-based experience of working in an applied setting (Experiential Learning in Applied Sporting Performance); and the pathway-specific module of Sports Biomechanics. You will also complete one triple-module Research Project.

How will I be taught?

You will learn and be taught by means of lectures, seminars, group work and laboratory practical sessions.
The number of contact hours for full-time students is typically six to seven hours per week, plus ad-hoc tutorials. The total study time expected for each module is 200 hours.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of modules is varied, and comprises a combination of coursework, research reports and presentations. There are no exams.

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Do you want to further your knowledge of sport science and athletic development? Southampton Solent’s athletic development and peak performance master’s degree has been designed in partnership with industry experts to help equip students with skills, experience and knowledge precisely tailored to industry requirements. Read more

Overview

Do you want to further your knowledge of sport science and athletic development? Southampton Solent’s athletic development and peak performance master’s degree has been designed in partnership with industry experts to help equip students with skills, experience and knowledge precisely tailored to industry requirements.

- The course has a practical focus, combining hands-on experience with master’s theory to teach students how to apply learning to a professional sporting environment.
- Gaining practical experience is a key element of the programme and students are expected to undertake work placements alongside their studies for the duration of the course.
- Students have full access to the University’s leading sports science facilities, including a BASES-accredited physiology lab. Many of these facilities are regularly used by professional athletes.
- The course team has strong industry links from which students can benefit.
- Past students have benefitted from a programme of regular guest lectures.

The industry -

The UK health and fitness industry is experiencing continued growth. Fitness membership in the UK has risen by 4.5% and now exceeds 8 million (2014 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report). Despite this, industry commentators have urged the sector not to become complacent and to continue to promote a healthy lifestyle to the nation.

This course can help graduates tap into a number of good career opportunities in sport and exercise science across a number of specialist fields, from developing programmes for elite athletes to working with schools and colleges to encourage the next generation of athletes to excel.

The programme -

Built on a successful and popular undergraduate programme, this high-level master’s degree helps to prepare students for a career in the sports industry by delivering hands-on professional skills and adopting an interdisciplinary approach to coaching.

During the course, students will explore key areas such as talent identification, long-term athlete development, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, peak performance, technical and tactical development, marginal gains, and injury prevention and management.

To complement their studies, students are expected to undertake work placements relevant to the course within professional sport and exercise organisations. Working at all levels, from elite athletes to schools or rehabilitation patients, students will gain valuable ‘real-world’ experience working alongside leading experts. Work placements are expected to have been organised prior to joining the course; if students have been unable to organise a placement, the University will support them in finding a suitable opportunity.

Students have full access to the University’s leading, fully-equipped sports science facilities, which boast a BASES-accredited physiology laboratory, as well as biomechanics, health and exercise, and psychology laboratories. Many of these facilities are regularly used by professional athletes, including players from Southampton FC.

Past students have benefitted from a guest speaker programme which has featured lectures from professionals from the highest level of a variety of sports, who have shared their advice, knowledge and experience of the industry.

The course team has strong industry links and the University is a partner of Southampton FC. The University also works with other top sports organisations, including Reed’s High Performance Academy, British Swimming, Hampshire Rugby, Crystal Palace FC, London Irish RFC and GB Wheelchair Rugby.

Course Content

Technical Development in Sport: On this unit you will critically analyse coaching methods and how skill is acquired, building your understanding and use of technology for developing, monitoring and testing athletic performance.

Psycho-Social Development in Sport: The aim of this unit is to analyse the theories underpinning talent identification and long-term athlete development, and to examine the psycho-social factors affecting performance throughout an athlete’s career.

Physical Preparation in Sport and Exercise: This unit examines the science behind effective training, injury prevention and rehabilitation in a practical setting. You will focus on physical and mental loading, and on the key fitness components of strength, speed, endurance and flexibility.

Tactical Development in Sport: This unit focuses on performance analysis techniques, providing practical opportunities to collect, assimilate and analyse tactical, technical and time motion information, with the aim of improving performance.

Marginal Gains for Peak Performance: This unit identifies past, current and future methods of obtaining potential marginal advantage in performance, with a chance to build first-hand experience via off-site learning.

Individual Project: The project provides an opportunity to undertake a sustained, intensive and independent investigation into a topic of your choosing, presenting your work in a peer-reviewed journal format.

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course combines theory-led sessions with practical sessions, working individually and in groups in both the laboratory and the field. On all units you’ll work with real-life clients, in a placement either organised yourself or by members of the course team.

Work experience -

Prior to starting the course you’ll be expected to have a placement organised that will last throughout your studies; this can be in more than one organisation if required. The placement should be in a role relevant to the course, and might include (but not limited to) coach, sport scientist, performance analyst, strength and conditioning coach, exercise physiologist, biomechanist, laboratory technician, etc.

If you’ve been unable to organise a placement, the course team will support you in finding a placement, potentially with university partners Southampton FC or a range of other top sports organisations, including Reed’s High Performance Academy, British Swimming, Hampshire Rugby, Crystal Palace FC, London Irish RFC, GB Wheelchair Rugby and more.

Assessment -

Assessment will be a range of written coursework, viva, presentations, reports and practical tests.

Our facilities -

You’ll have timetabled and extracurricular access to our BASES-accredited physiology laboratory (http://www.solent.ac.uk/business-community/hess/facilities/physiology-lab.aspx), as well as the biomechanics (http://www.solent.ac.uk/business-community/hess/facilities/biomechanics-lab.aspx), health and exercise (http://www.solent.ac.uk/business-community/hess/facilities/health-exercise-lab.aspx) and psychology laboratories (http://www.solent.ac.uk/business-community/hess/facilities/psychology-laboratory.aspx).

Study abroad -

Through discussion with your course leader you’ll have potential opportunities to study abroad through international placement in the industry, for example in Poland.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities in sport and exercise science, across every sport imaginable. You could work with professional, elite or Olympic athletes, meeting the challenges of ensuring they maintain peak fitness in world-class competition, or work with hospitals and health organisations to develop training and recovery programmes for patients suffering injury or disability. You could work with schools and/or colleges, developing fitness programmes and encouraging the next generation of athletes to excel.

Links with industry -

This MSc has been designed in conjunction with industry experts, ensuring you receive the skills and theory precisely tailored to industry requirements. Our industry partners are also integral in the provision of placement opportunities, giving you the advantage of real-world experience alongside potential employers during your master’s studies.

The course also incorporates a series of guest lecturers from the highest level of a variety of sports, to share their advice, knowledge and experience of the industry.

Transferable skills -

Presentation, project and time management, leadership, communication, IT and numeracy skills are developed in both the classroom and practical placement opportunities.

Further study -

You’ll have the opportunity to specialise at the highest level with Solent’s PhD programme, under the guidance of various staff members.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £6,695

International full-time fees: £12,380

Other costs -

Compulsory BASES membership: £24

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed in sport and exercise science? By combining practical experience with advanced academic theory, Southampton Solent’s athletic development and peak performance master’s degree will help you to take your sport science or coaching career to the next level.

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The course is designed for sports scientists (or similar graduates) who wish to apply their knowledge to a therapy setting and learn clinical skills. Read more
The course is designed for sports scientists (or similar graduates) who wish to apply their knowledge to a therapy setting and learn clinical skills. Completing the course provides eligibility for membership of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) which gives you licence to practice as a sports therapist. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

London Metropolitan is proud to have been one of the first universities in the UK to develop this ground-breaking degree. It tackles a growing demand for professionals, with sports-specific knowledge, and equips them with the tools necessary to become successful professional sports therapists.

This course focuses on giving you the ability to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports injuries or dysfunction to become a competent postgraduate sports therapist. It includes the development of practical, patient-handling and clinical decision-making skills. In addition, those who successfully complete the course are eligible for membership of the Society of Sports Therapists.

The University has a long history of teaching sports science and therapy courses, and an excellent record of graduate employment in these fields. You will benefit from a range of specialist resources within our £30m Science Centre including a fully-functioning public clinic.

A variety of methods will be used to assess your performance including literature reviews, seminar presentations, written seminar papers, time-constrained assessments, practical examinations (including viva voce) and the dissertation.

Professional accreditation

Eligibility available for graduates to membership of the Society of Sports Therapists who accredit the course.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Clinical Skills in Sports Therapy (core, 40 credits)
-Manual Therapy for Peripheral Joints (core, 20 credits)
-Manual Therapy for Spinal Joints (core, 20 credits)
-Scientific Frameworks for Research (core, 20 credits)
-Sports Application to Practice (core, 20 credits)
-Sports Rehabilitation (core, 20 credits)
-Sports Therapy and Exercise Science Dissertation (core, 40 credits)
-Work Placement (core, 20 credits)

After the course

Many former students work with professional, semi-professional and amateur sporting institutions. These include football, rugby, ice hockey and basketball teams, and professional cyclists. Roles have also been plentiful in private practice, providing sports therapy and rehabilitation services within health and leisure centres. There is also the option to pursue further research.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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