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This innovative Master's degree is focused on the application of strength and conditioning as one of the most effective tools to improve both health and performance. Read more

This innovative Master's degree is focused on the application of strength and conditioning as one of the most effective tools to improve both health and performance.

Accreditation

The evidence-based content, supported by an extensive practical programme, will provide students with the opportunity to obtain professional accreditations from the most respected organisations in the field:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA)
  • International Society of Sport Nutrition (ISSN).

Our MSc Strength and Conditioning is recognised as a high quality programme for the NSCA Education Recognition Programme.

Specialist staff

The programme is supported by internationally recognised visiting professionals, together with specialist staff in the Centre for Sports Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise within the Department of Life and Sports Sciences. This, together with the well-equipped facilities, gives a focus on the students need and requirements, helping them achieve their potential.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide students with an understanding of the subject specific knowledge, as well as the critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem-solving in the field of strength and conditioning
  • Provide students with enhanced practical and professional skills and thus prepare students effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies in the field of strength and conditioning
  • Enable students to work independently and use initiative in solving the diverse problems that may be encountered
  • Instil a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of strength and conditioning.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students will be assessed through:

  •  Essays
  •  Case study 
  •  Problem solving exercises
  •  Time-constrained tests
  •  Formal reports
  •  Presentations
  •  Portfolio
  •  Written examinations
  •  Practical assessments 
  •  An independent research project.

Professional recognition

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will achieve professional accreditations from the most respected organisations in the field: National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA), United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and the International Society of Sport Nutrition (ISSN).

Careers

Graduates can pursue opportunities in the sports performance and coaching field, or gain positions as head strength coach, assistant strength coach, strength coach, sports nutrition advisors. They can also gain roles in the health and fitness industry (advanced programmes and services); performance diagnostics-oriented companies, institutions and laboratories; manufacturers of devices, equipment for training, and testing as well as sports nutrition supplements design; oriented research institutions; public authorities; consulting and self-employed businesses; health-care companies and institutions.



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To be an excellent strength and conditioning coach requires a wide knowledge across several domains and a number of different skill sets. Read more
To be an excellent strength and conditioning coach requires a wide knowledge across several domains and a number of different skill sets. These include:
-An extensive “toolbox” of training exercise and interventions
-An understanding of movement and the ability to teach movement
-An understanding of how the body adapts to training and how to organise training to maximise desirable adaptations
-An ability to coach
-The ability to understand various sources of evidence (including scientific evidence) and use it to inform your practice

The MSc in Strength and Conditioning has been designed with these demands in mind, and aims to support students in developing as excellent strength and conditioning coaches.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s is widely recognised as an international leader in strength and conditioning education. We were the first UK institution to offer a BSc in strength and conditioning, and this MSc was the first part time, distance learning course in strength and conditioning in the UK. In recent years the university has invested £250,000 in a state of the art Performance Education Centre which is unrivalled as a facility for strength and conditioning education.

The staff at St Mary’s include both highly experienced coaches and expert sport scientists. In addition, our adjunct faculty is comprised of some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the world. All of the course material is designed for the strength and conditioning degree alone, which ensures that the practical relevance of the scientific evidence to the strength and conditioning coach is always fully explored.

The distance learning nature of this course has several advantages for professionals. Principal among these is the opportunity to combine study with practical work experience, thus allowing the translation of science into practice. In addition, you can organise your study around your own personal schedule. You can download lectures and watch them at times that suit you.

A Student View

Crofton Alexander (Wasps Strength and Conditioning Coach)
"Having already started a career in professional strength and conditioning with London Wasps prior to commencing the MSc, I was hoping that St Mary's MSc Strength and Conditioning programme would be stimulating, thought provoking and a challenge to my current philosophy.

"In all honesty, it did more than that and I can definitely say that this programme has raised my strength and conditioning practices to the next level."

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. To qualify for the certificate you need to accrue 60 credits.

Modules will be offered according to staff availability and student uptake. Details of the core modules offered are presented below. Whilst every effort is made to accommodate student preferences we do require at least three students to register for a module to make it viable.

Module Information
› Practical Techniques in Strength and Conditioning
› Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
› Biomechanics and Skill Acquisition in Strength and Conditioning
› Physiology of Training
› Programme Design, Planning and Monitoring
› Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning Science
› Independent Project
› Study Skills

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

In today’s marketplace, employers are seeking to employ staff who are suitably qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities. As such, there is an increased need for postgraduate programmes 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 MSc / PG Diploma programme focuses on disciplines pertinent to the field of strength and conditioning. These disciplines are developed to provide a programme that reflects the competencies required for professional accreditation with the UKSCA and NSCA.

It is necessary for applicants to understand that the most important quality valued by employers is experience. It is therefore a condition of entry to the course that students arrange experience opportunities in strength and conditioning prior to entry. For those using the course as CPD for another career pathway (e.g. physiotherapists) this condition does not apply.

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Take advantage of the growth in demand for highly trained strength and conditioning coaches working in high-performance sport, sports development or other environments where superior levels of athleticism are required. Read more

Take advantage of the growth in demand for highly trained strength and conditioning coaches working in high-performance sport, sports development or other environments where superior levels of athleticism are required. This course will teach you how to optimise human performance so that athletes of all abilities and from a range of sports can perform optimally while also minimising their risk of injury.

You will study the biomechanics and physiology of the human body, focusing on the development of strength and power and cardiovascular adaptations to aid training and performance. You will learn to apply this to your coaching practice while also understanding the perspectives of other practitioners, including nutritionists, physiotherapists and psychologists.

There will be the opportunity to design and implement a programme for athletes or specific populations, allowing you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life situations. This experience will help you develop your communication skills and establish positive working relationships with a wide range of people, including players, athletes, officials, coaches and parents.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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

Course Benefits

We have worked closely with our contacts in the strength and conditioning industry to create this course. Thanks to this, you will benefit from the input of professionals including physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, lecturers and nutritionists, helping you gain the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in this sector.

Our teaching team have a strong research background and includes practising strength and conditioning coaches who will be able to relate your theoretical learning to real-life practice. You will also benefit from our first-class facilities which include biomechanics labs, an on-site swimming pool, athletics track and strength and conditioning gym. 

Our course is aligned with the requirements of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association and will prepare you to apply for accreditation after you graduate.

PG Cert

Core modules

  • Biomechanics of Strength & Power
  • Physiology of Sports Conditioning
  • Organisation & Evaluation of Training

PG Dip

Core modules

  • Biomechanics of Strength & Power
  • Physiology of Sports Conditioning
  • Organisation & Evaluation of Training
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Strength & Conditioning
  • Strength & Conditioning Practice

MSc

Core modules

  • Biomechanics of Strength & Power
  • Physiology of Sports Conditioning
  • Organisation & Evaluation of Training
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Strength & Conditioning
  • Strength & Conditioning Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Major Independent Study

Job prospects

Whether you are already working with elite competitors or you are a graduate looking to specialise, this course will prepare you for working with a range of athletes, professional sports teams or in organisations such as the armed forces. Possible careers could include strength and conditioning coach, physical training instructor or personal trainer. You could also undertake further research and study for a PhD.

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Physical Training Instructor
  • Personal Trainer


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Over the past decade, the impact of strength and conditioning has had on athletic performance has become increasingly clear with professional and amateur sports using strength and conditioning to maximise performance. Read more
Over the past decade, the impact of strength and conditioning has had on athletic performance has become increasingly clear with professional and amateur sports using strength and conditioning to maximise performance.

The MSc in Strength and Conditioning aims to enable you to develop an evidence-based approach to understanding the science of strength training and the application of strength and conditioning in enhancing human performance.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-You will have the opportunity to study all the theoretical and practical areas necessary for gaining accredited status with the United Kingdom strength and conditioning association (UKSCA)
-You will engage in practical application of strength and conditioning in individual and team sport settings
-Blended learning allows maximum flexibility to fit study into your own schedule

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

There is growing recognition that appropriate strength and conditioning is essential for optimum performance and recovery in sport. An increasing number of athletes at all levels require appropriate support from appropriately trained professionals within the field of strength and conditioning. The Strength and Conditioning MSc will give you the skills needed to deliver this support.

The course is delivered via blended learning. The course is structured around key study days involving face to face lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals. During these you will also develop the practical competencies needed to demonstrate key Olympic lifts and plan periodised strength and conditioning programmes.

You will study topics covering: Performance Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Injuries, Corrective Exercises, Recovery Strategies, and Strength and Conditioning Practice. To achieve the award of an MSc Strength and Conditioning you will also receive research methods training and then undertake a mandatory research project.

Modules include:
-Foundation Practices in Strength & Conditioning
-Advanced Practices in Strength & Conditioning
-Client Profilling
-Research Skills and Professional Practice
-Aetiology of Injury and Corrective Exercise
-Recovery & Regeneration

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

On successful completion of this course you will be well placed to find a position working with groups or individuals to improve human performance. Strength and conditioning professionals are in demand in many organisations including professional sports teams/clubs, government sports providers (eg the English Institute of Sport), local authorities, health and fitness clubs and further and higher education institutions.

On completion of the course you will be ideally placed to pass the assessment day to obtain UKSCA accredited status. You will also develop a number of transferable skills on the course that will allow you to excel in many different careers.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To 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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Are you highly motivated with an interest in strength and conditioning and sport science? Looking to have a real impact on sport and athletic development? This course gives you the knowledge and practical competencies to go on to further studies or a career in strength and conditioning. Read more
Are you highly motivated with an interest in strength and conditioning and sport science? Looking to have a real impact on sport and athletic development? This course gives you the knowledge and practical competencies to go on to further studies or a career in strength and conditioning.

You’ll focus on the practical aspects of the discipline, covering topics including the physiology of strength and conditioning, applied strength and conditioning, contemporary issues and professional practice for the benefit of athletes in the sporting industry.

“It’s inspiring. You are constantly surrounded by individuals with a very high level of knowledge and experience within the industry.” Sam Bacon MSc Strength and Conditioning

You’ll be working in some of the best campus sports facilities in the UK, including sport and exercise science labs accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and learning useful skills thanks to course recognition by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

For more information on the part time option for this course, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/strength-and-conditioning-dtpstc6/

Learn From The Best

You'll learn from our expert staff members, many of whom are accredited strength and conditioning coaches as well as being actively involved in research.

Their specialisms include recovery from exercise; strategies to enhance performance; different fatigue mechanisms; sports nutrition products and how they benefit exercise populations.

Northumbria is ranked in the top 30 for excellence in sport and exercise science research power, making it the best-rated university in the North East.

Teaching And Assessment

Combining practical and theoretical knowledge you’ll increase your skills through informed debate with your peers and independent study.

You’ll learn through small group lectures that will help direct you towards subjects for further study and research and through sessions mainly involving laboratory or practical skills. These sessions will help you develop your hands-on experience alongside analytical, data handling and scientific reporting expertise.

You’ll be assessed through laboratory reports, presentations, case studies, assignments, practical skills, small-scale projects, preparing articles for journals and a dissertation.

You’ll be able to demonstrate transferable and practical professional skills as well as ensuring you can present information to different audiences, for example scientific research conferences and peer groups.

You’ll be supported by a guidance tutor who has a wealth of experience in supporting students from a variety of backgrounds on personal or professional matters.

Module Overview
SP0732 - Exercise Prescription for Health Disorders and Special Populations (Core, 20 Credits)
SP0733 - Sport and Exercise Science Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits)
SP0734 - Contemporary Issues and Professional Practise (Core, 20 Credits)
SP0735 - Applied Strength and Conditioning (Core, 20 Credits)
SP0736 - High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning (Core, 20 Credits)
SP0737 - Physiology of Strength and Conditioning (Core, 20 Credits)
SP0738 - Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

You’ll be learning and training in some of the best campus sport facilities in the country, rated in the Top 5 in the UK in the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey 2015-16.

You’ll have access to facilities including Sport Central, a £30 million purpose-built sports building that offers an indoor sprint track, biomechanics lab, strength and conditioning and performance analysis suites and a physiology lab.

The state of the art sport and exercise science labs have been accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), providing the perfect environment to develop your knowledge and hands-on research skills.

Research-Rich Learning

Northumbria has an unrivalled reputation for sport and exercise science research power in the North East. You’ll learn from accredited strength and conditioning coaches who are internationally renowned for their research while developing your own enquiry and problem solving skills.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in their research projects and benefit from their expert knowledge as part of the course and through your final dissertation.

You’ll be encouraged to develop a critical approach with a focus on problem solving, while expanding key areas of knowledge and practical experience as you progress on to more complex research projects.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course is focussed on delivering industry specific knowledge, and is supported by a world class BASES-accredited teaching and research environment. Your future employability across the sports science industry will also be enhanced, thanks to our recognition by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

You can expect to gain professional hands-on learning experience. As part of the High Performance Coaching module, you’ll work with a client and analyse their personal coaching practice, giving you practical experience that can apply in your future career.

Your Future

Graduating from this course, you’ll be well qualified to work as a strength and conditioning coach or go on to study for a PhD.

Former students are involved in strength and conditioning work for national governing bodies and other organisations or through private consultancy. One recent graduate is the National Fitness Coach for the Gibraltar Football Association.

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Looking to raise your game in the field of strength, conditioning and athlete development? Graduates of our well-established Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning have a proven track record preparing athletes and sports teams for competition, and our highly-experienced practitioner-tutors offer the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career. Read more

Looking to raise your game in the field of strength, conditioning and athlete development? Graduates of our well-established Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning have a proven track record preparing athletes and sports teams for competition, and our highly-experienced practitioner-tutors offer the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career.

What the course offers

Elite sports people need an elite support team – and expert strength and conditioning coaches are in demand world-wide to promote and guide the physical development of athletes and sports teams. Aimed at graduates with relevant academic and vocational experience, this course is designed to build on your existing knowledge, opening doors to higher levels of responsibility and professional accreditation in strength and conditioning.

Based in Bolton One, the University of Bolton’s specially designed sports and health teaching and research centre, this practically-focused Master’s degree aims to help you gain the academic and theoretical knowledge (for evidence-based practice), and professional, vocational and practical skills needed for success in this competitive industry. Our dedicated team of experienced academic practitioners, who have worked at all levels of elite and professional sport, will guide you in an exploration of the science and coaching of strength and conditioning.

We’ll support you to advance your understanding and make strong links between theory and practice in areas such as biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, coaching and leadership. Our commitment is to helping you develop as a practitioner, informed by the latest research and on-going developments in the sciences of sports and human performance, so that you can become a leader in the field of strength and conditioning.

Course Highlights:

  • Specialist facilities in Bolton One include a dedicated strength and conditioning suite, sport and exercise laboratories focusing on physiology and biomechanics, fully equipped teaching clinics, a rehabilitation and exercise suite, a multi-use sports hall and climbing wall, our Sports and Spinal Injuries Clinic, and much more.
  • Bolton One is also home to our Athlete Development Centre (ADC), offering you opportunities to work alongside our professional practitioners helping athletes, sports teams and coaches at all levels improve their performance. The ADC currently has a client base that includes professional football and rugby league, GB Weightlifting, Triathlon England, Triathlon Australia, England Athletics, and professional combat sport athletes.
  • Professional experience is an essential element of the course that gives valuable, hands-on, real-life experience in a professional sports setting. Our extensive network of sports industry contacts and partners means we can offer a wide variety of placements.
  • Guest lecturers with a strong background in applied strength and conditioning contribute to the course, and have included coaches to elite athletes, book authors, internationally recognised researchers, NGB coaches, and internationally recognised strength and conditioning specialists.
  • The UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) does not accredit any university degrees. However, we believe this course exceeds the academic requirements detailed in their Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) Competency Document, as well as the requirements to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in the USA, meaning you can focus on meeting their experiential requirements.

Key Features:

  • Our highly-qualified lecturers and staff are also experienced existing practitioners, offering strong links with industry, and expertise and applied experience in areas such as strength and conditioning, physiological testing, sport and performance psychology, biomechanics, physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation.
  • One of the longest-standing Strength & Conditioning MSc programmes in the UK, this course has a proven track record of producing graduates who are highly employable and are now leading the way across the industry; for instance, our alumni have senior roles at Premier League football clubs, Super League clubs, and in International Rugby Union, International Cricket and Boxing.
  • We’re committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You’ll be encouraged to attend relevant masterclasses, external courses and events that enhance your learning; helping you to make contacts in the industry and contributing to your professional development.
  • Alongside specialist strength and conditioning knowledge, you’ll have the chance to further develop your skills in research, data collection and evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, as well as in areas such as communication, presentation, team working and problem solving.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, specialist sports teaching facilities in Bolton One, and excellent IT and library services. You’ll also be able to access a great range of recreational sport and exercise facilities for when you need to exercise your body instead of your mind.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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IN BRIEF. Gain a higher degree that will qualify you for a lead role in strength and conditioning. The contact sessions on campus are applicable immediately to professional practice. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Gain a higher degree that will qualify you for a lead role in strength and conditioning
  • The contact sessions on campus are applicable immediately to professional practice
  • Develop the practical skills and professional knowledge that employers ask for
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

This course has a strong practice-based element, which means you'll develop the skills you need to pursue a lead role in the field.

Theoretical content is available online, so you won't have to attend University every week. You'll be able to apply your learning to your job and use case studies from your current area of practice. Our staff are experts in the field of strength and conditioning and they often work in partnership with professional sports teams and individual athletes.

This was the first postgraduate programme in Europe to receive international recognition though the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP).

COURSE DETAILS

This was the first Strength and Conditioning Masters Degree in Europe to be recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) through their education recognition programme. The programme is delivered by some of the world’s leading experts. The contact sessions on campus, including keynote sessions followed by practical and seminar sessions, are applicable immediately to professional practice and involve a high practical content.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The MSc course is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.

The full-time course runs over three academic semesters (October through to September the following year), whilst  giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: completion of one module
  • Postgraduate Diploma: completion of two modules
  • Masters: completion of two modules plus a dissertation

In order to achieve an award of MSc Strength and Conditioning you must successfully complete the modules Strength and Conditioning and Injury Prevention and Performance Measurement, along with producing a thesis for the dissertation module.

TEACHING

This course is available both part-time and full-time and is delivered via a blended learning approach, which includes:  

Workshops (three days per module, per semester)

These are interactive, discursive, reflective, participatory, collaborative and practice related sessions that employ a variety of teaching and learning methods. As the course progresses these will become progressively more student led, with you presenting case studies for peer and tutor review.  

Individual scholarly activity

Self directed learning, personal reflection, practice based application and reflection, including peer and tutor review.  

Distance learning resources

Delivery of supporting resources such as study guides and lecture material online. Facilitated group work, including tutor and peer evaluation are a key component of this course.

Personal tutor and peer support

To provide an academic, practice based and personal support mechanism alongside facilitated networking.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment methods will vary depending on the module.  They include:

  • Case studies (written and oral presentations)
  • Viva vocé
  • Literature review
  • Practical assessments
  • Journal articles (research reports written in the format of a journal article)
  • Research proposal

EMPLOYABILITY

With the skills you'll learn in this course, you can take a lead role in strength and conditioning and make a difference to the training of your clients. This course will significantly increase your chances of getting a high profile role in top-flight sport.

Graduates are now employed in Premier League and Championship football and paralympic weightlifting. Some graduates have also progressed on to lecturing and doctoral level study.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Al Stewart, was working as a strength and conditioning coach at Manchester City Football Club Academy when he started the MSc Strength and Conditioning, with the aim of gaining a postgraduate degree while gaining additional practical skills and experience to permit him to progress to a more senior role. He is now the Head of Strength and Conditioning for Hull City FC.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course has been developed to include the key competencies identified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning association (UKSCA).

FURTHER STUDY

Upon successful completion of the course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.  

As a University, we are committed to your continuing professional development. We run short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of developments in Sports Injury Rehabilitation.

FACILITIES

You will have access to some of the best facilities in the UK, including our purpose-built Human Performance Lab, which contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment including:

  • FT700 Ballistic Measurement System
  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system
  • KinCom and Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometers for muscle strength testing
  • Portable Kistler force plate
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood flow
  • We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems. We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates
  • There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and haemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analysers.

In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs.

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold callipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats and timing gates


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

Designed to meet the needs of students interested in the optimisation the fitness capacities required for high level 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).

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/strength-and-conditioning#about

Course detail

• Study on a unique course with a multidisciplinary approach to strength and conditioning 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; testing physical capacities; sport science support; laboratory skills.
• 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 field of strength and conditioning
• Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to pursue roles including Strength and Conditioning Specialist; 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.
• Learn in the newly-opened arena facility which provides a space for modern fitness professional to train in a controlled environment designed for student only access. A wide range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment is available including a dedicated Strength and Conditioning suite with weight lifting equipment vital to the development of a Strength and Conditioning coach's delivery skills.

Modules

• Research Methods
• Strength and Conditioning Dissertation
• Assessment of Physical Capacities
• Sport Science Support
• Strength and Conditioning
• Exercise and Nutrition for Clinical Populations*
• Laboratory Skills*
• Placement (short)*
• Placement (long)*

*denotes options

Modes of assessment include examinations (seen and unseen), essays, practical tests, laboratory reports, research projects, case studies, presentations and data-analysis exercises.

These assessment methods will develop and assess core knowledge and practical skills relevant to your future employment and/or further education. Final assessments will be aligned with UKSCA accreditation requirements with you competency as an S & C coach assessed by UKSCA assessors.

Assessment types include:
• essays, laboratory reports, projects , case studies, dissertation (approx. 85%);
• oral and poster presentations (approx. 10%);
• tests and exams (approx. 5%)

Careers

This Masters degree aims to provide an understanding of real- life applications of theory. You will encounter a range of examples of enhancing athletic performance relevant to a future career in the sport and exercise industry or in a profession where such knowledge and skills would be useful.

The competencies of the lead organisation for strength and conditioning – the UKSCA - are embedded into this course giving you an understanding of, and practise in, the UKSCA accreditation process. This should accelerate your career as a coach and look to gain professional accreditation, vital to gaining employment within this career.

Increased investment in sport has opened up new opportunities for careers in strength and conditioning and sport science support, not only at the elite level of sport, but also at grass roots/school sport.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The continued expansion of sport strength and conditioning provision around the UK means there is a growing need for highly qualified graduates in this field, as well as those already working within the setting to further extend their specialist strength and conditioning knowledge. Read more

The continued expansion of sport strength and conditioning provision around the UK means there is a growing need for highly qualified graduates in this field, as well as those already working within the setting to further extend their specialist strength and conditioning knowledge.

This masters degree offers the opportunity for students to learn and apply contemporary theoretical principles and scientific methodologies that enhance strength and conditioning practice.

The programme is designed to build on the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) award, and the UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) award. It provides a necessary range of theoretical and practical experiences to support a career as a strength and conditioning practitioner.

Modules

  • Physiological Determinants of Athletic Performance
  • Monitoring Training and Recovery Processes in Elite Sport
  • Movement Development in Athletic Populations
  • Coaching Science and Performance Delivery
  • Work-based Project
  • Independent Project 

Study style

The masters degree programme offers a supportive, student-centered environment and ensures the highest quality research-informed teaching.

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

Preparation for UKSCA and NSCA accreditation

While the UKSCA and NSCA do not permit institutions to accredit candidates through their academic pathways, the masters degree programme is designed to provide excellent opportunities for students to prepare for accreditation with both organisations.

Exceptional facilities

In addition to world-class research facilities, the university boasts a recently renovated and strength and conditioning dedicated facility that can accommodate large groups of athletes simultaneously.

Broaden your opportunities

The course offers a unique suite of modules in niche areas of strength and conditioning that will broaden the opportunities for graduates.

Careers

  • Elite and amateur level strength and conditioning vocation
  • Strength and conditioning coach in specialist schools
  • Strength and conditioning vocation with a national governing body
  • Research and academia
  • Health and public sector
  • Private consultancy


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​This is the first programme of its kind to offer a dedicated internship module through which students can gain academic credits while undertaking work experience in a club structure, professional organisation or National Governing Body. Read more

Course Overview

​This is the first programme of its kind to offer a dedicated internship module through which students can gain academic credits while undertaking work experience in a club structure, professional organisation or National Governing Body. The programme offers the following course specific compulsory modules:
- Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application.
- Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice.

2016 entry: Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 30th June. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.

*Please note. This programme will undergo periodic review in March 2016. As such, module and pathway information may change. Refer back to this course page for the most up-to-date information at that point.​​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/schoolofsport/courses/Pages/Strength-and-Conditioning.aspx

​Course Content​​

Visiting lecturers, drawn from the UK's most experienced strength and conditioning practitioners, complement the lectures given by the Cardiff School of Sport's specialist staff in strength and conditioning and associated discipline areas. The specialist modules are accompanied by a range of compulsory and option modules, which are shared with other programmes in the School's Postgraduate Scheme in Sport Studies.

Students are afforded the opportunity to develop the academic skills of critical appraisal and reflection alongside the practical skills and competencies that are required to work within this rapidly developing field. The programme's multi-disciplinary content is underpinned by the scientific knowledge that supports the practice of strength and conditioning. A key aim of the programme is to support students in line with the UKSCA competency framework and in preparation for UKSCA accreditation (ASCC: Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach).

In order to qualify for the MSc, students are required to successfully complete a 15,000 word dissertation project.

Compulsory modules:
- Research Methods for Sport Studies (Quantitative or Qualitative Route) (20 credits)
- Dissertation Project (60 credits)
- Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application (20 credits)
- Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
- Physiology of Sports Conditioning (20 credits)

Option modules (choose 40 credits):
- Internship (40 credits)
- Independent Study (20 credits)
- Theoretical and Experimental Sports Biomechanics (20 credits)
- Analysis of Technique (20 credits)
- Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
- Computerised Match Analysis (20 credits)
- Understanding the Coaching Environment (20 credits)
- Working with Elite Performers (20 credits)
- Managing Coaching Problems (20 credits)
- Sport Coaching: Theory to Practice (20 credits).​

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, practical vivas, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and laboratory reports. ​

Employability & Careers​

Graduates of the programme can continue their studies and register for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject. Other graduates will pursued careers as professional strength and conditioning coaches working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies, technical coaches, work within the health and fitness industry, act as consultants and lecture (further and higher education).

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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The course is aimed at students who have undertaken a sports science, sports coaching or related undergraduate degree and who wish to continue their studies and progress to working within elite athletics. Read more

The course is aimed at students who have undertaken a sports science, sports coaching or related undergraduate degree and who wish to continue their studies and progress to working within elite athletics.

The course aims to facilitate accreditation with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) through experiential learning on the professional enquiry placement module and key core modules such as practical applications to performance training, strength and rehabilitation science and effective coaching.

The University of Brighton’s sport and exercise laboratories at the Eastbourne campus, where the course is based, are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). There are also extensive fitness and sport facilities on site with brand new facilities currently in development.

The course leader, Flo Pietzsch, was a strength and conditioning coach with the Lawn Tennis Association and previously to that at the English Institute of Sport. He is an accredited member of UKSCA and has advised and worked with UKSCA on curriculum development on their recent coaching science content. 

We are a REF 2014 top 20 university for world-leading research impact in sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.

This new course is in the final stages of development and small changes may occur. Check back for the most up-to-date information.

Areas of study

The course offers varied content that brings together strength and conditioning, and applied physiology.

The University of Brighton is unique in offering Effective Coaching as a compulsory module. This module is aligned with curriculum guidance from UKSCA, the national governing body.

The professional enquiry module is also compulsory and provides the 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. Opportunities exist with a range of organisations whom we partner with.

Syllabus

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 will study seven core modules, including your final project. (This new course is still in development so the modules below are currently indicative and could be subject to change.)

Core modules

  • Practical Application of Performance Training
  • Strength and Rehabilitation
  • Effective Coaching
  • Critical Insights into the Study of Physiology
  • Laboratory Skills for Sport Physiologists
  • Professional Enquiry/ placement
  • Final Project

Equipment and facilities

Accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the English Institute of Sport (EIS), our laboratories are equipped with the latest modern facilities.

You will have access to a -10 to +50°C hot-cold chamber, an altitude/hypoxic chamber that rises to the equivalent of 5500m, 3D motion analysis, ground reaction force plates, a DXA bone scanner, exercise physiology laboratories, biomechanics laboratories and three biochemistry laboratories.

Our laboratories have appeared in numerous TV productions by the BBC and Sky TV. They have also been used to test out products for exercising and weight loss and to prepare athletes for the Olympics and Paralympics.

The university’s Eastbourne campus has extensive sporting facilities, including a sports hall, climbing wall, swimming pool, three gyms, a dance studio and an artificial training pitch. Currently there is a 36 station fitness suite has a designated cardiovascular area packed with bikes, treadmills, and rowers, cross-trainers and steppers. Free weights range from 2–40kg with 15 resistance stations. 

We also use the outdoor environment in and around Eastbourne, such as the seafront, the South Downs and Friston Forest.

Placements

The professional enquiry module will involve a 160 hours within a quality assured placement which includes mentoring by the host supervisor and via close guidance from University of Brighton staff. 

Previous hosts have included Sussex County Cricket, Brighton and Hove Albion, University of Brighton – Sport Brighton scholarship programme, Eastbourne College, Brighton College, and several other local sporting clubs. 

Those already in employment within the strength and conditioning sector have the opportunity to complete this module within their own employment setting.

Careers and employability

Employment prospects for graduates are extremely good. The strength and conditioning industry has expanded considerably and many professional sports organisations employ strength and conditioning coaches. This degree is specifically designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge bases to undertake such a role.

Since the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) was founded in 2004 there has been significant investment and development in elite sport provision. A 2015–16 annual report from UK Sport indicates an industry net expenditure of £41 million. 

The University of Brighton has expert, accredited strength and conditioning staff who have an international reputation in its applied provision. A degree from Brighton will help ensure you are fully equipped for a successful career in this expanding industry.

Many of our students have gone onto work in professional sport clubs including Brighton and Hove Albion FC, Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace FC. Several have also worked for the English Institute of Sport or directly with a national governing sports body. 



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The. MSc in Strength & Conditioning. is a dedicated distance learning postgraduate degree which focuses on the applied practitioner. Read more

The MSc in Strength & Conditioning is a dedicated distance learning postgraduate degree which focuses on the applied practitioner. The scientific underpinning ensures the development of the correct ratio of academic theory and field-based coaching skills. You will cover topics that mirror the industry standards of British Weight Lifting and UK Strength and Conditioning Association and will gain specific skills to become competent advanced strength and conditioning coaches and weight lifting coaches. 

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Distance learning
  • Employability
  • Applied
  • Practitioner
  • Advanced S&C coaches
  • High performance sport
  • Athlete development
  • Professional coaching
  • Weight lifting
  • Weight lifting coaches

MODULES

  • Developing Strength 1 & 2 (20 credits each)
  • Advanced Conditioning 1 & 2 (20 credits each)
  • Contemporary Issues in Strength & Conditioning (20 credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning Project (60 credits)

OPPORTUNITIES

The MSc is a new course. Graduates from our undergraduate degree take further specific study in Strength & Conditioning either in the form of postgraduate courses or with the recognised bodies such as British Weight Lifting. Graduates work as self-employed strength & conditioning coaches in a variety of sports, but also as employees within football and rugby teams.

INDUSTRY LINKS

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

FACILITIES 

  • Distance learning
  • Online material
  • Weekend lab sessions and practicals
  • UCLan Sports Arena

ASSESSMENT METHODS

  • Written reports
  • Demonstration of competency
  • Portfolio submission

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.



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The programme has been developed with the aim of producing world-class, research-informed practitioners with the option of pursuing a career in research. Read more

The programme has been developed with the aim of producing world-class, research-informed practitioners with the option of pursuing a career in research. It is ideal for individuals who currently hold an undergraduate degree in sports science, strength and conditioning or a related topic, and want to advance their knowledge, research skills and expertise in strength and conditioning.

  • Delivered by world-leading strength and conditioning researchers and applied practitioners in LJMU’s pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Access to state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facilities – including physiology, biomechanics and molecular biology labs and the newly refurbished, high performance gym
  • Career opportunities as an applied practitioner in strength and conditioning, teaching and lecturing and in Doctoral research programmes
  • Taught by academics who work with English Premier League Football, Super League Rugby, Premiership Rugby Union, the English Institute of Sport, Irish Rugby Football Union, Sportscotland Institute of Sport, Welsh Rugby Football Union and many more
  • Develop your applied skills and research knowledge during your applied placement. You will benefit from our strong links with some of the best sporting institutions in the UK and abroad, including the English Institute of Sport, the Rugby League Super League and Championship, the Rugby Union Championship, the English Football League, the FA Women's Super League, the Gaelic Sports Research Center, British Rowing and many more
  • Low student to staff ratio which allows a close level of academic and pastoral support within a friendly and informal atmosphere

We welcome applications from those who want to dedicate their postgraduate study to the application and advancement of athlete-centred practice and research application. You will explore a philosophy of critical understanding in strength and conditioning, which will underpin your applied training modules. Cutting-edge research and applied practice are central to your professional development.

The course is built on a solid structure of research skills, applied methodologies and the latest research in physiology, biomechanics and coaching science, all of which is essential for becoming a strength and conditioning practitioner.

​Upon successful completion of the programme, you will understand how to deal with complex issues within strength and conditioning. You will also develop essential skills in communicating and implementing your recommendations for clients, as well as specialist and non-specialist audiences.



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Course Overview. The course allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via strength and conditioning. Read more

Course Overview

The course allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via strength and conditioning. It's aimed at individuals that have a prior knowledge of, or keen interest in, strength and conditioning, specifically graduates of, or those working in, clinical or applied sport, exercise or health environments.

The course is practical based, stimulating, well-structured and research-informed covering a range of topic areas including musculoskeletal training and adaptation, advanced and applied training methods and the assessment and management of injury. The practical elements of the degree make use of purpose-built strength and conditioning and physiology laboratories to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key issues associated with strength and conditioning.

Course content

The course will examine advanced and current aspects of strength and conditioning including physiological response and adaptations of the cardiovascular system.The training methods used on the MSc Strength and Conditioning aim to develop an advanced and critical understanding of the systems and adaptations that dictate sports performance.

The course will culminate with you conducting a research project, allowing you to develop and demonstrate an advanced understanding of the research process. You will complete the research project with the intention of submitting your findings to relevant conferences and journals for publication. Our Strength and Conditioning course is aligned to the guidelines set out by the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). The module content and a number of assessments have been designed to align with the content and assessments associated with UKSCA accreditation.

Course modules (17/18)

  • Musculoskeletal Training and Adaptation
  • Cardiovascular Response and Adaptation
  • Injury Assessment and Management
  • Performance Analysis
  • Applied Training Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods – Quantitative Statistical Analyses

 Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Facilities and Special Features

  • Highly equipped and dedicated biomechanics and physiology laboratories.
  • Experienced subject specialists actively researching and publishing in their fields.
  • Opportunities to attend and present research at international conferences.


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Research in the area of strength and conditioning has increased dramatically in the past decade, an increase in focus that has inspired this innovative programme. Read more

Research in the area of strength and conditioning has increased dramatically in the past decade, an increase in focus that has inspired this innovative programme.

Strength & Conditioning has emerged as a distinct and popular area of expertise in sport science, predominantly from within the discipline of physiology although frequently requiring knowledge and understanding of inter-disciplinary applied sport science and coaching, providing the rationale for this programme.

The University of Edinburgh's programme combines both the theoretical and practical elements of strength and conditioning to identify and examine a wide range of academic and practitioner needs. Students gain excellent applied experience and professional development opportunities in parallel with the taught programme, using established links with local and national sports teams and governing bodies.

The major focus of the programme is on performance sport, although other areas such as exercise and rehabilitation are also covered, reflecting the range of exercise and sports contexts that the strength and conditioning practitioner may work in.

Programme structure

Your learning will comprise traditional lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

Courses:

  • Understanding Research Concepts
  • Research Process
  • Professional Skills in Development Environments
  • Conditioning Physiology
  • Physio-mechanical Aspects of Resistance Training
  • Nutritional Factors & Ergogenic Aids
  • Paediatric Factors for Training
  • Environmental Factors for Training

To complete the MSc degree, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Career opportunities

The qualification and skills you gain in this programme will complement the applied experience and any professional accreditation for those aspiring to be practitioners at the cutting edge of strength and conditioning. Primary roles exist in the sports performance area, but you may also apply your skills to work in the areas of exercise and fitness, rehabilitation and the wider sports industry.

The masters degree is also a springboard for further research, either within academia or the private sector. The highly transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and project management can also be applied to roles in any field.



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