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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.

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) and the International Society of Sport Nutrition (ISSN).

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

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

- To 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

- To enable students to work independently and use initiative in solving the diverse problems that may be encountered

- To instill a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of strength and conditioning.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/scisport/strengthcond

Science - Sport

Our programme forms part of the Centre for Sports Science & Human Performance offering state-of-the-art facilities including 3D motion-capture systems, strength and conditioning facilities and a specialised environment chamber. Our aim is to prepare students for leadership roles in the development and administration of exercise programmes, sports practice, coaching and conditioning.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Biomechanics and Technology in Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
English Language Support (for Postgraduate students in the School of Science)
Sports Nutrition and Supplements in Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
Foundations of Sport Nutrition (15 credits)
Research Methods and Professional Practice in Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
Applied Strength and Conditioning (30 credits)
Sports Specific Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
Strength and Conditioning Research Project (60 credits)
Applied Functional Training for Health, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Biomechanics and Technology in Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
Applied Strength and Conditioning (30 credits)
Applied Functional Training for Health, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (15 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Sports Nutrition and Supplements in Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
Foundations of Sport Nutrition (15 credits)
Research Methods and Professional Practice in Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
Sports Specific Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
Strength and Conditioning Research Project (60 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Essays, case study and problem solving exercises, time-constrained tests, formal reports, presentations, portfolio, written examinations, practical assessments and 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).

Career options

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.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/?a=643714

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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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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Help athletes achieve their full potential as you join the emerging and growing profession of strength and conditioning coaching. Read more
Help athletes achieve their full potential as you join the emerging and growing profession of strength and conditioning coaching. This course will give you the skills to work with any level of athlete, from amateurs to professionals, preparing them to perform to the best of their ability without sustaining injury.

You will study the biomechanics and physiology of the human body, focusing on the development of strength and power in sport and the cardiovascular adaptations of training. 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 the general population, allowing you to use your theoretical knowledge in real-life situations. This experience will help you develop the ability to establish positive working relationships with a wide range of people including players and athletes, other coaches, parents and officials.

- 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/strengthconditioning_msc

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

Whether you are already working with sports performers or a graduate looking to specialise, this course prepares you for working with a range of athletes in professional sports teams and across public sectors such as the armed forces. It’s also a great foundation for further study at PhD level, where you will have the opportunity to add to your expertise.

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

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

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.

Core Modules

Biomechanics of Strength & Power
Develop an understanding of the physiological and mechanical factors governing the generation of strength and power through a study of the structure and function of the neuromuscular system.

The Physiology of Sports Conditioning
Gain the skills to evaluate the physiological demands of sporting events, measure physiological capacities and prescribe training for physiological development in athletes.

Organisation & Evaluation of Training
Learn how to plan, organise, deliver and evaluate training as you explore the requirements of a sport or event and its participants.

Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Strength & Conditioning
Examine the wider role of the strength and conditioning coach and the implication of working in interdisciplinary teams alongside nutritionists, physiotherapists and psychologists.

Strength & Conditioning Practice
Apply practical coaching skills, critically reflect on practice and plan own professional development as a strength and conditioning coach.

Research Methods
Gain the knowledge you require for your Major Independent Study. You will learn a scientific approach to research including data analysis and interpretation.

Major Independent Study
Plan, implement and evaluate a study relevant to your personal interests and the themes you've explored throughout the course.

Facilities

- Physiology Labs
Our state-of-the-art labs include a human performance lab, a cardio-respiratory lab, blood sampling room for biochemical marker work, a full working physiology lab for monitoring athletes, a full body composition scanner and a nutrition laboratory.

- Biomechanics / Strength and Conditioning Labs
Here our students use our biomechanics and strength and conditioning equipment to measure strength, power output and key neuromuscular performance parametrics.

- 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 MSc Strength and Conditioning degree at the University of Northampton is designed for those with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via the development of strength and conditioning. Read more
The MSc Strength and Conditioning degree at the University of Northampton is designed for those with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via the development of strength and conditioning. It is aimed at individuals with 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.

Our programme of study 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 as well as assessment and management of injury. The practical elements of the degree make use of purpose-built strength and conditioning and physiology laboratories to develop the students’ 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 musculoskeletal strength and conditioning practices, physiological response and adaptations of the cardiovascular system, assessment/management of injury and advanced/applied training methods aimed at developing an advanced, critical understanding of strength and conditioning training, systems and adaptations that dictate performance. The course will culminate by developing an advanced understanding of the research process by conducting a research project with the intention of submitting the findings to relevant conferences and journals for publication. The programme of study is aligned to the guidelines set out by the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

The first trimester focuses on the musculoskeletal training and adaptations to specific types of strength and conditioning training, the assessment and management of associated injuries and the advanced training methods associated with this type of training. The second trimester allows students to develop their understanding of these specific training methods and apply them to a real life case study as part of the applied training methods module. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding in areas such as cardiovascular development and research methods.

The modules are taught in structured programmes that are delivered within the classroom, sports hall and laboratories. All sessions are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. Students can expect two hours of contact time each week for each module. Classes are delivered in a variety of means – lectures, seminars and practicals – and our aim is to provide opportunities for students to become actively involved in their learning. Personal tutorials, and meetings with a personal academic tutor are additional to the time spent in the class and would average another one hour per week. There are no additional costs for the course however, students will need sports clothes (trainers, shorts, tops) when participating in the practical sessions.

Course modules (16/17)

-Musculoskeletal Training and Adaptation
-Cardiovascular Response and Adaptation
-Injury Assessment and Management
-Performance Analysis

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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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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There has been a growing demand for Strength and Conditioning practitioners outside of professional sport structures, with the increasing professionalisation of amateur sports such as the GAA. Read more

What is this course about?

There has been a growing demand for Strength and Conditioning practitioners outside of professional sport structures, with the increasing professionalisation of amateur sports such as the GAA. The 'fitness trainer' of a decade ago that tended to be assume sole responsibility for the physical conditioning of inter-county Gaelic football and hurling/camogie teams, has now been replaced by 'Strength and Conditioning teams'. There is also a pattern of Strength and Conditioning practitioners working closely with special populations (paediatric & seniors), physiotherapists, sports rehabilitators and athletic therapists in both prevention and rehabilitation of athletes to return them to performance from injury. This new two year part-time programme will provide an opportunity for students to study for a MSc in Strength and Conditioning, corresponding to a Level 9 Qualification (90 ECTS credits). The overall aim of the programme is to provide an intellectually challenging applied postgraduate programme of study that will give graduates advanced knowledge, understanding and practical coaching skills in Strength and Conditioning. This will enable them to work with both elite athletes and specialist population groups. Graduates of the programme will be eligible to apply for membership to the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS), United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) based in the United States of America.

Programme Details:
The first part of the programme is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and analytical techniques in the sub-disciplines of Advanced Resistance Training, Explosive Conditioning, Metabolic Conditioning, Sports Nutrition and Periodisation. With the primary emphasis on preparing athletes and players for optimum sports performance, these modules combine more advanced theoretical and practical elements of Strength and Conditioning, providing students with the skillls to operate as a Strength and Conditioning Practitioner in a sports performance environment. The elective options of the programme provide the opportunity for students to develop further specialist skills; ranging from Injury Rehabilitation and Reconditioning and High Performance Testing, to the emerging fields of Strength and Conditioning for paediatric and geriatric population groups. Students who elect to complete the full MSc programme will also undertake a Research Project in a relevant field of study that will hone their research and analytical skills.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Students who successfully complete 60 credits of the programme will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Level 9) should they opt to leave the programme Embedded Exit Award).

What subjects will I study?
Advanced Resistance Training
Explosive Conditioning
Metabolic Conditioning
Periodisation for Strength and Conditioning
Sports Nutrition
Paediatric Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning for the Older
Adult
High Performance Sports Testing
Injury Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
Research Methods
Strength and Conditioning Research Dissertation
Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strength & Conditioning is an Embedded Exit Award.

What are the entry requirements?

- This programme is suited to graduates from a range of disciplines including sports science, physical education, physiotherapy, athletic therapy and sports rehabilitation and coaching [minimum requirement relevant Level 8 (Honours Degree) minimum 2nd class honours)].

- Candidates with significant experience in the Rehabilitation/Sport Science field (as determined by Recognition of Prior Learning), in addition to an Honours Primary Degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry.

- Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Criteria to be considered will include academic qualifications and recognition of prior learning.

- Applicants may be called for interview as part of the application process.

For Further Information Contact

Declan Browne
BSc, MSc, PgDip
Programme Leader
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Paula Rankin
BA, MSc, PgDip
Head of Department
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T: 059-9175500

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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 researchers in LJMU’s pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
•Access to state-of-the-art physiology, biomechanics and molecular biology labs in the award-winning Tom Reilly and Life Sciences Buildings
•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 and many more
•Course includes an applied placement in one of many top-class sporting institutions


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.


Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.


• Research Methods

Includes an introduction to main statistical analyses and covers SPSS workshops.

• Applied Practice in Coaching, Planning and Monitoring Sciences

This module covers coaching science, planning and periodisation and monitoring modalities.

• Applied Fundamental Strength and Conditioning Practices Part 1

In this module you will learn about testing modalities, prehabilitation methodologies, recovery modalities and rehabilitation Methodologies.

• Physiology of Strength and Conditioning

Covers physiological adaptations to resistance and endurance exercise and disuse, nutritional requirements for optimal adaptation and physiological mechanisms of injury.

• Biomechanics of Strength and Conditioning

Learn about biomechanics of gait; sprint, jumping and landing; and motion and force analysis.

• Applied Fundamental Strength and Conditioning Practices Part 2

This module covers fundamental lifting and training methodologies.

• Placement in High-End Sporting Environment

Learn about supporting top-class athletes; collecting and interpreting data; and submitting a research-based consultancy report.

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Undertaking the Strength and Conditioning MSc programme is a great way to refine your research skills and your practical skills, and all taught in some of the finest teaching facilities in the region. Read more
Undertaking the Strength and Conditioning MSc programme is a great way to refine your research skills and your practical skills, and all taught in some of the finest teaching facilities in the region. Students also have the opportunity to take appropriate vocational qualifications and work placements as part of the programme.

Course detail

In addition to the demand for vocational qualifications there is also a need for strength and conditioning practitioners to develop advanced skills and understanding in the field. This programme provides the opportunity to develop research, academic and practical skills that are
highly relevant to the discipline of strength and conditioning. The programme is for individuals holding a sport science related undergraduate degree or those with significant practical experience and qualifications in strength and conditioning who want to consider the application of scientific principles to their work.

The learning activities and assessments on the programme are highly applied and focussed upon developing students’ ability to evaluate critically the quality and impact of their own work. A key aspect is the engagement with existing academic literature and the production of research to provide evidence that can be used to inform strength and conditioning practice.

There is scope for negotiation in terms of practical work and focus of assessment on modules depending upon individual experience or areas of interest. For example, on the Training Intervention module this could mean use of highly controlled laboratory based endurance training or field based repeated sprint conditioning with larger numbers of participants.

Format

How the programme is delivered is just as important as what is delivered for the development of appropriate Masters level skills and understanding. The teaching and assessment on the programme aims to actively engage students in a variety of learning activities.

The delivery model is based upon a single, all day study day per week. This model of delivery is aimed to support students who are in employment while undertaking the programme. The study days will be designed to engage you in interdisciplinary debate, professional practice, critical review of research, generation of feedback, presentations and data collection.

Full-time students will undertake four 30 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation over a 12 month period.

Part-time students will normally do two 30-credit modules in year one, with two 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation in year 2.

Modules

• Performance analysis – using advanced performance analysis techniques to collect data in specific settings to inform athletic needs.

• Research Methods – become informed consumers and producers of research in a range of paradigms and using a variety of approaches.

• Training Interventions – investigation of training intervention and physiological adaptation for the enhancement of performance.

• Athlete Development – appreciate the inter-play between growth and maturation and use physiological and psychological markers to develop performance during growth.

• Research paper - Produce a written manuscript of publishable quality that addresses a research question relevant to strength and conditioning.

Work placements

Work-related learning is a key part of the activities and assessments on modules. In order to effectively undertake these tasks students will need to draw upon experiences from employment, continuous personal development (CPD) or a work placement. There are opportunities to undertake relevant CPD and work placement while on the programme.

Completion of a Personal and Academic Development Profile (PADP), through the academic tutor system, will help to identify which opportunities individuals could access to support their working towards accreditation with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). An example of the types of opportunities available through our partnerships would be strength and conditioning experience with York City FC/York City Knights RLFC or a British Weight Lifting Association qualification/UKSCA assessment preparation day facilitated by YSJ Active. Such experiences and skills will support the programme of academic study by offering tangible examples for application of theory, critical analysis and reflective practice.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Other sources of funding

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/money/funding-my-course/postgraduate-/postgraduate-funding-/

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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

Programme description

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.

Additional entry requirements

Such cases are considered on an individual basis and some of the following relevant factors will be considered:

academic qualifications
strengths and weaknesses in grade profiles related to the programme
applied experience as an athlete
applied experience working with other coaches and athletes
applied experience delivering as a coach
professional training in strength and conditioning
professional accreditation in strength and conditioning
references

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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. Read more
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 delivered 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 strenght and conditioning and they often work in partnership with professional sports teams and individual athletes.

This is one of only two postgradaute courses in Europe to receive international recognition though the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP).

Key benefits:

• Gain a higher degree that will enable you to take a lead role in strength and conditioning
• Theoretical content is delivered online giving you the flexibility to study at a time convenient to you
• High practical content means you’ll develop the skills that will impress employers

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/strength-and-conditioning

Suitable for

This programme is aimed at a wide range of sports professionals including strength and conditioning coaches, sport science graduates, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, sports therapists and sports rehabilitators, sport medical physicians and physical education teachers.

Programme details

This is the only Strength and Conditioning Masters Degree in Europe which is recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) through their education recognition programme. The online theoretical content includes lectures from some of the world’s leading experts. The contact sessions on campus are applicable immediately to professional practice and involve a high practical content.

The MSc course is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. Please note: international applicants are only able to apply for the full-time route.

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 Management, along with producing a thesis for the dissertation module.

Format

• Workshops (3 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.

Module titles

• Injury Prevention and Performance Management (60 credits)
• Strength and Conditioning (60 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)

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

Career potential

With the skills you’ll learn on this course, you can take a lead role in the field and make a real 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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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Our MSc Strength and Conditioning is carefully aligned to the UKSCA accreditation process, and focuses on both the scientific principles of the strength and conditioning process, their practical application, and assessment using both laboratory and field based measurement systems to provide the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for a successful career in Strength and Conditioning. Read more
Our MSc Strength and Conditioning is carefully aligned to the UKSCA accreditation process, and focuses on both the scientific principles of the strength and conditioning process, their practical application, and assessment using both laboratory and field based measurement systems to provide the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for a successful career in Strength and Conditioning.

Indicative course content:

Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice

Planning, Programming and Application

Applied Measurement Techniques

Work Placement

Research Methods

Students also deliver a research dissertation and undertake a dedicated work placement module.

Home tuition fees for 2017

1 Year full-time including dissertation £5670.00.

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

Overseas Fees for 2017 are £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.

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.

Indicative modules
Indicative course content:

Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice

Planning, Programming and Application

Applied Measurement Techniques

Work Placement

Research Methods

Students also deliver a research dissertation and undertake a dedicated work placement module.

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The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Read more
The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Not only do we need to understand the on going changes in the nature of war and conflict, but we are also today faced with important transformations in global power relations, international flows of goods, people and diseases and, indeed, shifts in the nature of political communities on the globe. Whatever your background, whether in international politics or another discipline, this flagship MA programme provides you with the necessary tools to tackle these shifting landscapes.

The scheme will introduce you, first, to the core notions that help shape the analysis of and the practices of international politics but also encourages you to think creatively about the kinds of concepts we need today to capture complex political realities. Taught by a team of world-leading research staff, the core module will challenge you to reflect on the way you think about international politics and the issues facing individuals, societies, states and humanity as a whole. Beyond the core module students pursue their own interests by
choosing specialist modules. The options, ranging from the study of war, conflict, strategy and security to the study of global order, international theory and ethics, are designed to stimulate you in pursuing your own pathway to an advanced study of international
relations.


Visit the website: https://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/international-politics-masters-research/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

-If you want to study international politics in a global context at Masters level
-If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of international politics
-If you wish to nurture a career in international diplomacy and work internationally
-If you desire formal recognition of skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer

Course detail

The Department is renowned for its pioneering research and is recognised as number one in the UK for the study of international politics. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of International Politics was placed best in Wales with 69% of publications submitted rated as world leading.

The Masters in International Politics (Research Training) is a pathway designed to emphasise social science or humanities research training as well as specialist provision, and is likely to be of most interest to students who have already studied extensively in that particular subject area and who are planning to undertake a PhD following the completion of their Master’s course. Students following this pathway take the Departmental core module (compulsory), a suite of research training modules (compulsory) and select a smaller number of modules from a bespoke basket of degree scheme related options and other choices offered by the Department/other academic departments. Like the Specialist degree scheme, this pathway culminates in a dissertation.

Format

In Semester One you will normally have eight hours per week of specific Research Training Modules and one two-hour seminar per week for your degree scheme core module. In Semester Two you will normally have one two-hour seminar per week for each of the three modules you take (one Research Training specific and two subject specific modules). You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance in departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your master’s dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a combination of examinations, project work, short reports, essays and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Employability

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained international relations specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as anarchy, sovereignty, power, peace, war, justice, ethics, realism, the global distribution of wealth and resources and trust in world politics. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. On the research training pathway you also develop advanced skills in quantitative and qualitative research skills and data analysis. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Relations wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Key Skills and Competencies

- Study Skills -

Alongside the wealth of world-class critical expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. The research training pathway provides you with a specific set of study skills focused on interrogating and analysing a range of different types of data from multiple sources. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.

- Self-Motivation and discipline -

Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

- Transferable Skills -

The International relations Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines. You will also have advanced skills in data analysis that can be applied in a wide variety of work environments from business to the public sector and non-governmental organisations.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

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This MSc Programme is specifically focused to provide research training simultaneously with Arabic language training. It is designed to include all the pertinent requirements of the one-year research-training masters degree (the ‘1' of the ‘1+3' model) as set out in the ESRC Postgraduate Training Guidelines. Read more
This MSc Programme is specifically focused to provide research training simultaneously with Arabic language training. It is designed to include all the pertinent requirements of the one-year research-training masters degree (the ‘1' of the ‘1+3' model) as set out in the ESRC Postgraduate Training Guidelines. All the research training or subject-specific modules are taught at Durham and are components of ESRC recognised research training masters at Durham. On completion of the programme, it is anticipated that students will have fulfilled the requirements of a normal ESRC research training masters, as well as having attained their language proficiency.

Students will need to negotiate their particular optional choices and pathways in discussion with the Programme Director, Professor Ehteshami. Students share a common generic methodologies and Arabic skills base, but have freedom to develop particular strength in fields of their choice.

Student Profiles

"This 2-year Masters programme focuses primarily on Arabic language training and social science research methods, and is therefore ideal for students wishing to turn their interest in the region into a career in academia, political risk, consultancy, or other similar fields. Having had minimal experience in foreign language learning before the programme, I have been impressed by the Arabic lessons here at Durham and I benefited enormously from attending Arabic school in Jordan during the Summer. I have also been impressed by the course’s emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and the department’s willingness to allow me freedom to choose modules outside of the provisional curriculum. Having taken rewarding modules across five separate departments, I have managed to study according to my own interests. Upon finishing this course, I will be starting an interdisciplinary PhD looking at poverty alleviation in Jordan." Martin Price, 2015/16

"The MSc Arab World Studies is an academic-oriented and well-structured taught programme in Durham University where probably represents the highest level of the Middle Eastern Studies in Britain. It provides the training in research methods, professional and specific regional research of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Arabic language, which I personally think is the best part of this programme. Within the two years’ time together with a remarkable ten weeks placement in an Arab nation, I’ve worked hard to learn this language which I’ve never touched before. And at the final part of my PG life, I find myself a trilingual person. This not only has given me a fresh and deep perspective to understand the Arab World, but also may benefit my career a lot in the future. Sometimes the study can be tough and intensive, but for me, it is never boring to challenge myself!” Hongxi Xu, 2015/16

"Learning Arabic with the Arab World Studies programme has been extremely beneficial, complementing learning about the Middle East very well. It has certainly brought an additional exposure to understanding the Middle East, particularly as the programme sends students on a study period abroad to the region. Studying Arabic is certainly a challenging task but very rewarding, as is this interdisciplinary masters as a whole.” Sarah Grand-Clement, 2014/15

Course Content

The MSc in Arab world Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims:
-The programme is designed to establish a cadre of exceptional researchers, qualified at the Masters level, with skills and knowledge sufficient for the conduct of research in and on the Arab World.
-To recruit students of high calibre who have not previously completed any substantive research training and who have few or no Arabic language skills.
-To provide generic training in research methods and methodologies to provide a foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research and transferable skills that all students in the social sciences require as deemed appropriate for ESRC recognition.
-To provide subject-specific training in research methods and methodologies in Politics, relevant also to International Relations and International Studies.
-To provide language instruction in the Arabic language, such that the student develops appropriate and sufficient competence to utilise the language in their subsequent research, or employment in the Arabic-speaking world.
-To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding which will prepare students to undertake research for a doctoral degree in Politics, International Relations or International Studies, and which may be required of a professional researcher in these fields of the social sciences.
-To develop the student's knowledge of the range of existing disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research on the Arab World.

Course Structure
Year 1
-Core modules to the value of 70 credits
-Optional modules to the value of 30 credits

Year 2
-Core modules to the value of 40 credits
-Optional modules to the value of 75 credits, plus
-Dissertation 60 credits

Core Modules
-Arabic Language 1B
-Perspectives on Social Research
-The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
-Arabic Language 2B
-Dissertation

Optional Modules - Optional modules in previous years have included:
-Statistical Exploration and Reasoning
-Quantitative Methods in Social Science
-Applied Statistics
-Qualitative Methods in Social Science
-Fieldwork and Interpretation
-International Relations and Security in the Middle East
-The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
-America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
-Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought

Learning and Teaching

At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning.

This MSc programme is spread across two-years. In the first year 100 credits is divided into three core and one/two optional modules and then in the second year 175 credits is divided into one core and five optional modules. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation.

Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another.

All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need.

SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system.

SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies.

Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these.

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The burgeoning elite sports industry requires professionals who are able to push athletes to reach their peak potential. This degree is the ideal sport and exercise science route for students who aspire to work with elite sportspeople at the top of their profession. Read more
The burgeoning elite sports industry requires professionals who are able to push athletes to reach their peak potential. This degree is the ideal sport and exercise science route for students who aspire to work with elite sportspeople at the top of their profession. The demand for your skills is evident in the fact that it is now compulsory for Premier League football clubs to employ strength and conditioning professionals. Gain a huge advantage over by training at one of the leading sport and exercuse science universities in the UK.


Why study MSc Strength and Conditioning at Middlesex?

This course will facilitate your accreditation from relevant strength and conditioning awarding bodies and provide supervised work experience with high-level athletes. Alongside designing and implementing evidence-based, sport-specific training programmes, you will master a number of exercise techniques, including Olympic lifts and plyometrics. You will also develop research skills through both a critical review of literature and the undertaking of empirical laboratory based investigations.

You will gain experience in the sport and exercise environment through our work placement module. One of our partner organisations is Saracens Rugby Club - our facilities at their nearby Allianz Park stadium boast world-class performance laboratories, rehabilitation units and testing facilities. You will build invaluable industry contacts and we maintain contact with many of our graduates, some of whom have gone on to work with organisations such as Tottenham Hotspur, the Rugby Football Union and the English Institute of Sport.

Course highlights:

Based in London, we are surrounded by the greatest density of top sports clubs and organisations in the UK.
We believe that all our graduates should be high achievers both practically and academically. As a result, we actively encourage students to publish their dissertation through peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
This course will facilitate your accreditation from relevant strength and conditioning awarding bodies and provide supervised work experience with high-level athletes.
The majority of our staff are active sports professionals involved in coaching and sport performance. Able to maintain close links with the industry, they can ensure current professional practice informs your studies.
Small class sizes allow you to receive the personal attention required to thrive in your studies.

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This postgraduate programme is designed to provide those who already have a Strength and Conditioning background (either academic or practice-based) with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge base, with a focus on honing your practical skills and applying them in a variety of settings. Read more
This postgraduate programme is designed to provide those who already have a Strength and Conditioning background (either academic or practice-based) with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge base, with a focus on honing your practical skills and applying them in a variety of settings.

You will benefit from the opportunity to work with elite and recreational athletes and top level coaches across our academies in an environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional club. And our partnerships with professional clubs, governing bodies and other sports industry leaders will open doors to gaining real world experience away from our specialist campus too.

There’s a strong emphasis on a motor learning and motor control approach to strength and conditioning practice, which will provide you with an advanced understanding of the transferability of physical training to sports performance.

You will develop your skills in applying good science in practice, with this evidence led programme complementing our existing postgraduate Coaching Science offer. While there are clear links between these areas, this programme is aimed at those seeking specific preparation for a career as a strength and conditioning coach.

You will undertake practice-based modules to develop advanced skills for subsequent professional accreditation and progress to working independently in challenging environments that could include gaining practice experience away from campus, benefiting from Hartpury’s well-established practice placement contacts and collaboration.

Topics of study could include applied motor learning and motor control, science of training response and adaptation and coaching in high performance environments. You will also have the chance to do a research project on a topic you choose and you will build up an impressive a Professional Development Portfolio as you study.

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