Do you want to further your knowledge of sport science and athletic development? Southampton Solent’s athletic development and peak performance master’s degree has been designed in partnership with industry experts to help equip students with skills, experience and knowledge precisely tailored to industry requirements.
Built on a successful and popular undergraduate programme, this high-level master’s degree helps to prepare students for a career in the sports industry by delivering hands-on professional skills and adopting an interdisciplinary approach to coaching.
During the course, students will explore key areas such as talent identification, long-term athlete development, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, peak performance, technical and tactical development, marginal gains, and injury prevention and management.
Past students have benefitted from a guest speaker programme which has featured lectures from professionals from the highest level of a variety of sports, who have shared their advice, knowledge and experience of the industry.
The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities in sport and exercise science, across every sport imaginable.
You’ll have the opportunity to specialise at the highest level with Solent’s PhD programme, under the guidance of various staff members.
This BASES-accredited course is well-suited to those with a sports science-related undergraduate degree who wish to further their knowledge to pursue a career in sport at all levels.
Technical Development in Sport
On this unit you will critically analyse coaching methods and how skill is acquired, building your understanding and use of technology for developing, monitoring and testing athletic performance.
Psycho-Social Development in Sport
The aim of this unit is to analyse the theories underpinning talent identification and long-term athlete development, and to examine the psycho-social factors affecting performance throughout an athlete’s career.
Physical Preparation in Sport and Exercise
This unit examines the science behind effective training, injury prevention and rehabilitation in a practical setting. You will focus on physical and mental loading, and on the key fitness components of strength, speed, endurance and flexibility.
Tactical Development in Sport
This unit focuses on performance analysis techniques, providing practical opportunities to collect, assimilate and analyse tactical, technical and time motion information, with the aim of improving performance.
Marginal Gains for Peak Performance
This unit identifies past, current and future methods of obtaining potential marginal advantage in performance, with a chance to build first-hand experience via off-site learning.
The project provides an opportunity to undertake a sustained, intensive and independent investigation into a topic of your choosing, presenting your work in a peer-reviewed journal format.
Students have full access to the University’s leading fully-equipped sports science facilities, which boast a BASES-accredited physiology laboratory, as well as biomechanics, health and exercise, and psychology laboratories. Many of these facilities are regularly used by professional athletes, including players from Southampton FC.
You could work with professional, elite or Olympic athletes, meeting the challenges of ensuring they maintain peak fitness in world-class competition, or work with hospitals and health organisations to develop training and recovery programmes for patients suffering injury or disability. You could work with schools and/or colleges, developing fitness programmes and encouraging the next generation of athletes to excel.
The course team has strong industry links and the University is a partner of Southampton FC. The University also works with other top sports organisations, including Reed’s High Performance Academy, British Swimming, Hampshire Rugby, Crystal Palace FC, London Irish RFC and GB Wheelchair Rugby.
This MSc has been designed in conjunction with industry experts, ensuring you receive the skills and theory precisely tailored to industry requirements. Our industry partners are also integral in the provision of placement opportunities, giving you the advantage of real-world experience alongside potential employers during your master’s studies.
Prior to starting the course you’ll be expected to have a placement organised that will last throughout your studies; this can be in more than one organisation if required. The placement should be in a role relevant to the course, and might include (but not limited to) coach, sport scientist, performance analyst, strength and conditioning coach, exercise physiologist, biomechanist, laboratory technician, etc.
If you’ve been unable to organise a placement, the course team will support you in finding a placement, potentially with university partners Southampton FC or a range of other top sports organisations, including Reed’s High Performance Academy, British Swimming, Hampshire Rugby, Crystal Palace FC, London Irish RFC, GB Wheelchair Rugby and more.
The main aim of the programme is to provide a basis for career development into - or through - the sports coaching profession.
The course is designed to help you build on your existing experience to refine your coaching. You will develop a deeper appreciation of theory and research related to sports coaching and will consider how best to apply this in practice. You will study in a collaborative environment where you will learn from other coaches and from teaching staff with excellent professional experience in their respective fields. You will consider a range of contemporary issues and practices, using modern methods and approaches in areas such as developing expertise, reflective practice and mentoring, sport psychology and talent identification.
An emphasis is placed on the application of theory in a practical setting, and students are supported to develop reflective, analytical and critical thinking skills.
Assessments - including written assignments, research projects, presentations and reflective writing - are designed to allow students to relate theory to their own practice and the context in which they coach. Students will be encouraged to engage in research within their own context to promote higher levels of evidence-based practice.
Students on this course join the wider professional community, connecting with UK Coaching and UKCC level 4 coaches, sharing discussions, speakers and networking opportunities.
Our teaching team have extensive experience and are actively engaged in research. This means ours students can underpin their practice and development with the latest innovations and emerging ideas.
This course provides a basis for career development into, or through, the sports coaching profession.
There is a range of employment markets for graduates, including professional sports clubs, commercial and social enterprises, community sports programmes, schools, disability sports clubs, county sports partnerships and national governing bodies (NGBs). Roles include academy coach, specialist technical coach, coach educator and coach manager. There is also potential for progression to a career in education or further research, eg PhD.
The International MBA (IMBA) is aimed at young managers with the potential of being global business leaders.
The program would equip them with an in-depth understanding of the European business context and build the skills necessary to excel in complex international settings in top management positions or to start their own entrepreneurship venture.
The IMBA program design combines theoretical understanding with practical experience and skill building.
- Campus located at the heart of the largest business district in Europe: Paris La Défense
- A wide range of electives to tailor the program to your need
- Personalized coaching with the Talent program for lifetime career management
- The Corporate Relations Department organize various events. Corporate talks, on-campus recruitment sessions, and Career Fairs provide networking opportunities. Online job listings provides additional sources for management positions..
The International MBA is a 1-year full-time program. The curriculum lays a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge, which participants will learn to apply in various practical contexts.
Throughout the IMBA, the faculty adopts a thorough and practical approach using cases and real-life examples to apply concepts to solve business issues.
Participants are required to work on cases and/or group projects for each course. Faculty members foster interactions in the classroom – participants learn from each other’s experiences and are trained to develop and defend their opinions.
IMBA Curriculum -
There are two semesters of course work. An internship, thesis, or consulting project finish the program.
The IMBA program provides participants with the tools to develop your skills, knowledge, and expertise for their next professional challenge. Alongside their peers they will receive guidance through small-group workshops and interactions with corporate professionals. On a personal level, accredited coaches and tutors will support them throughout, using a program developed to meet their specific needs. Coaches will use proven tools and techniques to prepare participants, not only for their next position, but for their entire career.
The IÉSEG Talent Program is available to support IMBA candidates as they prepare for the post-MBA recruitment process. Professionals from various firms in talent-acquisition will discuss their work, their recruitment processes, and the type of profile that gets noticed. Next, professionals will give workshops to help participants prepare the first steps in the recruitment process: identification of skills and experience, refinement of their 'elevator pitch', an explanation of networking options, preparation for tests and assessments, and a review of cover letters and CVs in both French and English. One-to-one mock interviews and training sessions will provide practice for participants for recruitment sessions in March. The Talent Program team will support IMBA participants throughout the year to ensure they maximize the impact of their unique talents and skills in the recruitment process.
"Choosing to pursue the IMBA from IÉSEG is one of the best and smartest decisions I have ever made. As an American, I decided to further my education in Europe in order to gain a holistic perspective on business, as I would like to work in a global company after finishing my studies. I chose IÉSEG in particular for its prominent location and positive reputation regarding their programs and international focus. This program has given me the invaluable opportunity to not only work with, but learn from peers and professors from all over the world. IÉSEG also has a strong career support program; part of which enables us to meet with top business executives. Thanks to that program, I was able to secure a post-coursework internship here in Paris at a global, billion-dollar French company early on in the year. My experience here so far has been everything I imagined and more. Not only have I learned more than I thought possible in one year, but I have also been exposed to a new culture, a new language, and have met the most wonderful people."
Rachel Gress, IMBA Student – USA
The choice to study abroad is not only an academic decision, but also a financial one. Students need to be aware of the various cost involved in pursuing a master’s at IÉSEG
Admission requirements -
IMBA program is open to candidates with an undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university and with a good command of English: IELTS (6.5), TOEFL (85 IBT), TOEIC (795).
Native English speakers or students whose Bachelor degree was taught in English may be exempt from the above. A minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience is required.
Application process -
Admission is via an online application at https://application.ieseg.fr and the review of the supporting documents. Qualified students will be contacted for an interview. Rolling admission is offered to selected students from October 2017.
May 30th 20178
€ 24,000 for domestic and international students. Merit-based scholarships are available.