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Exercise Science - MRes

Course Description

The Master of Research (MRes) allows you to develop specialised research skills within a professional research setting. It's an excellent preparation for PhD studies in exercise science, which is a discipline that's becoming increasingly focused on research.

Early in the course you'll take a taught module, choosing from a menu of options related to Strength and Conditioning or Clinical Exercise Physiology. You'll then select a project to work on, related to the existing work of the Department's research groups. This prepares you for the main part of the course, which is the design and implementation of a study of your choice for your thesis.

At the end of the course you could follow the usual route of progressing to doctoral level. Equally, you'll have the appropriate skills to start a career in any apect of professional research.

Learn From The Best

Our specialist team of teaching staff are internationally renowned within their individual disciplines, with many acting as advisors to industry and sitting on the boards of international federations.

Our reputation has resulted in the University providing professional development and consultancy services to an array of organisations such as the Lawn Tennis Association, UEFA, FIBA, the English Institute of Sport and Newcastle United Football Club.

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

Module Overview

SP0735 - Applied Strength and Conditioning (Optional, 20 Credits)
SP0737 - Physiology of Strength and Conditioning (Optional, 20 Credits)
SP0738 - Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
SP0739 - Epidemiology, aetiology and pathology of health disorders and special populations (Optional, 20 Credits)
SP0740 - Clinical Competencies and Assessment Skills (Optional, 20 Credits)
SP0750 - Practical Skills & Research Techniques in Exercise Science (Core, 30 Credits)
SP0751 - Exercise Science Dissertation (Core, 90 Credits)
SP0752 - Research Experience (Core, 20 Credits)

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching emphasises problem-solving and analysis in order to encourage a critical approach while building up core knowledge and understanding. With the support of a supervisor, you'll carry out a major research study that will require effective integration of your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Formative assessments will provide opportunities for feedback as you progress through the course. Summative assessments will allow you to demonstrate your ability to develop research proposals, evaluate literature, communicate research findings and complete a publication-ready thesis.

Give Your Career An Edge

Given the intensity and complexity of study, the MRes qualification demonstrates your ability to go beyond undergraduate skills. In order to achieve the MRes you'll enhance your research professionalism, communcation skills and evaluative abilities. You'll show that you are capable of making decisions in complex situations, and that you possess a thirst for independent learning.

In addition to these personal attributes, the MRes demonstrates a high-level awareness of current research and scholarship. This will facilitate your ability to thrive in research settings related to exercise science as well as a variety of other professional fields.

If your next step is a PhD then we'll offer you support with your applications.

Visit the Exercise Science - MRes page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for applicants is a first degree, normally in the Upper Second Class category in a relevant discipline (such as sports science, sports performance and coaching, physical education, physiotherapy etc.). Applicants from other disciplines may be admitted where they can demonstrate a strong anatomy and physiology knowledge and a willingness and ability to tackle the course. Students with other qualifications or experience that is deemed equivalent will be considered.

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