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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    21 November 2016

Course content

This is an advanced programme that considers the applied and multi-disciplinary dimensions of sport and exercise science. State-of-the-art laboratory and field based equipment will support you to develop research and sport science support skills. The teaching team have significant research and applied expertise in the subject, but also in terms of innovative approaches to learning and teaching in sport and exercise science. There will also be the opportunity to undertake relevant vocational qualifications and work placement while on the programme. This will be tailored to your needs through working with a tutor and be aligned with the accreditation competencies of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Course detail

This programme aims to develop an advanced multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary issues that apply to sport and exercise science from both a theoretical and practical perspective. The programme is for individuals holding a sport science related undergraduate
degree or those with significant practical experience and qualifications in sport 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 sport and exercise science support work.

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 Performance Analysis module this could mean use of 3D modelling of a closed skill in the laboratory or utilising GPS technology to track movement of an entire team in a field-based setting.


• 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.

• Psychological Dimensions – appreciate existing psychological concepts and how they can be used to promote behaviour change in sport performance and coaching setting with diverse audiences.

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


This is a full-time course, you will undertake four 30 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation over a 12 month period.

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

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 British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

An example of the types of opportunities available through our partnerships would be experience in clinical exercise
physiology supporting delivery of NHS based testing and exercise classes or completion of a Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Level 4 qualification 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:

Other sources of funding

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:

Visit the MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science page on the York St John University website for more details!





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