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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Applied Sport and Exercise Science

Course Description

On this established and well respected course, you gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be an effective sport and exercise science practitioner. You develop strong technical, analytical, practical and professional skills, alongside specialist skills in biomechanics and performance analysis, physiology and nutrition, and strength and conditioning.

The course enables you to:
-Develop your understanding of science.
-Develop your ability to apply theory to practice in sport and exercise.
-Work towards British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accreditation, (at the discretion of BASES, graduates are able to apply for exemption from some elements of the BASES supervised experience accreditation scheme).
-Conduct independent research.
-Gain experience as a sport or exercise science consultant.

We offer a first-class suite of research and teaching laboratories alongside excellent facilities offered by our partnership venue at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. Our laboratories are all British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited.
The four overarching study themes are:
-Analysis of performance.
-Improving performance.
-Research methods and data analysis in both research and applied practice.
-Professional practice.

Many of the teaching staff support elite athletes as part of their work in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES). The team for sport performance have worked successfully with athletes competing at the Olympics, Paralympics, and Winter Olympics. They have provided, or are currently providing, sport science research and consultancy services at elite level for the
-Amateur Boxing Association
-Amateur Swimming Association (diving and swimming)
-British Cycling
-British Speed Skating Association
-British Skeleton-Bob Team
-English Bowls Association
-English Golf Union
-Royal Yachting Association
-GB table tennis
-GB volleyball

You benefit from CSES' activities as they allow us to keep course content at the cutting edge, based on our knowledge and experience of sport and exercise science delivery. You can also benefit from a work-based learning programme to help develop your experience of working in multidisciplinary teams, supporting athletes and coaches.

During the course you use a mix of traditional and online learning resources to ensure the course is flexible and can fit in with your existing commitments. The quality of our provision was rated 24/24 by the Higher Education Council.

Sheffield Hallam are a Skills Development Partner of the Chartered Institute for Managing Sport and Physical Activity.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-applied-sport-and-exercise-science

Course structure

Full time – 1 year
Part time – typically 2 years
Starts September

The masters award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules
-Analysis and evaluation of performance: technical and tactical (15 credits)
-Analysis and evaluation of performance: functional and metabolic (15 credits)
-Inter-professional practice in sport and exercise science (15 credits)
-Work-based learning in sport and exercise science (15 credits)
-Research methods (15 credits)
-Data analysis (15 credits)
-Project (60 credits)

Optional modules
30 credits from:
-Improving performance: strength and conditioning (15 credits)
-Improving performance: physiology and nutrition (15 credits)
-Applied performance analysis (15 credits)
-Applied movement analysis (15 credits)
-Human factors in sports engineering (15 credits)

Assessments may include:
-Laboratory reports
-Project/ethics proposal
-Needs analysis
-Qualitative data analysis
-Managing projects
-Problem solving exercises
-Group work
-Oral presentations
-Poster presentations
-Case study defence or report
-Quantitative data analysis examination
-Project file
-Abstract writing
-Article prepared for publication (MSc only)
-Action plan
-Organisational report
-Technology-based communication package

Other admission requirements

We designed this course to continue specialist studies at masters level for students who already possess a relevant first degree. You may also have an appropriate combination of other subject specific qualifications and relevant practical experience.

The course leader interviews applicants with non-standard qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Applied Sport and Exercise Science page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally you need one of the following: a good first or upper second honours degree in sport or exercise science, a good honours degree in a relevant science discipline with suitable content, an alternative qualification with a suitable concentration of relevant science (at the discretion of the course leader), a qualification in science or sport or exercise science at a level lower than first degree coupled with relevant practical experience. See course description for further admission requirements.

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