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Would you like to further your career in sport, health and exercise science? Would you like to offer sports science support to professional teams? Or does working in the field of physical activity and exercise in your community drive your ambition? The MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science course represents the academic and research interests of exercise and health scientists at the University.

During your postgraduate studies, you will conduct supervised and independent research work at our Sports Park and at our state-of-the-art environmental, exercise physiology and body composition laboratories on Glyntaff campus. The University of South Wales is 15th overall in the UK for world leading research in sports and exercise science – there is a strong research culture and our students are encouraged to engage with this from the beginning of their studies.

What you will study

Exercise Physiology

  • This module aims to enhance your understanding of the relationship between exercise, physiological systems and human biochemistry, with a specific focus on what limits exercise performance. It will also allow you to develop an advanced understanding of a selection of technical skills in exercise physiology and competence in these skills.

Research Project

  • This module aims to enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to produce a scholarly, in-depth, empirical research study, resource, or report.

Research Methods

  • This module will develop your ability to design and statistically analyse experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental quantitative studies. It will allow you to appreciate the strengths and limitations of the different quantitative research designs used in sport, health and exercise science and synthesize knowledge and competencies gained during taught modules, to produce a scholarly, in-depth critical review and proposal for a research study.

Professional Work Based Development 

  • This module provides an opportunity for students to observe and participate in work-based professional environments, including identifying a work problem for you to overcome, which will enhance your professional and vocational learning and inform your own everyday practice. As part of your studies you will critically reflect on your learning throughout the work placement. You will, together with the module team, identify an organisation or organisations that are relevant to your field of study and that will be able to provide 140 hours of work experience.

Plus three of the following optional modules:

Strength and Conditioning (Sport Science Pathway)

  • This module aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of concepts and theories regarding strength and conditioning. You will also have developed the ability to implement effective strength and conditioning programmes into a range of performance environments. The above have been closely linked to the professional standards required for accreditation by both the NSCA and the UKSCA.

Movement Analysis (Sport Science Pathway)

  • This module aims to develop your awareness of the analysis of sports performance, with particular emphasis on technique analysis and notation analysis. The use of systematic observation techniques in the analysis of sports performance will also be considered.

Nutrition for Health and Performance (Sport Science or Exercise and Health Pathway)

  • This module aims to provide students with the scientific basis of nutrition for performance. This has been designed to develop advanced skills essential for understanding the nutritional requirements of the human body in order to maximise exercise performance and promote health and wellbeing.

Physical Activity and Health (Exercise and Health Pathway)

  • This module aims to enhance your understanding of the relationship between physical activity and the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases. It has also been developed to consider the design and implementation of physical activity public health policy.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Public Health (Exercise and Health Pathway)

  • This module aims to introduce students to both fundamental and advanced concepts in epidemiology and the application of these concepts within the study of public health.

Teaching

The MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science is taught via small group workshops, seminars, lectures, video analysis, practical laboratory investigations and practicals; some of which will be student-led. All teaching material is supported by the latest research information and national and local policy drivers. Interactive, e-learning platforms are used to support your learning throughout the course, as well as the excellent library facilities.

Assessment

A wide variety of applied, academic and vocational assessment is used on this modern and innovative MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science. You will be assessed by oral and poster presentations, laboratory write-ups and case studies, critical essays and in some modules, examinations. The assessments are continually updated to reflect contemporary policy and practice to provide graduates with the most up-to-date professional knowledge and experiences.

Placements

During the MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science course, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a professional work placement module, using the experience to further develop your vocational skills in a specific sport or exercise area. We will work with you to secure the most relevant placement for your future career aspirations. 

Careers

A higher level degree such as an MSc, MPhil or PhD is becoming increasingly essential if you want to pursue a professional and/or academic career in sport and exercise science or physical activity/nutrition related to public health. Future employment opportunities include areas such as academia, professional sports clubs, the public/private health sector, sport national governing bodies, fitness industry, as well as supporting those of you already in employment such as teachers, community sport and health officers, as well as physical activity and fitness leaders.

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.


Visit the MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

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