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Why take this course?

On this course you will gain a thorough grounding in the science underpinning performance enhancement through the key areas of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. This will complement the practical skills and research expertise you will develop in applied settings, providing an insight into the way that scientific support is integrated into the real world of top-level sport.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Develop an interdisciplinary applied approach to enhancing and maintaining sports performance
Learn laboratory and field-based skills for assessing and evaluating sports performance
Develop the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style

What opportunities might it lead to?

With an estimated worth in excess of £110 billion, the global sports industry is growing rapidly. You can expect to find a career in many specific areas such as teaching, research, sport science support, and the health and fitness sectors.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Health and fitness companies
Coaching and training
Management roles
Sports science roles
PhD study

Module Details

You can choose to take this course in either full-time or part-time mode, with a mixture of core and compulsory units providing good flexibility for part-time students. You will study several key topics; however these are subject to innovation and progression within the field and may therefore change slightly over the years.

Here are the units you will study:

Applied Research Methods: This unit comprehensively prepares you for research in your chosen field. You will cover a range of research designs and approaches and will prepare you to undertake your MSc Research Project.

Research Project: Your final project will enable you to carry out an individual study in the area of sports/exercise performance.

Optional units include:

Applied Sports Physiology: On this unit you will examine various physiological factors that affect sports performance and learn to carry our physiological tests and measures of sports performance.

Applied Sports Psychology: You will examine various approaches to sport psychology delivery and ethical issues that might affect them in order to identify and develop a range of professional skills associated with applied practice (e.g. counselling, service evaluation and effectiveness, reflective practice).

Environmental Factors Affecting Sports Performance: This unit trains you to critically review various environmental factors that affect sports performance and links theory to practical applications for maintaining and enhancing performance in adverse environmental conditions.

Applied Sports Biomechanics: This unit provides an applied experience of biomechanics and conditioning, and encourages a focused understanding of the practical advantages and limitations of various biomechanical systems.

Professional Practice in Sports Performance: On this unit will gain experience of working in a Sports Performance setting allowing you to apply your knowledge in a professional environment.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught mainly in practical workshop sessions in which you directly apply the skills and strategies you have learnt working with athletes or each other.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-assessment and problem-based assignments. Here’s how we assess you:

Practical and written exams
Laboratory reports
Role plays

Student Destinations

This course provides the skills necessary for range of careers in the sport industry, as well as providing opportunities to work toward BASES accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist, and the theoretical basis for further specialised study.

Given the range of general employability skills developed throughout the programme, you could go on to a variety of careers in other sectors, for example, business, the police and the armed services.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Strength and conditioning coach
Sports scientist
High performance sports coach
Personal trainer
Exercise specialist
Corporate fitness manager
University/college lecturer
Sports facility manager
PhD study
Clinical trials manager

Visit the MSc Sports Performance page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!





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