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Course content

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Course detail

This programme equips you to work in the field of Sport Science and provides the opportunity to gain real-life experience with athletes. Graduates become experienced Sports Scientists able to work effectively in academia or professional sport.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/147/sport-science-for-optimal-performance

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/


This programme advances your specialist knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning optimal performance in sport and exercise and provides opportunities to develop professional skills, including monitoring, analysing, evaluating and prescribing interventions for the optimisation of performance. Drawing on the expertise of Kent’s staff, many of whom are at the forefront of their fields, you have the opportunity to apply these skills in a real-world context by working with athletes.

The programme is designed to develop the professional and academic skills of graduate sport scientists. Health and sport professionals who want to take modules on a stand-alone basis for continuing professional development are welcome to contact us.

Format band assessment

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year:

- Dissertation (60 credits)

- Assessment and Training for Optimal Performance (20 credits)

- Research Methods (40 credits)

- Contemporary Perspectives in Sport Research (20 credits)

- Psychology for Injury and Rehabilitation (20 credits)

- Sport and Exercise Nutrition for the High Performance Athlete (20 credits)

- Applied Athlete Support (20 credits)

Assessment is typically by coursework and the final dissertation research project.


The programme has been developed and designed to provide the required knowledge and skills for you to work autonomously in the field of sport science. Importantly, there are significant opportunities for you to gain real-life experience of working with athletes; both as part of the programme and also through the School’s work with professional teams and elite athletes. Many of our graduates have gone on to further study such as a PhD, work in high level professional sport or as applied sports scientists. 

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities

- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Cutting-edge research

Our staff regularly publish world-leading research, giving you the chance to study with some of the most influential researchers in this field. We have worked with organisations such as the Medway Community health care, Asthma UK, SmartLife inc and Sport England. Our areas of research are wide ranging, including sports training, performance, fatigue, nutrition, hamstring injuries, sport psychology, cardiac rehabilitation.

First-class sports facilities and State-of-the-art equipment

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has excellent purpose-built facilities. For exercise testing, the School has everything you would expect and more, including state-of-the-art treadmills, cycle and rowing ergometers, an isokinetic dynamometer, brain and muscle stimulators, and blood testing and gas analysis equipment, sport and exercise science laboratories, teaching and student clinics, multiple physiology laboratories, a biomechanics laboratory which is equipped with 3D motion capture cameras and force plates, two large therapy clinics and two rehabilitation gyms, a psychobiology laboratory and a respiratory clinic. We were the first university in the UK to install an anti-gravity treadmill in our rehabilitation gym. Using NASA technology, this treadmill is a valuable resource for professional athletes as they look to speed up their return to fitness. Within our neuromuscular laboratory, we have equipment for transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation and peripheral muscle and nerve stimulation. These devices allow us to manipulate and test areas of the muscle and brain before and during exercise. Only a handful of universities in the UK have access to such state-of-the-art equipment.

We have a heat and altitude environmental chamber that can create various environmental conditions to stimulate the most extreme conditions found around the world. 

The facilities at Medway Park were specified to the highest standards in order to support athletes at pre-Olympic training camps and to enable world-leading research.

Excellent study resources

The general resources on campus are first class. The well-stocked Drill Hall Library has:

·      around 130,000 items including books, journals, CDs and DVDs

·      online resources and journal subscriptions

·      more than 400 student PCs and laptops

·      free high-speed internet access

·      zoned areas for group work; quiet study; and silent study

·      The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences recently increased its library resources by investing an extra £50,000 in new books.

Accessible location

Our award-winning Medway campus near Chatham Historic Dockyard was built at the start of the 20th century. You can get advice, study, socialise, or grab a bite to eat at our newly-refurbished Student Hub, or meet friends for a drink or food at a range of cafes and restaurants across campus.

Five minutes’ walk from campus, the Dockside retail outlet offers a wide range of shops and restaurants. Nearby is the town of Rochester with its historic castle and stunning cathedral, which is one of the venues for Kent’s degree congregations.

The Medway campus is quick and easy to reach from central London. Travel to London from the nearby stations of Gillingham and Chatham takes about 45 minutes.

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the MSc Sports Science for Optimal Performance page on the University of Kent website for more details!






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