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If you wish to work with sports performers as a strength and conditioner, or applied sports scientist, this innovative course is for you.

Designed to meet the needs of students interested in the optimisation the fitness capacities required for high level performance in sport, it will provide the theory and foundation knowledge and skills you need to pursue professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES); the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/strength-and-conditioning#about

Course detail

• Study on a unique course with a multidisciplinary approach to strength and conditioning and gain access to world-leading staff expertise and research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) three quarters of our work across sports science, PE and tourism and leisure has internationally recognised impact. More than 95% of our research outputs are rated as internationally recognised or better (compared with a sector average of 93%).
• Explore a range of disciplines and their contribution to helping athletes increase performance, including: strength and conditioning; testing physical capacities; sport science support; laboratory skills.
• Develop your research skills and capabilities including research design and ethics, statistics and laboratory skills, opening up additional career opportunities
• Gain from a course designed to prepare you to for employment in the rewarding and expanding field of strength and conditioning
• Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to pursue roles including Strength and Conditioning Specialist; Applied Sports Scientist; Laboratory Specialised Technician (eg in universities, sports clubs or hospitals) and/or continue to further research-based study on Masters by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.
• Learn in the newly-opened arena facility which provides a space for modern fitness professional to train in a controlled environment designed for student only access. A wide range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment is available including a dedicated Strength and Conditioning suite with weight lifting equipment vital to the development of a Strength and Conditioning coach's delivery skills.

Modules

• Research Methods
• Strength and Conditioning Dissertation
• Assessment of Physical Capacities
• Sport Science Support
• Strength and Conditioning
• Exercise and Nutrition for Clinical Populations*
• Laboratory Skills*
• Placement (short)*
• Placement (long)*

*denotes options

Modes of assessment include examinations (seen and unseen), essays, practical tests, laboratory reports, research projects, case studies, presentations and data-analysis exercises.

These assessment methods will develop and assess core knowledge and practical skills relevant to your future employment and/or further education. Final assessments will be aligned with UKSCA accreditation requirements with you competency as an S & C coach assessed by UKSCA assessors.

Assessment types include:
• essays, laboratory reports, projects , case studies, dissertation (approx. 85%);
• oral and poster presentations (approx. 10%);
• tests and exams (approx. 5%)

Careers

This Masters degree aims to provide an understanding of real- life applications of theory. You will encounter a range of examples of enhancing athletic performance relevant to a future career in the sport and exercise industry or in a profession where such knowledge and skills would be useful.

The competencies of the lead organisation for strength and conditioning – the UKSCA - are embedded into this course giving you an understanding of, and practise in, the UKSCA accreditation process. This should accelerate your career as a coach and look to gain professional accreditation, vital to gaining employment within this career.

Increased investment in sport has opened up new opportunities for careers in strength and conditioning and sport science support, not only at the elite level of sport, but also at grass roots/school sport.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MSc Strength and Conditioning page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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