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Full time October MSc 1 year full-time

About the course

Help elite athletes reach their optimum sports performance or improve fitness through exercise referral and community programmes.

Specialise in both those areas through a solid grounding in measurement, evaluation, and sport and exercise psychology. Build a portfolio of work that will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs.


The course mixes taught elements with independent research and self-directed study. There is flexibility to pursue personal interests in considerable depth, with guidance and inspiration from supportive tutors. By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of work, feedback from clients/employers, and a record of practical and academic projects.

Compared to undergraduate studies, this Masters has more emphasis on self-directed lab work, data

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Entry Requirements

Sunderland's typical offer will be a 2:2 honours degree in a subject related to sport. We will consider applicants from other subjects though we may ask for a portfolio of evidence.

The University recognises the value of professional experience. Prospective students with appropriate professional experience may claim exemption for up to 50% of the taught elements through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning.

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Student Profile(s)

Ryan Marshall

Ryan Marshall's novel research, as part of his Masters programme in Sport and Exercise Sciences has led to him winning the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Masters Dissertation of the Year Award 2017.

"I couldn’t thank the members of staff more. They have helped shape the person I am today, especially my supervisors Dr Lisa Board and Bill Sheldon. If it wasn’t for them I don’t think I would have flourished as a student and developed a passion for research and pursuing a career in academic research.

You get what you put into university. If you are a motivated student the staff at Sunderland will get the most out of you and really push you. The University has many links for sports and exercise students to develop their CV and professional development; Sunderland AFC, exercise referral schemes and personal training courses.

The sports and exercise science department and the staff are excellent. Small group sizes allow for friendly student/staff interactions and debate. As you spend a lot more time independently running experiments in the labs, you start to develop a closer bond with the members of staff and begin to feel like a colleague rather than a student.

We have excellent state of the art sports sciences labs; physiology, human performance labs, biomechanics, sports injury, a fully kitted out gym (both at CitySpace and in the physiology lab) and full access to state of the art equipment.

I wouldn’t have studied anywhere else.”


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