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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.

Overview

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 collection and analysis. We encourage you to undertake real-world internships and build up experience with external clients and sports clubs. This practical experience will complement the rigorous research elements of the course.

'World-leading' research in Sport and Exercise Sciences, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Involves in-depth work with ‘real’ subjects and as such allows students to apply theory to practice.

Will take your undergraduate knowledge and skills and develop them substantially in the labs, classroom or practical situation.

Course Structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, problem-based learning seminars, web-based resources, small group discussions and debates. You will develop your practical skills with workshops and laboratory classes.

Assessment methods include essays, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations, scientific reports, practical exams, data analyses, critical reviews, poster presentations and a dissertation.

Modules on this course include:

Core modules

  • Data Visualisation and Interpretation (30 credits)
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Sciences (30 credits)
  • Professional Skills and Practice (30 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

Optional modules (choose one)

  • Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise (30 credits)

Facilities

Sunderland's outstanding facilities include laboratories with the latest fitness state of the art equipment and technology. We have invested in the latest software and equipment so that you have maximum scope to measure and improve performance. Our facilities will propel your learning in sport and exercise sciences.

Our Biomechanics lab contains equipment that measures motion, muscle activity and forces on the body during high intensity sports and the activities of daily living.

In our lab you'll find fitness and conditioning equipment that would be the envy of most modern gyms. From a wide range of cardiovascular equipment to machine and Olympic weights, you will receive hands-on teaching in a professional environment.

Anatomy is taught by experienced staff in a specialist clinical lab using skeletons, anatomical models, 3D software, online material and human subjects. You will learn techniques for sports injury rehabilitation, including the use of sports massage and ultrasound equipment.

You will also examine balance and stability using our Biodex® stability and balance trainer and assess strength imbalances using our sophisticated Biodex® dynamometer and new BTE Primus® rehabilitation equipment. You can investigate how new techniques such as thermal imaging are being used in injury assessment with Flir® IR cameras.

Employment & careers

Recent Sunderland graduates are now working within the fitness industry, sports development and in Further Education colleges. Potential employers include national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services, local authorities, health bodies including the NHS, and schools and colleges.

Job roles include the following (some require further training):

  • Sports and exercise scientist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sports coach/instructor
  • Manager of health promotion initiatives
  • Manager of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise referral
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Personal trainer/specialist fitness instructor
  • Lecturer

Visit the Sport and Exercise Sciences - MSc page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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