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If you are a high-achieving graduate in engineering and the physical sciences, learn to develop and apply your technical knowledge to the world of sport. The course gives you the skills and knowledge to work at the cutting edge of research and development in the sports equipment industry.

More than ever, the world of sport is intimately connected to new technologies. The global sports equipment industry is valued at £200 billion annually and is driven by new research and innovation. In addition professional and national teams are increasingly reliant on technological solutions to monitor and assess the performance of their elite athletes.

Throughout this course you enhance your technical, problem solving and engineering skills and learn to apply them to the sporting environment. You also develop a biomechanical and physiological understanding of athletes, enabling you to analyse the athlete-equipment interactions in sport.

You complete a major industry linked research project to develop your practical understanding of sports engineering, to gain vital real world experience as well as improve your employability. Recent student projects have been partnered to organisations such as

  • Adidas
  • Ping
  • Prince Sports
  • Mitre
  • Gunn and Moore
  • Eley
  • International Tennis Federation
  • International Rugby Board
  • D3o
  • English Institute of Sport
  • UK Sport.

The course is delivered by the Centre for Sports Engineering Research an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy with over 200 years of cumulative experience. The Centre for Sports Engineering Research has 35 research staff and PhD students making it one of the world’s largest centres for sports engineering research. The group has close ties to many different sports companies and organisations and works extensively to enhance elite performance across many sports through its role as an English Institute of Sport research and innovation partner.

We assign you an academic and professional advisor, whose role is to support your academic and professional development, and career planning. You can also attend a free four day leadership award, that explores different perspectives on leadership. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

The course is led by Dr Simon Choppin, a fellow of the research centre and an associate editor of the Sports Engineering Journal.

Course structure

The course is made up of nine taught modules, plus a major industry linked research project. All modules are mandatory and have been tailored to match the previous experience of a graduate engineer/ physical scientist. The vast majority of teaching is in small groups (typically less than 20) allowing for bespoke delivery.


  • Industry linked research project (45 credits)
  • Mechanics of sports equipment (15 credits)
  • Measurement techniques in sports engineering and biomechanics (15 credits)
  • Computer simulation of sports equipment (15 credits)
  • Numerical programming in sports engineering (15 credits)
  • Innovation and enterprise in sports engineering (15 credits)
  • Human factors in sports engineering (15 credits)
  • Physiology of sport and exercise (15 credits)
  • Research methods (15 credits)

Please https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-sports-engineering foe module descriptions


  • examinations
  • coursework
  • presentations
  • research project thesis


As a graduate, you benefit from this course’s excellent connections with industry. This course has been developed in conjunction with a number of leading sports organisations to meet their research and development needs.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work at the cutting edge of research and development with companies such as • Adidas • Taylor Made • Nike • Ping • Prince Sports • Mizuno.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work as technologists and analysts in elite sport in organisations such as UK Sport • English Institute of Sport • Irish Institute of Sport • England and Wales Cricket Board • High Performance Sport New Zealand.

Visit the Sports Engineering MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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