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Sports Science MSc by Research


Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Sports Science at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Swansea University has a flourishing research environment looking at elite sports performance and exercise health and medicine.

Key Features of MSc by Research in Sports Science

Sport and Exercise Science research at Swansea University takes place in the Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) research centre. Engaging in research, teaching and third mission activity that spans the artificial boundaries between traditional disciplines. Swansea University is unique as the only research-intensive university in the UK where Sport and Exercise Science is located in Engineering.

Research activity in Sport and Exercise Science is in two main areas:

Elite Sports Performance
Exercise Medicine and Health

Our research spans the areas of, science, technology, health and medicine applied to sport, exercise and health settings with children, older people, clinical groups and elite international sports people. Importantly, sport and exercise science research is applied in nature and populates teaching, third mission activities and work-related learning opportunities. It has impact on elite sport, students, industry, patients and the general public.

MSc by Research in Sports Science typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

The A-STEM Research Centre has developed its own laboratories that rank alongside the most prestigious and well known universities in the UK.

Find out more about the facilities used by Sports Science students and Researchers at Swansea University.

Swansea University also has a proud reputation for sporting excellence and outstanding sporting facilities. See a 365 degree panoramic of the Sports Village: including the Wales National Pool, Gym, Indoor Courts, Running Track, Astroturf and Indoor Track.

Links with Industry

In addition to teaching and research, academic staff are actively engaged with applied practice and consultancy in sport and exercise settings.
 
Our well-established links include organisations such as:
 


Diabetes UK
Haemaflow
Swansea NHS Trust
Carmarthenshire NHS Trust

UK Sport
Sport Wales
Welsh Rugby Union
International Rugby Board (IRB)

We also work with elite sports teams including:


Scarlets Rugby
Ospreys Rugby
Swansea City AFC
West Ham United AFC
British Bobsleigh
British Bobskeleton
British Cycling
Wales 7s Rugby

Our staff also regularly consult in exercise settings with populations with chronic disease, including diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation and renal care.

Research

Sport and exercise science research occurs within the world-leading Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre.

Significant research in diabetes and health as well as sedentary behaviour, physical activity, fitness, fundamental movement skills in childhood obesity is undertaken by a number of clinical exercise science staff.

Our elite sport performance group is leading a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government to position Wales at the forefront of Science, Technology and Medicine in elite sport and to promote its wider application in health and education. This project represents a unique collaboration of leading Welsh academics, businesses and sport, with the overall objective of enhancing their respective performances.

Fundamental links integrating engineering and sport and exercise science research are being developed by the Sports Visualisation Group who analyse video material to rapidly produce data for immediate analysis of sports performance. Recently the Engineering Behaviour Analytics in Sport and Exercise (E-BASE) research group was set up to investigate the use of advanced sensor and processing technology to quantify training and activity in sport and clinical populations respectively.

We have international research links and projects with universities in Southern and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USE, Italy and Austria.

Student quote

I chose Swansea University to study my MSc Sports Science by Research because Swansea has a great reputation for sports and exercise research and the A-STEM research project is an exciting environment to be part of. Swansea also has great funding opportunities for postgraduate study and it is a really friendly and supportive university.

Zoe Marshall, Sports Science, MSc by Research

Visit the Sports Science MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!



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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/taught/swansea-masters-scholarships-2017.php


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Sport and Exercise Sciences: Funded MSc by Research Studentship: The development of laboratory-based biofeedback tools for human movement analysis - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.Real-time biofeedback provides valuable immediate information on human movement. Whether used to describe movement in elite sport or public health settings, such information can ultimately be used to affect the outcome of a movement by informing experimental manipulations to constraints related to the environment, individual or task. These manipulations can be made on either an immediate or longer-term (training) timescale. Two extreme examples to illustrate these broad ranges of applications include the use of real-time biofeedback in the training of gait in older adults to increase minimum toe clearance and therefore reduce the risk of trips (Begg et al., 2014), to its use in the refinement of specific sprinting skills within an elite sporting environment (McNitt-Gray et al., 2015). Given the clear varied research potential for human movement laboratories which house such technology, the proposed project aims to establish real-time visualisation and biofeedback capabilities within the A-STEM Centre’s Biomechanics & Technology Laboratory. This aim will be met through three specific project objectives:1. Establish communication protocols which allow ground reaction force and Vicon marker data to be streamed in real-time.
2. Establish standard biofeedback templates in commercially available software (i.e. Visual3D) and extend this to bespoke custom templates on other platforms (e.g. Matlab, Unity).
3. Apply the developed real-time biofeedback protocols to the training of a specific sporting technique as a ‘proof of concept’.This project will be based on Swansea University’s Bay Campus and will be supervised by Dr Neil Bezodis (School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, College of Engineering) and Dr Sean Walton (Computer Science, College of Science).

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees

Eligibility

Candidates should have at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, such as Sport and Exercise Science (with biomechanics experience), Computer Science, Mathematics, Human Biology.Experience with automatic motion capture is desirable.Applications from overseas candidates are welcome but candidates should be aware that the studentship will only partially cover international tuition fees (value of £4,152).

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/sports-exercise-science-msc-research-development-lab.php


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Sport and Exercise Science: Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Developing objective assessment methods of fundamental movement skills through visualisation - Single Award

Physically active lifestyles are important to children's health. Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value, and take responsibility for engagement in, physical activities for life. The ability to monitor physical literacy across the life-course requires a broad spectrum of valid and reliable methods. To date, work has focussed on the fitness and lifestyle aspects of physical literacy. However, physical literacy concerns not only fitness but also the competence associated with physical movement. Among older children and adolescents, the relationship between movement skill and physical activity becomes increasingly important as children who are not proficient in the fundamentals of locomotor, object control and stability skills are less likely to adopt an active lifestyle. Thus, movement competence is an increasingly important determinant of physical literacy as children mature. However, current assessments of fundamental movement skills (FMS) not only require that children repeatedly perform each skill in isolation, making them time and resource intensive to administer, but require labour- and time-intensive, subjective analyses.The utilisation of high-resolution, high-precision accelerometry devices have enabled widely applied biological research to track animal, and more recently human, movements. Recent research has enabled novel visualisation of specific movement patterns, which provide a springboard for both health and sporting applications. Specifically, there is considerable interest in both contexts regarding the assessment of movement strategies for performance, be it elite sporting performance or the performance of daily activities, and exploring how deviations from these optimal strategies may be used to provide biofeedback. Central to this assessment is the visualisation of digital data. However, whilst visualisation strategies have a long research history, visualizations that go beyond flat digital screens have only recently started to attract attention. This development is supported by advances in digital fabrication and shape changing displays and raises questions about how to design effective 3D visualizations and how to study such systems to explore their potential.Therefore, the aim of this programme of research seeks to validate the use of real-time sensors as an objective measure of FMS, and to develop a visualisation tool to facilitate biofeedback.Therefore, to address these questions, the following series of studies will be conducted:1. Development of visualization techniques to objectively assess the quality of FMS
2. Validation of the device and techniques as an objective measure of FMS

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, such as Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Physiology.Candidates are also required to have:- Ability to communicate effectively with others and coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Understanding of physical activity and its measurement.Applications from overseas candidates are welcome but candidates should be aware that the studentship will only partially cover international tuition fees (value of £4,120).

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/exercise-health-msc-research-developing-objective-assessment.php


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Sport and Exercise Science: Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Investigating Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Physical Activity in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.Project start date: October 2017Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, incurable lung disease with a median survival time of 3 years. The lack of treatment for this disease means that management strategies to slow the rate of decline and preserve patient quality of life are pivotal. Pulmonary rehabilitation, which involves a comprehensive, multidisciplinary programme of education, exercise and behaviour modification, has been suggested as one such potential strategy. However, while the role of pulmonary rehabilitation is well established in people with other chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for whom it improves exercise performance and reduces symptoms, less is known regarding the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation in IPF patients. Indeed, given the unique radiological, pathological, functional and prognostic characteristics of IPF, generalising the outcomes associated with COPD is inappropriate and further research is required to elucidate the physiological and psychosocial effects of pulmonary rehabilitation in IPF patients.A key question in the assessment of pulmonary rehabilitation programmes and possible explanation for the varied efficacy reported to date is the “activitystat” hypothesis, which suggests that participants compensate for increased physical activity in one part of the day by decreasing their physical activity in another part of the day to maintain an innate total physical activity set point. As the “activitystat” hypothesis is considered to be a homeostatic mechanism, it is possible that the set point may differ according to disease severity, which may have implications for the development of targeted pulmonary rehabilitation programs.The specific research questions for the proposed MSc project will therefore be:1. To investigate physical activity levels in those with IPF before, during and after a pulmonary rehabilitation programme
2. To investigate the presence of a compensatory effect in total physical activity levels and its relationship with age, sex, and disease severity

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, such as Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Physiology.Candidates are also required to have:- Ability to communicate effectively with others and coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Understanding of physical activity and its measurement.Applications from overseas candidates are welcome but candidates should be aware that the studentship will only partially cover international tuition fees (value of £4,120).

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/exercise-health-physiology-msc-research-investigating-pulmonary.php


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Sport and Exercise Sciences: KESS II Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Sport integrity and Governance Tool - Single Award

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The robustness and sustainability of sport at an elite level is predicated on its integrity. This has been seriously challenged globally by recent events at IOC, FIFA and other major international bodies. The aim of this study is to develop a sport integrity toolkit that will enable Welsh sports organisation to understand and evaluate risks concerning (inter alia):- match manipulation and competition management
- doping and supplements
- illicit drugs and alcohol
- illegal gambling and match fixing
- abuse of prescription and other medications.The toolkit will be a useful policy tool to develop good governance practice in relation to integrity threats.Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholars and is based on a 60 credit award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

11,358

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree, a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees .

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/sport-exercise-sciences-kess-msc-research-sport-integrity.php


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Sport and Exercise Science: Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Investigating the effect of high intensity exercise on habitual physical activity levels in youth with Cystic Fibrosis - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.Project start date: October 2017Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most prevalent lethal autosomal recessive disease in the Caucasian population (Quinton 1990). Mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene lead to malfunctioning or absent CFTR proteins, impairing mucosal clearance mechanisms. As such, CF is characterised by excessive viscous secretions in almost all organs, particularly the lungs, resulting in recurring infections, inflammation, airflow obstruction, and ultimately progressive functional decline. Whilst there remains no cure, advances in the treatment for patients with CF have resulted in an increased median life expectancy from 8 years in 1974, to 31 years in 2005 and 41 years in 2012 (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2012). Interventions which seek to ameliorate, or at least slow, the rate of decline in lung function in this aging patient group, remain a clinical priority. However, most exercise interventions have reported limited effectiveness and sustainability, with a perception of “no time to play” frequently cited as the key barrier to greater engagement in exercise or physical activity programmes. A recent study found a lack of time was referred to in both a literal and a symbolic sense, with a key emergent theme being that patients wished exercise programmes could be shorter, leaving them more time for other pursuits. This highlights the potential application of high-intensity, intermittent exercise (HIIE), which has been shown to be equally, if not more, effective as traditional exercise at enhancing exercise capacity in healthy people whilst necessitating a significantly reduced time commitment. A key question with any exercise or physical activity intervention is the knock-on effect on habitual physical activity levels and sedentary behaviour. It is hypothesised that there may be a displacement or negative compensation such that total physical activity levels are not increased consequent to engagement in an activity programme. However, despite the importance of PA and exercise for those with CF, the applicability of such concepts to this population is presently unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this multidisciplinary project is to investigate the influence of HIIE on habitual PA levels in those with CF.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, such as Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Physiology.Candidates are also required to have:- Ability to communicate effectively with others and coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Awareness of physical activity and its measurement.Applications from overseas candidates are welcome but candidates should be aware that the studentship will only partially cover international tuition fees (value of £4,195).

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/sport-exercise-sciences-msc-research-investigating-effect.php



Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research in Sports Science is a first or upper second class honours degree in Sports Science or similar relevant science discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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