The MSc Sports Sciences course has been designed to enable you to develop a range of discipline-specific abilities and apply them to selected areas of special interest for more advanced study of the physiological, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, or biomechanical factors that might influence sports performance. Excellent collaborative links with elite national and international athletes and teams will also give you the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience of delivering sports science.
Why Study Sports Sciences (with named pathways) with us?
As well as increasing your theoretical and empirical knowledge within the area, our course comprises core modules that are designed to provide opportunities to enhance your abilities in a range of transferable skills, and also to develop the basic competencies that will aid your personal development should you wish to pursue accreditation in the future, for example with BASES, UKSCA or ISPAS.
The course is taught by an experienced team of tutors who have specialist research interests and publications within the subdiscipline pathways. All teaching has an applied focus, with full use made of the BASES-accredited sports science laboratories.
The above critical elements of teaching excellence and research, combined with the applied practical experience of many of the staff who have worked with national and international athletes and teams, means that during all lectures you will not only be challenged intellectually but will also gain experience and knowledge of how research informs and is informed by practice.
The requirement for an experiential learning placement within the course means that our course provides invaluable practical experience that provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge within an applied sporting environment, as well as developing key interpersonal skills while working alongside applied practitioners.
This course is suitable for: (i) students who wish to embark upon a career in the sports sciences domain and who are seeking postgraduate study with the opportunity of supervised experience; (ii) practitioners already working in the field (coaches, trainers, analysts and physiotherapists); (iii) those looking to extend their knowledge before moving into the research and academic sectors.
What will I learn?
Over the year, full-time students will take six taught modules, including: Research Methods; two sports science generic modules designed to examine practitioner skills (The Applied Sports Scientist Core Competencies) and allow you to gain field-based experience of working in an applied setting (Experiential Learning in Applied Sporting Performance); and three pathway-specific modules in Sports Biomechanics, Performance Analysis of Sport, Physiology, or Strength and Conditioning. You will also complete one triple-module Research Project.
How will I be taught?
The course is located on the Parkgate Road Campus across a range of lecture rooms and dedicated sports science and computer laboratories.
You will learn and be taught by means of lectures, seminars, group work and laboratory practical sessions. The number of contact hours for full-time students is typically six to seven hours per week, plus ad-hoc tutorials. The total study time expected for each module is 200 hours.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment of modules is varied, and comprises a combination of coursework, research reports and presentations. There are no exams.