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  Strength and Conditioning (Distance Learning) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Online St Mary’s University, Twickenham    Faculty of Sport, Technology and Health Sciences

Part time September PGDip, MSc, PGCert 2-5 years part time distance learning
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Unleash your potential with the Strength and Conditioning (Distance Learning) MSc/PGDip/PGCert at St Mary's University. This prestigious programme is tailored to mould exceptional strength and conditioning coaches by equipping them with a diverse skill set and in-depth knowledge. Delve into modules like Biomechanics, Physiology of Training, and Independent Project to hone your expertise. The course's flexibility allows you to balance study with practical experience, ensuring seamless integration of theory and practice. Benefit from St Mary's cutting-edge Performance Education Centre and learn from experienced coaches and sport scientists. What sets this programme apart is its focus on practical relevance, with all content tailored specifically for strength and conditioning. To qualify, showcase at least ten hours per week of experience in the field and hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Sport Science or related disciplines. Elevate your career and become a sought-after professional in the dynamic field of strength and conditioning.

About the course

To be an excellent strength and conditioning coach requires a wide knowledge across several domains and a number of different skill sets. These include:
-An extensive “toolbox” of training exercise and interventions
-An understanding of movement and the ability to teach movement
-An understanding of how the body adapts to training and how to organise training to maximise desirable adaptations
-An ability to coach
-The ability to understand various sources of evidence (including scientific evidence) and use it to inform your practice

The MSc in Strength and Conditioning has been designed with these demands in mind, and aims to support students in developing as excellent strength and conditioning coaches.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s is widely recognised as an international leader in strength and conditioning education. We were the first UK institution to offer a BSc in strength and conditioning, and this MSc was the first part time, distance learning course in strength and conditioning in the UK. In recent years the university has invested £250,000 in a state of the art Performance Education Centre which is unrivalled as a facility for strength and conditioning education.

The staff at St Mary’s include both highly experienced coaches and expert sport scientists. In addition, our adjunct faculty is comprised of some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the world. All of the course material is designed for the strength and conditioning degree alone, which ensures that the practical relevance of the scientific evidence to the strength and conditioning coach is always fully explored.

The distance learning nature of this course has several advantages for professionals. Principal among these is the opportunity to combine study with practical work experience, thus allowing the translation of science into practice. In addition, you can organise your study around your own personal schedule. You can download lectures and watch them at times that suit you.

A Student View

Crofton Alexander (Wasps Strength and Conditioning Coach)
"Having already started a career in professional strength and conditioning with London Wasps prior to commencing the MSc, I was hoping that St Mary's MSc Strength and Conditioning programme would be stimulating, thought provoking and a challenge to my current philosophy.

"In all honesty, it did more than that and I can definitely say that this programme has raised my strength and conditioning practices to the next level."

Course Content

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. With the exception of the Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology module, all modules are assessed by a variety of types of coursework. To qualify for the diploma you need to accrue 120 credits. To qualify for the certificate you need to accrue 60 credits.

Modules will be offered according to staff availability and student uptake. Details of the core modules offered are presented below. Whilst every effort is made to accommodate student preferences we do require at least three students to register for a module to make it viable.

Module Information
› Practical Techniques in Strength and Conditioning
› Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
› Biomechanics and Skill Acquisition in Strength and Conditioning
› Physiology of Training
› Programme Design, Planning and Monitoring
› Topical Issues in Strength and Conditioning Science
› Independent Project
› Study Skills

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career Prospects

In today’s marketplace, employers are seeking to employ staff who are suitably qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities. As such, there is an increased need for postgraduate programmes to be vocationally orientated, with an emphasis on training students in the theoretical underpinnings and relevant practical areas to work in the sport industry.

The MSc / PG Diploma programme focuses on disciplines pertinent to the field of strength and conditioning. These disciplines are developed to provide a programme that reflects the competencies required for professional accreditation with the UKSCA and NSCA.

It is necessary for applicants to understand that the most important quality valued by employers is experience. It is therefore a condition of entry to the course that students arrange experience opportunities in strength and conditioning prior to entry. For those using the course as CPD for another career pathway (e.g. physiotherapists) this condition does not apply.
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Entry Requirements

There are two primary entry requirements to the course: Experience in the strength and conditioning field amounting to at least ten hours per week. This can be either paid or voluntary work; A 2:1 in an undergraduate degree, preferably in Sport Science or a related field. Some flexibility in requirements is possible for those achieving lower degree classifications where they can demonstrate substantial industry experience and that their current commitment to study has progressed from the time of their first degree.


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Student Profile

Lee Bridgeman

After seven years in a previous role I wanted a career change and decided that this course would help me achieve my goals. I would recommend this course to others because the course content and the lecturing staff were both excellent.

During my dissertation my supervisor Richard Blagrove provided me with the assistance required to complete my project and ultimately get the grade I needed to move to New Zealand. The staff were excellent and willing to share their expertise in a welcoming learning environment.

Completing this course allowed me to study for a PhD in Strength and Conditioning at the Sport Performance Research Institute in New Zealand.

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