UK/EU students: £4,500; International Students: £12,000
This is the first programme of its kind to offer a dedicated internship module through which students can gain academic credits while undertaking work experience in a club structure, professional organisation or National Governing Body. The programme offers the following course specific compulsory modules: - Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application. - Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice.
2016 entry: Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 30th June. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.
*Please note. This programme will undergo periodic review in March 2016. As such, module and pathway information may change. Refer back to this course page for the most up-to-date information at that point.
Visiting lecturers, drawn from the UK's most experienced strength and conditioning practitioners, complement the lectures given by the Cardiff School of Sport's specialist staff in strength and conditioning and associated discipline areas. The specialist modules are accompanied by a range of compulsory and option modules, which are shared with other programmes in the School's Postgraduate Scheme in Sport Studies.
Students are afforded the opportunity to develop the academic skills of critical appraisal and reflection alongside the practical skills and competencies that are required to work within this rapidly developing field. The programme's multi-disciplinary content is underpinned by the scientific knowledge that supports the practice of strength and conditioning. A key aim of the programme is to support students in line with the UKSCA competency framework and in preparation for UKSCA accreditation (ASCC: Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach).
In order to qualify for the MSc, students are required to successfully complete a 15,000 word dissertation project.
Compulsory modules: - Research Methods for Sport Studies (Quantitative or Qualitative Route) (20 credits) - Dissertation Project (60 credits) - Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application (20 credits) - Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice (20 credits) - Physiology of Sports Conditioning (20 credits)
Option modules (choose 40 credits): - Internship (40 credits) - Independent Study (20 credits) - Theoretical and Experimental Sports Biomechanics (20 credits) - Analysis of Technique (20 credits) - Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice (20 credits) - Computerised Match Analysis (20 credits) - Understanding the Coaching Environment (20 credits) - Working with Elite Performers (20 credits) - Managing Coaching Problems (20 credits) - Sport Coaching: Theory to Practice (20 credits).
Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, practical vivas, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and laboratory reports.
Employability & Careers
Graduates of the programme can continue their studies and register for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject. Other graduates will pursued careers as professional strength and conditioning coaches working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies, technical coaches, work within the health and fitness industry, act as consultants and lecture (further and higher education).