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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    MSc: 1 year full-time or 2-6 years part-time; PgDip: 9 months full or 1-4 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    29 October 2018

Course content

Programme description

Strength & Conditioning has emerged as a distinct and popular area of expertise in sport science, predominantly from within the discipline of physiology although frequently requiring knowledge and understanding of inter-disciplinary applied sport science and coaching, providing the rationale for this programme.

This programme combines both the theoretical and practical elements of strength and conditioning to identify and examine a wide range of academic and practitioner needs. You will gain excellent applied experience and professional development opportunities in parallel with the taught programme, using established links with local and national sports teams and governing bodies.

The major focus of the programme is on performance sport, although other areas such as exercise and rehabilitation are also covered, reflecting the range of exercise and sports contexts that the strength and conditioning practitioner may work in.

Programme structure

Your learning will comprise traditional lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

You will be required to complete seven compulsory courses as well as 20 credits of option courses.

To complete the MSc programme, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Conditioning Physiology (20 credits)
  • Environmental Factors in Sport (10 credits)
  • Paediatric Factors in Sport (10 credits)
  • Physio-mechanical Aspects of Resistance (20 credits)
  • Professional Skills in Development Environments (20 credits)
  • Research Process (10 credits)
  • Understanding Research Concepts (10 credits)

Option courses:

You will select a total of 20 credits of courses at level 10 (year 3 and 4 undergraduate) and/or level 11 (postgraduate) from across the University, subject to approval by the Programme Director and the relevant course organiser.

These credits should comprise courses running in semester 2, in order to assist you in the management of your workload. The programme team would be happy to give you advice regarding the selection of your option course(s).

Please note that courses and course content may change each year.

Career opportunities

The qualification and skills you gain in this programme will complement the applied experience and any professional accreditation for those aspiring to be practitioners at the cutting edge of strength and conditioning. Primary roles exist in the sports performance area, but you may also apply your skills to work in the areas of exercise and fitness, rehabilitation and the wider sports industry.

The Masters degree is also a springboard for further research, either within academia or the private sector. The highly transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and project management can be applied to roles in any field.


Visit the Strength and Conditioning (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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