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MSc Sports Engineering

Course Description

Study at the cutting edge of sports engineering and learn how to apply advanced engineering techniques to the research and development of sports technologies. This course is taught by the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, one of the largest hubs of sports engineering research in the world.

If you are a high-achieving graduate in engineering and the physical sciences, learn to develop and apply your technical knowledge to the world of sport. The course gives you the skills and knowledge to work at the cutting edge of research and development in the sports equipment industry.

More than ever, the world of sport is intimately connected to new technologies. The global sports equipment industry is valued at £200 billion annually and is driven by new research and innovation. In addition professional and national teams are increasingly reliant on technological solutions to monitor and assess the performance of their elite athletes.

Throughout this course you enhance your technical, problem solving and engineering skills and learn to apply them to the sporting environment. You also develop a biomechanical and physiological understanding of athletes, enabling you to analyse the athlete-equipment interactions in sport.

You complete a major industry linked research project to develop your practical understanding of sports engineering, to gain vital real world experience as well as improve your employability. Recent student projects have been partnered to organisations such as:
-Prince Sports
-Gunn and Moore
-International Tennis Federation
-International Rugby Board
-English Institute of Sport
-UK Sport

The course is delivered by the Centre for Sports Engineering Research an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy with over 200 years of cumulative experience. The Centre for Sports Engineering Research has 35 research staff and PhD students making it one of the world’s largest centres for sports engineering research. The group has close ties to many different sports companies and organisations and works extensively to enhance elite performance across many sports through its role as an English Institute of Sport research and innovation partner.

We assign you an academic and professional advisor, whose role is to support your academic and professional development, and career planning. You can also attend a free four day leadership award, that explores different perspectives on leadership.

The course is led by Dr Simon Choppin, a fellow of the research centre and an associate editor of the Sports Engineering Journal.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-sports-engineering

Course structure

Full time – 1 year
Part time – 2 years (the part-time route is only available to home and EU students)
Starts September

The course is made up of nine taught modules, plus a major industry linked research project. All modules are mandatory and have been tailored to match the previous experience of a graduate engineer/ physical scientist. The vast majority of teaching is in small groups (typically less than 20) allowing for bespoke delivery.

-Industry linked research project (45 credits)
-Mechanics of sports equipment (15 credits)
-Measurement techniques in sports engineering and biomechanics (15 credits)
-Computer simulation of sports equipment (15 credits)
-Numerical programming in sports engineering (15 credits)
-Innovation and enterprise in sports engineering (15 credits)
-Human factors in sports engineering (15 credits)
-Physiology of sport and exercise (15 credits)
-Research methods (15 credits)

Assessment: examinations, coursework, presentations, research project thesis.

Visit the MSc Sports Engineering page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

This course has been designed for high achieving graduates from a wide range of technical subjects such as engineering, physics or mathematics. The course is selective and welcomes applications from graduates with a 2.1 or above. Graduates from sports science degrees are welcome to apply if they can demonstrate sufficient expertise in mathematics and physics, for example good results at A-level, and have excelled in biomechanics throughout their undergraduate degree. IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

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