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MSc Sports Performance

Course Description

Course Summary

If you wish to work with sports performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or applied sports scientist, this innovative course is for you.

Designed to meet the needs of students interested in the optimisation of performance in sport, it will provide the theory and foundation knowledge and skills you need to pursue professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES); the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA); and appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3 or above).

Choose Sports Performance MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study on a unique course with a multidisciplinary approach to sports performance and gain access to world-leading staff expertise and research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) three quarters of our work across sports science, PE and tourism and leisure has internationally recognised impact. More than 95% of our research outputs are rated as internationally recognised or better (compared with a sector average of 93%).
- Explore a range of disciplines and their contribution to helping athletes increase performance, including: strength and conditioning; performance analysis; coaching in a performance setting; sport science support ; laboratory skills; talent identification
- Develop your research skills and capabilities including research design and ethics, statistics and laboratory skills, opening up additional career opportunities
- Gain from a course designed to prepare you to for employment in the rewarding and expanding fields of coaching, sport science support and strength and conditioning
- Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to pursue roles including Strength and Conditioning Specialist; as a Coach or in Coach Development; Applied Sports Scientist; Laboratory Specialised Technician (eg in universities, sports clubs or hospitals) and/or continue to further research-based study on Masters by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

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Why choose this course?

The MSc in Sports Performance is an innovative course designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in maximising sports performance. The course is designed to provide the necessary theoretical and practical skills for those who wish to work within the sport and exercise industry as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, applied sport scientist or a technical coach. It will allow you to be capable of training, test and coach performers to maximise their physical potential to help improve their sporting ability.

Career Management Skills

This Masters degree aims to provide an understanding of real life applications of theory. You will encounter a range of examples of the application of enhancing athletic performance relevant to a future career in the sport and exercise industry or in a profession where such knowledge and skills acquired during the degree would be useful. Throughout the course you will have lectures and workshops given by the Centre for Personal and Career Development.

An initial session on career options is offered by the team from the Centre for Personal and Career Development through your induction process. You will be expected to enhance your career-related and employability skills through interactive exercises, group activities and individual reflection throughout the course.

You will be encouraged to ask appropriate questions and increase the use of feedback that you receive. We also encourage critical thinking, coinciding with the transition to less tutor-led and greater peer- and self-feedback, and `management of tutor. Towards the end of your studies you will be encouraged to make use of the Careers drop-in Centre at the Polhill campus.

Professional competencies are embedded throughout this course. Experiential learning will be promoted through case study and practical assessments of your competency, while work experience and placement opportunities are available both extra to the course and as part of formal learning in a Work Experience unit. The UKSCA is recognised as the lead organisation within Strength & Conditioning in the UK, while BASES is recognised as the lead organisation for sports scientists; there competencies are embedded within this course and will allow you to gain an understanding of and practice the UKSCA accreditation process. This should allow you to accelerate your competency as a coach and look to gain professional accreditation, vital to gaining employment within this career pathway.

Career/Further study opportunities

Career opportunities in the Sports field have expanded greatly in recent years. The professionalizing of many sports through the lottery process and increased governing body investment has opened up opportunities in many sports in terms of careers in the coaching, sport science support and strength and conditioning areas. This process seems to be ongoing with an emphasis, particularly in female and Olympic sports, continuing to grow for the foreseeable future.

Career Possibilities:

- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Personal Trainer
- Fitness Professional
- Lecturer in Further or Higher Education *
- Teacher *
- Coaching/Coach Development
- Applied Sports Scientist
- Laboratory Specialised Technician (e.g. university, sports clubs, hospitals)
- Police *, Armed Services * and Prison Service.

Further study

University of Bedfordshire Postgraduate degrees such as:

Research degree studies (MSc by Research, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy)

The course can also lead on to some conversion postgraduate courses such as:


MSc Physiotherapy

Visit the MSc Sports Performance page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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