Research in the area of strength and conditioning has increased dramatically in the past decade, an increase in focus that has inspired this innovative programme.
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.
The University of Edinburgh
's programme combines both the theoretical and practical elements of strength and conditioning to identify and examine a wide range of academic and practitioner needs. Students 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.
Your learning will comprise traditional lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.
Understanding Research Concepts
Professional Skills in Development Environments
Physio-mechanical Aspects of Resistance Training
Nutritional Factors & Ergogenic Aids
Paediatric Factors for Training
Environmental Factors for Training
To complete the MSc degree, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.
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 also be applied to roles in any field.
Additional entry requirements
Such cases are considered on an individual basis and some of the following relevant factors will be considered:
strengths and weaknesses in grade profiles related to the programme
applied experience as an athlete
applied experience working with other coaches and athletes
applied experience delivering as a coach
professional training in strength and conditioning
professional accreditation in strength and conditioning
The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a sport and exercise science subject area. Where an applicant does not meet this requirement, consideration may be given to those who have other academic qualifications (either a lower degree qualification or in a different subject area) and where applicants have very considerable relevant experience and/or professional qualifications.