The MSc Strength and Conditioning degree at the University of Northampton
is designed for those with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via the development of strength and conditioning. It is aimed at individuals with a prior knowledge of, or keen interest in, strength and conditioning, specifically graduates of or those working in clinical or applied sport, exercise or health environments.
Our programme of study is practical based, stimulating, well-structured and research-informed covering a range of topic areas including musculoskeletal training and adaptation, advanced and applied training methods as well as assessment and management of injury. The practical elements of the degree make use of purpose-built strength and conditioning and physiology laboratories to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the key issues associated with strength and conditioning.
The course will examine advanced and current aspects of strength and conditioning including musculoskeletal strength and conditioning practices, physiological response and adaptations of the cardiovascular system, assessment/management of injury and advanced/applied training methods aimed at developing an advanced, critical understanding of strength and conditioning training, systems and adaptations that dictate performance. The course will culminate by developing an advanced understanding of the research process by conducting a research project with the intention of submitting the findings to relevant conferences and journals for publication. The programme of study is aligned to the guidelines set out by the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).
The first trimester focuses on the musculoskeletal training and adaptations to specific types of strength and conditioning training, the assessment and management of associated injuries and the advanced training methods associated with this type of training. The second trimester allows students to develop their understanding of these specific training methods and apply them to a real life case study as part of the applied training methods module. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding in areas such as cardiovascular development and research methods.
The modules are taught in structured programmes that are delivered within the classroom, sports hall and laboratories. All sessions are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. Students can expect two hours of contact time each week for each module. Classes are delivered in a variety of means – lectures, seminars and practicals – and our aim is to provide opportunities for students to become actively involved in their learning. Personal tutorials, and meetings with a personal academic tutor are additional to the time spent in the class and would average another one hour per week. There are no additional costs for the course however, students will need sports clothes (trainers, shorts, tops) when participating in the practical sessions.
Course modules (16/17)
-Musculoskeletal Training and Adaptation
-Cardiovascular Response and Adaptation
-Injury Assessment and Management
Facilities and Special Features
-Highly equipped and dedicated biomechanics and physiology laboratories.
-Experienced subject specialists actively researching and publishing in their fields.
-Opportunities to attend and present research at international conferences.
Applicants will normally have a first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5.