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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Strength and Conditioning

Course Description

This course has a strong practice-based element, which means you'll develop the skills you need to pursue a lead role in the field.

Theoretical content is delivered online, so you won't have to attend University every week. You'll be able to apply your learning to your job and use case studies from your current area of practice. Our staff are experts in the field of strenght and conditioning and they often work in partnership with professional sports teams and individual athletes.

This is one of only two postgradaute courses in Europe to receive international recognition though the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP).

Key benefits:

• Gain a higher degree that will enable you to take a lead role in strength and conditioning
• Theoretical content is delivered online giving you the flexibility to study at a time convenient to you
• High practical content means you’ll develop the skills that will impress employers

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/strength-and-conditioning

Suitable for

This programme is aimed at a wide range of sports professionals including strength and conditioning coaches, sport science graduates, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, sports therapists and sports rehabilitators, sport medical physicians and physical education teachers.

Programme details

This is the only Strength and Conditioning Masters Degree in Europe which is recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) through their education recognition programme. The online theoretical content includes lectures from some of the world’s leading experts. The contact sessions on campus are applicable immediately to professional practice and involve a high practical content.

The MSc course is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. Please note: international applicants are only able to apply for the full-time route.

The full-time course runs over three academic semesters (October through to September the following year), whilst giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

• Postgraduate Certificate: completion of one module
• Postgraduate Diploma: completion of two modules
• Masters: completion of two modules plus a dissertation

In order to achieve an award of MSc Strength and Conditioning you must successfully complete the modules Strength and Conditioning and Injury Prevention and Performance Management, along with producing a thesis for the dissertation module.


• Workshops (3 days per module, per semester)

These are interactive, discursive, reflective, participatory, collaborative and practice related sessions that employ a variety of teaching and learning methods. As the course progresses these will become progressively more student led, with you presenting case studies for peer and tutor review.

• Individual scholarly activity

Self directed learning, personal reflection, practice based application and reflection, including peer and tutor review.

• Distance learning resources

Delivery of supporting resources such as study guides and lecture material online. Facilitated group work, including tutor and peer evaluation are a key component of this course.

• Personal tutor and peer support

To provide an academic, practice based and personal support mechanism alongside facilitated networking.

Module titles

• Injury Prevention and Performance Management (60 credits)
• Strength and Conditioning (60 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)


Assessment methods will vary depending on the module. They include:

• Case studies (written and oral presentations)
• Viva vocé
• Literature review
• Practical assessments
• Journal articles (research reports written in the format of a journal article)
• Research proposal

Career potential

With the skills you’ll learn on this course, you can take a lead role in the field and make a real difference to the training of your clients. This course will significantly increase your chances of getting a high profile role in top-flight sport.

Graduates are now employed in Premier League and Championship football, and paralympic weightlifting. Some graduates have also progressed on to lecturing and doctoral-level study.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Strength and Conditioning page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree (2:1 or higher) in a Sport, Exercise Science or related subject area.APEL: Strength and Conditioning coaches with no formal academic qualification in a sport or exercise field can be assessed for their suitability to enrol on the course based on experience and vocational qualifications and via interview.

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