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Strength and Conditioning (MSc/PgD/PgC)

Course Description

Course Overview

​This is the first programme of its kind to offer a dedicated internship module through which students can gain academic credits while undertaking work experience in a club structure, professional organisation or National Governing Body. The programme offers the following course specific compulsory modules:
- Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application.
- Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice.

2016 entry: Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 30th June. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.

*Please note. This programme will undergo periodic review in March 2016. As such, module and pathway information may change. Refer back to this course page for the most up-to-date information at that point.​​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/schoolofsport/courses/Pages/Strength-and-Conditioning.aspx

​Course Content​​

Visiting lecturers, drawn from the UK's most experienced strength and conditioning practitioners, complement the lectures given by the Cardiff School of Sport's specialist staff in strength and conditioning and associated discipline areas. The specialist modules are accompanied by a range of compulsory and option modules, which are shared with other programmes in the School's Postgraduate Scheme in Sport Studies.

Students are afforded the opportunity to develop the academic skills of critical appraisal and reflection alongside the practical skills and competencies that are required to work within this rapidly developing field. The programme's multi-disciplinary content is underpinned by the scientific knowledge that supports the practice of strength and conditioning. A key aim of the programme is to support students in line with the UKSCA competency framework and in preparation for UKSCA accreditation (ASCC: Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach).

In order to qualify for the MSc, students are required to successfully complete a 15,000 word dissertation project.

Compulsory modules:
- Research Methods for Sport Studies (Quantitative or Qualitative Route) (20 credits)
- Dissertation Project (60 credits)
- Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application (20 credits)
- Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
- Physiology of Sports Conditioning (20 credits)

Option modules (choose 40 credits):
- Internship (40 credits)
- Independent Study (20 credits)
- Theoretical and Experimental Sports Biomechanics (20 credits)
- Analysis of Technique (20 credits)
- Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
- Computerised Match Analysis (20 credits)
- Understanding the Coaching Environment (20 credits)
- Working with Elite Performers (20 credits)
- Managing Coaching Problems (20 credits)
- Sport Coaching: Theory to Practice (20 credits).​


Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, practical vivas, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and laboratory reports. ​

Employability & Careers​

Graduates of the programme can continue their studies and register for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject. Other graduates will pursued careers as professional strength and conditioning coaches working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies, technical coaches, work within the health and fitness industry, act as consultants and lecture (further and higher education).

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

Visit the Strength and Conditioning (MSc/PgD/PgC) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate scholarship is an award for those studying a full time taught masters programme at Cardiff Met in 2015. The award will pay for your fees in full, valued at £4000 depending on the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4000


See http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships for full criteria.

Application Procedure

Please fill in the online application form at: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarshipsOr visit the website to download the application form and return by:Post: Admissions, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 029 20 416286You will receive notification that we have received your application and successful applicants will be notified in September following enrollment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following: An honours degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or exercise related area appropriate to the programme OR An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the Programme Director OR Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in coaching, working within the health and fitness industry, sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £4,500; International Students: £12,000

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