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Applied Sport and Exercise Science (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Winchester is primarily based on a theoretical blend of sport and exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, and sport and exercise biomechanics. Additionally, it advances student knowledge and application of research methods.

Programme Content

The underpinning philosophy of this programme is to provide students with clear links between the theoretical and the practical, and to develop the necessary skills for students to work effectively in an applied sport and/or exercise science setting. This programme promotes a blend of theoretical, practical, experiential, reflective and professional approaches to sport (performance) and exercise (health).

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/msc-applied-sport-and-exercise-science.aspx


- Sport and Exercise Science
- Physiology of Sport and Exercise
- Psychology in Practise
- Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology
- Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
- Research Methods
- Research in Practise
- Sport and Exercise Pedagogy
- Dissertation

Learning and Teaching

A diverse range of teaching methods are employed including lectures, seminars, workshops, case studies, practical sessions, tutorials, e-learning and individual project supervision. All supplement the students' own independent study.


A wide variety of assessment types are used. These include written assignments (including essays and case studies); presentations (including oral and poster presentations); portfolios (a flexible combination of assessment types which usually include providing evidence of acquired skills/competencies and critical reflection on personal development); projects; examinations and research proposals. Students also complete a substantial independent research project.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


Graduates go on to work in sport and/or exercise science support or performance sport support. Others enter careers in teaching, leisure, education, research and/or health.

Visit the Applied Sport and Exercise Science (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ben Arnold Davies

“I studied my undergraduate degree at Winchester, and I’ve enjoyed the transition into the Masters. Theapproach is different as you are seen as a fellow professional.

“There’s lots of great opportunities to gain real experience – I am already part of a consultancy unit run by students, alongside the staff unit. We have carried out work with schools, and we devised a Health MOTs initiative for staff and students at the University.

“I look forward to starting my dissertation, as it’s an understudied area. The focus is a training phenomenon called ‘post activation potentiation’ – a prior muscular action that results in an increased performance. My research examines
the minimum level of strength required to elicit one of these responses.

“Working in a professional environment and gaining a range of knowledge means that Winchester has set me up for my future whatever I move onto next – whether that is further study or employment


Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study (for example Sports Science, Sports Studies or other cognate subject). If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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