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MScSports Performance

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The MSc in Sports Performance is an innovative course designed to
meet the needs of students who are interested in the optimisation of
performance in sport. It is designed to provide the necessary
theoretical and practical skills for those who wish to work with
performers as a coach, strengthener and conditioner, or in sports
science support.

The course provides an avenue for elite performers to study their own
performance and to develop the necessary skills to help their future
performance, or prepare them for work opportunities after retirement
from sport. This could be linked to the University’s sports
scholarship scheme, from which funding for elite sports performers is
available. The course also provides the necessary foundation knowledge
and skills for professional accreditation with a number of bodies
including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
(BASES), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Assocation
(UKSCA) or appropriate higher coaching awards (Stage 2 or above).


Career opportunities in the sports field have expanded greatly in
recent years. The professionalising of many sports through the
National Lottery process and increased governing body investment has
opened up opportunities in many areas of sports including coaching,
sports science support and strength and conditioning. Growth has been
particularly encouraging in female and Olympic sports, opening up
employment opportunities for graduates with the necessary higher
qualifications and professional accreditation.

During the course you will:

  • Experience a unique course with a multidisciplinary approach to
    sports performance
  • Gain enhanced employability with opportunities to gain
    professional accreditation in your chosen field
  • Explore different disciplines and their contribution to helping
    athletes increase performance
  • Experience practical components to the course that enable
    application of theory
  • Benefit from `world-leading’ staff expertise and research, as
    rated by the Government’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:

  • Research design
  • Coaching in a performance setting
  • Sport science support
  • Laboratory skills
  • Exercise prescription for clinical populations
  • Research methods
  • Performance analysis
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Professional skills
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing and interpretation


Career opportunities


The core philosophy of the course revolves round using a
scientist-practitioner model to equip you with both research and
practical skills to work in a sports performance setting.

Throughout the course you will be actively participating in relevant
practical sessions designed to increase your skills. Since the course
has a real world focus, these taught practical elements will need
reinforcing through additional opportunities such as voluntary support
work with sports performers, supervised practice sessions, where time
could be spent working alongside University sports teams and outside
performers. This may also entail providing supervised scientific
support for local teams, or athletes through short duration voluntary
work placements during the course. Shadowing of more experienced
practitioners will be encouraged to enhance learning opportunities.
You will be given opportunities to develop the necessary practical and
theoretical skills to achieve relevant vocational awards, with
guidance provided for accreditation / awards with bodies such as the
British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), United
Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or relevant
Sports National Governing Bodies (NGB).


Career opportunities in the Sports field have expanded greatly in
recent years. The professionalizing of many sports through the lottery
process and increased governing body investment has opened up
opportunities in many sports in terms of careers in the coaching,
sport science support and strength and conditioning areas. This
process seems to be ongoing with an emphasis, particularly in female
and Olympic sports, continuing to grow for the foreseeable future.

Career Possibilities:

  • Lecturer in Further or Higher Education
  • Teacher
  • Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Coaching/Coach Development
  • Applied Sports Scientist
  • Laboratory Specialised Technician (e.g. university, sports clubs,
  • Police, Armed Services and Prison Service

subject to additional qualifications

Further study:

  • Research (e.g. research assistant or MPhil/PhD student within a
    University department)

The research design/research methods units, combined with the other
core course units, will imbed the necessary research skills preparing
you for potential study at PhD level.

This will encompass a knowledge base including research design and
ethics, statistics and laboratory skills (based around validity,
reliability and accuracy of measurement).

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States