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Are you highly motivated, driven and passionate about sport science and strength and conditioning? Would you like to have a real impact on sport and the development of pro athletes? This Masters course gives you the knowledge and practical competencies to go on to train elite athletes, or pursue your own research studies at PhD level.

MSc Strength and Conditioning focuses on the practical aspects of the discipline, covering topics including the physiology of strength and conditioning, applied strength and conditioning, contemporary issues and professional practice for the benefit of athletes in the sporting industry.

The course is focused on delivering industry specific knowledge, and is supported by a world class BASES-accredited teaching and research environment. Your future employment opportunities across the sports science industry will also be enhanced, thanks to our recognition by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

You can expect a professional, hands-on learning experience. As part of the High Performance Coaching module, you will work with a client and analyse their personal coaching practice, giving you real experience that can apply in your future career. This practical knowledge will also help you stand out to prospective employers.

Throughout your Masters, you’ll be working in some of the best campus sports facilities in the UK, including sport and exercise science labs accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and learning useful skills thanks to course recognition by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

"It’s inspiring. You are constantly surrounded by individuals with a very high level of knowledge and experience within the industry."

- Sam Bacon, current student, MSc Strength and Conditioning

Former students are involved in strength and conditioning work for national governing bodies and other organisations or through private consultancy. One recent graduate is the national fitness coach for the Gibraltar Football Association.

 

 

 

 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as sports science, sports performance and coaching, physical education, physiotherapy, or an honours degree in another discipline which includes anatomy and physiology. Work experience in a relevant field and/or a professional qualification may also be considered.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will be considered on an individual basis: applicants may be required to submit a professional portfolio to demonstrate their suitability for the course.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,350

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000



Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.


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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SP0733 -

Sport and Exercise Science Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of an aspect of practice in the vocational area and to develop skills in communication, argument, critical thinking and independent enquiry.

The research dissertation provides the opportunity for an ethically sound independent study in an area of relevance to practising professionals in the area of degree study. You are expected to use skills and knowledge acquired in prior modules as the basis for an in depth appreciation of specific issues in sport and exercise science. The main body of the research dissertation coming at the end of the taught phase focuses on specific core/option units.

More information

SP0735 -

Applied Strength and Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)

On Applied Techniques in Strength and Conditioning you will critically engage with the scientific underpinning to a range of training modalities and interventions that are routinely used in the athletic development process. This will include study of the physiology and biomechanics underpinning training and adaptation in resistance training, ploymetrics, multidirectional speed and agility training, endurance training and others. You will apply this knowledge to the athletic development process through engagement with the prescription and coaching of key aspects of each training mode/intervention, with a specific emphasis on the coaching of the key technical aspects.

More information

SP0736 -

High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)

In “High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning” you will study the long-term planning process in strength and conditioning, and the “art and science” of effective coaching delivery. Through study on the module you will learn about the history of periodization and long-term planning, the approaches coaches can take to planning training for athletic performance enhancement, and how to critically analyse and apply evidence to deal with the challenges faced by S&C coaches in the long-term planning process. You will also study how your behaviour as a coach impacts on the acquisition of skill and the prevailing motivational climate of your own practice, and critically reflect on your own coaching behaviour with the aim of improving how you interact with your athletes.

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SP0737 -

Physiology of Strength and Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)

You will critically engage with contemporary issues relating to the physiology of strength and conditioning, and will apply this knowledge to conduct an assessment and report for a real athlete/client. Indicative content includes examination of; training responses and adaptations, energy systems (physiology & training), training and competing in extreme environments, exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery from training, and exercise preparation.

More information

SP0738 -

Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a range of research approaches and data analysis methods applicable to your subject of study as well as a critical understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses. You will learn how these approaches can be applied in the planning of an experimentally-rigorous and ethically-sound research study.

More information

SP0753 -

Contemporary Issues in Strength and Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)

The module will take a problem-based, research-process approach to answering questions in strength and conditioning. You will decide on the questions you wish to pursue and will answer them in collaboration with your peers. You will be encouraged to take ownership of your own learning, preparing you for your career beyond academia where you will be required to work as an individual and in teams to ask and answer questions pertaining to the athletic development process. Concurrent to this you will study material around the professional domain of strength and conditioning, and the employability skills required of a successful graduate in strength and conditioning.

More information

SP0754 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SP0733 -

Sport and Exercise Science Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of an aspect of practice in the vocational area and to develop skills in communication, argument, critical thinking and independent enquiry.

The research dissertation provides the opportunity for an ethically sound independent study in an area of relevance to practising professionals in the area of degree study. You are expected to use skills and knowledge acquired in prior modules as the basis for an in depth appreciation of specific issues in sport and exercise science. The main body of the research dissertation coming at the end of the taught phase focuses on specific core/option units.

More information

SP0735 -

Applied Strength and Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)

On Applied Techniques in Strength and Conditioning you will critically engage with the scientific underpinning to a range of training modalities and interventions that are routinely used in the athletic development process. This will include study of the physiology and biomechanics underpinning training and adaptation in resistance training, ploymetrics, multidirectional speed and agility training, endurance training and others. You will apply this knowledge to the athletic development process through engagement with the prescription and coaching of key aspects of each training mode/intervention, with a specific emphasis on the coaching of the key technical aspects.

More information

SP0736 -

High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)

In “High Performance Coaching in Strength & Conditioning” you will study the long-term planning process in strength and conditioning, and the “art and science” of effective coaching delivery. Through study on the module you will learn about the history of periodization and long-term planning, the approaches coaches can take to planning training for athletic performance enhancement, and how to critically analyse and apply evidence to deal with the challenges faced by S&C coaches in the long-term planning process. You will also study how your behaviour as a coach impacts on the acquisition of skill and the prevailing motivational climate of your own practice, and critically reflect on your own coaching behaviour with the aim of improving how you interact with your athletes.

More information

SP0737 -

Physiology of Strength and Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)

You will critically engage with contemporary issues relating to the physiology of strength and conditioning, and will apply this knowledge to conduct an assessment and report for a real athlete/client. Indicative content includes examination of; training responses and adaptations, energy systems (physiology & training), training and competing in extreme environments, exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery from training, and exercise preparation.

More information

SP0738 -

Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a range of research approaches and data analysis methods applicable to your subject of study as well as a critical understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses. You will learn how these approaches can be applied in the planning of an experimentally-rigorous and ethically-sound research study.

More information

SP0753 -

Contemporary Issues in Strength and Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)

The module will take a problem-based, research-process approach to answering questions in strength and conditioning. You will decide on the questions you wish to pursue and will answer them in collaboration with your peers. You will be encouraged to take ownership of your own learning, preparing you for your career beyond academia where you will be required to work as an individual and in teams to ask and answer questions pertaining to the athletic development process. Concurrent to this you will study material around the professional domain of strength and conditioning, and the employability skills required of a successful graduate in strength and conditioning.

More information

SP0754 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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