Northumbria University Newcastle - Strength and Conditioning MSc

Northumbria University Newcastle

Strength and Conditioning MSc

This Masters course gives you the knowledge and practical competencies 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 such as: 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; Notably this course is recognised by the NSCA Educational Recognition Programme, and was one of the first full-time courses in the UK to gain this status.  You can expect a professional, hands-on learning experience. Our practical sessions involve laboratory and field-work to develop the range of skills required of a strength and conditioning practitioner, including measurement of key physical capacities, the execution of appropriate training methods, and the coaching of individuals and groups.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as sports science, strength and conditioning, sport coaching, physiotherapy or sports and exercise nutrition; or an honours degree in another discipline which includes anatomy, physiology, or biomechanics. Work experience in a relevant field and/or a professional qualification may also be considered.

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*).

Career Prospects

  • The course is focused on delivering industry specific knowledge, whereby the teaching and assessment strategies have been designed to align with the competencies required by the NSCA, and the UKSCA accreditation pathway, putting you in good standing for future employment.
  • During your studies you will complete a module titled “Sport Professional Practice” where you will be challenged to implement plans to enhance your employability through a range of professional development activities, which will include volunteer and internship roles, other informal learning opportunities, and non-formal and formal continued professional development (CPD) opportunities.

Course Details

Combining practical and theoretical knowledge you’ll increase your skills through informed debate with your peers and independent study.

You will learn through small group lectures that will help direct you towards subjects for further study and research and through sessions mainly involving laboratory or practical skills. These sessions will help you develop your hands-on experience alongside analytical, data handling and scientific reporting expertise.

You will be assessed through practical assessments, case studies, viva voce exams, presentations, written coursework, and laboratory reports. In these assessments you will be challenged to demonstrate key skills of a master of science, including the ability to critically think, evaluate, analyse, articulate, and self-reflect, in varying contexts relating to the discipline of strength and conditioning.

Year One

Academic Language Skills (ALS) for PG Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Sport Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)
SER PG Project (Core,60 Credits)
Applied Strength & Conditioning (Core,20 Credits)
Strategic Interactions in Performance Sport (Core,20 Credits)
Sport Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Physiology of Sport Performance (Core,20 Credits)
Applied Sport Nutrition (Optional,20 Credits)
Working with Elite Performers (Optional,20 Credits)
Sponsorship and Strategic Sport Brand Management (Optional,20 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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