Strength, Conditioning and Performance

MSc 

Accredited by University of Warwick

Award

MSc

Duration

1 year FT

Placement

Opportunities available

Entry

September

Fees

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Sport and Nutrition

£44m invested in flagship facilities on campus, including sport, to support your development and career prospects

Our industry links provide you with extensive placement opportunities, including pro and semi-pro sports teams

Do you want to work in the field of human performance? Our Strength, Conditioning and Performance postgraduate course will help you build the advanced skills to become a knowledgeable and adaptable strength and conditioning specialist who can make a real impact within this rapidly growing sector, from working with athletes and teams to governing bodies and other organisations.

This course has been aligned with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as the Graduate Strength and Conditioning professional standards outlined by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). You will gain knowledge and skills in a variety of key areas including coaching, human performance and other essential aspects of working in the field.

As part of your course, you will complete a work-based learning module to help you gain the skills for working in your chosen area of the industry. Throughout your studies, you will have access to the latest equipment and technology in our cutting-edge Human Performance Centre and Laboratory at our £44m Moss House campus.

Why should I choose this course?

  • EXCELLENT FACILITIES – Learn in our cutting-edge Human Performance Centre featuring everything from an anti-gravity treadmill to a 35m indoor sprint track
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Build experience in your chosen area of strength and conditioning with a wide range of placement opportunities available
  • EXPERT TEACHING – Boost your academic and practical skills learning from industry and research active staff
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – We are a CIMSPA education partner and are exploring further accreditation on the Graduate Strength and Conditioning coach framework following their work with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA)
  • TEAM SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP – University College Birmingham will be the home for Team Scotland at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, offering unique opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes

Our facilities

Students on our sports courses have use of a variety of outstanding practical training facilities, from our Human Performance Centre and Laboratory to a state-of-the-art gym on campus, as well as access to 4G astroturf and grass pitches at nearby Avery Fields.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Applied Research Methods for Sport

This module will develop students' understanding of the research process, and prepare them to undertake and complete a successful research project. The module will cover all aspects of the research process and provide students with the opportunity to carry out a pilot study and receive staff and peer feedback before commencing their research project. Key stages of the module include applying for ethics approval, developing appropriate studies for hypotheses testing, research design, population sampling, data analysis (and associated software) and reporting findings.

Athlete Management

This module provides the student with knowledge and experience of working within a multidisciplinary team in order to provide the best support for the athlete. Students will learn a range of concepts including injury screening and rehabilitation; monitoring load and fatigue; performance testing; the athletic diet. By developing an appreciation of these areas, students will be able to identify their roles and responsibilities in a wide range of settings. Students will effectively take their 'case studies' through the process of training from screening and referral to monitoring of load and fatigue and performance testing.

Coaching and Enhancing Sports Performance

Coaching and enhancing sports performance builds on the underpinning concepts of human performance and applies them to key areas relating to practical application. Students will look at a number of areas including effective coaching in S&C, training strength, power and endurance and working with team sports alongside nutrition for trainin g adaptation(s), enhanced performance and recovery. This module equips students for many aspects of their stepping into industry and applying the theory in a sports performance environment. Students will develop their practical coaching skills whilst learning methods to enhance sports performance. This module will allow students to gain competence across a range of equipment used in both laboratory and field-based settings.

Experiential Learning

The Experiential Learning module provides students with a vocational opportunity to develop their personal, transferable skills and work specific skills, therefore enhancing future employability. By gaining real world experience in the field of applied strength and conditioning, students will be challenged to link theory with practice. Students will be supported to find suitable vocational practice placements with which to hone their skills as well as building industry networks to support their future career aspirations. The module will also provide students with the opportunity to reflect on evidence-based practice and identify their own learning needs.

Science of Human Performance

This module provides students with the underpinning mechanisms related to human movement and performance with a strong link to practical concepts. Students will look at neuromuscular structure and function, bioenergetics and metabolism, cardio-pulmonary function, endurance performance as well as strength and power. Much of this will take place in our brand new Human Performance Laboratory. Using a range of teaching methods, including podcasts, laboratory-based sessions, lectures and seminars, this module is designed link components of exercise science to the field of human performance.

Sports Research Project

The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to consolidate their learning and undertake a supervised research project, with the option to seek appropriate publication e.g., academic journal, conference etc. Students are able to specialise in an area of interest to them, which could be based out of the Human Performance Centre, Lab or in the field, potentially following on from their work on the Experiential Learning placement.

Strength and Conditioning Practitioner

An effective Strength and Conditioning coach needs to go beyond understanding the science of performance. This module helps practitioners to develop a range of the softer skills required to work in the field of strength and conditioning, for example interpersonal skills, effective communication, empathy, conflict management and resolution. Furthermore, the module introduces the concept of reflective practice, an essential skill for the applied practitioner.

The modules listed above are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain up-to-date as well as being informed by industry and the latest teaching methods. Occasionally we may need to make unexpected alterations to modules – should this happen, we will communicate with all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A 3 Year Degree with an average of at least 60%
A 4 Year Degree with an overall average of at least 55%

Postgraduate diploma

Applicants holding a 3 Year Degree with an average between 55-60% or a 4 Year degree with an average between 50% and 55%, will be offered entry onto the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance. Those achieving Masters level passes on the Postgraduate Diploma can proceed to the Masters gaining the award in the same amount of time as if they had initially registered on the Masters Programme initially.

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

English Entry requirements for students applying from India  

Board Minimum Requirement (2021)
CBSE B Grade
ICSE 60%
Cambridge B Grade / 6 Pointer
Maharashtra State 60%
Andhra Pradesh 60%
Kerala 60%
Karnataka 60%
West Bengal 60%

If you do not have one of the above qualifications, please see here for the full list of accepted alternatives.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS 6.0 with no element less than 5.5

Key information

Assessment

Assessment will be conducted through a range of methods to encourage the development of relevant competencies and skills. These include case studies, laboratory reports, assignments and presentations, while you will also undertake an extended research project linked to an area within the industry that interests you.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024 (UK website).

Uniform and kit costs

We highly recommend you buy the uniform specific for this postgraduate course, costing approximately £100. (Costs are subject to change each year – more details on exact pricing and how to order the items you need will be supplied to you before you enrol.)

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Work placements

Placements provide you with vital real-life experience and help build your skills and confidence before you graduate, as well as potentially leading to a job after your studies. Our dedicated hired@UCB employability team will help you to find your ideal placement.

Our strength and conditioning master's course includes an 'Experiential Learning' module. This features a minimum of 30 hours of placement work which is required for your assessment. In addition, we will support you to gain further work experience in line with your career ambitions.

Work alongside experts in your field

Some of the employers we have worked with include:

  • Wasps Rugby Academy
  • Bournville RFC
  • Gamechanger Performance
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel overseas for placements, residential trips or project work may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please see our Covid FAQs page (UK website) for more information.

As an undergraduate, I undertook placements as a strength and conditioning coach at Birmingham City FC and in a gym as a personal trainer, making me recognise the importance of underpinning academic knowledge. My master’s was perfect for my development to help athletes avoid injury and enhance their performance.

Javier Fernandez Strength, Conditioning and Performance MSc

Career opportunities

  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Exercise physiologist (in the sports sector)
  • Exercise physiology lecturer
  • Head of athletic development

Please note: The examples of roles are to serve only as a guide.

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