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Are you highly motivated with an interest in strength and conditioning and sport science? Looking to have a real impact on sport and athletic development? This course gives you the knowledge and practical competencies to go on to further studies or a career in strength and conditioning.

You’ll focus 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.

It’s inspiring. You are constantly surrounded by individuals with a very high level of knowledge and experience within the industry. Sam Bacon MSc Strength and Conditioning

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.

Are you highly motivated with an interest in strength and conditioning and sport science? Looking to have a real impact on sport and athletic development? This course gives you the knowledge and practical competencies to go on to further studies or a career in strength and conditioning.

You’ll focus 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.

It’s inspiring. You are constantly surrounded by individuals with a very high level of knowledge and experience within the industry. Sam Bacon MSc Strength and Conditioning

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.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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

You’ll 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’ll be assessed through laboratory reports, presentations, case studies, assignments, practical skills, small-scale projects, preparing articles for journals and a dissertation.

You’ll be able to demonstrate transferable and practical professional skills as well as ensuring you can present information to different audiences, for example scientific research conferences and peer groups.

You’ll be supported by a guidance tutor who has a wealth of experience in supporting students from a variety of backgrounds on personal or professional matters.

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You'll learn from our expert staff members, many of whom are accredited strength and conditioning coaches as well as being actively involved in research.

Their specialisms include recovery from exercise; strategies to enhance performance; different fatigue mechanisms; sports nutrition products and how they benefit exercise populations.

Northumbria is ranked in the top 30 for excellence in sport and exercise science research power, making it the best-rated university in the North East.


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You’ll be learning and training in some of the best campus sport facilities in the country, rated in the Top 5 in the UK in the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey 2015-16.

You’ll have access to facilities including Sport Central, a £30 million purpose-built sports building that offers an indoor sprint track, biomechanics lab, strength and conditioning and performance analysis suites and a physiology lab.

The state of the art sport and exercise science labs have been accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), providing the perfect environment to develop your knowledge and hands-on research skills.

Book an Open Day / Experience Strength and Conditioning

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Strength and Conditioning at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Northumbria has an unrivalled reputation for sport and exercise science research power in the North East. You’ll learn from accredited strength and conditioning coaches who are internationally renowned for their research while developing your own enquiry and problem solving skills.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in their research projects and benefit from their expert knowledge as part of the course and through your final dissertation.

You’ll be encouraged to develop a critical approach with a focus on problem solving, while expanding key areas of knowledge and practical experience as you progress on to more complex research projects.

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Strength and Conditioning at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

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

You can expect to gain professional hands-on learning experience. As part of the High Performance Coaching module, you’ll work with a client and analyse their personal coaching practice, giving you practical experience that can apply in your future career.

Book an Open Day / Experience Strength and Conditioning

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Graduating from this course, you’ll be well qualified to work as a strength and conditioning coach or go on to study for a PhD.

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.

Book an Open Day / Experience Strength and Conditioning

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Strength and Conditioning at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

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 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

SP0732 -

Exercise Prescription for Health Disorders and Special Populations (Core, 20 Credits)

Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic health conditions. In this module you will explore the role of exercise as a medicine. You will critically appraise the role of exercise in prevention, treatment and/or management of health conditions and how exercise complements traditional medical prescription.

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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.

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Contemporary Issues and Professional Practise (Core, 20 Credits)

In “Contemporary Issues and Professional Practice” you will critically analyse and debate a range of current “hot topics” in strength and conditioning to develop your critical awareness of how evidence can be applied to practice, and equip you to face the real-world challenges a strength and conditioning practitioner will face in the industry. Concurrent to this you will engage with the professional domain of strength and conditioning to contextualize and understand the role of the strength and conditioning practitioner in different employment contexts, and enable your employability skills with the aim of preparing you for the challenge of achieving employment in the field.

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Applied Strength and Conditioning (Core, 20 Credits)

The module aims to enable you to demonstrate a thorough understanding of both the theoretical and practical basis of professional strength and conditioning strategies that are used with a view to improving performance. Indicative content includes the theory and application of resistance training, theory and application of a variety of advanced testing methods for the purposes of monitoring athletic development (e.g., functional movement screening, strength and power assessment, maximal aerobic and anaerobic capacities and agility etc.) and analysis of the efficacy of ergogenic aids for improving performance, promoting recovery and facilitating long term athletic development (e.g., warm-up, postactivation potentiation, cryotherapy etc.).

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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 practise, and critically reflect on your own coaching behaviour with the aim of improving how you interact with your athletes.

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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 in the context of a small-scale research project. 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, post-activation potentiation and measurement of neuromuscular function.

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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.

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Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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