This course has a strong practice-based element, which means you'll develop the skills you need to pursue a lead role in the field.
Theoretical content is delivered online, so you won't have to attend University every week. You'll be able to apply your learning to your job and use case studies from your current area of practice. Our staff are experts in the field of strenght and conditioning and they often work in partnership with professional sports teams and individual athletes.
This is one of only two postgradaute courses in Europe to receive international recognition though the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP).
This is the only Strength and Conditioning Masters Degree in Europe which is recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) through their education recognition programme. The online theoretical content includes lectures from some of the world’s leading experts. The contact sessions on campus are applicable immediately to professional practice and involve a high practical content.
The MSc course is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. Please note: international applicants are only able to apply for the full-time route.
The full-time course runs over three academic semesters (October through to September the following year), whilst giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:
In order to achieve an award of MSc Strength and Conditioning you must successfully complete the modules Strength and Conditioning and Injury Prevention and Performance Management, along with producing a thesis for the dissertation module.
You will experience carrying out a systematic and structured group/individual project. This will further develop your critical evaluation and research skills in relation to your own professional practice and includes dissemination of research and good practice.
BSc (Hons) graduates with an appropriate sports or exercise related subject area (Physiotherapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Therapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Sports Medicine Physician). Prospective students will normally be required to have achieved a 2.1 Honours degree, but consideration will be given to students with a 2.2 Honours degree with appropriate experience and satisfactory references.
You will also need access to an athlete or group of athletes to use as case studies to apply the theory you have learnt to practice. You will need to be able to effectively evaluate their treatment and training, and implement appropriate interventions as this forms part of the assessments for some modules.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
APEL: Sports injury practitioners with lower formal academic qualification will be assessed on suitability to enrol on this programme based on experience and vocational qualifications and via interview.
Overseas students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.5 band score (with no element below 6.0) or above are proof of this.
This course is aimed at a wide range of sports professionals including sports scientist graduates, chiropractors, osteopaths, strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, sports therapists, sports rehabilitators, sport medicine physicians and physical education teachers.
This course has been developed to be accessible to individuals already working within the field of strength and conditioning, or those that are working towards full-time employment within the field. It is essential that you have access to athletes so that you can effectively evaluate their training and performance, and implement appropriate interventions as this forms part of the assessments for some modules.
This course is available both part-time and full-time and is delivered via a blended learning approach, which includes:
Workshops (3 days per module, per semester)
These are interactive, discursive, reflective, participatory, collaborative and practice related sessions that employ a variety of teaching and learning methods. As the course progresses these will become progressively more student led, with you presenting case studies for peer and tutor review.
Individual scholarly activity
Self directed learning, personal reflection, practice based application and reflection, including peer and tutor review.
Distance learning resources
Delivery of supporting resources such as study guides and lecture material online. Facilitated group work, including tutor and peer evaluation are a key component of this course.
Personal tutor and peer support
To provide an academic, practice based and personal support mechanism alongside facilitated networking.
Assessment methods will vary depending on the module. They include:
Dr Paul Comfort
Programme Leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning. He co-ordinated the Strength and Conditioning for England Mens Lacrosse from 2009-2012, and works with Salford City Reds rugby league football club and Sale Sharks rugby union. Paul is also widely published in the area of strength and conditioning and co-editor of the text Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention.
Dr Lee Herrington
Programme Leader for the MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation. Lee has worked with Wigan rugby league, Great Britain Basketball and Great Britain swimming team and is a consultant physiotherapist for the English Institute of Sport. He has published extensively with a focus on knee and shoulder injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Dr Steve Pearson
Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Physiology. Steve has published numerous research papers with a focus on muscle and tendon mechanics.
Dr John McMahon
Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning. He has worked with Sedgely Park rugby union, Bury FC Academy and currently works with Manchester Thunder Netball team. John’s research interests focus on muscle and tendon mechanics and their application to performance and injury prevention.
Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Physiology. Clare’s research interests lie in the assessment of aerobic capacity and aerobic training.
Dr Paul Jones
Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning. Paul also works within paralympic sports and his research focuses on lower limb injury prevention and the enhancement of athletic performance.
With the skills you'll learn in this course, you can take a lead role in strength and conditioning and make a difference to the training of your clients. This course will significantly increase your chances of getting a high profile role in top-flight sport.
Graduates are now employed in Premier League and Championship football, and paralympic weightlifting. Some graduates have also progressed on to lecturing and doctoral level study.
Al Stewart, was working as a strength and conditioning coach at Manchester City Football Club Academy when he started the MSc Strength and Conditioning, with the aim of gaining a postgraduate degree while gaining additional practical skills and experience to permit him to progress to a more senior role. He is now the Head of Strength and Conditioning for Hull City FC.
Nathan Bullock graduated from the Sports Science degree at the University of Salford, and secured a role as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Manchester City FC Academy where he had undertaken his final year placement. Since undertaking the MSc Strength and Conditioning Nathan has enhanced his practical skills and knowledge and has progressed on to the role of Head of Sports Science and Strength and Conditioning at Calgary Foothills Soccer.
This course has been developed to include the key competencies identified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning association (UKSCA).
Upon successful completion of the course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.
As a University, we are committed to your continuing professional development. We run short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of developments in Sports Injury Rehabilitation.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£2,750 (for year one)|
|Full-time PgDip||Home/EU: £5,500, international: £8,870|
|Full-time PgCert||£2,750 (for year one)|
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you. For more information please see our funding section.
You will have access to some of the best facilities in the UK, including our purpose-built Human Performance Lab, which contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment including:
In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs.
MSc (12months full-time)
PgDip (12 months full-time)
Pg Cert (12 months full-time)
MSc (three years part-time)
PgDip (two years part-time)
PgCert (one year part-time)