Sports Science (Human Performance, Performance Analysis or Strength and Conditioning pathways)
School - School of Health Sciences
Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy
UCAS Code: C610
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
Five years part-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- State-of-the-art facilities and delivered by expert practitioners/researchers
- Choice of pathways allowing you to pursue the areas you are interested in and maximising your career choice opportunities
- External endorsement by BASES (British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences) and NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) for meeting educational criteria in these areas with an opportunity to apply this knowledge to real-world settings
- Small class sizes means all students are able to get hands-on with our lab equipment and facilities
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
Our Sports Science programme is for individuals interested in the science underpinning all aspects of human performance. The course aims to develop your skills in analysing and evaluating performance and providing interventions within the traditional (including exercise physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition) and the contemporary sports science disciplines (such as performance analysis and strength and conditioning).
This excellent course offers you the chance to study in a department equipped with its own human performance laboratories, performance analysis facilities, and strength and conditioning suite for testing, analysing, and training.
We take an applied approach to our programme delivery, drawing on cutting edge research and decades of practitioner experience, to give you the transferable skills to make a difference in the field of sports science.
Our choice of pathways allows you to specialise in the final year and ensures the best preparation for a range of career choices, including sports science support, teaching, coaching, performance analysis and strength and conditioning.
You will be taught alongside students on other courses with similar disciplines including Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise, Physical Activity and Health. This broadens the links between sports science and professions aligned to health care.
We're pleased to say that Sports Science at Salford is ranked 17th nationally in the Guardian League table, and 24th in the Complete University Guide 2018 rankings, with an impressive 4.39 out of 5 for student satisfaction.
This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and is recognised by the NSCA under their education recognition programme.
“I joined the University of Salford because of the excellent reputation of the Sports Science programme. During my studies, I have always found the lecturers to be extremely approachable and willing to help in answering any of my queries. Something I have found useful for my learning is reading around the topic area which has been helped by the appropriate and extensive reading lists provided by lecturers. Throughout the programme, I have particularly enjoyed studying sports psychology as I did not study this during my BTEC studies. The course has taught me the importance of understanding an athlete and their needs. I now approach my coaching practice in a different way, realising that I may need to alter my coaching practice with certain athletes. I am excited about starting my dissertation project in my final year, particularly because I have been allowed to choose a research project in an area I enjoy.”
Michael Haworth, 3rd year student on Human Performance pathway.
"Having been working full time in the fitness industry for a number of years I approached the sports science course as a mature student at the age of 25. I was a little wary of the decision at first but was wanting to acquire more knowledge within the field of study, as I am very passionate about the human body and how it can be improved for performance. From the first day I knew that the right decision had been made and now entering my 2nd year of study I'm fully enjoying the experience even further. My first year studying at Salford was great. I've made some good friends for life and learnt subject matter I'm passionate about.”
Jack Murphy, 2nd year student
Throughout the course you will study the science underpinning human performance, including exercise physiology, sports psychology, kinesiology, biomechanics, performance analysis, theory and practice of training, strength and conditioning, and sports nutrition.
You will learn how to assess a client’s fitness and performance needs and design appropriate exercise programmes. You will be able to work with all levels, from the recreational exerciser to the elite athlete. The applied elements of this course will improve your knowledge and skills in practical environments and, through our organised placement module, you will have the chance to work in a range of applied settings including with local sports clubs and their athletes, in schools, and in the wider community.
Previous placement opportunities have included the English Institute of Sport, British Cycling, Manchester City Football Club, British Lacrosse, Sale Sharks, UK Athletics, Salford Red Devils, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and local schools. Together with new partnerships developing with organisations including the Manchester Institute for Health and Performance, students on this course have an exciting variety of opportunities ahead.
In addition to the core modules, the final year allows you to specialise in the areas of Human Performance, Performance Analysis, or Strength and Conditioning.
Human Performance Pathway
In this pathway you will study the Applied Human Performance module where you will develop and integrate your knowledge of physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology towards the improvement of sports performance in an athlete. Along with the Placement module, this module, allows you to further develop your skills in the traditional Sports Science disciplines and apply them in real-world settings. There will be additional opportunities to provide sports science support for local teams and athletes, which are integrated into the final year modules.
Performance Analysis Pathway
In this pathway you will study the Advanced Performance Analysis module, that develops the theoretical background of biomechanics and performance analysis, and applies these concepts to the analysis of sports performance using both qualitative and quantitative methods. This pathway provides you with the knowledge and expertise to actively practice the discipline of Performance Analysis within an elite setting. You will utilise industry standard equipment to assess, monitor, review and improve performance in athletes/teams. You will use multiple methods to increase performance productivity in your clients.
Strength and Conditioning Pathway
In this pathway you will study the Advanced Strength and Conditioning module. This module will provide you with an extended understanding of the principles governing the training of elite athletes. This module, along with a specific work placement opportunity in a strength and conditioning setting (Placement module) allows you to develop competencies that are closely aligned to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and permits progression to individual accreditation after graduation.
In year one, you will study modules that introduce you to all of the Sports Science disciplines and lay the academic knowledge and practical skills foundations that will underpin later years.
The second year builds upon the first year with more targeted modules that advance your knowledge and applied skills across all of the disciplines.
In year 3, you really get the opportunity to specialise. You choose from our three pathways with their specific modules and undertake a placement and dissertation that allow you to focus on the area of sport science or career path that most interests you. Overall, this year gives you the in-depth knowledge and advanced skills and practice, to enhance your employability when you graduate.
Your choice of pathway from:
Plus your choice of one module in each Semester from the following:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.