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Strength and Conditioning MSc

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Code
PGC600
Start
October 2017
Duration
1 year full-time
Usually 2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£8,500 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course leader
Chris Bishop

This degree is the ideal sports and exercise science route for students who aspire to work with elite athletes. Learn how to write and deliver training programmes, and monitor and feedback progress. Most professional clubs and athletes now employ a strength and conditioning coach; for example, the Premier League's compulsory requirement for football clubs to employ strength and conditioning professionals.

Why study MSc Strength and Conditioning at Middlesex University?

Learn from noted academics who also work with professional athletes and clubs. This course will facilitate your accreditation from relevant strength and conditioning awarding bodies (NSCA and UKSCA) and provide supervised work experience with high-level athletes (for example, in professional football, rugby, and with Olympic and Paralympic athletes). Alongside designing and implementing evidence-based, sport-specific training programmes, you will master a number of exercise techniques, including Olympic lifting, speed agility and plyometrics. You will also develop research and data analysis skills, and the ability to present findings to a team.

You will gain experience as a strength and conditioning coach and scientist through our work-placement module. One of our partner organisations is Saracens Rugby Club and our facilities are housed at their nearby Allianz Park stadium where we boast world-class performance laboratories, rehabilitation units and testing facilities. You will build invaluable industry contacts and we maintain contact with many of our graduates who have gone on to work in professional sports.

Course highlights

  • Based in London, we are surrounded by the greatest density of top sports clubs and organisations in the UK
  • We believe that all our graduates should be high achievers both practically and academically. As a result, we actively encourage students to publish their dissertation through peer-reviewed journals and conferences
  • This course will facilitate your accreditation from relevant strength and conditioning awarding bodies and provide supervised work experience with high-level athletes
  • The majority of our staff are active sports professionals involved in coaching and sport performance. Able to maintain close links with the industry, they can ensure current professional practice informs your studies
  • Small class sizes allow you to receive the personal attention required to thrive in your studies
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the MSc Strength and Conditioning?

As part of the course you will carry out physiological and biomechanical assessments of athletes and interpret the data so as to monitor and tailor training interventions. You will also develop research skills through both a critical review of literature and the undertaking of laboratory or field-based investigations.

The programme can be studied over one year full-time or part-time over two or three years. Lectures take place once a week, from 10.00-17.00. A typical day involves lectures in the mornings and practical sessions in the afternoon.

  • Modules

    • Strength and Conditioning Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with a detailed understanding of the physiological and biomechanical principles that govern effective strength and conditioning training. Topics covered include strength and power development, monitoring training load and periodization. You will also learn how to analyse fitness testing data to reveal important trends in performance that can be fed back to coaches and athletes.

    • Performance Training and Corrective Exercise (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your practical skills essential to designing, delivering and monitoring strength and condition programmes. This includes coaching and technique demonstration across strength and power exercises, and speed, agility and plyometric training. This is preceded by analysing fundamental moving skills for muscle imbalances and providing corrective exercise solutions. Finally, this module facilitates you through the certification requirements of the UKSCA, NSCA and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

    • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on data analysis centred on the monitoring of training variables and fitness testing scores, used to provide coaches with a quantitative overview of programme quality.

    • Work Placement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      If you are not already working in sport and fitness, then use our links within professional rugby, football and cricket for example, to gain some valuable experience and start designing and delivering training programmes for athletes.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Use this module to become a specialist in a topic that interests you within the field of strength and conditioning. Aim to have your work published, present it at conferences, or simply feed the results back to coaching staff and colleagues.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the MSc Strength and Conditioning be taught?

You will gain knowledge, understanding and practical skills through attending lectures, participatory seminars, small group discussions, directed learning, laboratory and practical sessions.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including seminar presentations, written assignments, laboratory reports, unseen examinations and practical demonstrations.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MSc Strength and Conditioning support your career?

This Strength and Conditioning course is for students who would like to develop key skills, acquire a body of knowledge, and gain exposure to the frontiers of the subject. A Strength and Conditioning degree opens the doors to a number of exciting career paths, with excellent career progression opportunities.

With the ever-increasing focus for the sporting world to achieve the best results possible, sport scientists are in demand. Middlesex University has strong links with employers. Opportunities exist as a strength and conditioning coach with the governing bodies of most sporting organisations, as well as with organisations such as the English Institute of Sport. Graduates will also be capable of establishing their own consultancy business or progressing on to additional study.

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