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.
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
What will you study on the MSc Strength and Conditioning degree at Middlesex University?
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.
Modules you will study throughout the course include:
Strength and Conditioning Science 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 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).
You will also study three further modules:
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.
What are the entry requirements for the MSc Strength and Conditioning degree?
Students will require an undergraduate degree in a sport or health related field (2.2 or above)
Alternatively, prospective students who have completed a non-related degree but have extensive experience in the field will be considered.
To begin the course you must complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and provide suitable references.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
What are your career options with an MSc Strength and Conditioning degree?
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.