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Sport and Exercise Science MSc

Learn about the course below
October 2019
1 year full-time
Usually 2 years part-time
£8,800 (UK/EU)
£13,500 (INT)
Course leader
Lizi Bryant

Please note, this course is not accepting applications for 2018.

From elite performance to the thriving personal fitness market and community-based sport activity, sport is an ever-expanding multi-billion dollar global industry. Our degree primes the very best graduates with the skills to help sports people improve efficiency of performance and reduce risk of injury. Gain an advantage by training at one of the leading sport and exercise science universities in the UK.

Why study MSc Sport and Exercise Science at Middlesex?

Sport science provides scientific intervention to enhance training and performance, while exercise science has a central role in physical activity programmes aimed at improving general health. Our innovative, engaging and broad-ranging course will help you to strengthen the practical skills required to work with both elite athletes and the general population. Furthermore, it will improve your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principles underlying the practical application.

Allowing you the chance to study biomechanics and physiology, the real strength of this course is that it keeps your options open. Our highly experienced experts will develop your skills in critical analysis, evaluation, research and writing.

Our facilities are based at Allianz Park Stadium, the home of Saracens Rugby Club. We boast world-class performance laboratories, rehabilitation units and testing facilities. We also have associations, either through partnerships or through our alumni, with Tottenham Hotspur, Lee Valley, the England Rugby Football Union and the English Institute of Sport, allowing you to train alongside the best and build invaluable industry contacts.

Course highlights

  • Based in London, we are surrounded by the greatest density of top sports clubs and organisations in the UK.
  • We believe that 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.
  • Our exciting, exclusive work placement opportunities provide the essential experience to aid future employability. We have outstanding employment results year after year.
  • The majority of our staff are active sports professionals involved in coaching and sport performance. Able to maintain close links with 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.
  • The course is designed in-line with the BASES accreditation process to provide assistance with future accreditation.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What you will study on MSc Sport and Exercise Science?

This innovative course explores a broad range of topics within the science of sport and exercise, from biomechanics to physiology. Focusing on the functioning of the human body during exercise, you will learn how to analyse and respond to the body, and how to interpret and critically analyse the principles of training and adaptation.

The work placement will enable you to enhance your knowledge and gain additional practical experience so that you can select and administer performance tests with a high level of accuracy, and focus on developing the specific work skills demanded by employers.

The dissertation will allow you to pursue your chosen research area, and you'll receive training on methods and processes with particular relevance to exercise and health to support your research.

What will you gain?

This course will allow you to develop the practical skills essential to communication, coaching and technique demonstration.

You will learn how to design evidence-based training interventions based on performance analysis. You will gain the ability to select and administer a wide variety of performance tests and critically evaluate their validity and reliability.

The course will also prepare you for the certification requirements of BASES.

  • Modules

    • Advanced Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will aim to provide the student with the ability to critically analyse human movement, and the causes of this movement. The student will become sufficient in utilising biomechanical equipment to assess human movement in a number of different sporting and exercise based settings. Finally, the student will be able to use this theory and apply the principles to all settings.

    • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training. Student should critically appraise the principles of physiological assessment of exercise. Students should develop mastery in a wide range of contemporary assessment techniques used in the testing of exercise and sport participants and in the interpretation of laboratory findings.

    • Work placement (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the student s ability to apply and see the application of knowledge gained from other modules in relation to a real work scenario. You will be required to adopt a reflective and critical approach to your working practice and to promote a problem-solving approach in a work environment.

    • Research Methods (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide a critical overview of the main methods and approaches used for research into topics areas related to biomechanics, physiology and psychology, and to equip the student to apply this knowledge in the planning a research proposal. The module affords students opportunities to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of published work in their specialist area, or in health care in general. Students will learn in groups and will explore philosophical, ethical and methodological differences which underpin various approaches to knowledge generation that can inform health care work. Interprofessional workshops will allow the student to develop a research proposal, to consider its adequacy and limitations, and justify the approach taken.

    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      To support students to undertake research, with a focus appropriate to their programme and area of practice and building upon the research proposal formulated in SES4430. To create a peer learning community for students to critically support each other in the research process To provide guidance, additional to that provided by the students supervisors, on matters of ethical application, research methods, data collection, analysis and writing-up.

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 is MSc Sport and Exercise Science taught?

The programme runs one day per week (usually on a Monday, 10am-5pm), with all taught components finishing in May, leaving the dissertation to run over the summer months through to September.

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


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 Sport & Exercise Science support your career?

The Sport and Exercise Science courses are for students who would like to develop a deeper understanding of how the human body produces optimal performance, how injuries and diseases can be prevented, and how to develop an ideal lifestyle. You will gain the expert knowledge and practical skills to thrive in this exciting and vast industry.

Opportunities exist within professional and semi-professional sports across the UK and worldwide. Most team sports now have sport scientists, on either a part-time or full-time basis dependent on their level of funding or competition. In addition to the sporting world, a large proportion of sport and exercise scientists can also find themselves working in the clinical environment, in general health and well-being, in the technology industry, or on a self-employed basis, among many other areas. It really is a great opportunity to step into a wide array of career paths.

Our sport and exercise science facilities are based nearby to our Hendon campus in Allianz Park, offering staff and students unique access to academy and elite players and coaches.

Our collaboration with Saracens, as well as partnerships with other sporting institutions like the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, provide placement opportunities for students.

View full information on our Sports and Exercise Science facilities

Stuart Miller
Course Leader

Stuart's main research interest is in understanding HOW and WHY humans move the way they do. Through his varied research, Stuart is proficient in using a range of equipment including motion analysis, isokinetic dynamometry, ultrasonography, electromyography and force plates.

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