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Strength and Conditioning MSc (Online Distance Learning)

Learn about the course below
October 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Full-time or part-time via online distance learning
Course leader
Shyam Chavda

This course is ideal if you are currently working with athletes and are looking to develop your professional and academic skills-set. You'll gain highly employable skills such as assessing, monitoring, interpreting and presenting performance data as well as being able to engage coach and athletes.

Why study MSc Strength and Conditioning (Online Distance Learning) at Middlesex University?

This course is ideal if you are currently working with athletes and are looking to develop your professional and academic skillset. The distance education mode provides the advantage for those who have limited availability to attend classes on a regular basis.

You will learn the skills you need to construct and deliver evidence-based strength and conditioning programmes and be taught how to assess, monitor, interpret and provide feedback in relation to changes in physical performance. Content delivery and assessment will enable you to competently undergo domestic and international professional accreditations within the industry, such as the UKSCA and NSCA.

Our academics are active in coaching and research as well as currently working in the high performance sport industry.  This ensures that all content has been specifically designed to have practical relevance within the industry, meaning you'll be fully prepared to advance your career.

You will be learning from experienced academics who currently work in high performance sport and consult with professional organisations and national governing bodies such as; the UKSCA, Men’s and women’s Premiership football and rugby, and British Weightlifting, to name a few. This ensures that all content has been specifically designed to have practical relevance within the industry, meaning you'll be full prepared to advance your career.

You'll gain hands-on experience during a 10-day residential at the Barnet Copthall Stadium, home of the Saracens Rugby Club which will help contextualise the online content in our world-class performance laboratories.

Course highlights

  • We'll actively encourage you to publish your dissertation through peer-reviewed journals and conferences
  • You will have the opportunity to make invaluable industry contacts
  • You’ll receive free electronic textbooks for every module, among other university services and benefits.

What will you study on MSc Strength and Conditioning (Online Distance Learning)?

During this master's degree, you'll undertake two core modules specific to strength and conditioning:

  1. Strength and Conditioning Science
  2. Performance Training and Corrective Exercise

The core modules will cover physiological and biomechanical principles relating to developing athleticism and reducing injury. During these modules you will have an opportunity to develop your ability to critically analyse the available literature within specific topics and develop your own philosophy as to how these principles can be applied to training.

In addition to covering theoretical principles of strength and conditioning, you'll develop both inter-personal and methodological skill-sets during the residential which is further supported through online resources. Practical competency in the analysis and coaching of movement screening, weightlifting and speed, agility and plyometric exercises will be developed throughout this course, through various methods of interaction.

Finally, an understanding of the methodological processes behind laboratory and field-based performance testing and analysis, will also be developed.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to effectively design an evidenced based strength and conditioning program, as well as select, administer and analyse performance testing. You'll also develop a mastery of communication and delivery of a programme to varying athletic populations for gym and field-based exercises.

  • Modules

    • Strength and Conditioning Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you with a detailed understanding of the physiological mechanisms and biomechanical principles that govern strength and conditioning training. You'll develop your research skills so you can critically analyse journal articles, in order to design and justify your training programmes and remain abreast of scientific advancements. Finally, you’ll develop your data analysis skills so you’ll be able to investigate trends and differences in testing results and assess the reliability of protocols.

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

      This module will support you as you critically assess athlete movement competency, both objectively and subjectively, using these skills to develop strength and conditioning programming for athlete performance. In addition, you'll gain the ability to demonstrate and coach a range of weightlifting, agility, speed and plyometric exercises.

    • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you the relevant knowledge and skills to undertake appropriate research in strength and conditioning. You’ll learn search strategies to identify relevant literature and methods on how to critically appraise it. You’ll also cover topics such as research design, as well as selecting and conducting suitable statistical tests appropriate to the subject area.

    • Professional Placement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module gives you the opportunity to learn from practical experience. You’ll gain further knowledge and comprehension of the programme content through the application of theoretical principles. This experience will also help to develop specific competencies such as using and applying specific software and to help develop interpersonal skills.

      (If you’re not already working within a field relevant to your programme of study, programme staff may be able to advise of suitable work placements, but this is not guaranteed.)

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will utilise the skills developed from the research methods module and require you to undertake a research project, appropriate to the programme and area of practice.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc Strength and Conditioning (Online Distance Learning) taught?

As part of the course, there will be a 10 day mandatory residential at the Barnet Copthall Stadium, home of the Saracens Rugby Club. This will cover essential laboratory and field-based practical skill development.*

The rest of the course is delivered through online lectures, forums and tutorials with further resources provided to assist your learning.

*Please note that due to the Corona pandemic, the residential is currently planned for 29 March – 7 April 2021.


You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including online presentations, written assignments, laboratory data 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 (Online Distance Learning) support your career?

This Strength and Conditioning master’s degree opens doors to a number of exciting career path, with excellent career progression opportunities.

With the ever-increasing focus in the sporting world on achieving the best results possible, strength and conditioning coaches are in high demand.

We take great pride in our graduates having found success at professional and elite organisations such as:

  • English Institute of Sport (EIS)
  • Arsenal FC
  • Chelsea FC
  • Saracens RFC
  • Notts Cricket Club
  • NFL Academy
  • British Weightlifting

We continue to sustain and develop our links with professional organisations to enhance the potential career opportunities for our graduates. Further to this, you'll also be capable of establishing your own consultancy business or progressing on to additional study in the form of a PhD.

Shyam Chavda
Programme leader

Dr Anthony Turner
Associate Professor

Dr Chris Bishop
Senior lecturer

  • Xiang ‘Tyler’ Yao

    PhD student and Strength and Conditioning Coach for Saracens Women's RFC

    My time during the Strength and Conditioning master’s degree has been invaluable. The lecturers were exceptional in delivering theoretical knowledge and how this can be applied in the field. Because of this I've had opportunity to present at conferences and assist in research at international sporting events. Given the up to date content and stellar reputation of the lecturers, I highly recommend this course.

  • Darren Stern

    Head of Academy Sport Science, Millwall FC

    The Strength and Conditioning Masters at Middlesex University was an invaluable learning experience. Having a full-time role within professional football it allowed me to blend the latest research in the field to my practice. All the lecturers were excellent in delivering the theory and practice behind strength and conditioning with the ability to help me apply it within a sporting environment. I could not recommend this course highly enough. Excellent.

  • Rebecca Fernandes

    Sport Rehabilitation Therapist

    As a sports therapist, I applied to the Strength and Conditioning master’s degree to help develop my knowledge in training interventions and development of athletes. I knew this was the right place for me due to the boundless knowledge and reputation of the lecturers. From the knowledge gained, I have been able to implement my skills within academy football conducting sessions, physical testing and monitoring of maturation and growth-related injuries. Furthermore, I was privileged enough to have my dissertation accepted for publication in an international journal. I would strongly recommend this course at Middlesex University.

  • Jermaine McCubbine

    U23 Strength and Conditioning Coach, PSV Eindhoven FC

    A fantastic master’s program that really gave me the confidence, theoretical and applied knowledge to progress further in my career. The course structure and content were excellent, and I loved how they placed great emphasis on developing well rounded coaches not only with the underpinning scientific knowledge, but with great presentation and interpersonal skills which are imperative when working in a high-performance environment. I would strongly recommend any practitioner to complete their education at Middlesex University.

  • Tom Bromley

    Lead Strength and Power Coach, Milton Keynes Dons FC

    Studying while working full-time presents logistical and time management challenges. At Middlesex, the course structure was perfect for getting that valuable lecturer contact as well as allowing you to continue making ends-meat. The content was a fluid mix of theory and evidence-based practice. This has helped me greatly in real world situations, from advancing on the fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning, preparing reports/presentations, expanding my knowledge base of coaching and even exploring research opportunities. All of this coupled with highly motivated and experienced staff with a strong reputation of self-development and doing everything they can to assist each student, made it a no-brainer for me to do everything I could to get enrolled.

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