Strength & Conditioning - MSc part-time
The MSc Strength and Conditioning is designed for individuals working in the strength and conditioning industry who wish to continue their professional development, or those wishing to increase their knowledge in preparation for a career in the field.
The degree offers you a coherent balance between academic knowledge (for evidence-based practice) and professional vocational skills. The modules emphasise both the theoretical knowledge underpinning strength and conditioning and the professional skills you'll need for a successful career in this exciting industry.
You will study the science and coaching of strength and conditioning by undertaking eight taught modules and a masters project. Each module builds on your undergraduate-level knowledge and makes strong links between theory and practice in areas such as biomechanics, physiology, nutrition and coaching, among others.
About the course
The Sport and Exercise Science group within the School of Health and Social Sciences is committed to developing the scientist practitioner and the strength and conditioning professional is a prime example of this. The course is aimed at preparing strength and conditioning coaches for a professional career in the field, underpinned with original and innovative thinking abilities and covering the competency base for the UKSCA examinations.
At the moment there are no formal qualifications in strength and conditioning in the UK, although the launch of the UK Strength and Conditioning Body in May 2004 might well address this issue. Many people have taken the USA CSCS exam (www.nsca-lift.org). This course will be aimed at not just meeting but exceeding the standards for the USA CSCS course, as well as making more specific reference to UK / European training practices. The level of science and coaching underpinning the MSc will certainly be well in excess of the CSCS course. In particular there will be a much stronger practical element.
In terms of course content we believe that the course more than covers the requirements for UKSCA certification with the exception only of the experiential elements.
- We believe that this course is unique in both content and in the student profiles that choose to take the MSc.
- We have had candidates from diverse backgrounds including strength and conditioning professionals already working in international cricket, Premiership football and professional rugby.
- There are no formal work placements with the course, though every effort will be made to encourage students on the course to engage in strength and conditioning support to athletes through the course and to apply and evaluate their knowledge.
- Many of the tutors on the course work with elite athletes and would look to offer networking opportunities to those students not currently actively involved in the field.
What you will learn
Each module consists of eight 3-hour taught sessions. Teaching is a traditional mixture of lectures, workshops and practicals, but with a strong emphasis on problem based approaches and a core commitment to evidence-based practice. Assessments are based on real world, practically focussed issues and are in the form of case studies, critical reviews, and presentations.
Specialist guest lecturers with a strong background in applied strength and conditioning contribute to each module on the course and have included coaches to elite athletes, book authors, internationally recognised researchers, NGB coaches, and internationally recognised strength and conditioning specialists.
What you will study
You will normally enrol for the complete MSc programme (180 credits). If, for any reason, you choose to leave before completion of the MSc you may be awarded the postgraduate certificate (for successful completion of 60 credits) or the postgraduate diploma (for successful completion of 120 credits).
You will study the following modules:
Biomechanics for Strength and Conditioning (15 credits);
Physiology for Strength and Conditioning (15 credits);
Nutrition Issues for Strength and Conditioning (15 credits);
Applied Training Techniques (15 credits);
Strength and Conditioning in Special Populations (15 credits);
Coaching and Leadership Skills (15 credits);
Planning and Programming (15 credits);
Research Methods and Statistics (15 credits);
- Masters Project (60 credits).
You should have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a related field (for instance, sports and exercise science, coaching, physiology) and relevant vocational experience.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).
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