The internationally recognised research expertise in the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is uniquely combined with one of the leading centres for student sport in the UK to provide a popular MSc programme in Sport and Exercise Science. The programme is contained within the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences Postgraduate Scheme in Sport. The programme is centred on research-informed learning and professional practice and adopts a student-centred approach to develop an understanding of contemporary issues in sport and exercise through multi- and independent discipline perspectives. Within the programme, students can elect to specialise in specific named pathways in Biomechanics, Physiology and Physical Activity & Health or within the general pathway of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
The programme assists students in exploring internship opportunities within research, applied sport science and clinical practice, and further supports student engagement within professional bodies (e.g. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: BASES).
Learning & Teaching
All modules, except the independent research project (dissertation) module, are 20 credit modules. Timetabled delivery for each taught module usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and up to 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is normally made up of lecture, seminars, practical laboratories/ workshops and tutorials. Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture, seminar and practical based sessions. Group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All students are supported with access to a personal tutor who is usually the Programme Director of their course.
Employability & Careers
Many graduates of the programme are currently studying for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject within Cardiff Metropolitan and at other UK institutions. Graduates have typically pursued careers as clinical and applied science consultants, lecturers (further and higher education) and, in the fitness and training industry. Recent graduates have also secured employment as applied sport scientists in the National Institutes of Sport (e.g. English Institute of Sport, Sport Wales), within UK academic departments and within clinical practices.
The programme is designed for science-based graduates or professionals working in a related field. The specific entry requirements include:
An honours degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or exercise related area appropriate to the programme.
An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the Programme Director.
Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme.
International ApplicantsStudents whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.