The MSc Strength and Conditioning degree at the University of Northampton is designed for those with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via the development of strength and conditioning. It is aimed at individuals with a prior knowledge of, or keen interest in, strength and conditioning, specifically graduates of or those working in clinical or applied sport, exercise or health environments.
Our programme of study is practical based, stimulating, well-structured and research-informed covering a range of topic areas including musculoskeletal training and adaptation, advanced and applied training methods as well as assessment and management of injury. The practical elements of the degree make use of purpose-built strength and conditioning and physiology laboratories to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the key issues associated with strength and conditioning.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
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The course will examine advanced and current aspects of strength and conditioning including musculoskeletal strength and conditioning practices, physiological response and adaptations of the cardiovascular system, assessment/management of injury and advanced/applied training methods aimed at developing an advanced, critical understanding of strength and conditioning training, systems and adaptations that dictate performance. The course will culminate by developing an advanced understanding of the research process by conducting a research project with the intention of submitting the findings to relevant conferences and journals for publication. The programme of study is aligned to the guidelines set out by the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).
The first trimester focuses on the musculoskeletal training and adaptations to specific types of strength and conditioning training, the assessment and management of associated injuries and the advanced training methods associated with this type of training. The second trimester allows students to develop their understanding of these specific training methods and apply them to a real life case study as part of the applied training methods module. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding in areas such as cardiovascular development and research methods.
The modules are taught in structured programmes that are delivered within the classroom, sports hall and laboratories. All sessions are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. Students can expect two hours of contact time each week for each module. Classes are delivered in a variety of means – lectures, seminars and practicals – and our aim is to provide opportunities for students to become actively involved in their learning. Personal tutorials, and meetings with a personal academic tutor are additional to the time spent in the class and would average another one hour per week. There are no additional costs for the course however, students will need sports clothes (trainers, shorts, tops) when participating in the practical sessions.
Course modules (16/17)
Musculoskeletal Training and Adaptation
- Core module Y
This module will focus on musculoskeletal strength and conditioning theory and practice in relation to performance and injury. It specifically addresses training theory, exercise prescription and adaptation of the musculoskeletal system. Students will be exposed to various analyses to develop their ability to use both field- and laboratory-based analyses.
Cardiovascular Response and Adaptation
- Core module Y
This module develops the knowledge and understanding gained at undergraduate level in cardiovascular physiology. The module will focus on how the cardiovascular system is controlled, the cardiovascular responses to an acute bout of exercise, the chronic adaptations associated with prolonged dynamic and isometric exercise training and the mechanisms purported to be involved in these adaptations.
Injury Assessment and Management
- Core module Y
The module will cover the concepts of patient assessment and treatment strategies available in treating sports injuries through the different phases of injury. The aims are to give students the opportunity to develop clinical skills to conduct a safe and effective examination and assessment of peripheral joints and to enable students to acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply injury management techniques to a range of injuries.
- Core module Y
The module will consider the analysis of sports performance, with particular emphasis on physiological and biomechanical tests. The underpinning rationale for the use of such tests in the analysis of sports performance is evaluated, and issues of validity and reliability are also considered prior to a focus on the procedures and methods underpinning these performance tests.
A typical timetable for the MSc Strength and Conditioning course is available to download.
Facilities and Special Features
- highly equipped and dedicated biomechanics and physiology laboratories
- experienced subject specialists actively researching and publishing in their fields
- opportunities to attend and present research at international conferences
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applicants will normally have a first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£720 per 20 credit module|
Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full time or part time* may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 Postgraduate Loan (PGL) through Student Finance England.
*Maximum period of study allowed for part time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
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How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
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