Strength and Conditioning MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 year
    Part Time: 2 years

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £7,650
    Part Time: £850 (per 20 credits)

  • Fees International 22/23:

    Full Time: £15,000

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This Strength and Conditioning MSc course is designed to help you in your development to becoming an effective strength and conditioning coach. Based in Northampton, we have three professional sports clubs in the town and the University is surrounded by Olympic and Paralympic feeder clubs enabling you to develop skills and experience as an applied practitioner. This course will facilitate your accreditation from relevant strength and conditioning awarding bodies (UKSCA and NSCA). Our staff are actively involved in providing support to a range of elite athletes and clubs, enabling you to apply your practice and develop your network.

This is a practical based course; stimulating, well-structured and research-informed covering a range of areas. You’ll explore the science behind strength and conditioning, work with a range of athletes, develop training techniques and coaching skills, learn applied training methods and the assessment and management of injury. The practical elements of the degree make use of purpose-built strength and conditioning gym and laboratories to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills associated with strength and conditioning.

Updated 10/08/2022


    • Benefit from purpose-built strength and conditioning studio and dedicated laboratories.
    • Take your career further with our UKSCA designed course content.
    • Strong industry links with Northampton’s professional sports teams
Discover more about MSc Strength and Conditioning

Course Content

  • The Strength and Conditioning MSc course will examine advanced and current aspects of strength and conditioning – exploring the science behind S&C – such as the development of strength, speed and power. The practical training sessions are designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge required to become an applied practitioner. The course will culminate with you conducting a research project, allowing you to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the research process. You will complete the project with the intention of submitting your findings to relevant conferences and journals for publication.

    Schedule and Methods of Learning

    The first trimester of the course focuses on S&C techniques, the underpinning theory of training and programming, the assessment and management of injuries. The second trimester allows you to develop your understanding of these specific training methods and apply them to a real-life case study as part of the applied training methods module.

    Classes are delivered in a variety of means – lectures, seminars and practical – our aim is to provide opportunities for you to become actively involved in your learning. All sessions are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. You can expect three hours of contact time each week for each module. There are no additional costs for the course however, you will need sports clothes (trainers, shorts, tops) when participating in the practical sessions.

    Placement Opportunities

    There are multiple opportunities, via the University’s industry links, to develop your applied practice across a range of local and national sports organisations. Sport links include professional cricket, rugby, football, England Dodgeball, GB Carriage Driving and many more.

    For example, successful candidates that secure work placements at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club (NCCC), will be under the supervision of S&C coaches and medical staff. You could potentially assist with the physical preparation of first team players and will have access to a variety of on-going applied learning opportunities to supplement continued education and academic studies.


    Proposed modules listed below. Module information is quoted for 21/22 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    • SPOM015 S&C Specific Athletes – 20 credits – 2nd trimester
    • SPOM016 S&C Techniques – 20 credits – 1st trimester
    • SPOM017 S&C Science – 20 credits – 1st trimester
    • SPOM019 Applied Practice – 40 credits – 2nd and 3rd  trimester
    • SPOM029 Research Methods – 20 credits – 2nd and 3rd  trimester
    • SPOM024 MSc Dissertation – 60 credits – 1st and 2nd trimester


    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

  • You will need a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as sports science, sports performance and coaching, physical education, physiotherapy, or an honours degree in another discipline which includes anatomy and physiology.

    Some flexibility in requirements is possible for those achieving lower degree classifications where they can demonstrate substantial industry experience and that their current commitment to study has progressed from the time of their first degree.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £7,650
    • UK – Part Time: £850 per 20 credit module
    • International: £15,000
    Additional costs

    You will need to wear suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the course. You can purchase Sport and Exercise kit (polo shirts and hoodies) but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of kit will be provided at the start of the course.

    2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £7,470
    • UK – Part Time: £830 per 20 credit module.
    • International: £14,000
    Additional costs

    You will need to wear suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the course. You can purchase Sport and Exercise kit (polo shirts and hoodies) but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of kit will be provided at the start of the course.


    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 21/22 or 22/23 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *The maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Our Strength and Conditioning course is aligned to the guidelines set out by the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).  The module content and a number of assessments have been designed to align with the content and assessments associated with UKSCA accreditation.

  • “Choosing to study the Strength and Conditioning Masters at the University of Northampton was certainly the best decision I have made in my career. The applied knowledge and practical skills I learnt throughout the degree have immediately transferred to my daily tasks and duties as an Academy Sports Scientist at Northampton Town FC. The lecturers’ have always given me their time. Their patience when I struggled in certain areas and their ability to make even the most complex topics easy to understand allowed myself to succeed throughout the degree.

    “I really do believe that I have achieved the things I have so far in my career because of everyone at the University. Having guest lectures from experts in the area always motivated me to go and achieve my dream of working in professional football. The practical lectures allowing us students to experience what we’re likely to see when we work in the industry helped me no end when I actually went and experienced it at NTFC. I have just secured my first full time role in professional sport and I believe this can be attributed to the hard-working staff, the state-of-the-art facilities and everyone else at The University of Northampton that makes it a brilliant place to study and learn.”

    Jack Harris


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Careers and Employability

A Strength and Conditioning MSc qualification opens the doors to a number of exciting career paths. Opportunities exist as a Strength and Conditioning coach with the governing bodies, with organisations such as the English Institute of Sport, professional clubs and schools.

Graduates will also be capable of establishing their own consultancy business or progressing on to additional study.