Our MSc in Strength and Conditioning allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via strength and conditioning. This course is aimed at individuals that have 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 course 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 and the assessment and management of injury. The practical elements of the degree make use of purpose-built strength and conditioning and physiology laboratories to develop your 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
Boughton Green Road
The course will examine advanced and current aspects of strength and conditioning including physiological response and adaptations of the cardiovascular system.The training methods used on the MSc Strength and Conditioning aim to develop an advanced and critical understanding of the systems and adaptations that dictate sports performance. The course will culminate with you conducting a research project, allowing you to develop and demonstrate an advanced understanding of the research process. You will complete the research project with the intention of submitting your findings to relevant conferences and journals for publication. 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.
The first trimester of the course focuses on the musculoskeletal training and adaptations to specific types of strength and conditioning training, the assessment and management of injuries and the advanced training methods associated with this type of training. 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. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding in areas such as cardiovascular development and research methods.
Classes are delivered in a variety of means – lectures, seminars and practicals – and 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.
Course modules (17/18)
Musculoskeletal Training and Adaptation (20 Credits)
- Module code: SPOM001
- 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 (20 Credits)
- Module code: SPOM002
- 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 (20 Credits)
- Module code: SPMM001
- 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.
Performance Analysis (20 Credits)
- Module code: SPOM004
- 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.
Applied Training Methods (20 Credits)
- Module code: SPOM006
- Core module N
Dissertation (60 Credits)
- Module code: SPMM003
- Core module Y
Research Methods – Quantitative Statistical Analyses (20 Credits)
- Module code: SLSM011
- Core module N
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
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.
You will need to have a first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject in order to be eligible to apply for this course. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate that you 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|
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.