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Strength and Conditioning MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

HLST079

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

May 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

The positive impact of strength and conditioning on athletic performance and general health has become increasingly clear. Heightening interest in exercise training, it has increased the demand for trained specialists within both professional and amateur sports.

This exciting Master’s focuses on an evidence-based approach to understanding the science of strength training and the application of strength and conditioning in enhancing human performance: you will have the opportunity to learn how to conduct the best possible interventions, using the best possible evidence.

Coventry University is ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of ‘Sports Science’ education and research in the Guardian University Guide 2018. You’ll be taught by staff with a broad range of academic and professional experience, many of whom have worked with a range of health initiatives, professional athletes and clubs.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

Considered essential in achieving peak performance and reducing injury, the strength and conditioning profession has burgeoned over the past 20 years. As the number of jobs offered by private and public sector employers continues to rise, there are currently insufficient numbers of skilled exercise professionals available to fill them.

 

Modules

Overview

The programme is explicitly designed to relate to the standards of professional practice within strength and conditioning. It is composed of a combination of modules, which progressively build to the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s. Learning outcomes have been aligned towards helping you achieve accreditation with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), as well as certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Core subject areas include: performance physiology, biomechanics, sports injuries, corrective exercises, recovery strategies, and strength and conditioning practice.

In addition, we will encourage a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem solving. Ultimately, you will have the opportunity to systematically and creatively explore complex issues related to enhancing human performance. We will consider some of the common injuries that arise as a result of sport and exercise. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the UK strength and conditioning sector from a range of guest speakers.

To be an effective strength and conditioning practitioner, you will need to be an effective communicator. This is a multifaceted skill, containing components such as effective listening and non-verbal communication. This course allows you to develop these skills during lectures, along with an appreciation of the physiological and biomechanical factors influencing high-level human performance.

To achieve the award of an MSc Strength and Conditioning, you must complete a mandatory in-depth research project, so you will receive training in research methods, including data analysis in both research and applied practice.

Modules

In more detail...

  • Flexible study incorporating distance learning to fit study into your own schedule.
  • Expert guest lecturers, which in the past included public health, obesity and sport performance.
  • Module learning outcomes aligned with industry best practice, preparing you for UKSCA accreditation and NSCA certification.
  • New state-of-the-art Science and Health Building featuring indoor running track and extensive exercise science laboratories.
  • Coventry University is ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of Sports Science education and research in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • Field trips which in the past have included visits to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwick metabolic lab (additional costs may apply).
  • Have the opportunity to learn about the latest issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science through case studies and exposure to the applied environment.
  • We have experts in sport and exercise psychology, physiology, exercise and health, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, and nutrition, many conducting ongoing research and consultancy.
  • High levels of student satisfaction among postgraduate students on courses in ‘Other subjects allied to medicine’ – 100% overall compared with a sector average of 86% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Access to industry-standard software, including those for assessing dietary analysis and energy expenditure and specialist equipment, including fat suits, an environmental chamber and a range of ergometers and metabolic carts.

Your main study themes are:

  • Client profiling and needs analysis: Covers the knowledge and techniques required to develop an understanding of the needs of a client. This includes profiling a client using knowledge of physiology, biomechanics, psychology nutrition and injury, as well as identifying client needs.

  • Strength and conditioning practices: Builds on the key areas of physiology, psychology, nutrition and biomechanics most relevant to the strength and conditioning practitioner. The main emphasis is placed on applied physiology and biomechanics for the exercising human. We provide the theoretical knowledge and practical competencies required to work with a variety of populations within the field of strength and conditioning. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills and abilities required to perform, teach and prescribe fundamental strength and conditioning activities, together with advanced skills in programming for strength, speed, and power development to meet the needs of the elite performer.

  • Recovery and regeneration strategies: Aims to develop the skills and abilities required to understand and prescribe recovery strategies to enhance regeneration for more effective athlete management. You will also be taught to conceptualise and contextualise appropriate recovery methods in the strength and conditioning setting and assess the recovery needs of an individuals and teams in the context of whole season sports preparation.

  • Aetiology of sports injuries and corrective exercise: Develops your understanding of the functional anatomy of the exercising body and the causes, prevention, diagnosis, investigation and management of the common injuries that arise as a result of sport and exercise.

  • Research skills: Key aspects of scientific method will be developed. Types of information, finding appropriate information for scientific purposes, and how to use this information. Experimental design, analysis and presentation of data.

This course is available as a full-time (one-year) or part-time blended learning course. The PgDip and PgCert are both available part-time only and can be completed in one year or longer. You can start in May or September.

Our aim is to effectively prepare you for professional employment, so we focus on providing enhanced practical and professional skills through a combination of lectures, laboratory and field sessions, and case studies. The course employs a blended learning approach, designed to maximise students’ opportunities to balance study with other commitments. It is structured around key study days involving face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. You will also have the opportunity to develop the practical competencies needed to demonstrate key ‘lifting’ and plan strength and conditioning programmes. 

You will have the opportunity to attend sessions in the University during designated study weeks. These will then be supported through a range of online activities including tutorials, discussion board use, online lectures and online problem based learning during other times in the teaching year.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, oral presentations, video presentations, a practical portfolio and a dissertation.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework: 50%
  • Presentation: 40%
  • Practical portfolio: 10%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

50% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Physiological adaptations as a result of strength training.
  • Physiological responses (acute and chronic) to strength and conditioning exercise in different populations.
  • Use of appropriate physiological assessment techniques.
  •  Biomechanical factors influencing sports performance, associated strength and conditioning activities.
  • Use of appropriate biomechanical assessment techniques.
  • Client needs analysis and strength assessment.
  • The science of sports injury.
  • Use of screening for injury and rehabilitation assessment/diagnosis.
  • Use of prehabilitation/rehabilitation strategies in strength and conditioning.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Plan, review and adapt strength and conditioning programmes for different populations and using a range of environments.
  • Critically relate the current professional context, ethical issues, and impact of diversity, as they affect current practice within the strength and conditioning industry.
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning to examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with strength and conditioning.
  • Find, critically analyse and present scientific information in written or oral form to both expert and lay recipients.
  • Communicate the specialist subject knowledge systematically, effectively and precisely in a variety of formats and contexts.
  • Analyse data using quantitative and/or qualitative methods as appropriate.

In a typical teaching week, you will be taught using a combination of seminars, practical and workshops:

  • Workshops/seminars/practical: 8 to 12 hours per week
  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour per week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on course assignments.

Connections and collaborations are being sought with institutions overseas through staff contacts, the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE), and their Online International Learning (OIL) programme.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Modules of study must include Exercise Physiology and/or Biomechanics in Year 3 of an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with a degree in an area cognate with Strength and Conditioning such as Human/Exercise Physiology, Coaching, Engineering (with a focus on Biomechanics), Health and Exercise will also be considered.

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Modules of study must include Exercise Physiology and/or Biomechanics in Year 3 of an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with a degree in an area cognate with Strength and Conditioning such as Human/Exercise Physiology, Coaching, Engineering (with a focus on Biomechanics), Health and Exercise will also be considered.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Modules of study must include Exercise Physiology and/or Biomechanics in Year 3 of an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with a degree in an area cognate with Strength and Conditioning such as Human/Exercise Physiology, Coaching, Engineering (with a focus on Biomechanics), Health and Exercise will also be considered.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£11,846 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Strength and conditioning professionals are in demand in many organisations including professional sports teams/clubs, government sports providers (eg. the English Institute of Sport), local authorities, health and fitness clubs and further and higher education institutions.

On successful completion of this course, you will be ideally placed to become a professionally accredited strength and conditioning coach working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies.

You will also have the opportunity to develop a number of transferrable skills that should enable you to excel in a variety of health and fitness related careers, as a technical coaches, fitness or performance managers for sports teams, for example, or within health promotion or the broader health and fitness industry. The course's strong focus on research skills provides an ideal platform for further study at PhD level or undertaking research.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gone on to work for: Wasps Rugby Club; Wasps Netball; Ospreys Rugby Club; Leicester City Football Club; West Bromwich Albion Football Club; Coventry City Football Club; English Institute of Sport; Kent County Cricket Club; British Weightlifting; within the Higher Education Sector; Further Education Sector; Secondary Education Sector; and independently.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.