Strength and Conditioning MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

HLST205

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321

 

ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

 

Course code:

HLST205

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321

 

ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

 

Course code:

HLST205

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321

 

ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

 

Overview

Successful completion of the MSc in Strength and Conditioning course will equip you with the key underpinning scientific knowledge, skills, and professional competencies commonly required to be a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Health, wellness, fitness, amateur sport and professional sport may all have opportunities for qualified strength and conditioning coaches. As a well-established course, previous graduates have progressed to a range of strength and conditioning related careers within the sport and physical activity sector, including, but not limited to, professional football, professional rugby, institutes of sport, and higher education.

The course is explicitly designed to enable you to evidence attainment of the professional standards required by a Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach. Upon success completion, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to apply for accreditation with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), as well as certification with the USA based National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) upon graduation (additional fees are payable to UKSCA and NCSA for accreditation/certification).

The course aims to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes required to enhance human performance across a range of domains (sport, occupational, health) using exercise training. Alongside this, the courses aims to ensure that you can apply this knowledge in the strength and conditioning setting,

Current staff members teaching this course have a broad range of academic and professional qualifications and local, national and international experiences, with a number currently providing strength and conditioning support to professional sporting organisations, as well as holding positions within the UKSCA and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Specialist experts also contribute their own experience and knowledge though guest lectures, enhancing networking opportunities (subject to availability) .

Alongside the strength and conditioning content, an exciting and innovative feature of the course is the embedded Global Professional Development module, which has been developed with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This module aims to teach you how to understand and apply business management principles in problem based scenarios. Successful completion of this module gives you added skills and promote innovative thinking which can applied in many areas of life. The Entrepreneurship module is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and if you successfully complete the module and meet additional CMI evidence requirements you will gain a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management.

Coventry University’s CMI accreditation is due for renewal in 2021 Whilst the university hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible. 

MSc Strength and Conditioning at Coventry University aims to help you to develop many transferable skills, in order to help prepare you for a professional working environment. Particular focus will be paid to applied experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team, developing through professional experience and growing as an applied researcher.

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What our students say...

The course has proved to be engaging, challenging and real-world applicable. The tutors and support network here at Coventry University, have been excellent at providing help towards internships and future prospects. If me or my classmates ever have any queries or questions, they are always on hand to give answers and help push you to know more.

Jack Lawrence, 2020

Course information

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 build on your experience at undergraduate level and develop expert knowledge, understanding and practical ability to develop strength and conditioning programmes and monitor and evaluate their effectiveness on the human body.

You will have the opportunity to learn how to conduct the most appropriate interventions for both amateur and professional athletes, using evidence generated from the scientific study of strength and conditioning. Experiental learning is a key component of this course, facilitated through an integrated Professional Placement in Strength & Conditioning module.

You are supported to source appropriate work experience opportunities through current established contacts of currently faculty members with a variety of sport and exercise communities, from elite professionals through to the grass roots level. Upon successful completion you will have completed a comprehensive professional development portfolio mapped to the skills, competencies and professional standards of the UKSCA. We aim to prepare you for these opportunities through taught sessions in practical workshops and labs, benefitting from the outstanding facilities in our purpose built Alison Gingell building. These include state-of-the-art, specialist laboratories for physiology and biomechanics, as well as fully operational strength and conditioning and sports therapy clinics. Within these facilities, students are supported to develop their competence and independence as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

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Modules

Overview

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

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 provides the opportunity for you to develop these skills during lectures, along with an appreciation of the physiological and biomechanical factors influencing high-level human performance.

In addition, you will be encouraged to take an 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 and 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 (subject to availability) .

The culmination of the MSc Strength and Conditioning is an in-depth research project, so you will be offered training in research methods, including data analysis in both research and applied practice.

Modules

  • Profiling and Needs Analysis

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and techniques to develop an understanding of the needs of a client. Based on knowledge of physiology, biomechanics, psychology nutrition and injury you will develop the skills to understand profiling and understanding the individual needs of clients.

  • Foundation Practice in Strength and Conditioning

    This module focuses on key areas of human physiology and biomechanics, together with psychology and nutrition, which are most relevant to the strength and conditioning practitioner. It is designed to provide you with a body of knowledge and experiences that aim to prepare you for advanced strength and conditioning practices in exercise and sport performance. Upon successful completion of this module you will have developed the skills and abilities required to perform, teach and prescribe fundamental strength and conditioning activities.

  • Needs Analysis and Programme Design

    The aim of this module is to enable you to critically evaluate the physiological and biomechanical basis of fundamental training methods within strength and conditioning and the implications that they have for programme design. After successfully completing this module you will also be able to demonstrate extensive understanding of underpinning theories and relevant established knowledge, and apply them to the field of strength and conditioning and associated areas. You will also be provided with the opportunity to undertake a needs analysis and apply the principles of training and periodisation to programme design for a prescribed sport and evaluate different screening methods and client profiling.

  • Project Proposal

    This module aims to provide a detailed understanding of the complex processes necessary to formulate, develop and test a scientific/clinical hypothesis. You will be given the opportunity to apply these to the design of your own research. It is designed to enable you to become a critical consumer of information in the context of developing evidence-based practice. You will be supported by project review meetings with your supervisor.

  • Advanced Practice in Strength and Conditioning

    This module builds on key areas of strength and conditioning practice The module is designed to help you to develop advanced skills in programme design for strength, speed, and power development to meet the performance needs of the individual.

  • Professional Practice within a Multi-Disciplinary Team

    The emphasis of this module is on the planning, delivery and effective review of strength & conditioning coaching within a multi-disciplinary team. The module considers the roles of the strength & conditioning coach, technical sport coach, physiologist, phystotherapist, biomechanist, nutritionist, and psychologist when developing a rehabilitation programme for return to performance.

    Successful completion of this module will enable you to demonstrate an understanding of long and short term effects of exercise, training methods, timing in strength training, movement assessment, dysfunction and correction. You will also study the types, causes and consequences of sport injuries and factors influencing sport injuries e.g. age, gender, medical conditions, fitness level, choice of clothing/equipment; and prevention of sport related injuries.

  • Critical Review of Research Design

    The aim of this module is to allow you to reflect upon and refine your research project proposal prior to the data collection phase. You will have the opportunity to practice and develop competency in key methods to be used in the investigation, and to receive support for any other project related concerns. You will be able to meet regularly with your project supervisor to refine the research proposal ideas with the aim to support you to articulate these clearly.

  • Strength & Conditioning for the Injured Athlete

    The key outcomes of this module aim to help you to employ evidence-based reasoning to appraise the roles, and scope of practice, of the multi-disciplinary team in management of musculo-skeletal injuries in the sporting arena. Upon successful completion , you will be able to demonstrate understanding of the underpinning science and practical application to special populations and altered environmental conditions. You should also be able to demonstrate knowledge in injury aetiology, prevention, rehabilitation and return to play processes and pathway. I you will also be taught how to appraise late stage rehabilitation theory and return to play protocols.

  • Entrepreneurship

    The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity to assess the relationship between entrepreneurship and other domains of management, such as strategy and leadership. Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain an understanding of how entrepreneurial thinking can enhance organisational performance and leadership through the application of a more enterprising mind-set.

    Entrepreneurs may work for themselves (as entrepreneurs) or be entrepreneurial in working for others (intrapreneurs). By drawing on a wide range of scenarios, tasks and debates, this module will explore a range of entrepreneurial archetypes to help you explore your own entrepreneurial profile and potential. Upon successful completion of the module you should gain an appreciation of entrepreneurship from multiple perspectives and subject areas and you will be taught how to adopt or adapt solutions from other fields of study to find opportunities or solve problems.

    Successful completion of this module will enable students to complete the academic requirements for a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management from the CMI. (CMI registration is subject to additional costs)*

    *The University’s accreditation with CMI shall be up for renewal in 2021. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this module would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon possible.

  • Professional Placement in Strength & Conditioning

    In this module, you undertake and report on a period of relevant work experience. You are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of appropriate experience in a strength and conditioning role. This may be accumulated through the duration of the course or in one single placement. You are supported to source appropriate

    placements through established course team or your own contacts. Reflection on the work experience should encourage you to recognise your developing competencies, mapped to the accrediting body’s (UKSCA) requirements. This module is designed to enable you to demonstrate to prospective employers your experience of working in a strength and conditioning environment and provide examples of where your expertise has been utilised.

  • Independent Project

    In this module you will have the opportunity to put into practice, and report your research proposal. You will implement your project design, collect, analyse and interpret data and critically evaluate your findings with with reference to published literature.

    You will be supported through the process via supervisory meetings, but you should be able to demonstrate an ability to work independently without close supervision. This module gives you the opportunity to develop high levels of organisational skills, practical ability, interaction with other students, engagement with supervisory meetings and professional behaviour to participants or clients.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Designed in consultation with employers and covering the content required by the UKSCA, this course is aligned to industry requirements, preparing you for the UKSCA accreditation process and NSCA certification (additional fees are payable to the UKSCA and NSCA for accreditation/certification).
  • The current staff team teaching this course include people who provide strength and conditioning support to professional sporting organisations and/or hold positions withing UKSCA and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). They currently have expertise in sport and exercise psychology, physiology, exercise and health, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, and nutrition, many conducting ongoing research and consultancy.
  • Expert guest lecturers, (subject to availability), which in the past have included sports medicine, health and wellness, sport psychology and sport performance complement staff expertise.
  • In previous years students have undertaken placements with professional sports teams including Wasps Rugby, Northamptonshire Cricket, Birmingham City FC, Coventry FC, and Worcester Warriors.
  • New state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building featuring indoor running track, custom strength and conditioning facility and extensive exercise science laboratories.
  • Field trips which in the past have included visits to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwick metabolic lab (subject to availability and additional costs may apply).
  • In June 2020 students completing this course will have the opportunity to go on a 5 day field trip to the French Alps to undertake field testing in a high altitude challenging environment, working with amateur athletes in an endurance event (Subject to availability, meeting visa requirements and additional costs will apply, but part funding is available through the University’s Centre for Global Engagement).

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. It is structured around key study days involving face-to-face lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

You will also be supported through a range of online activities including tutorials, discussion boards, online lectures and online problem based learning.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework assignments, oral presentations, video presentations, a practical portfolio and a dissertation.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of strength and conditioning as a profession, including its theoretical scientific underpinning and limitations.
  • Design, deliver, and continuously evaluate strength and conditioning programmes to enable a broad range of individuals to achieve their performance-orientated goal.
  • Critically apply evidenced-based practice to ‘real world’ questions, different multi-disciplinary situations, and global contexts.
  • Understand 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 to both expert and non-expert recipients.

In a typical teaching week, you will have around 16 hours of contact which will be taught using a combination of lecutres, tutorials, seminars, laboratory practicals and workshops.:

 

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

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


What our students say...

The course has proved to be engaging, challenging and real-world applicable. The tutors and support network here at Coventry University, have been excellent at providing help towards internships and future prospects. If me or my classmates ever have any queries or questions, they are always on hand to give answers and help push you to know more.

Jack Lawrence, 2020

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

What our students say...

The course has proved to be engaging, challenging and real-world applicable. The tutors and support network here at Coventry University, have been excellent at providing help towards internships and future prospects. If me or my classmates ever have any queries or questions, they are always on hand to give answers and help push you to know more.

Jack Lawrence, 2020

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


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


UK 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


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£14,700 (per year)


Scholarships

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

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

The course has proved to be engaging, challenging and real-world applicable. The tutors and support network here at Coventry University, have been excellent at providing help towards internships and future prospects. If me or my classmates ever have any queries or questions, they are always on hand to give answers and help push you to know more.

Jack Lawrence, 2020

Career prospects

This course aims to equip you with knowledge and professionalism for a variety of health and fitness related careers such as: Strength and Conditioning Coach, Fitness Manager for sports teams, Performance Manager, Exercise/physical activity referral officer, Health and fitness industry and Health Promotion.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have secured employment in a wide range of professional sports clubs including Ospreys Rugby, Aston Villa FC, Kent County Cricket, West Bromwich Albion FC, Coventry City FC or Wasps Rugby. Others have worked on the WTA Tennis Tour. Previous graduates have also worked for Institutes of Sport, completed a PhD and work in research and higher education or work in business in the health and fitness sector.

What our students say...

The course has proved to be engaging, challenging and real-world applicable. The tutors and support network here at Coventry University, have been excellent at providing help towards internships and future prospects. If me or my classmates ever have any queries or questions, they are always on hand to give answers and help push you to know more.

Jack Lawrence, 2020
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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