Bangor University - School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (SSHES)
The School is amongst the oldest established and very best academic departments in sport and exercise science related studies in the UK.
Within the University's collegiate structure it is part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, joining the Schools of Psychology and Healthcare Sciences, strengthening our already close links.
The School is a multidisciplinary department that is renowned for the quality of its teaching and research. We have some of the world's leading researchers who have well-established national and international reputations in sport and exercise psychology, motor control and learning, and clinical exercise physiology. In addition they are in demand to provide support to elite athletes, national squads and business.
SSHES was rated '5A' in the Research Assessment Exercise (2001), based on an assessment of all our staff, placing us as the highest rated department of its kind in Wales and among the top three in the UK. In addition, the School was the only sport related subject department in the UK to be judged 'Exemplary' for teaching in the 2002 UK-wide Teaching Quality Assessment Subject Review.
This excellence in research feeds directly into postgraduate degree programmes. It equips graduates with the latest knowledge in their selected field, a wide range of transferable skills, and an autonomous approach to learning that keeps them at the cutting edge of their chosen career.
Whether registered for a MSc, or for a higher degree by research only (MPhil or PhD), we aim to develop your potential as an independent researcher who can operate from a theory-driven perspective and can address both theoretical and applied questions using a wide variety of research methods.
The research skills of our postgraduate students are widely recognised as exemplary and they are in great demand once they qualify. PhD students from the School have gone on to lecture at the Universities of Loughborough, Exeter, Leeds, Bath, Sheffield, Strathclyde, the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Denver, Otago (New Zealand) and Rome, not to mention several at universities in Turkey and Kuwait.
Our MSc programmes have been running since 2000. In September 2005, the unique title of MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology was created for students with Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR). This course was the first such course to be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
MSc, MPhil and PhD students registered with us have the opportunity to commence BASES supervisory experience and will be supported in doing so.
The MSc programmes have been designed to be flexible and relevant to the individual needs and interests of students, with a strong emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. Within the modular structure of the degree, students undertake compulsory modules in Research Methods and choose from optional modules in Physiology, Sport Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Kinesiology, Effective Coaching or Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete, according to the programme chosen. Supervised Experience, an Independent Study, and a Dissertation relevant to the programme are also undertaken.
There are five programmes:
*British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited.
The Applied Sport Science programme focuses on Performance Physiology, Sport Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and Effective Coaching.
On the Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology programme you will take modules in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Performance Physiology plus choose modules from Sport Psychology, Exercise Psychology or Kinesiology.
On the Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology programme you will take modules in Sport Psychology and Exercise Psychology, and choose modules from Kinesiology or Effective coaching.
The Exercise Rehabilitation programme is aimed at Sport Science or Health graduates, interested in developing their expertise and knowledge base in exercise and rehabilitation. You will study modules in Disability and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete, Clinical Exercise Physiology (including disease and aging).
Students with BPS graduate basis for registration will be eligible for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, which is a BPS accredited MSc focusing on Sport Psychology and Exercise Psychology. You can also choose modules from Kinesiology or Effective Coaching. Completion of this programme will form part of a period of study of psychology required for registration as a chartered psychologist.
MPhil and PhD Programmes
Students who wish to study for a research based MPhil, rather than a taught MSc, will already possess a BSc in a relevant discipline. Study can be over one year full-time, although two years is more normal, and over three years for part-time students
Students who already possess a MSc in a relevant discipline may wish to study for a doctorate (PhD) . The period of registration for a PhD is normally three years full-time or five years part-time. Our PhD graduates are held in very high esteem. They are also commended by their examiners for the high quality of their work and the research training they receive here.
The School has a close knit, friendly atmosphere that students really appreciate. Our relatively small size means that they benefit from the individual help and guidance that can be given.
The School is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building on the banks of the Menai Straits, and the surrounding area is one of the prime university locations in Britain for pursuing outdoor activities.
The building provides excellent teaching and research facilities with extensive laboratories, including:
The School offers bursaries for MSc students. These vary in value but can be up to £2,500 for home/EU students and £3,500 for overseas students. For further information, please contact the School.
Dr James Hardy
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