Taught course

Strength, Conditioning & Performance Science

Canterbury Christ Church University · Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree (normally a high 2:2 or above) in strength and conditioning, sport and exercise science or other relevant subject (e.g., sport performance, management, education) will be considered.


Professional qualification relevant to strength and conditioning with a minimum of 3 years relevant experience in a high-performance sport setting.

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Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Strength, Conditioning & Performance Science incorporates specialised teaching from practicing accredited coaches, sport scientists and internationally-recognised researchers in the field of sport performance, and provides a curriculum that is underpinned by research and evidence-based practice.

Throughout the course you will be supported by our enthusiastic and highly qualified staff who are experienced practitioners in high performance and elite sport and bring this experience into the teaching. Guest lectures take place from experts such as sport performance physiotherapists, elite sport performance managers and skilled representatives from sport performance organisations and governing bodies.

This programme incorporates specialised teaching where you will study concepts and evidence from single, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives using expertise in physiology, strength and conditioning science, coaching and pedagogy, performance lifestyle and biomechanics. Specifically, theories and concepts in relation to strength and conditioning performance, athletic development, special populations and topical issues, training and programming theory and methods, frameworks of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary support in high performance environments and training monitoring strategies are examined.

You will have access to specialist strength and conditioning and sport and exercise laboratories where you can carry out high level performance assessments such as dynamic and isometric strength and power testing, sprint and change of direction screening and testing, movement screening and analysis, body composition assessment and aerobic performance assessment. The practical application of coaching and psychological strategies involved in coach development and practice, reflective practice, development of performance frameworks, emotional intelligence and professional and personal values will be explored.

Our programme offers unique opportunities to engage in and reflect on work-based learning as part of a practitioner placement module. This substantive work-based learning experience will be documented and evidenced by you through an evidence-based portfolio with an aligned purpose to showcase your skills and attributes to prospective employers. You will be encouraged to use your work-related experiences to inform your assessments to connect learning from the workplace to research modules as part of a meaningfully connected curriculum.

This programme is for those that wish to enhance both academic knowledge and advance their practical skills and knowledge in the field of strength and conditioning and performance. The integration of practical work-based learning with academic study on the programme will help you to increase potential employment outcomes, and is also aimed at supporting ambition if you wish to go on to study at a higher level.

In undertaking our MSc Strength, Conditioning & Performance Science you will be joining a top 10 ranked institution in the UK for employability and in a diverse friendly learning and sporting community that provides rich opportunities to learn and develop, as well as broadening your overall postgraduate experience.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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