Taught course

Strength and Conditioning

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,600 (per year)
International students
£16,950 (per year)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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