Entry requirements (Home)
Candidates would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (first class or upper second class) in sport science or a related discipline. The programme will typically register 15 students in the first year, followed by 20 students per year thereafter. Applicants will be selected on merit, alongside an obvious desire to pursue a career in strength and conditioning. Within the application, the Personal Statement should be regarded as an important opportunity to evidence (i) recent achievements, (ii) passion for strength and conditioning and (iii) career trajectory.
Industry experience may also be considered – please contact the Faculty Admissions team for more details.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. You will need a good degree in sport and exercise sciences or a related subject.
In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example you may be required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 (with 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.
Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Months of entry
The programme has been developed with the aim of producing world-class, research-informed practitioners with the option of pursuing a career in research. It is ideal for individuals who currently hold an undergraduate degree in sports science, strength and conditioning or a related topic, and want to advance their knowledge, research skills and expertise in strength and conditioning.
- Delivered by world-leading strength and conditioning researchers and applied practitioners in LJMU’s pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Access to state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facilities – including physiology, biomechanics and molecular biology labs and the newly refurbished, high performance gym
- Career opportunities as an applied practitioner in strength and conditioning, teaching and lecturing and in Doctoral research programmes
- Taught by academics who work with English Premier League Football, Super League Rugby, Premiership Rugby Union, the English Institute of Sport, Irish Rugby Football Union, Sportscotland Institute of Sport, Welsh Rugby Football Union and many more
- Develop your applied skills and research knowledge during your applied placement. You will benefit from our strong links with some of the best sporting institutions in the UK and abroad, including the English Institute of Sport, the Rugby League Super League and Championship, the Rugby Union Championship, the English Football League, the FA Women's Super League, the Gaelic Sports Research Center, British Rowing and many more
- Low student to staff ratio which allows a close level of academic and pastoral support within a friendly and informal atmosphere
We welcome applications from those who want to dedicate their postgraduate study to the application and advancement of athlete-centred practice and research application. You will explore a philosophy of critical understanding in strength and conditioning, which will underpin your applied training modules. Cutting-edge research and applied practice are central to your professional development.
The course is built on a solid structure of research skills, applied methodologies and the latest research in physiology, biomechanics and coaching science, all of which is essential for becoming a strength and conditioning practitioner.
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will understand how to deal with complex issues within strength and conditioning. You will also develop essential skills in communicating and implementing your recommendations for clients, as well as specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Information for international students
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.
Fees and funding
Please see the course page for more information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090