Taught course

Sports Biomechanics

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree in sports science (with a strong biomechanics component), engineering, maths, physics or similar field.

Months of entry


Course content

Our well-established Sport Biomechanics programme provides the opportunity for students to gain an in-depth understanding of all major aspects of sport biomechanics.

Our Sports Biomechanics MSc enables you to specialise in the "physics of sports" - the area of science concerned with the analysis of human movement. Through movement, simulation and measurement, it seeks to gain a greater understanding of human performance in athletic and sporting activities, and to use this understanding to improve performance and reduce injury risk.

The content of this cutting edge programme ranges from experimental techniques and equipment requirements and use, through to the latest theoretical considerations and research problems.

Study runs from October to September and is split into three terms, during the Autumn and Spring terms you will attend taught modules during which you will learn a range of hands-on laboratory and field techniques, and experience theoretical modelling and computer simulation of human movement. The Sport Biomechanics programme culminates in a substantial independent research project which runs from the beginning of the summer term until the end of the programme, during this time you will get the opportunity to apply the techniques learned during the taught course.

Our Sport Biomechanics programme provides an opportunity to join the largest sport biomechanics and motor control research team in the UK, with many staff who are members of the Sport Biomechanics and Motor Control Research Group. This diverse and friendly community will offer many extra-curricular opportunities for you to participate in research activities and to learn from biomechanists with a huge amount of experience and expertise.

You will be taught in a brand new state-of-art sports biomechanics teaching laboratory, opened in January 2017 at a cost of £360k. Having a large designated teaching laboratory allows students sole access to facilities without the pressures associated with sharing laboratory space with research and enterprise activities. The facility can be partitioned into two fully equipped laboratories, allowing independent activities to be performed simultaneously. You will also have access to other laboratory spaces during the taught programme. Throughout the programme you will use key biomechanics equipment such as Vicon motion analysis systems, force plates, wireless electromyography (EMG), and isokinetic dynamometers, together with software for computer simulation and inertia modelling; the programme culminates in an original research project wherein you will use the laboratory and equipment independently to collect and analyse data.

Information for international students

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding information please look at our website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    Part-time by arrangement, can be completed in a maximum of 96 months.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222496