Taught course

Strength and Conditioning

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Entry requirements

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content


Olympic athletes, footballers or simply someone who wants to get fitter and healthier, everyone wants the best results for their efforts. And to avoid the pain and frustration of injury along the way. So, experts who can deliver training that achieves these goals, and who understand the science behind it, have an advantage.

Our MSc Strength and Conditioning gives you that knowledge and advanced-level skills that can boost your confidence and employability. We've developed this course aligned with UK professional governing body standards (UKSCA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). This ensures that you possess the skill set, confidence, and specialist knowledge to excel in the field, and that you’re industry ready and prepared for accreditation.

Designed for graduates and current practitioners, it’s a masters course with plenty of variety, giving you practical and laboratory experience, as well as research skills and a strong grounding in the scientific and coaching theories that underpin successful training methods. You’ll examine the multidisciplinary considerations for the enhancement of athletic performance and mitigation of injury risk across diverse populations.

You’ll be taught by experts in their field at the world-class Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport, with outstanding facilities in the heart of Manchester, a major sporting city. Here, you’ll be part of a large and diverse sporting community with access to academics and sport professionals with many different interests and specialisms.

And we include real-world experience, with a work placement in an area that interests you. This could be in one of the city’s outstanding gyms or sports tech companies or maybe with one of the leading clubs or national sporting bodies we have ties with, which include England Para Football, Manchester City FC Academy, British Swimming and professional rugby union club Sale Sharks.

Career prospects

Sport and exercise science is a dynamic and evolving sector and is becoming more specialised. This means more demand from employers for high calibre, well-qualified candidates with specialist skills. This course aims to meet this need, producing the practitioners and researchers for the future UK and international workforce.

If you want to become an accredited strength and conditioning coach, this course meets professional governing body standards that will get you ready for accreditation.

Career options for strength and conditioning coaches are varied and include working for professional sports clubs, in private gyms, for universities and colleges, with Para athletes or in schools or sport academies. And coaches work beyond sport too, branching out into health care settings to support health, rehabilitation and recovery.

Then there’s the fast-growing digital e-sport sector, with sport technology companies developing new strength and conditioning products every day. There’s also scientific research and the need to test new products, methods and theories.

Whatever your ambition, this course will give you the skill and confidence to get that permanent position or to take the next step into further study, research or a new career.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on fees.

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

Course contact details

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