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


From professional coaching to supporting medical rehabilitation, clients want to feel confident they’re getting the best results for their efforts. As a strength and conditioning expert, you’ll help them achieve their goals while safeguarding them from the pain and frustration of injury along the way.

We've developed our MSc Strength and Conditioning degree in line 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 leave us with 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. You’ll gain both practical and laboratory experience, as well as research skills and a strong grounding in the scientific and coaching theories that underpin successful training methods. This includes the multidisciplinary considerations for the enhancement of athletic performance, as well as the 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 city world renowned for its sporting achievements.  Here, you’ll be part of a large and diverse sporting community with access to academics and sport professionals with a wide variety of interests and specialisms. 

Boosting your CV with real-world experience, you also have the opportunity to complete a work placement in an area of your choosing.  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. This includes 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, becoming increasingly specialised. This means there is more demand from employers for high calibre, well-qualified candidates with specialist skills and expertise. Our course has been designed in partnership with industry-active professionals and academics, ensuring you graduate ready for the strength and conditioning industry of tomorrow.

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. 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 skills and confidence to launch the career of your dreams, or to take the next step into further study and research.  

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

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969