Taught course

Strength and Conditioning

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for students is a first degree, normally in the Upper Second Class category in a relevant discipline (such as sports science, sports performance and coaching, physical education, physiotherapy etc). Applicants from other disciplines may be admitted where they can demonstrate a strong anatomy and physiology knowledge as determined by the Programme Leader.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Strength and Conditioning provides students with an excellent opportunity to acquire a systematic and critical understanding of the knowledge, and practical competencies, required by strength and conditioning professionals.

Successful applicants will study modules such as applied strength and conditioning, physiology of strength and conditioning, contemporary issues and professional practice (Postgraduate Certificate; PG Cert), exercise prescription in special populations, research methods, and performance coaching (Postgraduate Diploma; PG Dip), and will also engage with an independent piece of postgraduate research (MSc). With multiple step-off points (PG Cert, PG Dip) and the opportunity to study by either full-time or part-time routes, students engage with a flexible and industry-specific course of postgraduate study which is delivered by expert staff in a world class teaching and research environment.

In addition to applicants with relevant work experience, employers in the sector are increasingly seeking to target candidates who have Masters level qualifications and/or accredited status. Consequently, upon completion of the MSc Strength and Conditioning, graduates will increase their eligibility for application to employment with professional and semi-professional sports teams, supporting individual athletes, working within the health care sector and/or within the fitness industry.

There are also opportunities to engage in the internship programmes run by leading sporting organisations such as the English Institute of Sport. Furthermore, opportunities may be available in Universities and Further Education colleges which are increasingly providing the strength and conditioning provision for athletes of various sports who are enrolled on scholarship and academy schemes while completing an academic qualification. Some students may choose to engage with research focused qualifications (e.g., MRes, MPhil, or PhD) or to progress into employment in the education sector after completion of a relevant teaching qualification.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51.

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

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444