Taught course

Strength and Conditioning

University of Bedfordshire · School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Non-Standard Entry (All non-standard entry candidates will be required to attend an interview with the Award Manager) a. Graduates with a first degree in a closely allied subject, where the gaps in subject specific knowledge could be closed using a negotiated programme that would include additional units from within the undergraduate modular degree scheme b. Sport, Exercise, Coaching and Health professionals with demonstrable experience and expertise within the field who also possess an HNC/HND or GNVQ/NVQ at level 4 in an appropriate subject.

These candidates will be required to provide a full portfolio of supporting evidence outlining appropriate academic and educational training and attend an interview, which will aim to assess: the applicants motivation, maturity and realistic approach to their studies the nature and level of life/work experience and prior study, and the learning that has resulted from such experience the clarity of the applicants educational goals and objectives the extent to which the applicant can provide evidence of the threshold skills and knowledge required for a given programme. As a result of this interview candidates may also be required to bridge gaps in their current knowledge by taking additional units from within the undergraduate modular degree scheme AP(E)L /APL Credit may be given for prior (academic/professional) learning against some of the units. A portfolio of evidence and attainment of equivalent learning outcomes is required. Procedures for considering APL applications are determined by the Academic Board and issued by the Registry

Months of entry


Course content

About this course

If you wish to work with sports performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or applied sports scientist, this innovative course is for you. Designed to meet the needs of students interested in the optimisation of performance in sport, it will provide the theory and foundation knowledge and skills you need to pursue professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES); the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA); and appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3 or above).

Key features

  • Study on a unique course with a multidisciplinary approach to sports performance and gain access to world-leading staff expertise and research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) three quarters of our work across sports science, PE and tourism and leisure has internationally recognised impact. More than 95% of our research outputs are rated as internationally recognised or better (compared with a sector average of 93%).
  • Explore a range of disciplines and their contribution to helping athletes increase performance, including: strength and conditioning; performance analysis; coaching in a performance setting; sport science support ; laboratory skills; talent identification
  • Develop your research skills and capabilities including research design and ethics, statistics and laboratory skills, opening up additional career opportunities
  • Gain from a course designed to prepare you to for employment in the rewarding and expanding fields of coaching, sport science support and strength and conditioning
  • Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to pursue roles including Strength and Conditioning Specialist; as a Coach or in Coach Development; Applied Sports Scientist; Laboratory Specialised Technician (eg in universities, sports clubs or hospitals) and/or continue to further research-based study on Masters by research, MPhil or PhD programmes

Career opportunities

This Masters degree aims to provide an understanding of real- life applications of theory. You will encounter a range of examples of enhancing athletic performance relevant to a future career in the sport and exercise industry or in a profession where such knowledge and skills would be useful.

The competencies of the lead organisation for strength and conditioning – the UKSCA - are embedded into this course giving you an understanding of, and practise in, the UKSCA accreditation process. This should accelerate your career as a coach and look to gain professional accreditation, vital to gaining employment within this career.

Increased investment in sport has opened up new opportunities for careers in coaching, sport science support and strength and conditioning.

Areas of study:

    • Research Methods
    • Sports Performance Dissertation
    • Performance Analysis
    • Coaching in a Performance Setting
    • Sport Science Support
    • Strength and Conditioning
    • Metabolic Health*
    • Talent Identification & Development in Dance and Sport*
    • Exercise Testing and Diagnosis*
    • Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations*
    • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing*
    • Laboratory Skills*
    • Placement (short)*
    • Placement (long)*
  • *denotes options

Information for international students

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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