Taught course

Sport and Exercise - Biomechanics

Institution
University of Chichester · Institute of Sport
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have a good honours degree (2:1) in a related area (eg Sport Science, Sport Studies, Human Movement Science) with a high proportion of study related to Biomechanics.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This is a one-year full time (with part time routes available) programme of study designed for graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics.

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, therefore, provides students with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfil the initial requirements for BASES accreditation, to develop their knowledge of the sport and exercise sciences and to increase their skills in applying such knowledge in both sporting and exercise populations.

Course content

Within the past decade there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sport and exercise biomechanists (eg teaching in further and higher education, World Class Support programmes). Coupled with this growth there has also been an increased need for appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to fill such positions. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences has developed procedures for the accreditation of suitably experienced individuals that stipulate the possession of a relevant form of postgraduate qualification. The MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, therefore, provides students with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfil the initial requirements for BASES accreditation, to develop their knowledge of the sport and exercise sciences and to increase their skills in applying such knowledge in both sporting and exercise populations.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite. In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

  • 5 x Kistler force plates
  • 1 x RS Scan pressure plate
  • 3 x EMG systems
  • 14 camera Vicon T-Series motion capture
  • Integrated Visual 3D analysis
  • Quintic video based kinematic analysis
  • Cybex Norm isokinetic dynamometer
  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

We provide performance support for elite athletes and competitive teams. We consistently perform well against the elite of university sport. A high number of our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme at the elite level.

Several teams are supported with high-level coaching, training facility support and sports science analysis. Numerous local and national sports clubs links with our student sports teams provide additional high-level playing opportunities.

Indicative modules

All students are required to complete four modules in their chosen pathway plus the two modules in research methods and statistics and either a research dissertation or a supervised experience portfolio.

Modules currently available are:

  • Applied Techniques in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Biomechanical Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Ergonomics in Sport and Exercise
  • The Research Methods and Statistics I
  • The Research Methods and Statistics II
  • The Supervised Experience Portfolio
  • Tissue Mechanics and Assistive Devices
  • Independent Project

In addition, all students have the option of substituting one module for an Independent Study module.

Assessment

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain an MSc in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, students need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a supervised experience portfolio.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,670
International students
£12,360

There is an Alumni Discount of 10% for students applying within five years of completion of an undergraduate course at Chichester.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24-36 months
full time
12-15 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Neal Smith
Email
n.smith@chi.ac.uk
Phone
01243 816000