Taught course

Strength and Conditioning

University of Northampton · Faculty of Health and Society

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a first or second class Honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Strength and Conditioning allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via strength and conditioning. This course is aimed at individuals that have a prior knowledge of, or keen interest in, strength and conditioning, specifically graduates of, or those working in, clinical or applied sport, exercise or health environments.

Our course is practical based, stimulating, well-structured and research-informed covering a range of topic areas including musculoskeletal training and adaptation, advanced and applied training methods and the assessment and management of injury. The practical elements of the degree make use of purpose-built strength and conditioning and physiology laboratories to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key issues associated with strength and conditioning.

Course content

The course will examine advanced and current aspects of strength and conditioning including physiological response and adaptations of the cardiovascular system.The training methods used on the MSc Strength and Conditioning aim to develop an advanced and critical understanding of the systems and adaptations that dictate sports performance. The course will culminate with you conducting a research project, allowing you to develop and demonstrate an advanced understanding of the research process. You will complete the research project with the intention of submitting your findings to relevant conferences and journals for publication. Our Strength and Conditioning course is aligned to the guidelines set out by the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). The module content and a number of assessments have been designed to align with the content and assessments associated with UKSCA accreditation.

The first trimester of the course focuses on the musculoskeletal training and adaptations to specific types of strength and conditioning training, the assessment and management of injuries and the advanced training methods associated with this type of training. The second trimester allows you to develop your understanding of these specific training methods and apply them to a real life case study as part of the applied training methods module. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding in areas such as cardiovascular development and research methods.

Classes are delivered in a variety of means – lectures, seminars and practicals – and our aim is to provide opportunities for you to become actively involved in your learning. All sessions are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. You can expect three hours of contact time each week for each module. There are no additional costs for the course however, you will need sports clothes (trainers, shorts, tops) when participating in the practical sessions.

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
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