MSc Sport Biomechanics

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    MSc Full-time 1 year, Part-time Typically 2 years

Course Description

Our well-established MSc in Sport Biomechanics enables you to specialise in the physics of sport – the area of science concerned with the analysis of human movement.

Through the measurement and simulation of movement, the degree facilitates a greater understanding of human performance in sporting and recreational activities. This understanding can then be used to improve performance and reduce injury risk.

The programme contains cutting-edge content, ranging from experimental data collection, analysis techniques and equipment, through to the latest theoretical considerations and research problems.

Throughout the programme you will benefit from access to a large designated teaching laboratory and use key pieces of biomechanics equipment, including Vicon motion analysis systems, force plates, wireless electromyography (EMG), and isokinetic dynamometers.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in sport or biological sciences (with a substantial biomechanics/bioengineering component), or in engineering, maths, physics, or related disciplines.

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Programme Funding

There are lots of options available to you to fund your master’s programme, from alumni bursaries to school and department scholarships and government loans.

Student Destinations

During the year you will also be encouraged to develop your employability and industry-specific skills through career talks and opportunities for employment and volunteering in applied sports science settings.

Graduates from our MSc Sport Biomechanics go on to a variety of careers. Recent destinations include:

  • Elite athlete support: The English Institute of Sport and The Lawn Tennis Association
  • PhD research: The University of Queensland and Pennsylvania State University
  • Biomechanics services: The National Biomechanics Institute (US) and Boardman Bikes
  • Biomechanics technology: Hawkeye and Vicon

During the programme, students are encouraged to enhance their career prospects by networking in the sport and exercise biomechanics community, join professional bodies, publish research, attend conferences and workshops, gain work experience in biomechanics or sports science, and develop your skills through the University’s Personal Best programme.

Module Details

Semester 1 

Compulsory Modules

  • Orthopaedic Sport Biomechanics
  • Core Biomechanics
  • Theories and Methods of Analysis in Biomechanics
  • Neuromuscular Function

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Quantitative Research
  • Developing Computer Models for Sports Biomechanics
  • Core Biomechanics
  • Theories and Methods of Analysis in Biomechanics
  • Research Project: Natural Sciences in Sport and Exercise

Summer – Compulsory Module

  • Research Project: Natural Sciences in Sport and Exercise

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