This course will provide you with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science.

The course provides a sufficient grounding for those individuals seeking to develop a career as a sport and exercise science professional and provides the required postgraduate qualification for an individual seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) in support of a career in sport & exercise science.

Study Details:

MSc 2 years Distance Learning

Module Details:

Physical Activity & Mental Health

In this module the current state of evidence regards the relationship between physical activity and the prevention and treatment of selected mental health outcomes (anxiety, depression and schizophrenia) is critically examined and assessed. The utility of physical activity theories and models in regard to behaviour change are critically evaluated using a range of sources of evidence including traditional and systematic reviews, meta-analysis and epidemiological research.

Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis

Develops and enhances an understanding of research methodology and statistical skills utilising both quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine, analyse and evaluate data sets related to sport & exercise science.

The Practice of Sport & Exercise Psychology

The module examines a range of psychological techniques available to practitioners (e.g. self-talk and imagery) and assesses the theoretical and empirical effectiveness of these techniques in applied settings. Intervention skills to practice effectively ( e.g. counselling, communication skills and reflective practice) to different groups in different settings in an ethical matter are also addressed.

Students are required to consider which psychological techniques should best be applied to a range of scenarios (e.g. enhancing confidence in a novice exerciser, helping an elite athlete cope with a career ending injury).

Sports Biomechanics and Injury

Module focusses on the principles of sports biomechanics in relation to injury management, rehabilitation and injury prevention. The role and practice of sports therapists and sports physicians will be examined alongside the internal and external factors and key mechanisms associated with sports injury.

Physiological Support of Athletes

The module addresses the development of laboratory and field based practical competencies in functional and biomechanical tests used in the physiological support of athletes. Actual athlete data obtained from selected physiological tests is directly examined and assessed via the production of an appropriate testing regime for a given athlete. Skills to interpret and present data in an appropriate manner to different audiences (athlete, coach and parent) are a central feature of the module.

Masters Research Project

This module involves the planning and execution and write up of a research project as either a peer reviewed journal article, standard dissertation or a portfolio of research. A formal presentation and defence of the project is a key feature of the module.


Fees: £33 per credit

Entry Requirements

  • To apply for this course you will need an Undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2:2 or higher) in Sport and Exercise Science or a related discipline.
  • Your degree must be from a UK University or International equivalent.
  • You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. We require a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification.

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