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Strength & Conditioning
Postgraduate course
MSc

Strength & Conditioning

Overview

Take advantage of the growth in demand for highly trained strength and conditioning coaches working in high-performance, sports development or other environments where superior levels of fitness are required. This course will teach you how to optimise human performance working with athletes of all abilities and clients employed in a variety of sectors so they can perform to the best of their ability while also reducing the risk of injury.

You will study the biomechanics and physiology of the human body, focusing on the development of strength and power and cardiovascular adaptations to aid training and performance. You will learn to apply this to your coaching practice while also understanding the perspectives of other practitioners, including nutritionists, physiotherapists and psychologists.

There will be the opportunity to design and implement a programme for athletes or specific populations, allowing you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life situations. This experience will help you develop your communication skills - vital in this field - and establish positive working relationships with a wide range of people, including players, athletes, officials, coaches and parents.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
We have worked closely with our contacts in the strength and conditioning industry to create this course. Thanks to this, you will benefit from the input of professionals including physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, lecturers and nutritionists, helping you gain the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in this sector.

Our teaching team have a strong research background and includes practising strength and conditioning coaches who will be able to relate your theoretical learning to real-life practice. You will also benefit from our first-class facilities which include biomechanics labs, an on-site swimming pool, athletics track and strength and conditioning gym.

Our course is aligned with the requirements of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association and will prepare you to apply for accreditation after you graduate.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Sports Science, Sport Coaching, Sport Development, Physical Education or Qualified Teacher Status, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Sports Science, Sport Coaching, Sport Development, Physical Education or Qualified Teacher Status, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

Matt Pears

Careers

Matt Pears

MSc Sport & Exercise Science & BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science

“I got my position through an internship which was available from one of the links between the University and Leeds United.

Modules & learning

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Develop an understanding of the physiological and mechanical factors governing the generation of strength and power through a study of the structure and function of the neuromuscular system.

Gain the skills to evaluate the physiological demands of sporting events, measure physiological capacities and prescribe training for physiological development in athletes.

Learn how to plan, organise, deliver and evaluate training as you explore the requirements of a sport or event and its participants.

Examine the wider role of the strength and conditioning coach and the implication of working in interdisciplinary teams alongside nutritionists, physiotherapists and psychologists.

Apply practical coaching skills, critically reflect on practice and plan own professional development as a strength and conditioning coach.

Gain the knowledge you require for your Major Independent Study. You will learn a scientific approach to research including data analysis and interpretation.

Plan, implement and evaluate a study relevant to your personal interests and the themes you've explored throughout the course.

Dr Ben Jones
Professor Ben Jones
Professor
Ben has a research interest in sports performance, ranging from the physiological development of junior athletes, to the physical preparation of individuals undertaking ultra-endurance events in extreme environmental conditions. After completing his PhD in 2013, Ben joined our academic staff team. He also works in a performance role within professional rugby league and union and has previously worked in professional football.
Our course, developed by current practitioners, uses the latest research to integrate science with practice, essential for the modern day strength and conditioning coach.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
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Facilities

  • Physiology Labs
    Physiology Labs

    Our state-of-the-art labs include a human performance lab, a cardio-respiratory lab, blood sampling room for biochemical marker work, a full working physiology lab for monitoring athletes, a full body composition scanner and a nutrition laboratory.

  • Sports Facilities
    Sports Facilities

    "I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medallist

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Biomechanics / Strength and Conditioning Labs
    Biomechanics / Strength and Conditioning Labs

    Here our students use our biomechanics and strength and conditioning equipment to measure strength, power output and key neuromuscular performance parametrics.

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