Sport and Exercise Sciences MSc

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Help elite athletes reach their optimum sports performance or improve fitness through exercise referral and community programmes. Specialise in both those areas through a solid grounding in measurement, evaluation, and sport and exercise psychology. Build a portfolio of work that will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs.

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Overview

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and self-directed study. There is flexibility to pursue personal interests in considerable depth, with guidance and inspiration from supportive tutors. By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of work, feedback from clients/employers, and a record of practical and academic projects.

Compared to undergraduate studies, this Masters has more emphasis on self-directed lab work, data collection and analysis. We encourage you to undertake real-world internships and build up experience with external clients and sports clubs. This practical experience will complement the rigorous research elements of the course.

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Sport and Exercise Sciences, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Involves in-depth work with ‘real’ subjects and as such allows students to apply theory to practice
  • Will take your undergraduate knowledge and skills and develop them substantially in the labs, classroom or practical situation

Course structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, problem-based learning seminars, web-based resources, small group discussions and debates. You will develop your practical skills with workshops and laboratory classes.

Assessment methods include essays, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations, scientific reports, practical exams, data analyses, critical reviews, poster presentations and a dissertation.

Modules on this course include:

Core modules

  • Measurement and Evaluation (20 credits)
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
  • Applied Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Masters Project (60 credits)

Designated core modules (you must choose one of the following, but you may choose the other as an option)

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
  • Applied Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose at least one)

  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice (20 credits)
  • Sports Injuries, Management and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Applied Weight Management (20 credits)
  • Professional Skills and Practice (20 credits)
  • Independent Learning Project (20 credits)
  • Applied Public Health (20 credits)
  • Brief Interventions (20 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Sciences Complex,
City Campus,
Sunderland,
SR1 3RG

54.905143,-1.392352

  • Our Biomechanics lab contains equipment that measures motion, muscle activity and forces on the body during high intensity sports and the activities of daily living.

    Facilities include:

    • 3D motion capture systems including Vicon® systems and Xsens® motion capture suits
    • Software such as Dartfish®, Kinovea® and LongoMatch® software to capture live action images for match tagging and coaching feedback
    • Movement tracking tools such as Actigraph® and Catapult®
    • Delsys® Trigno electromyography equipment to see how the muscles of the body are working
    • Kistler® force platforms and Batak® reaction walls to analyse sporting performance
    • Novel® Pedar systems to analyse foot pressure
    Biomechanics equipment
  • Our City Campus features a state-of-the-art facility called CitySpace. It features:

    • Sports hall (suitable for hosting large-scale events)
    • Fitness suite/gym
    • Strength and conditioning room
    • Injury prevention and support suite
    • Fitness classes
    • Climbing wall
    CitySpace
  • Facilities for monitoring and testing exercise physiology and psychology include:

    • Polar® Team2 heart rate monitoring system for assessing the heart rates of a full squad of team players in real time
    • Cortex® gas analysers to evaluate cardiovascular performance
    • Biochemical analysers from Randox®, Jenway® and Gonotec® to measure substances and enzymes within the body
    • Tendo®, Myotest® and Globus® equipment to profile your strength and power and develop specific training programmes
    • Fusion Sport® SMARTSPEED light gates for assessing speed, agility and reaction times
    • Assess and enhance cognitive performance using our Neurotracker® 3D multiple object tracking equipment
    Exercise physiology and psychology
  • In our lab you'll find fitness and conditioning equipment that would be the envy of most modern gyms. From a wide range of cardiovascular equipment to machine and Olympic weights, you will receive hands-on teaching in a professional environment.

    Fitness and Conditioning Suite
  • Across the Sunderland area you'll have access to the following sports facilities:

    • 50m Olympic size swimming pool
    • 95m artificial ski slope
    • Warehouse climbing wall
    • Football training pitches at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light
    • Marine Activities Centre for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and powerboating
    • LTA approved indoor tennis centre with 13 indoor and outdoor courts
    • Floodlit athletics tracks
    Sport facilities
  • Anatomy is taught by experienced staff in a specialist clinical lab using skeletons, anatomical models, 3D software, online material and human subjects. You will learn techniques for sports injury rehabilitation, including the use of sports massage and ultrasound equipment.

    You will also examine balance and stability using our Biodex® stability and balance trainer and assess strength imbalances using our sophisticated Biodex® dynamometer and new BTE Primus® rehabilitation equipment. You can investigate how new techniques such as thermal imaging are being used in injury assessment with Flir® IR cameras.

    Sports medicine and anatomy

Facilities

Sunderland's outstanding facilities include laboratories with the latest fitness state of the art equipment and technology. We have invested in the latest software and equipment so that you have maximum scope to measure and improve performance. Our facilities will propel your learning in sport and exercise sciences.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

in a subject related to sport.

We will also consider applicants from other subjects though we may ask for a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your knowledge and experience of sport and exercise sciences.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

We will consider applicants from other subjects though we may ask for a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your knowledge and experience of sport and exercise sciences.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £5,600 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £12,000 if you are from outside the EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.

City Campus by night

Employment

Recent Sunderland graduates are now working within the fitness industry, sports development and in Further Education colleges. Potential employers include national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services, local authorities, health bodies including the NHS, and schools and colleges.

Career Options

Job roles include the following (some require further training):

  • Sports and exercise scientist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sports coach/instructor
  • Manager of health promotion initiatives
  • Manager of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise referral
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Personal trainer/specialist fitness instructor
  • Lecturer

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