Sport & Exercise Science - MSc/PgD/PgC 

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Course Overview

The internationally recognised research expertise in the Cardiff School of Sport is uniquely combined with one of the leading centres for student sport in the UK to provide a popular MSc programme in Sport and Exercise Science. The programme is a modular pathway within the Cardiff School of Sport’s Postgraduate Scheme in Sport . The flexible programme is centred on research-informed professional practice and adopts a student-centred approach to develop understanding of contemporary issues in sport and exercise through multi- and independent discipline (biomechanics, psychology & physiology) perspectives.

The programme assists students in exploring internship opportunities within applied sport science and clinical practice, and further supports student engagement within professional bodies (e.g. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: BASES).

Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 30th June. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.

Course Content

The programme’s core modules are centred on enhancing awareness of the professional issues and research applications associated with being a sport and exercise scientist in alignment with the informed practice of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). The option modules are structured to allow students to tailor their programme based on personal interests within the respective disciplines. Students may alternatively maintain a breadth in their areas of study by combining multiple discipline-based option modules.
Core modules:

• Research Methods (Quantitative Route)
• Professional Issues in the Sport & Exercise Science
• Dissertation Project

Option modules:
Choose four option modules with at least two from group one:

Group 1
• Physiology of Sports Performance
• Theoretical & Experimental Sport Biomechanics
• Sports Psychology: Theory to Practice
• Independent Study

Group 2
• Working with Elite Performers
• Physical Activity in Health & Disease
• Paediatric Exercise Science & Health
• Health & Exercise Psychology
• Exercise Testing & Interpretation

There are three exit points from the degree; Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgC) after successful completion of three modules; Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgD) awarded completion of three core and three option modules; the MSc is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements as well as submission of a 15,000 word dissertation project.

Employability & Careers

Many graduates of the programme are currently studying for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject within Cardiff Metropolitan and at other UK institutions. Graduates have typically pursued careers as clinical and applied science consultants, lecturers (further and higher education) and, in the fitness and training industry. Recent graduates have explicitly secured employment as applied sport scientists in the National Institutes of Sport (e.g. English Institute of Sport, Sport Wales), within UK academic departments (e.g. at the University of Bedfordshire) and within clinical practices.

Entry Requirements

• The programme is designed for science-based graduates or professionals working within a related field. The specific entry requirements include:An honours degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or exercise related area appropriate to the programme.
• An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the Programme Director.
• Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme.

Key Facts

Campus: Cyncoed

School: Cardiff School of Sport

Course Length: 1-2 years full-time or 2-5 years part-time.

Modules are assessed through a mix of written assignments and laboratory reports, orla presentations and interviews.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, curriculum vitae and may be asked to attend an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, Dr Michael Hughes:
Tel: 029 2020 5812

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website