Strength & Conditioning - MSc/PgD/PgC
This is the first programme of its kind to offer a dedicated internship module through which students can gain academic credits while undertaking work experience in a club structure, professional organisation or National Governing Body. The programme offers the following course specific compulsory modules:
Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application.
Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice.
Visiting lecturers, drawn from the UK’s most experienced strength and conditioning practitioners, complement the lectures given by the Cardiff School of Sport’s specialist staff in strength and conditioning and associated discipline areas. The specialist modules are accompanied by a range of compulsory and option modules which are shared with other programmes in the School’s Postgraduate Scheme in Sport Studies. Students are afforded the opportunity to develop the academic skills of critical appraisal and reflection alongside the practical skills and competencies that are required to work within this rapidly developing field. The programme’s multi-disciplinary content is underpinned by the scientific knowledge that supports the practice of strength and conditioning. A key aim of the programme is to support students in line with the UKSCA competency framework and in preparation for UKSCA accreditation (ASCC: Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach).
In order to qualify for the MSc, students are required to successfully complete a 15,000 word dissertation project.
• Research Methods for Sports Studies (Quantitative or Qualitative Route) (20 credits)
• Dissertation Project (60 credits)
• Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application (20 credits)
• Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
• Physiology of Sports Performance (20 credits)
Option modules (choose 40 credits):
• Internship (40 credits)
• Independent Study (20 credits)
• Theoretical and Experimental Sports Biomechanics (20 credits)
• Analysis of Technique (20 credits)
• Sports Psychology: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
• Computerised Match Analysis (20 credits)
• Understanding the Coaching Environment (20 credits)
• Working with Elite Performers (20 credits)
• Managing Coaching Problems (20 credits)
• Sports Coaching: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
Graduates of the programme can continue their studies and register for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject. Other graduates will pursued career as professional strength and conditioning coaches, technical coaches, work within the health and fitness industry, act as consultants and lecture (further and higher education).
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
• 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 coaching, working within the health and fitness industry, sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme.
School: Cardiff School of Sport
Course Length: One to two years full-time; two to five years part-time.
Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, practical vivas, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and laboratory reports.
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, curriculum vitae and an interview.