Strength & Conditioning - MSc/PgD/PgC 

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Course Overview

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.

Due to the popularity of the postgraduate sport programmes, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Programmes will be closed over the summer when full capacity is reached.

Course Full - 2014 applications now only being taken for waiting list

Course Content

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.

Compulsory modules:

• Research Methods for Sport 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 Conditioning (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)
• Sport 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)
• Sport Coaching: Theory to Practice (20 credits)

Employability & Careers

Graduates of the programme can continue their studies and register for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject. Other graduates will pursued careers as professional strength and conditioning coaches working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies, technical coaches, work within the health and fitness industry, act as consultants and lecture (further and higher education).

Entry Requirements

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.

Key Facts

Campus: Cyncoed

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.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, curriculum vitae and 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 leader, Dr Jeremy Moody:
Tel: 029 2020 5863

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website