Research in the area of strength and conditioning has increased dramatically in the last 5-10 years.

Photo of Moray House Strength & Conditioning students assessing weight lifting
NameStrength and Conditioning
Start DateSeptember
Mode of StudyMSc (Full-time) 1 yr, MSc (Part-time) 6 yrs, PgDip (Full-time) 9 mths, PgDip (Part-time) 4 yrs
Programme DirectorDr Tony Turner

Why choose our Strength and Conditioning programme?

Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is a subject of increasing focus, particularly in areas of applied scientific study such as sports performance, injury prevention, geriatric and rehabilitating populations.

With a primary emphasis on sports performance based issues, the programme combines both the theoretical and practical elements of strength and conditioning to identify and examine a wide range of academic and practitioner needs.

The programme commences with a postgraduate Diploma consisting of six courses. These courses are designed to produce a balanced programme in which, as well as studying areas of pertinence to strength and conditioning, students are encouraged to consider the wider professional skills and issues associated with the application of scientific ideas.

Recent developments

A masters in S&C represents a major step forward for aspiring researchers and professionals who wish to study and practice at the cutting edge in the S&C area.

Research in the area of strength and conditioning (S&C) has increased dramatically in the last 5-10 years.

This research not only includes studies exploring the basic nature of muscle force production but also includes applied scientific studies examining sports performance, the elderly and rehabilitating populations.

Evidence of this fact can be found in the increased number of studies devoted to strength training and other aspects of physical conditioning found in peer-review journals.

Indeed two peer-review journals ('Strength and Conditioning' and 'The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research') are now completely devoted to S&C research or interpretation of research, particularly as S&C impacts upon sports performance.

Programme delivery

The programme will be delivered by staff who all have experience of working with sports people of all levels up to international standard, such as consultant providers to the Scottish Institute of Sport and international motor sport schemes.

The programme was originally designed and delivered by the internationally-renowned Professor Mike Stone (formerly of the US Olympic Medical Centre), who still tries to make a visit each year for at least a workshop.

As an adjunct to the programme (not assessed), we recognise the absolutely essential nature of gaining applied experience with athletes and assist all students in setting this up.

We also hold practical workshops in a bid to give students the opportunity to apply for UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation, potentially in the excellent weights gym in the University of Edinburgh at some point within the time course of the programme, although this is yet to be confirmed and is not an integral part of the MSc programme.

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