Postgraduate study

Strength and Conditioning MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgDip

Awards: MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgDip

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study, Full-time, Part-time

Accreditation

Funding opportunities

Placements/internships

Programme website: Strength and Conditioning

The wide variety of courses that are delivered on the programme help to develop a large knowledge base including up to date research and best practices to aid with the development of well-rounded coaching ability which in my opinion are some of the most important factors in the field of S&C/sports science. In addition to this, due to the expertise of the staff involved in the programme the support and guidance is second to none.

Lindsay Sillars MSc Strength and Conditioning 2016

Strength and Conditioning is a popular area within sport science, predominantly from within the discipline of physiology, often requiring knowledge of inter-disciplinary applied sport science and coaching.

The primary focus of this programme is sporting performance. However, the application of strength and conditioning principles to diverse areas including exercise, pre- and rehabilitation, youth and ageing populations, and other specific and clinical populations is becoming more commonplace. By joining this degree, you will have the opportunity to study the application of these principles in your core and option courses, and see how they are reflected in a range of practical contexts through a voluntary internship or placement.

This programme combines both the theoretical and practical elements of strength and conditioning to identify and examine a wide range of academic and practitioner needs. You will gain excellent applied experience and professional development opportunities in parallel with the taught programme, using established links with local and national sports teams and governing bodies.

Accreditation

The MSc Strength and Conditioning programme is formally recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Programme. This recognition distinguishes the programme as having a standardised, approved strength and conditioning curricula.

Your learning will comprise traditional lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

You will be required to complete seven compulsory courses as well as 20 credits of option courses.

To complete the MSc programme, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Conditioning Physiology
  • Environmental Factors in Sport
  • Paediatric Factors in Sport
  • Physio-mechanical Aspects of Resistance Training
  • Professional Skills in Development Environments
  • Research Process
  • Understanding Research Concepts

Option courses:

You will select a total of 20 credits of courses at level 10 (year 3 and 4 undergraduate) and/or level 11 (postgraduate) from across the University, subject to approval by the Programme Director and the relevant course organiser.

These credits should comprise courses running in semester 2, in order to assist you in the management of your workload. The programme team would be happy to give you advice regarding the selection of your option course(s).

Please note that courses and course content may change each year.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScStrength and ConditioningUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
MScStrength and Conditioning1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScStrength and Conditioning2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
PgDip (ICL)Strength and ConditioningUp to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
PgDipStrength and Conditioning9 MonthsFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
PgDipStrength and Conditioning2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

Alongside your academic studies, you may choose to engage with well-established voluntary internship and placement opportunities in a variety of roles with performers at various levels. These opportunities are not a formal or assessed part of the programme but can provide a valuable source of further development.

The programme aims to develop the ability of students to be able to critically appraise and apply scientific literature. For students progressing to masters level (MSc), the study of research methods is extended to the ability to be able to plan, conduct and disseminate their own research following the established principles of rigorous scientific study.

Designed with a practical orientation towards the application and evolution of theory to practice, a major focus of the programme is on performance sport, although other areas such as exercise and rehabilitation are also covered.

Graduates gain the ability to:

  • understand and evaluate current research and thinking in strength and conditioning
  • inform design and delivery of appropriate training interventions
  • provide knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of strength and conditioning interventions
  • provide the skills to enable students to operate as a ‘practitioner’ in a sports performance environment

Our graduates work around the world as strength and conditioning and physical preparation specialists for professional sports teams and clubs, for the UK and US army and air force, applying their knowledge by working with clinical populations in health settings, developing strategies for improving staff health and wellbeing in large organisations across a variety of industries, and undertaking doctoral study.

The qualification and skills you gain in this programme will complement the applied experience and any professional accreditation for those aspiring to be practitioners at the cutting edge of strength and conditioning. Primary roles exist in the sports performance area, but you may also apply your skills to work in the areas of exercise and fitness, rehabilitation and the wider sports industry.

The Master's degree is also a springboard for further research, either within academia or the private sector. The highly transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and project management can be applied to roles in any field.

Students gain access to high-quality resources, labs and research facilities as well as a dedicated strength and conditioning gym on campus and a range of resources at nearby Sport & Exercise.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a sport and exercise science subject area.

We may also consider your application if you have other academic or professional qualifications or considerable relevant experience; please contact us to check before you apply. We will consider:

  • Strengths and weaknesses in grade profiles related to the programme.
  • Applied experience as an athlete or coach.
  • Applied experience working with other athletes and coaches.
  • Professional training or accreditation in strength and conditioning.
  • References.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScStrength and ConditioningUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
MScStrength and Conditioning1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScStrength and Conditioning2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgDip (ICL)Strength and ConditioningUp to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgDipStrength and Conditioning9 MonthsFull-timeTuition fees
PgDipStrength and Conditioning2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK's governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ