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Overview

Strength and conditioning is at the heart of all sports, by improving the fitness and function of the athletes.  This course will develop skills and knowledge to allow you to have a sound knowledge base, that is applied into practice, to enhance performance.

You begin by developing the understanding of strength production and how these would be linked to the creation of training programmes. 

This knowledge is put into practical application by developing the skills and coaching ability with athlete groups. You finish your postgraduate degree with a period in the work place assisting relevant groups with performance enhancement and researching a topic that will hopefully give you the chance to contribute to the body of literature within strength and conditioning to inform future practices.

What makes this course different

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Placement opportunity

Our dedicated workforce team will support you in gaining industry experience through a placement during your studies

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Olympic location

You'll be based in London with easy access to multiple sporting venues including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Taught by active practitioners

Your teaching staff are recognised as practitioners within all of the major governing bodies that recognise sport psychologists/practitioners within the UK.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will learn the theoretical of strength and conditioning which will include the development of muscular force, the use of technology to measure performance, athlete profiling and the design of annual training programmes.

This will be applied in subsequent modules where the knowledge will be applied to create effect training programmes including the development of lifting techniques, and development of shorter-term training programmes.

This knowledge, skills and application will then be put into practice via a work placement focusing upon strength and conditioning practices.  By the end of this students will have followed a theory to applied to practice model, which would enhance their employment opportunities.

Additionally, a key focus of the course is researching within strength and conditioning.  The research skill module will lead into a double credit project module, which will allow you explore deeply your project area and develop individual researching skills and practice.

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This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.

MODULES

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders.

If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.

Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).  

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

This programme will consist of 6 modules (180 credits) over the course of 12 months/3 terms.

All modules are individual (30 credits) except the independent research project which is a double module (60 credits).  

Students work on a theory to practice teaching strategy.  Initially students are taken through a theoretical underpinning knowledge of strength and conditioning, and research methods, followed by practical application of the theory, before beginning the process of application by a research project and applied work-based placement.

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable.  There are a diverse range of assessment methods that include essays, presentations, case studies, professional development, reflective work and practical activities. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Richard Mark Buscombe

Richard works in the Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences subject area teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Dr Gary Doyle

Dr Doyle is a Lecturer and Researcher in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning.

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Alireza Monajati

Alireza is a Lecturer in Strength, Conditioning and Human Performance

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WHAT WE'RE RESEARCHING

Staff that facilitate this course are all part of the Applied Sport Sciences Research Group (ASSRG) a group that investigates topics within sport and exercise sciences.  Sport psychology research forms a major part of this group with both of the main teaching staff being included with the latest REF submission.  The psychological benefits of exercise in natural environments, expectancy effects,stereotype threat and its impact on performace, postitive psychology within sport are all areas that are researched within the teaching team 

Group members are active practitioners within professional sport and elite sport, currently working with athletes at the highest levels of sport.  

The influence of body language and expected competency on gaze behaviour while forming an impression of a tennis player: International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology: Vol 0, No 0.

'The world is best experienced at 18 mph'. The psychological wellbeing effects of cycling in the countryside: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health: Vol 10, No 1.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Your master's degree will provide several career opportunities.  From the knowledge, skills and experience developed during the course, previous students have achieved strength and conditioning positions with professional sports teams, including Premiership football clubs, university sports teams in the USA and other industrial places.

The course has been designed to cover the content of external body qualifications such as the UKSCA and NSCA making the preparation for these external certifications a natural progression.

Previous students have also built and developed successful personal training companies working with recreational to elite sportspeople.

Additionally, students have continued their education further, applying for PhD and research positions.

Students will develop their skills and knowledge in a directly applied context, further supported by industry experience through the placement module. This will ensure that students are 'employment ready' in their knowledge, skills and experience. The strong industry experience and contacts of our staff team also mean that students will be well-connected to potential jobs as they arise.

In addition, students will be encouraged to make full use of the range of employability resources available through the Careers Centre and LinkedIn Learning.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.