MSc Strength and Conditioning

Take advantage of the growth in demand for highly trained strength and conditioning coaches working in high-performance sport, sports development or other environments where superior levels of athleticism are required.

This course will teach you how to optimise human performance so that athletes of all abilities and from a range of sports can perform optimally while also minimising their risk of injury.

You will study the biomechanics and physiology of the human body, focusing on the development of strength and power and cardiovascular adaptations to aid training and performance. You will learn to apply this to your coaching practice while also understanding the perspectives of other practitioners, including nutritionists, physiotherapists and psychologists.

There will be the opportunity to design and implement a programme for athletes or specific populations, allowing you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life situations. This experience will help you develop your communication skills and establish positive working relationships with a wide range of people, including players, athletes, officials, coaches and parents.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

We have worked closely with our contacts in the strength and conditioning industry to create this course. Thanks to this, you will benefit from the input of professionals including physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, lecturers and nutritionists, helping you gain the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in this sector.

Our teaching team have a strong research background and includes practising strength and conditioning coaches who will be able to relate your theoretical learning to real-life practice. You will also benefit from our first-class facilities which include biomechanics labs, an on-site swimming pool, athletics track and strength and conditioning gym.

Our course is aligned with the requirements of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association and will prepare you to apply for accreditation after you graduate.

Why study strength and conditioning at Leeds Beckett University

 

  • Take advantage of a growing sector by developing the theoretical and practical skills necessary to gain a headstart in the industry
  • Learn how to optimise human performance in athletes of all abilities
  • Apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting by developing and implementing a programme for athletes or specific populations
  • Be among the first students to take advantage of the university’s new state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport building
  • Take advantage of our sport volunteering opportunities, which have previously included global events such as the Olympics, World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games

The entrance Carnegie School of Sport building and outdoor seating area on Headingley Campus

Studying a degree at Leeds Beckett puts you in very good company – we have alumni in more than 140 countries around the world. 

 

TEACHING & LEARNING

Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Core modules:

  • Biomechanics of strength and power
  • Physiology of sports conditioning
  • Organisation and evaluation of training
  • Multidisciplinary perspective in strength and conditioning
  • Strength and conditioning practice
  • Research methods
  • Major Independent Study

 

Carnegie School of Sport Heritage We have a long history in sports education stretching back to 1933 and the prestigious Carnegie College of Physical Training. Today, alumni of this college and its successor institutions are leaders in national and international sport.