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MSc Sports Engineering

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Year of Entry 2022/23

Sports Engineering

Learn to develop and apply your technical knowledge to the world of sport on this applied course aimed at motivated graduates. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

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How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to work at the cutting edge of research and development in the sports equipment industry.
  • Develop a biomechanical and physiological understanding of athletes so you can analyse athlete-equipment interactions in sport.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad – with the possibility of Erasmus funding being available for European placements.

On this course you’ll enhance your technical, problem-solving and engineering skills and learn to apply them to the sporting environment.

Student view

MSc Sports Engineering student Atiqah worked with sports equipment manufacturer Mitre to research how the shape of a football affects its trajectory. She explains the benefits of this project, and how it gave her valuable industry experience.

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How you learn

Your lecturer's view

Watch course leader Dr John Hart talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll gain practical experience in techniques relevant to the sports engineering industry. You'll learn how to use engineering software and hardware – taught by experts who have a wealth of experience to share. 

There are also opportunities to study abroad at one of our with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme. 

You learn through

  • individual and group work
  • an industry-relevant project
  • placements

Course leaders and tutors

John Hart
John Hart
Senior Research Fellow

Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER), specialising in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and reverse engineering.

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to complete an industry-linked research project to develop your practical understanding of sports engineering, gain vital real-world experience and improve your employability. Recent student projects have been partnered to organisations such as Adidas, Ping, Mitre, FIFA, International Tennis Federation, and the English Institute of Sport.

You’ll also be provided with a significant number of opportunities to undertake additional placements, internships, and volunteer roles. You’ll be encouraged to develop your own experiences to enhance your career.

Networking opportunities

The course is delivered by the Sports Engineering Research Group, an internationally renowned group with over 200 years of cumulative experience in delivering research and consultancy. We have a large number of research staff and PhD students combined with a great alumni network, so you’ll be exposed to some of the latest research in the industry.

We have close relationships with many different sports companies and organisations and work extensively to enhance elite performance across many sports through our role as an English Institute of Sport research and innovation partner.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • research and development
  • technology
  • analysis

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Adidas
  • FIFA
  • Babolat
  • Catapult
  • Hawk Eye
  • Taylor Made
  • Nike
  • Ping
  • Prince Sports
  • Mizuno
  • the English Institute of Sport
  • the Irish Institute of Sport
Student success story
Marius Gemmel

"I helped Adidas to think about new sports shoe design."
Marius Gemmel, MSc Sports Engineering

Marius Gemmel

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with 

  • digital and online resources to support your learning 
  • the state-of-the-art Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) located at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Learn more about your department

Find out about the Sports and Physical Activity subject area at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Entry requirements

All students

This course has been designed for high achieving graduates from a wide range of technical subjects such as engineering, physics or mathematics. The course is selective and welcomes applications from graduates with a 2.1 or above.

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Graduates from sports science degrees are welcome to apply if they can demonstrate sufficient expertise in mathematics and physics, for example good results at A-level, and have excelled in biomechanics throughout their undergraduate degree.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Measurement In Sports Engineering Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Design And Inovation In Sports Engineering Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Industry Linked Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mechanics Of Sports Equipment And Human Interaction Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Numerical Programming In Sports Engineering Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Sport and physical activity courses (PDF, 255.9KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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