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MSc Strength and Conditioning Coaching

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Year of Entry 2022/23

Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Develop the knowledge, skills and attributes you’ll need to be an effective and employable strength and conditioning coach. Currently applications for this course are only open to home students. 

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What is the fee? Home: £8,745 for the course
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Gain real-world knowledge of strength and conditioning through live coaching and placements.
  • Develop your coaching skills and expertise through pedagogical and experiential learning.
  • Understand the scientific principles underpinning successful strength and conditioning.
  • Critically reflect on and improve your technical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

Advanced strength and conditioning practitioners need a wide range of knowledge, practical skills and applied techniques to meet the requirements of such a highly specialised role. This course will prepare you to evaluate the physical elements of sport performance or health settings, developing tailored strength and conditioning interventions, as well as your practical coaching skills through experiential learning.

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How you learn

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Watch course leader Steve Thompson 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.

This course offers a progressive and challenging learning experience, grounded in real-world experiential learning. You’ll evaluate evidence-based coaching models and have a number of real-world practical opportunities to deliver them.

You’ll be taught by world-class practitioners and researchers with a wealth of coaching and applied experience. All the course content is developed specifically for this course – ensuring it’s cutting-edge, world-leading and practically applied.

You learn through

  • practical workshops
  • live coaching experiences
  • seminars and lectures
  • formative tasks and problem-based learning
  • online activities and self-directed study
  • projects

Course leaders and tutors

Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson
Senior Lecturer

I currently an integral member of a working strength and conditioning group within Sheffield Hallam, providing support for a number of different athletes and teams

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll be able to arrange a work placement as a key component of your course. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career – and is an opportunity to undertake applied work to improve your practice in a relevant setting. Previously our students have worked in professional clubs and teams, in some cases at sporting organisations around the world.

Live projects

You’ll work with real athletes as part of your programme of study. This gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding – as well as your confidence as a practitioner in the field.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • strength and conditioning coaching
  • applied sports science
  • research
  • academia

Previous graduates have gone on to work for

  • the English Institute of Sport 
  • governing bodies such as GB Boxing
  • professional sports teams such as Sunderland FC, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday
  • higher education institutes such as Leeds University and Derby University
  • themselves, as self-employed coaches in business

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

  • world-class facilities in our purpose-built strength and conditioning, physiology and biomechanics laboratories
  • contemporary technology to measure, understand and prescribe performance training

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Entry requirements

All students

The following entrance requirements are expected of all learners:

  • a good honours degree, at 2:1 or above, in strength and conditioning, sport science, exercise science, or:
  • a good honours degree in a relevant science discipline, or:
  • an alternative qualification with a suitable concentration of relevant science (at the discretion of the course leader)

Non-standard applications will also be considered on a case-by-case basis; the course leader will arrange an informal interview with applicants where this is appropriate. Applicants with formal experience of working in applied sport settings without an undergraduate degree will also be considered at the discretion of the course leader.

For international applicants, the following is also required:

  • IELTS of level 6 or above, including a minimum of 5.5 in all areas (or equivalent).

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


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: Coaching Strength And Conditioning Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Skills For Applied Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Science Of Strength And Conditioning Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strength And Conditioning In Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work Based Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course.

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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.

Apply for September 2022

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

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