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Year of Entry 2021/22
MSc

Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be an effective strength and conditioning coach.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: See fees section below
International: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Gain real-world knowledge of strength and conditioning through applied experiences, 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 upon and develop your technical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills as an advanced practitioner.

Strength and Conditioning practitioners must employ a wide range of underpinning knowledge, practical skills and applied techniques to meet the requirements of such a highly specialised role. This course will equip and challenge you to evaluate the physical elements of sport performance, develop tailored strength and conditioning interventions, monitor and evaluate training as well as developing your practical coaching skills through experiential learning.

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How you learn

This course has been designed to offer you a progressive, challenging learning experience, grounded in real-world experiential learning. Professional and evidence-based practice is at the heart of the programme.

Importantly, this course allows you to evaluate and utilise evidence-based coaching models and have a number of real-world practical opportunities for delivery and learning.

The course is delivered by world-class practitioners and researchers with a wealth of coaching and applied experience. All content is developed specifically for this course, ensuring it is 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
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

Employers emphasise the importance of coaching skills and the ability to deliver them in many different settings. This course provides you with the opportunity to become career-ready from both a theoretical, scientific standpoint as well as a pedagogical, coaching perspective.

Live Projects

This course has been designed to situate you in real-world learning environments, to give you the opportunity to undertake work with real athletes as part of your programme of study. This gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding in the applied setting, to develop your skills and confidence as a practitioner in the field. 

Work Placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange and undertake a work placement as part of an extended body of work that you complete to obtain the MSc award. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career, and is an opportunity to undertake an extended piece of work to improve practice in the applied setting.  Our students have worked in professional clubs and teams, and even chosen to undertake placements abroad in sporting organisations around the world.


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, for 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

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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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'.


Modules

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
Practical
Module: Strength And Conditioning In Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work Based Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Practical

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course. For part time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£710 for 15 credits or £1,415 for 30 credits). Our tuition fee for EU students starting in 2021/22 is yet to be confirmed.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 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.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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