MSc Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
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Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Becoming a highly employable strength and conditioning coach – developing your knowledge, skills and interpersonal attributes, alongside a holistic understanding of optimising athletic performance.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Course summary

  • Critically understand the scientific principles underpinning strength and conditioning.
  • Develop your coaching expertise through pedagogical and experiential learning.
  • Gain real-world knowledge through live coaching and work experience.
  • Coach athletes to enhance your skills in programme design and implementation.
  • Advance sport and exercise science with cutting-edge independent research.

On this course you’ll explore exercise physiology, biomechanics and sports nutrition, while developing your practical coaching skills through experiential learning. You’ll prepare to identify and evaluate people’s physical needs – designing and implementing tailored strength and conditioning interventions. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to work in various athletic sectors, from professional sports to private coaching.

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How you learn

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.  

On this course you’ll develop your understanding of the theoretical, philosophical and practical underpinnings of strength and conditioning coaching. Through hands-on applied projects, you’ll critically reflect on and improve your technical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills. You’ll also gain a better understanding of the role and function of strength and conditioning graduates – in both the sport and physical activity sector, and the working world at large. 

You learn through: 

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops 
  • Our virtual learning environment
  • Work-based learning experiences, such as placements and field trips
  • Practical activities in both simulated and in-situ environments
  • Research and industry-relevant projects

Course topics

You’ll enhance your employability skills with an in-depth knowledge of sport and exercise science. You’ll learn to devise and implement evidence-based solutions in areas such as biomechanics, physiological assessment, and performance analysis. The course offers a balance of practical experience – through optional industry placements – and robust theoretical training from our experts, in state-of-the-art facilities like the English Institute of Sport.

Core modules include testing and monitoring, movement analysis and performance analysis – all equipping you to enhance athletic performance. You’ll also cover physiological assessment and the psychological skills to help athletes increase their physical capabilities and mental resilience. 

The course integrates various scientific disciplines, enhancing your ability to work across specialisms and apply knowledge in coaching contexts. Supported by rigorous training in research methods and data analysis, you'll develop essential practitioner skills for professional settings in sports.

Course support

Our high ratio of staff to students means you’ll always be able to receive the support you need on your learning journey. You’ll be supported towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment through a number of key areas. These include: 

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation.
  • Support and guidance from your course and module leaders, and you’ll have a named academic adviser and employability advisers.
  • Access to our central services such as counselling, Library and IT services.

Course leaders and tutors

Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson
Senior Lecturer

I am currently an integral member of a working strength and conditioning group within Sheffield Hallam, providing support for a number of different athletes and team … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

Live projects offer crucial hands-on experience, enabling you to apply your skills in real-world settings. Guided by industry professionals, these projects help you develop consultancy skills across various areas – from performance analysis to physiological assessment. 

You’ll also benefit significantly from a work-based component, undertaking a large project in collaboration with an industry partner. This enhances your skills and applies your academic knowledge in a professional environment. 

Previous examples include working with prestigious organisations such as GB Diving – not only enriching your learning experience but also connecting you with influential networks and industry leaders.

Field trips 

Trips to locations such as St George’s Park offer a practical perspective on sport and exercise science, demonstrating real-world applications of your studies.

These visits are crafted with insights from industry professionals and employers – meaning you'll engage directly with experts at leading sports facilities and research institutions. This exposure connects theoretical knowledge with practical experience, enriching your understanding and enhancing your readiness for a career in the field.

Networking opportunities

The course offers networking opportunities through our strong connections with sports organisations and professionals. These include guest lectures from leading figures with both academic and professional backgrounds, offering you direct access to industry insights, contemporary practices and real-world examples. They’re invaluable chances to build your professional network – further supported by careers fairs, workshops and dedicated employability advisers. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with experts and alumni through seminars and events, gaining a deeper understanding of the field while developing relationships that may lead to future collaborations or employment opportunities. 

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • Applied strength and conditioning 
  • Applied sports science 
  • Health and wellbeing 
  • Research 
  • Academia 

Previous graduates of this course have gone to work for: 

  • The UK Sports Institute 
  • Professional sports teams 
  • Further and higher education 
  • Themselves, as self-employed coaches and business owners
Graduate Success Story
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'I find myself using the skills I learnt on my masters continuously, whether that be simply planning delivery of sessions to my netball players or tracking the workload of my lacrosse players.'

Elizabeth Butler-Clack

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

You’ll have access to a range of facilities and equipment to help develop your knowledge and skills in the delivery and analysis of physical education and school sport. These include: 

  • Sport-specific training facilities at the UK Sports Institute and the Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park 
  • Physiology and biomechanics laboratories, equipped with equipment to capture and analyse movement and physical activity data 
  • A bespoke strength and conditioning teaching laboratory 
  • Physical activity suites  
  • A performance analysis suite, equipped with a range of equipment to analyse sport performance such as video analysis software and motion capture systems 
  • An environmental chamber 
  • Sport psychology consultation rooms

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.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Advanced Testing And Monitoring In Strength And Conditioning
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Practical(60%)
Applied Project In Sport And Physical Activity
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Coaching Of Strength And Conditioning
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Planning And Programming For Strength And Conditioning
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Practical(60%)
Research Methods In Sport And Physical Activity
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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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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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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