The Sports Engineering Research Group offers a cutting-edge PhD programme within SPARC, as well as a highly regarded MSc course in sports engineering, led by Dr John Hart.
MSc Sports Engineering
The programme has an excellent reputation with employers, and a track record of launching research and development careers in the sports equipment industry and in academia.
Making use of SPARC's extensive expertise and our cutting-edge facilities, the course develops:
- technical, problem solving and engineering skills
- biomechanical and physiological understanding of athletes
- real-world experience through an industry-linked research project
Partners for recent student projects include Adidas, Ping, Prince Sports, Mitre, Gunn and Moore, International Tennis Federation, International Rugby Board, D3o, English Institute of Sport and UK Sport.
Alumni from our MSc secure high-value employment in global sporting brands, national governing bodies and academia.
Alumni roles within industry include:
- Head of R&D – Racquets, Babolat;
- Performance Analyst – British Cycling;
- Data and Video Analyst – Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy;
- Test Engineer – Labosport;
- Engineering Manager – Adidas Future Team.
Alumni are also well-represented in academia, with many of our MSc graduates going on to study for PhDs, including at the University of Sheffield, the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, Loughborough University and here at Sheffield Hallam University.
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Please note that MSc Sports Engineering is not running in the academic year 2023/24.
Download our testimonials (PDF, 2MB) for a unique insight from our MSc students, including why they chose to study Sports Engineering at Hallam, how the course has helped them with their career, and what advice they would give to future students.
“My research revealed CSER [now SERG] are the world leaders in the sports engineering field.”
“Sheffield Hallam University has amazing facilities … I learnt to work with different sports equipment and software.”
“My skill set has developed massively. I have learnt how to program using new software, use motion capture systems and perform computer fluid dynamics simulations.”
“The decision [to study Sports Engineering at SHU] was made especially easy by having looked at the jobs that previous MSc students had acquired after completion of the course.”
“This course helped me to obtain opportunities that I didn’t imagine were possible to achieve before I attended the course. In my case, after finishing the Master’s course, I was able to obtain an opportunity to work for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as an intern for almost a year.”
“This knowledge and experience that I gained from this course has allowed me to build my resume and stand out to employers for job opportunities.”