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MSc Sports Engineering

This course develops your experience of applying advanced engineering techniques to the research and development of sports technologies, including programming, CAD, design and innovation. You also complete a major industry linked research project which allows you to develop your practical understanding of sports engineering and gain vital real world experience to enhance your employability.

Course length 1-2 Year(s)
Location Collegiate Campus

Course description

If you are a high-achieving graduate in engineering and the physical sciences, learn to develop and apply your technical knowledge to the world of sport. The course gives you the skills and knowledge to work at the cutting edge of research and development in the sports equipment industry.

More than ever, the world of sport is intimately connected to new technologies. The global sports equipment industry is valued at £200 billion annually and is driven by new research and innovation. In addition professional and national teams are increasingly reliant on technological solutions to monitor and assess the performance of their elite athletes.

Throughout this course you enhance your technical, problem solving and engineering skills and learn to apply them to the sporting environment. You also develop a biomechanical and physiological understanding of athletes, enabling you to analyse the athlete-equipment interactions in sport.

You complete a major industry linked research project to develop your practical understanding of sports engineering, to gain vital real world experience as well as improve your employability. Recent student projects have been partnered to organisations such as • Adidas • Ping • Prince Sports • Mitre • Gunn and Moore • Eley

• International Tennis Federation • International Rugby Board • D3o • English Institute of Sport • UK Sport.

The course is delivered by the Centre for Sports Engineering Research an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy with over 200 years of cumulative experience. The Centre for Sports Engineering Research has 35 research staff and PhD students making it one of the world’s largest centres for sports engineering research. The group has close ties to many different sports companies and organisations and works extensively to enhance elite performance across many sports through its role as an English Institute of Sport research and innovation partner.

We assign you an academic and professional advisor, whose role is to support your academic and professional development, and career planning. You can also attend a free four day leadership award, that explores different perspectives on leadership. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

The course is led by Dr Simon Choppin, a fellow of the research centre and an associate editor of the Sports Engineering Journal.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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 Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

2018 entry requirements

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 Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Part-time – two years
The part-time route is only available to home and EU students
Starts September

Typical modules may include

Course structure

The course is made up of nine taught modules, plus a major industry linked research project. All modules are mandatory and have been tailored to match the previous experience of a graduate engineer/ physical scientist. The vast majority of teaching is in small groups (typically less than 20) allowing for bespoke delivery.

Modules

Industry linked research project (45 credits)
You conduct and communicate an independent, in-depth investigation into a suggested live research area of sports engineering. An expert research supervisor and the Centre for Sports Engineering Research support you in your work. You write a journal article to present your findings and you could potentially see your work published. All projects are linked to an industrial partner such as • Adidas • Prince • Ping • Mitre • Gunn and Moore and others.

Mechanics of sports equipment (15 credits)
This module considers the fundamental mechanics of sports equipment. You develop knowledge and understanding to help analyse and improve sports equipment. The module covers two key areas; aerodynamics and impact. Topics covered include fluid mechanics • aerodynamic measurement, trajectory modelling • rigid body impact (coincident and distributed mass) • spring-damper modelling • design case studies.

Measurement techniques in sports engineering and biomechanics (15 credits)
Research or applied work in sports engineering and biomechanics and often requires the use of technology to collect data. When using this technology there are several important issues related to procedures including, familiarity with equipment, benefits and limitations of one system over another, and an appreciation of how to interpret the results. In this module you develop your skills which allow you to collect, analyse and interpret data as an independent researcher.

The module is highly practical and you use equipment with respect to kinematics (for example, 2D, 3D, automated image-based motion analysis, high-speed video, digitising), kinetics (for example, force platforms, pressure plates/insoles, force transducers, accelerometers) and other equipment.

Computer simulation of sports equipment (15 credits)
This module aims to introduce key concepts and tools relating to the application of computational simulation to understand the performance and behaviour of sports equipment. The module develops your knowledge and experience of using Computer Aided Design, Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics. In particular, the module aims to develop your skills in the application of these techniques, as well as your understanding of their capabilities and limitations.

Numerical programming in sports engineering (15 credits)
Numerical programming using software applications such as MATLAB (and similar) is increasingly widespread throughout the sports engineering industry. This module will introduce key concepts in numerical programming and will develop your knowledge and experience in its application. The module considers two key applications of numerical programming; modelling and optimisation, and image processing. Topics include; principles of optimisation • gradient based optimisation techniques • global search methods • principles of modelling • measurement and simulation of the physical world • probabilistic modelling techniques.

Innovation and enterprise in sports engineering (15 credits)
Innovation is at the heart of the sports engineering industry. Introducing new products or services is easy in theory but hard in practice. New ideas can be plentiful, but selecting the best ideas and implementing them can be challenging. This module will consider the innovation process in relation to the world of sport. Topics include; understanding a sports engineering business • innovation models • the product development lifecycle • ideas generation and selection • end user research • ethics and regulation • intellectual property • business planning • the product proposal.

Throughout the module you apply the theoretical concepts learnt to your own innovation project.

Human factors in sports engineering (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide you with a critical understanding of important factors related to working with humans in sports engineering. You will learn to critically evaluate theories of motor learning and control that help explain the effects of sports engineering interventions on human movements. Furthermore, you will learn to analyse human motion using advanced biomechanics techniques and principles. You will also learn to justify and critically evaluate a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to capture human perception information about sport engineering products and innovations.

Physiology of sport and exercise (15 credits)
This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the physiology underpinning sport and exercise. The module considers the analysis and evaluation of the physiological demands of sport and exercise on the athlete. Topics covered include • fundamentals of energy metabolism muscle function • domains of exercise • determinants of performance • field and lab-based techniques to assess performance • effect of equipment and/or environment on physiological demands.

This module has been developed for master's level students who may have little previous experience of sport and exercise physiology.

Research methods (15 credits)
This module introduces the research process, its purpose and structure. It allows you to identify areas of investigation, critically evaluate and interpret others’ work and plan and present a research proposal. Topics include • epistemology and related philosophies • developing the research question • critical appraisal • types of research and research designs • ways of reporting research • ethical issues and risk assessment.

Assessment
  • examinations
  • coursework
  • presentations
  • research project thesis

Employability

As a graduate, you benefit from this course’s excellent connections with industry. This course has been developed in conjunction with a number of leading sports organisations to meet their research and development needs.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work at the cutting edge of research and development with companies such as • Adidas • Taylor Made • Nike • Ping • Prince Sports • Mizuno.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work as technologists and analysts in elite sport in organisations such as UK Sport • English Institute of Sport • Irish Institute of Sport • England and Wales Cricket Board • High Performance Sport New Zealand.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Full-time – typically £7,700

Part-time – typically £2,570 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £8,530

Part-time – typically £2,845 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,800 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £14,750 for the course

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How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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