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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Applied Sport and Exercise Science

The course helps you to develop the strong technical, analytical, practical and professional skills required to be an effective applied sport and exercise scientist or researcher. You expand on your knowledge of science and theory, and gain practical experience to improve your employability.

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

Course description

On this established and well respected course, you gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be an effective sport and exercise science practitioner and/or researcher. You develop strong technical, analytical, practical and professional skills, alongside specialist skills in • biomechanics and performance analysis • physiology and nutrition • strength and conditioning.

The course enables you to
• develop your understanding of science
• develop your ability to apply theory to practice in sport and exercise
• work towards British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accreditation, (at the discretion of BASES, graduates are able to apply for exemption from some elements of the BASES supervised experience accreditation scheme)
• conduct independent research, for which you can seek publication through our project module
• gain experience as a sport or exercise science consultant

We offer a first-class suite of research and teaching laboratories alongside excellent facilities offered by our partnership venue at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. Our laboratories are all British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited.

The four overarching themes in the programme are
• analysis of performance
• improving performance
• research methods and data analysis in both research and applied practice
• professional practice

Many of the teaching staff support elite athletes as part of their work and undertake research in sport and exercise. We benefit from the expertise of our staff in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES). The team for sport performance have worked successfully with athletes competing at the Olympics, Paralympics, and Winter Olympics. They have provided, or are currently providing, sport science research and consultancy services at elite level for the • Amateur Boxing Association • Amateur Swimming Association (diving and swimming) • British Cycling • British Speed Skating Association • British Skeleton-Bob Team • English Bowls Association • English Golf Union • Royal Yachting Association • GB table tennis • GB volleyball.

You benefit from CSES' activities as they allow us to keep course content at the cutting edge, based on our knowledge and experience of sport and exercise science delivery. You can also benefit from a work-based learning programme to help develop your experience of working in multidisciplinary teams, supporting athletes and coaches.

During the course you use a mix of traditional and online learning resources to ensure the course is flexible and can fit in with your existing commitments.

The quality of our provision was rated 24/24 by the Higher Education Council.

Sheffield Hallam are a Skills Development Partner of the Chartered Institute for Managing Sport and Physical Activity.

Professional recognition

This course is designed to meet some of the needs of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

We designed this course to continue specialist studies at masters level for students who already possess a relevant first degree. You may also have an appropriate combination of other subject specific qualifications and relevant practical experience.

Normally you need one of the following

• a good first or upper second honours degree in sport or exercise science

• a good honours degree in a relevant science discipline with suitable content

• an alternative qualification with a suitable concentration of relevant science (at the discretion of the course leader)

• a qualification in science or sport or exercise science at a level lower than first degree coupled with relevant practical experience

The course leader interviews applicants with non-standard qualifications. 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

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 equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

2018 entry requirements

We designed this course to continue specialist studies at masters level for students who already possess a relevant first degree. You may also have an appropriate combination of other subject specific qualifications and relevant practical experience.

Normally you need one of the following

• a good first or upper second honours degree in sport or exercise science

• a good honours degree in a relevant science discipline with suitable content

• an alternative qualification with a suitable concentration of relevant science (at the discretion of the course leader)

• a qualification in science or sport or exercise science at a level lower than first degree coupled with relevant practical experience

The course leader interviews applicants with non-standard qualifications. 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

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 equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University 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 – typically two years
Starts September

Typical modules may include

Course structure

The masters award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules

Analysis and evaluation of performance: technical and tactical (15 credits)
You develop skills in quantitative and qualitative technique analysis, notational analysis, game analysis and feedback provision in sport. You are required to design and justify the use of analytical systems used in sport performance analysis and learn how to provide appropriate feedback of sport performance. Topics include • 2D videography and ground reaction force measurement • processing and interpreting biomechanical data • computerised notational analysis • comparison of different notational systems (for example Prozone, Sportscode, Dartfish) • measurement issues in match analysis • methods of feedback provision and communication

Analysis and evaluation of performance: functional and metabolic (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to build on your knowledge of the physiological and functional demands of sport and exercise and to develop your professional skills in measuring, analysing and evaluating performance in a range of conditions. The module is designed to introduce you to the complex demands of sport and exercise from a physiological perspective. Topics include • physiological determinants of performance in sport and exercise • energy metabolism • methods of assessing reliability and validity of measurements • muscle function • domains of exercise • field and lab-based techniques to assess performance • effect of equipment and/or environment on physiological demands • methods of presenting and communicating effectively

Inter-professional practice in sport and exercise science (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to help you develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required for the successful integration of your specific sport or exercise science skills into professional, multidisciplinary teams supporting athletes, coaches and exercisers. The module is designed to introduce you to the practice of multidisciplinary teams in sport and exercise environments, and covers • the role of the practitioner • the theory-practice nexus • multi-and interdisciplinary approaches to client support • models and approaches to providing support • needs analysis, goal prioritisation strategies and techniques • designing intervention programmes • project and data management

Work-based learning in sport and exercise science (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to identify and successfully complete a negotiated work-based project which enhances both your personal and professional skills. This module is delivered online. The indicative module content include • managing challenging behaviours • reflection on personal development and action planning • personal effectiveness knowledge and skill development • learning at work • risk and conflict management • tools for managing self- and others • identifying and securing a placement in an appropriate work-related setting • personal and professional development portfolio. The content of the module is open and flexible to allow for developments in the topic, and changing professional and world situations.

Research methods (15 credits)
Advances in sport and exercise science are founded on a thorough understanding of evidence-based practice. This module enables students to appraise and interpret the work of others, to identify areas of investigation and to plan and present a proposal for: a research or literature based 'systematic review' project or an applied sport and exercise science case study. Topics include • epistemology and related philosophies • developing the research question or support project proposal • critical thinking • types of research and research designs • ways of reporting research • ethical issues and risk assessment.

Data analysis (15 credits)
The statistical and data analysis techniques commonly used in sport and exercise science are explored, and the skills required to effectively conduct, analyse, present and communicate evidence, are developed. Topics include • statistical issues • relationships among variables • differences between groups • nonparametric techniques • single case design • completing the research process

Project (60 credits)
To suit your individual preferences and support your career progression you choose the type of research project you complete.
• The research project gives you the opportunity to design, execute and report on a substantive piece of supervised empirical research by experiment.
• The systematic review enables you to examine a topic which requires systematic synthesis of data and existing empirical evidence.
• The applied project gives you the opportunity to design, deliver and evaluate an applied sport, exercise or physical activity intervention project with appropriate clients.

Optional modules

30 credits from:

Improving performance: strength and conditioning (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to advance your knowledge and understanding of applied strength and conditioning through the critical evaluation of the literature and philosophy underpinning practice. The module facilitates your understanding of how to make evidence based practical recommendations/prescriptions to support the conditioning of clients in a range of contexts. The indicative module content includes • historical perspectives on exercise training • training principles • assessment and evaluation of athletic performance • needs analysis techniques • qualitative assessment of functional human movement • field-based assessments • theories and applied practice of conditioning kinematic, kinetic, energetic, structural and recovery variables • physical preparation of team and individual clients.

Improving performance: physiology and nutrition (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to explore a wide range of complex physiological and nutritional principles and apply them into practice to enhance performance. Topics included in this module are • training paradigms in endurance, intermittent and power sports • the effect of manipulating diet, training and recovery on signalling pathways and molecular adaptations • manipulating body mass and composition to improve performance • the use of sports foods to improve performance • explore the use of cooling methods in enhancing performance in the heat • explore a range of physiological and nutritional recovery methods • using multi-media to communicate.

Applied performance analysis (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to support you to develop the advanced knowledge and skills to identify the physical and tactical requirements of sport performance, and use higher level integrated performance assessment systems. The content will be dynamic and continually evolving to reflect the contemporary issues of performance analysis in sport. Topics relate to the following key themes that are likely to remain central to this module • quantification of tactical and physical components • trends analysis and performance modelling • using decision-making models in performance analysis • integration of data for a comprehensive assessment (for example, GPS, notational analysis, heart rate, gas analysis, blood lactate) • time-motion analysis for physical demands of games • physiological analysis in a range of sports (economy of movement) • field based analysis.

Applied movement analysis (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide you with the advanced knowledge and applied skills to implement movement retraining strategies. This enables you to apply theory to real world movement analysis scenarios associated with improving performance and/or reducing injury through optimisation of movement patterns. The content will be dynamic and continually evolving to reflect the contemporary issues of performance analysis and complexity of systems in sport. Topics relate to the following key themes that are likely to remain central to this module • principles of movement retraining and bio-feedback • skill acquisition and refinement of skills • movement variability and co-ordination • movement re-training interventions • monitoring interventions • providing feedback using appropriate technology (for example, Dartfish)

Human factors in sports engineering (15 credits)
This module is only available at the discretion of the course leader for MSc in Sports Engineering and is suited to those who have higher level skills in mathematics and biomechanical analysis. 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 learn to evaluate theories of motor learning and control that help explain the effects of sports engineering interventions on human movements. Furthermore, you learn to analyse human motion using advanced biomechanics techniques and principles. You also learn to justify and evaluate a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to capture human perception of sport engineering products and innovations.

Assessment Assessments may include
  • laboratory reports
  • project/ethics proposal
  • needs analysis
  • qualitative data analysis
  • managing projects
  • problem solving exercises
  • group work
  • oral presentations
  • poster presentations
  • case study defence or report
  • quantitative data analysis examination
  • project file
  • abstract writing
  • article prepared for publication (MSc only)
  • reflective portfolio
  • technology-based communication package

Employability

As a graduate you benefit from the skills and experience gained from the employability modules and our connections with industry.

Previous graduates have gone into careers as • developers for suppliers of sport equipment • sport science officers • advisors for national governing bodies and the English Institute of Sport • coaches • developing corporate wellness programmes in the health and fitness industry • advisors to local authorities and local health trusts • strength and conditioning coaches • sport and exercise nutritionists • researchers • technicians • university lecturers.

The course's strong focus on research skills provides an ideal platform for further study at PhD level. It is also an important first step into employment and can open many other doors into further training.

Sport scientists
Sport scientists support athletes or sports clubs, they generally provide advice and support, designed to monitor and improve sport performance, alongside a team of specialists including coaches, psychologist, performance managers and medical staff. Areas of expertise include • strength and conditioning • physiology • nutrition and analysis of movement and tactical performance.

Exercise scientists
Exercise scientists are more concerned with improving a person's health and helping them recover from illness through a structured programme of physical activity and other health-based interventions. They are also involved with preventative treatments and work closely with GPs and primary care trusts or private healthcare organisations. Exercise scientists might be employed by local authorities to run community based health and exercise initiatives.

It may be possible to move into a particular clinical area, such as cardiology, or work as a health promotion specialist for a local authority or healthcare trust. Our close links with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise medicine, part of which is based in Sheffield, will provide additional opportunities to those wishing to pursue careers in this area.

Other careers
Other careers also include • the pharmaceutical industry • the armed and uniformed services • journalism • teaching. If you are thinking about an academic career, many universities with sport-related courses require staff to have a higher degree.

Fees

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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 £5,100

Part-time – typically £1,700 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 £6,400

Part-time – typically £2,135 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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 information

How to apply

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

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