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Course summary

If you're interested in a career helping athletes achieve their performance goals, prevent and accelerate recovery from injury, and improve their overall health, this Master's in Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation is ideal. You'll focus on using prescriptive exercise to improve their performance, and learn through practice with the specialist equipment you'll use in your career. When you graduate, you'll be equipped with the technical knowledge and professional skills to succeed in this growing industry, whether as part of an organisation or as a freelance practitioner. You'll be ready to confidently and effectively develop and rehabilitate athletes of all abilities and backgrounds. What you'll experience On this Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation MSc, you'll:

  • Study the fundamental science underlying athletic health and performance from a strength and conditioning perspective
  • Learn how to design and structure of training programmes, complementing them with the periodisation of various training methodologies
  • Complete a work placement module, where you'll get 200–300 hours of practical on-the-job experience over duration of the course
  • Learn about multi-disciplinary fundamentals of strength, conditioning and rehabilitation, including physiology and biomechanics
  • Study in an applied environment, with a focus on advanced strength and power assessments, as well as lifting techniques
  • Learn how to work with athletes with diverse needs, such as young or ageing athletes
You'll get experience with the techniques and equipment you'll use in your career, such as:
  • GymAware and PUSH bands, used for velocity-based training
  • Force plates, which assess the individual total force and rate of force in single leg training
  • Isokinetic dynamometer for strength capability and asymmetries
  • OptoJump for assessment of reactive strength capabilities
  • Electromyography (EMG) to better understand how muscles activate and fatigue during sport
  • Infrared motion analysis, which records and studies body movement
  • Polar Team Pro and GPS to monitor an athlete's training load
  • Gym and fitness testing equipment, allowing you to coach athletes on using equipment
You'll also develop the following professional skills:
  • Effective communication with clients and patients
  • Presentation skills
  • Team working ability
Careers and opportunities Strength and conditioning is a growing profession and the ability to offer rehabilitation to athletes is becoming a requirement for many positions in the sporting and fitness industries. So you're likely to have a lot of employment options when you graduate. You could work as a strength and conditioner or rehabilitation, strength and conditioner at all levels, including in club, national, international organisations, as a self-employed practitioner or within a club or sporting organisation. You could also go on to gain further vocational qualifications with organisations such as the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).


Year 1 Core modules in this year include: Biomechanics of Strength and Conditioning – 30 credits MSc Research Development and Practice – 60 credits Rehabilitation in Strength and Conditioning – 30 credits Strength and Conditioning Development (Placement module) – 30 credits Strength and Conditioning Practice – 30 credits There are no optional modules in this year. Placement The placement module totals 300 hours over the duration of the course. 100 hours of this is a blend of mentorship, taught lectures and independent work. The remaining 200 hours consist of time on placement. Possible placement destinations include: University of Portsmouth Sports Scholars and Athletics Union clubs Rugby clubs such as Harlequins Ladies, Worthing Rugby Club, Petersfield Rugby Club Football clubs such as Portsmouth FC, Southampton FC, AC Bournemouth Swimming Associations such as Northsea Swimming Tennis clubs such as Portsmouth Tennis Academy Cricket clubs such as Sussex Cricket Club and Middlesex Cricket Club Sailing clubs such as Ben Ainsley Racing During the placement module, a member of staff from your placement destination will mentor you. University teaching staff will also visit you regularly and be contactable throughout the placement. We check all placement locations to make sure a suitable mentor is available.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through: Practical assessments – such as testing an injured athlete Client reports - generating reports for athletes and coaching staff based on tests run on athletes Video submissions Blogging Infographics Portfolios Presentations All assessments focus on gathering data through practical work, followed by delivering a training/rehabilitation recommendation, based on the situations you'll encounter professionally.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
PTE Academic61An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)9191 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

**Postgraduate fees for 2023 entry will be available shortly.** For further fee information please see the corresponding University of Portsmouth course page or visit For any placement activities, you will be required to meet associated costs. These costs will be dependent on the type of placement and may range from £50 - £1,000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence.
Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation at University of Portsmouth - UCAS