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Course summary

This course prepares students who wish to work in the field of applied sport physiology across a wide spectrum of individuals and environments by developing a deeper understanding of applied sport physiology. Using an evidence-based approach you will gain knowledge and skills in applied physiological techniques and be able to optimise and individualise physical conditioning programmes. Students will be offered opportunities to develop their reflective skills, lending themselves to be resilient, intellectually curious and have the skill set to be critically reflective lifelong learners. The course offers a significant opportunity to put theory into practice across a range of modules with the placement module specifically developing application of skills to the workplace. The course aligns with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) professional competencies for sports physiology so if students are wishing to work towards BASES accreditation, then this course will support your first years of supervised experience and professional development. Key features

  • Heavy emphasis on the development and application of the applied skills required of a sport physiologist.
  • Course content is aligned to the BASES accreditation professional competencies which supports and prepares students for this professional pathway.
  • Teaching occurs in BASES accredited teaching laboratories and facilities including a Motion & Performance Centre, 2,000-seat sports arena, indoor sports centres, a floodlit 3G astro and synthetic pitch and an exercise physiology suite (BASES accredited).
  • Strong links to professional sports clubs and organisations offering significant opportunities to develop personal and professional skills within the sport science professional sector through the placement module.
  • Full or part-time study options, with a flexible modular scheme, so that you can study at your own pace including some blended learning (face to face and online learning support).


Applied Techniques in Sport Physiology; Training and Monitoring in Sport Physiology; Physiological Limits to Human Performance; Training and Conditioning for Sports Performance; Advanced Research Methods; Professional Placement; Sports Research Project

Assessment method

The MSc Applied Sport Physiology aims to develop autonomous, independent and evidence-based practitioners with a detailed knowledge of sport physiology and the ability to apply it to a range of sports or one specific sport (if chosen by the student). There is a strong emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent studies project. Some suggested examples are below but these are still to be finalised. Typically, this could involve: Semester 1 – critical review of research papers, essay, presentation and personal development plans, training and monitoring plans, interviews with athletes Semester 2 – critical reflection essays, presentations, critical reviews, and statistical interpretations, with the placement module including video presentation and a written portfolio of evidence (3000 words) Semester 3 - research project involving ethics, 3000 word written report (70%) and a presentation (30%). You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. We aim to provide you with feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Entry requirements

You will normally have a 2:1 classification in a sport-related degree. Those who hold a sport-related degree classification of either 2:2 (or below) or a non-sport-related degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate relevant experience/knowledge. All applicants shall be interviewed. International students require IELTS of 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent. If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email [email protected] for advice.

Fees and funding

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Applied Sport Physiology at University of Worcester - UCAS