Strength, Conditioning and Performance at University College Birmingham - UCAS

Course summary

This course is accredited by the University of Warwick OVERVIEW Are you fascinated by the field of human performance? Do you want the advanced skills and knowledge that will help you make a real impact within the sports performance industry? Whether you want to work with athletes and teams, governing bodies or other organisations, our Strength, Conditioning and Performance postgraduate course will help mould you into an experienced and adaptable strength and conditioning specialist, able to help meet the demand for knowledgeable practitioners in this exciting and rapidly growing sector. Our course will help you develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of key areas including the science of human performance, effective coaching and other essential attributes for employment in this field. Our course has been developed in collaboration with industry professionals and is aligned with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as part of the NSCA Education Recognition Programme, as well as the new Graduate Strength and Conditioning professional standards developed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). Putting your theory into practice, you will undertake a work-based learning module to help equip you with the skills for working in an area of your choice, while your lectures and practical sessions will be delivered using the latest technology and equipment in our state-of-the-art sports facilities on campus. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Excellent facilities – Learn in cutting-edge facilities including our purpose-built Human Performance Centre and Laboratory
  • Practical application – Our strong industry links offer you an extensive range of placement opportunities, helping you build experience within your chosen area of the sector
  • Expert teaching – Learn from both industry and research active staff to develop your academic and practical skills
  • Industry approved – We are an education partner of CIMSPA and, following their partnership work with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), we are exploring further programme accreditation on their Graduate Strength and Conditioning coach framework
  • Award-winning university – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)
FACILITIES Students on our sports courses have access to a wide range of excellent facilities at University College Birmingham. Our Human Performance Centre features the latest equipment including a 35m sprint track, eight lifting platforms, 7m rig and large screens displaying live analysis data. We also have a purpose-built Human Performance Laboratory which hosts an anti-gravity treadmill, isokinetic dynamometer, Monark LC7 cycle ergometer and SECA body composition analyser. In addition, we share the impressive £3m Avery Fields complex with Bournville RFC, offering an all-weather pitch, two grass pitches and a clubhouse with function room. Students on our postgraduate courses also have exclusive access to our dedicated postgraduate suite in McIntyre House, providing study and meeting spaces, PCs and other facilities. PLACEMENTS Our course features an ‘Experiential Learning’ module with a minimum of 30 hours of placement work required for your assessment. We also fully encourage and will support you in gaining further work experience to match your career aims. Employers we have worked with include Wasps Rugby Academy, Bournville RFC and Gamechanger Performance. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Head of athletic development
  • Exercise physiologist (in the sports sector)
  • Exercise physiology lecturer
Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course


  • Applied Research Methods for Sport
  • Athlete Management
  • Coaching and Enhancing Sports Performance
  • Experiential Learning
  • Science of Human Performance
  • Sports Research Project
- Strength and Conditioning Practitioner

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by a range of methods to encourage the development of relevant skills and competencies. These include case studies, presentations, assignments and laboratory reports. Finally, you will undertake an extended research project linked to your area(s) of interest within the industry. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Entry requirements

Academic: MA/MSc - A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent A subject related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution Applicants who make it through the initial selection process will be required to attend an interview, after which the evidence from the above selection procedures will be considered. Full details of this procedure will be sent to applicants who have progressed successfully to this stage. Work-Based: We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have 5 years of significant industry experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing. A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered. EU/international students: For Academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page. If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience please contact admissions, so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply. If you have any queries, please email: Home and EU Applicants: [email protected] International Applicants: [email protected]

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2MA/MSc/PGDip - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)6MA/MSc/PGDip - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
Institution's Own TestMA/MSc/PGDip - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

UK Students English students studying a full master's degree are eligible for a postgraduate loan from Student Finance. Please note, if you are planning on studying the Postgraduate Diploma, these courses will not be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For more information please visit EU and International: A £500 discount is applied if the fees are paid in full at enrolment. For more information please visit
Strength, Conditioning and Performance at University College Birmingham - UCAS