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Course summary

Focus on the scientific principles of the strength and conditioning process Our MSc Strength and Conditioning course provides you with the knowledge and skills to prepare you for accreditation with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) enabling you to embark on your strength and conditioning career. Understand the key aspects of strength and conditioning performance You will focus on the scientific principles of the strength and conditioning process, their practical application, and assessment using both laboratory and field-based measurement systems. In addition, you will explore the practical application of biomechanical and physiological concepts, contemporary performance analysis and coaching techniques, as well as applied data and research skills. Gain vital experience ahead of your professional career Our dedicated Work Placement module allows you to develop your practitioner skills by undertaking a period of work experience with appropriate athletes or clubs. The employability record has been excellent with many graduates securing full-time employment as strength and conditioning coaches within professional environments, such as local sports clubs/teams with others progressing to study on to PhD programmes or opening their own business.


Understand the science, practice, and application of strength and conditioning Throughout the course, you will study both modules that will give you the theoretical foundations upon which you will apply practical skills through placement opportunities. The degree will culminate in a final assessed project, either in the form of a research dissertation, or a supervised experience portfolio. The Supervised Experience Portfolio option enables you to experience a more vocational rather than research-based assessment culmination of your degree. This list is indicative and subject to change.

Assessment method

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice Teaching Our team of principal lecturers ensure innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation. When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies. Each module is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study. In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions. Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task. As you progress through your degree you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you. Assessment You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations. Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need. To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Strength and Conditioning, you need to complete three modules. To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning, you need to complete six modules. To gain an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, you need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a supervised experience portfolio.

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline. Applicants with lower degree classifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Evidence of coaching experience, normally with a minimum of UKCC Level 2, or equivalent, qualification. You will be required to attend an interview. If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification. Find out more For more information about this course, please contact Dr Jason Lake at [email protected]

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With no element lower than 5.5
PTE Academic58

For more detail about our English language requirements, including details of the University's Summer Pre-Sessional English language courses, see our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8838 Year 1
EU £16722 Year 1
Channel Islands £8838 Year 1
England £8838 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8838 Year 1
Scotland £8838 Year 1
Wales £8838 Year 1
International £16722 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Strength and Conditioning at University of Chichester - UCAS