Sports Strength and Conditioning (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Principles and methodologies to enhance strength and conditioning practice

The continued expansion of sport strength and conditioning provision around the UK means there is a growing need for highly qualified graduates in this field, as well as those already working within the setting to further extend their specialist strength and conditioning knowledge.

This masters degree offers the opportunity for students to learn and apply contemporary theoretical principles and scientific methodologies that enhance strength and conditioning practice.

The programme is designed to build on the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) award, and the UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) award. It provides a necessary range of theoretical and practical experiences to support a career as a strength and conditioning practitioner.


  • Physiological Determinants of Athletic Performance
  • Monitoring Training and Recovery Processes in Elite Sport
  • Movement Development in Athletic Populations
  • Coaching Science and Performance Delivery
  • Work-based Project
  • Independent Project 

Study style

The masters degree programme offers a supportive, student-centered environment and ensures the highest quality research-informed teaching.
Assessment methods include exams, essays, critical review, presentation, scientific report writing, athlete reports, e-portfolio, proposal, student-led projects and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a sport science or related discipline
  • Or substantial experience within the strength and conditioning field
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters £6000
Postgraduate Diploma £4000
Postgraduate Certificate £2000
Non-EU Students
Masters £13500
Postgraduate Diploma £9000
Postgraduate Certificate £4500

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


  • Elite and amateur level strength and conditioning vocation
  • Strength and conditioning coach in specialist schools
  • Strength and conditioning vocation with a national governing body
  • Research and academia
  • Health and public sector
  • Private consultancy

Preparation for UKSCA and NSCA accreditation

While the UKSCA and NSCA do not permit institutions to accredit candidates through their academic pathways, the masters degree programme is designed to provide excellent opportunities for students to prepare for accreditation with both organisations.

Exceptional facilities

In addition to world-class research facilities, the university boasts a recently renovated and strength and conditioning dedicated facility that can accommodate large groups of athletes simultaneously.

Broaden your opportunities

The course offers a unique suite of modules in niche areas of strength and conditioning that will broaden the opportunities for graduates.

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