MSc in Strength and Conditioning

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Program Description

MSc in Strength and Conditioning

St Mary's University, Twickenham

MSc in Strength and Conditioning (Distance Learning)

  • MSc in Strength and Conditioning
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning

The increase in professional and lottery funded sport in addition to moves to professionalise sports coaching in the UK has led to an increased demand for strength and conditioning coaches. With this in mind, the MSc / PG Diploma in Strength and Conditioning has been developed to address this demand by providing students with an opportunity to expand their current knowledge and to develop the skills required to work in the field.

The MSc / PG Diploma programme is suitable for individuals wishing to pursue a career in strength and conditioning. The programme has been designed around a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills in the area of Strength and conditioning. Individuals can study on a part-time basis, completing the MSc in two years.

The programme is delivered via distance learning (online and printed resources provided) with students required to attend the University a 3 day Induction at the start of their course and a 1-2 week (dependent on the modules being taken) full-time onsite period at the end of each academic year.

Programme Content

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. With the exception of the Advanced Sport & Exercise Physiology module, all modules are assessed by a variety of types of coursework. To qualify for the diploma you need to accrue 120 credits.


Students complete reading and formative tasks in their own time to suit their timetable. Online discussions may also be incorporated at each student’s own pace, but on occasion students may be required to be online at specific times for live discussion. Onsite periods of attendance take place in early September (induction) and July (end of module period).

Students should typically allow at least five hours of study time per week per module being taken. All modules run across the entire academic year from September to July. This means taking 4 modules requires around 20 hours per week. Completing the course in two years part-time requires approximately this time commitment.

Teaching and Assessment

Course content is delivered via online and papers reading, online lectures and podcasts. Students are also required to take part in online discussions where peers are encouraged to challenge existing ideas. A significant amount of independent reading is required to supplement discussion and to complete regular formative tasks. Each course ends with and onsite period where students can discuss issues face to face, practice practical skills with immediate feedback, make peer group presentations and complete final assessments. Students are assessed by courseworks, presentations, vivas, practical demonstration and a range of formative tasks such as group discussions and video feedback on performances.


In today’s marketplace, employers are seeking to employ staff who are suitably qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities. As such, there is an increased need for postgraduate programmes to be vocationally orientated, with an emphasis on training students in the theoretical underpinnings and relevant practical areas to work in the sport industry.

The MSc / PG Diploma programme focuses on disciplines pertinent to the field of strength and conditioning. These disciplines are developed to provide a programme that reflects the competencies required for professional accreditation with the UKSCA and NSCA.

It is necessary for applicants to understand that the most important quality valued by employers is experience. It is therefore a condition of entry to the course that students arrange experience opportunities in strength and conditioning prior to entry. For those using the course as CPD for another career pathway (e.g. physiotherapists) this condition does not apply.


Students wishing to gain entry should normally have obtained a prior undergraduate degree in a related subject such as Sport Science (Upper second class honours or better). Those with lower qualifications but with suitable experience can be considered for entry at interview.

The programme starts in September but students may apply at any time of year.
Applications must be received by 30th June at the latest.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
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This course is Online & Campus Combined
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Sept. 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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