Applied Sport And Exercise Science MSc

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Location Distance Learning
Duration 2 Years

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £3172.50 per year of study
  • International students: £3172.50 per year of study
Course start September
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  • Provides you with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science.
  • This 2-year part time course uses the advantages of modern digital connectivity to deliver engaging content via an online virtual learning environment.  In adopting a student centred approach to learning, we ensure students on this award are actively collaborating with content, each other and ourselves in a dynamic manner.
  • Provides a sufficient grounding for those individuals seeking to develop a career as a sport and exercise science professional and delivers the required postgraduate qualification for an individual seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) in support of a career in sport and exercise science.

Course outline

Why choose this course?

  • A curriculum focused on the key sub disciplines of sport & exercise science covering such areas as Sports Biomechanics and Injury, Physiological Support of Athletes, Applied Research Methods, the Practice of Sport Psychology, with all modules delivered by research active staff.
  • Over 10 years’ experience of delivering a fully online PgC/PgD/MSc. in Applied Sport & Exercise Science.


  • The course is underpinned by research excellence - In the 2014 REF, our research was rated as being of international quality overall with 64% of the research considered either world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • ‘Earn while you Learn’ - as an exclusively online course you will gain access to a highly flexible and effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills without disrupting your working life.
  • All modules are designed and delivered by staff with an international research reputation alongside excellent applied links with sports organisations, businesses and professional bodies.
  • The course draws on the full advantage of online pedagogy enabling active student participation and collaboration with both faculty and peers in a dynamic learning environment. Engage with content directly via video lectures, synchronous and asynchronous text and audio discussions supported by 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources.
  • Stop Press!!!!! Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) Results 2017
    • 100% Student Course Satisfaction!!
    • 100% Student Course Recommendation!!


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £3,172.50 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.


For more information and how to apply click here.

Course content

On this part time course you study one module at a time. The first three modules identified below contribute to the PG Certificate. These modules in combination with the following two allow a PG Diploma to be obtained, with successful completion of the final 60 credit Masters Research Project module leading to the MSc.

You study 4 modules (90 credits) in Year 1 and 2 modules (90 credits) in Year 2.

Core Modules

Physical Activity & Mental Health (15 credits)

In this module the current state of evidence regards the relationship between physical activity and the prevention and treatment of selected mental health outcomes (anxiety, depression and schizophrenia) is critically examined and assessed. The utility of physical activity theories and models in regard to behaviour change are critically evaluated using a range of sources of evidence including traditional and systematic reviews, meta-analysis and epidemiological research.

Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis (30 credits)

Develops and enhances an understanding of research methodology and statistical skills utilising both quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine, analyse and evaluate data sets related to sport & exercise science.

Sports Biomechanics and Injury (15 credits)

Module focuses on the principles of sports biomechanics in relation to injury management, rehabilitation and injury prevention. The role and practice of sports therapists and sports physicians will be examined alongside the internal and external factors and key mechanisms associated with sports injury.

In the first part of The Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology (30 credits) a range of psychological techniques available to practitioners are outlined (e.g., self-talk, imagery). Students will be required to consider what psychological techniques are most appropriate and how they should best be applied to a range of scenarios (e.g., enhancing confidence in a novice exerciser, helping an elite athlete cope with a career ending injury). In the second part of the module the skills required to practice effectively (e.g., counselling skills, communication skills and reflective practice) are considered along with issues surrounding the delivery of psychological interventions to different groups (e.g., disabled athletes) are considered.

The Physiological Support of Athletes(30 credits) module addresses the development of laboratory and field based practical competencies in functional and biomechanical tests used in the physiological support of athletes. Actual athlete data obtained from selected physiological tests is directly examined and assessed via the production of an appropriate testing regime for a given athlete. Skills to interpret and present data in an appropriate manner to different audiences (athlete, coach and parent) are a central feature of the module.

The final module is the Masters Research Project (60 credits). This module involves the planning and execution of an empirical research project. Typically, students are encourage to write their thesis in a journal style and where appropriate submit for publication. A formal presentation and oral examination of the research is a key feature of the module.

Entry requirements

  • To apply for this course you will need an Undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2:2 or higher) in Sport and Exercise Science or a related discipline.
  • Your degree must be from a UK University or International equivalent.
  • You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. We require a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification.

Teaching and learning

You are supported throughout the course by specialist tutors within the modules you study and you are carefully introduced to the online learning process and have access to a subject specialist librarian.

At the course level there is a well-developed personal tutorial system and you are encouraged to identify a pathway so that you are able to develop as independent and confident learners. Staff are only a phone call, email or Skype chat away. 

As an online student of the university you have access to all our facilities. This includes the opportunity to use our laboratory facilities in support of your Masters Research Project. Our laboratory facilities include:


This course is assessed 100% via coursework that is electronically submitted.

You will experience a wide variety of assessment formats including project briefs, negotiated assignments, self-initiated proposals and reports tailored in the form appropriate to professional outcomes required for each module.

For each assessment undertaken you receive a set of guidelines for that assessment and a set of specific grading criteria to allow you to understand the standards expected to be met.

Summative assessment is provided in the form of a grade percentage and accompanying written or aural feedback for each and every piece of assessment undertaken. This feeds into an overall end of module grade. 

Employment opportunities

The award provides a sufficient grounding for those individuals seeking to develop a career as a sport and exercise science professional and provides the required postgraduate qualification for an individual seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) in support of a career in sport & exercise science.

Graduate destinations

As with many postgraduate taught qualifications, students use the qualification to enhance an already existing career as part of CPD activity. So lecturers in colleges of further and higher education, teachers in the primary and secondary sectors can use the qualification for career progression. In addition graduates use the qualification to go on to further study by commencing a PhD, having been able to obtain their masters without the need to disrupt busy working lives.

Meet the experts

There are a lot of myths about in regard to the efficacy of distance learning and online learning in particular.

John Erskine,  who coordinates the postgraduate online courses offered by Sport & Exercise, has addressed some of the more common myths about online distance based courses. Have a listen.

Student experience

"The delivery format gave me a unique chance to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Applied Sport & Exercise Science. There are no opportunities for postgraduate study in sport & exercise science either locally or regionally, and my desire to keep working while studying meant that the online masters from Staffs fitted my circumstances perfectly. It has been a demanding, but ultimately, very  rewarding experience and one which I would recommend to others"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lorinda Slater, MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Science


“The online MSc in Applied Sport & Exercise Science allowed me to pursue my ambition of teaching Sport Science at Higher Education level, which I achieved leading up on a Foundation Degree programme at a local College, and then onto a commercial role at a local University, without having to interrupt my working life.

My experience of studying the MSc online really inspired me and made me an avid fan of the distance/online/blended learning approach and it is this that I now use for my  own education business which uses a blended learning approach, with plentiful online resources, to deliver nationally recognised vocational qualifications in Fitness Instruction and Personal Training.

 So, a big thank you to you and the team; the skills I acquired on the course have really benefited me, my career and now my business”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      James Luscombe, MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Science.


"Residing and working on the island of Jersey meant that I would have had to move my family and change my job in order to access a traditionally delivered MSc. in Applied Sport & Exercise Science. The Staffs Uni. online MSc has allowed me obtain this PG qualification without moving or altering my job and will allow me further development within my current position on the island.  It has been a tough journey but well worth it. I found all modules to be interesting and well taught – the staff are a credit to the University"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glenda Rivoallan, MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Science

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