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Applied Sport and Exercise Science

MSc

Delivered online

The only UK-based sport and exercise science course taught fully online

Flexible part-time study

Develop your expertise without disrupting your family and working life

Expert subject specialists

Staff have 10+ years’ experience of delivering online courses

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
2 September 2019
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This MSc provides you with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science. It’s been developed to support individuals whose work, family commitments or location making attending a traditionally delivered course a challenge.

As the course is delivered exclusively online, you’ll gain access to a highly flexible and effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills without disrupting your working life.

You’ll collaborate with staff and your peers in a dynamic learning environment. You'll 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.

The curriculum is focused on the key sub-disciplines of sport and exercise science covering areas such as sports biomechanics and injury, physiological support of athletes, applied research methods, the practice of sport psychology.

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 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.

The course achieved 100% Student Course Satisfaction and 100% Student Course Recommendation in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) Results 2017.

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award:

MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science

Course content

On this part-time course you study one module at a time. The first three modules you study (60 credits) contribute to the PG Certificate. These modules in combination with the following two lead to a PG Diploma (120 credits), with successful completion of the final 60-credit Masters Research Project module leading to the MSc (180 credits).

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

In Physical Activity and Mental Health (15 credits) the current state of evidence regards the relationship between physical activity and mental health is examined. Physical activity theories and models are critically evaluated using a range of sources of evidence including traditional review, meta-analysis and epidemiological research. A central focus of the module is behaviour change with respect to physical activity. The mental health benefits of activity with respect to selected mental illnesses are also evaluated and practical physical activity interventions examined.

The module Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis (30 credits) develops and enhances research methods, statistical and qualitative analysis skills. Key analytical techniques will be addressed via data sets in sport and exercise psychology.

The module Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport and Exercise (15 credits) covers the application of social psychological theory to sport and exercise settings, with a focus on audience effects, groups, and leadership, and on how these processes may impact on the performance of athletes, coaches, trainers and managers. Adopting a social psychology framework the module will examine contemporary approaches related to the impact of audiences, group dynamics and cohesion in the performance domain.

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 Dissertation (60 credits). This module involves the planning and execution of an empirical research project. Typically, students are encouraged 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.

Facilities

As a Staffordshire University online student you may wish to use our extensive set of facilities based on the Leek Road campus of the University. Our laboratory facilities can support you if you wish to undertake some lab-based research as part of your Maters Research Project module.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020. The range of modules available, and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Physical Activity & Mental Health
Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
Biomechanics and Sport Injury
Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
Year 2 compulsory modules
Physiological Support of Athletes
MRP/Dissertation (Sport & Exercise Science Area)

Entry requirements

You’ll need an undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2:2 or higher) in Sport and Exercise Science or a related discipline, 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.

Facilities

Careers

The course provides a grounding if you’re seeking to develop a career as a sport and exercise science professional. It provides the required postgraduate qualification if you’re seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) in support of a career in sport and exercise science.

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 a Masters without the need to disrupt busy working lives.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

As a distance learning student, you'll be an active learner interacting with content, your fellow students and your module tutors. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your module tutor, your personal tutor, Information Service staff and subject specialist librarian by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are via your PC, tablet or phone. This includes accessing video, audio and discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

Assessment

This course is assessed 100% via coursework that is submitted, graded and returned to you electronically.

You’ll 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 and a set of specific grading criteria outlining the standards expected.

Summative assessment is provided in the form of a grade percentage, an annotated assignment and accompanying summary feedback sheet.

Learning support

You’re supported throughout the course by specialist tutors within the modules you study and are also allocated a personal tutor during your time with us. We have a well-developed personal tutorial system and staff are only a phone call, email or Skype chat away. In addition, you’re carefully introduced to the online learning process and have access to a subject specialist librarian and course administrator.

As an online student of the University you have access to all our facilities, including our laboratories. We have bespoke facilities in the following areas:

Sports Therapy Lab

Nutrition and Physiology Lab

Sports Psychology Lab

Biomechanics Lab

You can also access our recently added Strength and Conditioning facility which supports learning, teaching and research in this area of provision.

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We will normally give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days.

For the course starting on 2 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£3,803. per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£3,803. per year of study

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 the same fee for each 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.

Our students

Lorinda Slater
MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science

The delivery format gave me a unique chance to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. There are no opportunities for postgraduate study in sport and 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.

James Luscombe
MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science

The online MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise science allowed me to pursue my ambition of teaching sport science at a Higher Education level, which I achieved leading a foundation 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 online learning approach, and it is this that I know use for my own education business, which uses an online approach to deliver nationally recognised vocational qualifications in fitness instruction and personal training. 

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

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Part-time, distance learning
02 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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