Please note this programme is not recruiting for session 2016/17
Delivered by experts with extensive
experience in sports research,
this programme prepares you for
a career as a coach, strength and
conditioner, and for a career in
sport science support.
Minimum entry requirement – 2:2 honours degree in a related sport/exercise science area. Individuals with professional related experience will also be considered.
The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
You will develop your conceptual
and theoretical understanding in
the field of sports coaching and learn
practical skills in a range of scientific
disciplines to enhance the coaching
process. You will critically reflect upon
contemporary principles and practices
in sports coaching with an emphasis
on students becoming effective
and reflective practitioners. A
significant proportion of the
programme is vocationally focused
and student driven.
Lectures normally account for
50% of class contact time with the
remainder consisting of seminars,
practical sessions, laboratory sessions,
oral presentations, case studies and
poster presentations. You will also have
the opportunity to gain experience
observing and participating in the
service delivery of high performance
sport with organisations including
St. Mirren FC and The Scottish
Institute of Sport.
- Coaching Process
- Peak Performance
- Research Process in Sport
- Data Analysis in Exercise Science
- Applied Strength and Conditioning
- Instructional Issues for Coaches
Upon successful completion
of the taught modules, students
will undertake a project which leads
to the MSc award.
Graduates are equipped to collaborate with performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or in sport science support. The MSc can prepare elite performers to study their own performance and to develop the necessary skills to help their future performance, or prepare them for work opportunities after retirement from sport.
Practical sessions are supervised and take place in our exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and sports analysis laboratories. Classes involve observation, demonstration, participation, problem-solving and reporting while others are field-based, providing necessary practical skills to successfully intervene in an athlete’s physical development. All programme units are explicitly devised to address the optimisation of performance.
The programme provides the necessary foundation knowledge and skills for professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3 or above).