Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£690 per 20 credits* (2018/19)

International fee

£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Would you like to become an applied sport scientist working with professional athletes or promoting healthy lifestyles? This exciting new MSc is your route to a fulfilling career as a high-level sport and exercise professional. 

Our MSc will help you raise your game as a new type of sports and exercise practitioner. It has been designed to reflect a national drive to improve the overall calibre of professionals working in the sector.

A masters degree to suit you

Offered on a full-time or part-time basis, this course can be tailored to match your personal interests and career development plans. You can choose from pathways which focus on your sport and exercise discipline of choice –psychology or physiology. Alternatively, you can combine both for a broader study programme.

The programme has been tailored to aid your preparation for applied practice and application for The British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASES) Supervised Experience programme.

Professional work placements

Our emphasis is on how theory can be applied to practice. You’ll gain first-hand experience through 150 hours on placement in a real-world workplace setting.

To organise your placement, you can draw on our wide-ranging partnerships in the sports world. Our network of contacts spans leading football, cricket, rugby and swimming clubs who regularly offer internship and placement opportunities to our students.

Our close liaison with Team Derby and the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) also give you further chances to work directly with athletes. Team Derby is the focal point for the development of sport at the University while the DIS was launched to support Derbyshire’s top athletes.

Support from an experienced team

Our academic team includes leading experts in sport and exercise psychology, physiology, exercise and health, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, performance analysis and nutrition.

When you enrol, you’ll be allocated an academic mentor who will act as your personal tutor. During your placement, you’ll also have a work-based mentor, an experienced practitioner who will help steer your progress and enhance your employability.

Research skills to take you far

Independent research is a cornerstone of this MSc. You’ll gain analytical and research skills as you undertake a substantial investigation into a theme of your choosing. The aim is to develop a realistic and worthwhile research project which will also improve your critical thinking, project management and decision-making skills – all qualities which are valued by employers.

You’ll benefit from being part of a dynamic research community at the University. Our staff are breaking new ground in areas ranging from professional practice in sport psychology to human balance control and injury risk reduction.

Outstanding facilities

You’ll hone your skills and conduct research in our exceptional sport and exercise facilities boasting the latest equipment and software for measuring performance, movement, health and fitness. Our laboratories are of such a high standard that they have even been used by Derby County FC for pre-season training programmes.

Our Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratories are fully equipped for biomechanics and physiology analysis while our Strength and Conditioning Suite is the ideal setting for developing practical and coaching skills. We were one of the first universities to invest in a Vicon motion capture system and two Kistler force platforms.

You can also take full advantage of our award-winning £10.8m multi-purpose sports centre which opened in autumn 2015 to become one of the region’s most iconic sporting venues.  It features an impressive sports hall, badminton and squash courts, a 70-station fitness suite, a dedicated fitness studio, climbing wall and indoor sprint track. Our outdoor facilities include a 3G all-weather pitch, tennis courts and a rugby pitch.

What you will study

Each pathway consists of two focused modules in the discipline of choice, which are then accompanied by core modules in research and practitioner development, as detailed below:

  • Applied Practitioner Development** ∆ - This module develops the skills and competencies required for sport science practice through theory and practical experience (including 150 hours of work placement). You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experience with support and guidance from staff
  • Advanced Research Methods* - You’ll develop an advanced understanding of research approaches and methodologies, as well as practical research and critical analysis skills in preparation for the Independent Research project
  • Advanced Sport Psychology - You will develop the applied skills required for sport psychology practice, as well as knowledge of their philosophical underpinning, and advance your ability to apply theory to practice
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology You will cover advanced physiological processes through lectures and lab-based delivery and build a comprehensive understanding of techniques used by applied practitioners
  • Independent Research - An independent piece of research to involve planning, designing and conducting a study using knowledge and skills developed in the Advanced Research Methods module. Students will work with a supervisor in their area of interest to identify a research question and develop a study that can provide new insight and knowledge
  • Applied Practitioner Development** ∆ - This module develops the skills and competencies required for sport science practice through theory and practical experience (including 150 hours of work placement). You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experience with support and guidance from staff
  • Advanced Research Methods* - You’ll develop an advanced understanding of research approaches and methodologies, as well as practical research and critical analysis skills in preparation for the Independent Research project
  • Advanced Sport Psychology - You will develop the applied skills required for sport psychology practice, as well as knowledge of their philosophical underpinning, and advance your ability to apply theory to practice
  • Health Promotion and Behaviour Change* - This module provides you with an understanding of a range of factors that influence health behaviour and behaviour change. If you wish to study a mix of disciplines, you may choose one module from each of the pathway options in order to tailor your degree to your interests and career design
  • Independent Research - An independent piece of research to involve planning, designing and conducting a study using knowledge and skills developed in the Advanced Research Methods module. Students will work with a supervisor in their area of interest to identify a research question and develop a study that can provide new insight and knowledge
  • Applied Practitioner Development** ∆ This module develops the skills and competencies required for sport science practice through theory and practical experience (including 150 hours of work placement). You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experience with support and guidance from staff
  • Advanced Research Methods* - You’ll develop an advanced understanding of research approaches and methodologies, as well as practical research and critical analysis skills in preparation for the Independent Research project
  • Sports Training Principles - You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of training theories that can be applied when creating training programmes to improve and/or maintain performance, with field-based activities to increase practical skills
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology - You will cover advanced physiological processes through lectures and lab-based delivery and build a comprehensive understanding of techniques used by applied practitioners
  • Independent Research - An independent piece of research to involve planning, designing and conducting a study using knowledge and skills developed in the Advanced Research Methods module. Students will work with a supervisor in their area of interest to identify a research question and develop a study that can provide new insight and knowledge

* Module content is shared with MSc Health Psychology

** Module includes Professional Development Activities

∆ Module includes Applied Experience

How you will learn

A range of teaching and learning methods will be used to enhance advanced learning and skill development, which include lecture-seminar style sessions, guest lectures, computer-based sessions, practical laboratory sessions and field-based sessions.

Real world learning is an important element of our course, with applied placement and internship opportunities, as well as the chance to develop independent study skills.

Learning will take place in our £10.8m Sports Centre, specialist sport science laboratories, and in conjunction with multiple sports based partners in the region.

Assessment

Students will complete both summative and formative assessment throughout the course to include written essays, reports and case studies, oral presentations, and viva-voce exams. Students’ will be assessed on their practical skills, their application of scientific knowledge to practitioner settings, and their ability to critically evaluate the role and requirements of an applied practitioner.

Learn from an expert teaching team

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for UK students: You will usually need an upper second class honours degree at undergraduate level, in a related subject.

Entry requirements for EU/international students: International students should have the above or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£690 per 20 credits*

£690 per 20 credits*

International

£13,500 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Careers

If you’re interested in pursuing a career centred on sport and exercise science, this MSc offers an excellent learning experience. You could work as an applied sport scientist with clients such as professional athletes or you could embark on broader roles in the community and health sectors where you can help encourage behaviour change and healthy lifestyles.

The course also acts as a platform if you want to continue on to complete a programme of Supervised Experience with BASES, which would enable you to gain accreditation as a Sport and Exercise Scientist. 

Having improved your research skills, you could think about taking your academic qualifications to the next level, by completing a doctoral programme such as a PhD. You could also consider progressing to a role in teaching. 

Programme leader

Dr Charlotte Chandler

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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