Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years
£7,850 for the full course or £875 per 20 credits* (2022/23)
£14,700 for the full course (2022/23)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
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.
- Tailor your studies to match your professional interests and aspirations in sport and exercise science. Module options cover a variety of disciplines, so you have the flexibility to tailor your degree according to your area of expertise
- Gain substantial practical experience in real-world settings, working directly with clients on applied placements and internships
- Benefit from the support of industry-experienced mentors, both within the University and in the workplace
- Build high-quality research skills and learn how to apply latest scientific finding in the work environment
- Draw on our wide-ranging partnerships with leading athletes, sports teams and sports organisations
- Make the most of our state-of-the-art sport and exercise science facilities, complete with cutting edge technology for measuring performance
Our aim in the School of Human Sciences is to help our students unlock their human potential, therefore the University of Derby is offering two exciting opportunities to students studying our MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science course.
The first is a Professional Development Bursary worth £500, this is available to 10 successful students. Once awarded, the bursary can be used to fund additional professional development and career opportunities to supplement the curriculum and provide you with a rich skill, knowledge and experience profile upon completing the programme.
The second is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as a paid Teaching Assistant. Successful candidates will provide support in timetabled seminar and practical sessions in Sport and Exercise Science and will work under the close supervision of academic staff and technicians.
Take a look at what's on offer and how to apply:
100%of our students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach*
100%of our students agreed that staff are good at explaining things*
100%of our students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating*
100%of our students are satisfied with the overall quality of the course*
100%of our students stated they are happy with the learning support they received*
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 several different module options across sport and exercise disciplines, allowing you to tailor your interest within a specific area, or combine modules 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 also gives you further chances to work directly with athletes. Team Derby is the focal point for the development of sport at the University and they currently work with external partners such as Derby County Community Trust and Derventio eXcel.
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.
Currently, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise students are carrying out research into blood lactate and running performance for a local running company, Running with Jake, in collaboration with our Human Performance Unit team.
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 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.
The programme consists of both core and optional modules which will help you further develop your applied and research skills, as well as your theoretical knowledge.
MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Science Award
- 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
- Independent Research in Sport and Exercise - You'll undertake a piece of independent research to involve planning, designing and conducting a study using knowledge and skills developed in the Advanced Research Methods module. You 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
- 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. You will develop in-depth insight into the factors that can both enhance and limit human performance, with a specific focus on human performance
- 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 skill
- Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity - You will cover behaviour change theory and its application to psychological support for individuals in exercise and physical activity settings. You will develop insight into the promotion of exercise behaviour and mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating exercise psychology interventions
- Strength and Conditioning Science - This module will cover the theoretical principles of physical adaptation and how these underpin physical training and performance. You will develop an advanced understanding of methods used to collect athlete data and how this can inform exercise prescription
- Advanced Data Analysis for Performance - In this module, you will learn advanced data handling and analysis skills through the use of relevant software, and further enhance your understanding of how such data can be used to understand and enhance athletic performance
- Biomechanical Analysis Techniques for Performance - You’ll develop an advanced understanding of biomechanical theory and fundamental movements present in sport and exercise. You will cover research methods for the collection of biomechanical data and how to analyse this data to understand human performance
- Negotiated Module in Science – This module provides the opportunity for you to choose the focus of your work, as negotiated with a supervisor. This focus can be on any discipline within sport and exercise science and may either align with your main area of expertise, or allow you to explore a different area of interest
* Module includes Professional Development Activities
∆ Module includes Applied Experience
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
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.
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
- Dr Charlotte Chandler – Psychology. Research interests: the personal qualities of effective sport psychologists, counselling approaches to sport psychology, organisational psychology in sport, the nature of professional sport environments/cultures, and the education and training of sport psychologists
- Dr Andy Hooton – Psychology. Research interests: methods of learning and development for neophyte practitioners, the integration of applied experience within undergraduate and postgraduate teaching/learning, and the influence of psychological factors on athlete performance
- Dr Callum Osler – Physiology. Research interests: human balance control, specifically how individuals use their senses to maintain upright posture, the use of electrical vestibular stimulation to investigate balance and orientation reflexes, balance and ageing and the interaction between exercise and balance control
- James Keenan – Strength and Conditioning. Research interests: performance enhancement through strength and conditioning, injury risk reduction in hamstring muscle, monitoring of resistance training loads and the effect of strength training on running economy in endurance athletes
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.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information
2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)
£7,850 for the full course or £875 per 20 credits*
£875 per 20 credits
£14,700 for the full course
Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.
* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable
Additional costs and optional extras
About postgraduate awards
Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 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.
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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How to apply
Please look at our application deadlines before you apply
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
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, excellent 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.
Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.
The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.
Included in your fees
- If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement, this is included in your fee if done via the University
- Student membership of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) for the duration of your studies
- We will contribute to or pay the full cost of additional qualifications which are arranged by us. For other additional qualifications you’re interested in, we may contribute to or fund these but this is at the Sport department’s discretion
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- If not already owned, appropriate clothing for practical sessions such as tracksuit bottoms and trainers - approximate cost is £50-£100
- Travel to placements - cost varies depending on your placement venue of choice
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Optional textbooks or e-books to support your studies - costs for these are dependent on your choice
- You may wish to undertake additional qualifications as part of your studies - costs will vary depending on your choice
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.