University of Derby and Derby County Female Talent Pathway Internship

Our MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science course is offering two part-funded (£2,500 fee Contribution) internships with the University of Derby and Derby County Female Talent Pathway.

Internship Details

Closing Date: 5pm Wednesday 31 July 2024

Interview Date: Thursday 8 August 2024

Start Date:

Person Specification

Please read the following information in full before applying. Emails requesting information contained within this specification will not be answered.

Department: Sport and Exercise Science / Derby County Female Talent Pathway

Role title: University of Derby Internships (Strength and Conditioning)

Fees: £9000 – fee contribution of £2500 per intern (successful applicants will need to fund the remaining £6500)

Responsible to: Derby County Female Talent Pathway / Postgraduate Coordinator (School of Sport and Exercise Science)

Start Date: Derby County Female Talent Pathway induction: Date TBC 
                   MSc enrolment will be week commencing 9 September 2024

Ref: MSc DC S&C

Derby County Female Talent Pathway and the School Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Derby are providing a partial bursary award toward postgraduate fees as part of an ongoing initiative to support students and work collaboratively with local sport organisations. In this unique opportunity, the successful candidates will support the delivery of Strength and Conditioning to performance athletes and competitive teams primarily within the Derby County Female Talent Pathway. 

We are seeking two candidates, one to work with the 18-21 age groups and one to work with the 9-16 age groups. The candidates will operate under the supervision of the Derby County Female Talent Pathway staff and be supported in their studies on the MSc programme. The candidates will use the experience to contribute towards their compulsory placement on the programme and may have the opportunity to collect data to support their MSc Independent Research project. 

This opportunity is designed to support career development and will ensure that the necessary skills needed to progress into sport science and strength and conditioning roles are developed.

As part of the internship, the successful applicant will:


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  1. Fully commit to the MSc course, attending modules of study and meeting expectations of attendance throughout.
  2. Engage in up to 15 hours of internship activity and delivery of S&C support to athletes/coaches per week.
  3. Work collaboratively with the other intern as required.
  4. Potentially conduct a dissertation linked to their internship and, if so, share key findings from their research with the internship provider if requested.
  5. Attend regular update meetings with relevant staff and review progress at the end of each semester.
  6. Support the production of an internship case study to support future recruitment activities and showcase the MSc opportunity.


Criteria for the role

Our tables show you whether criteria are essential or desirable for this role and whether evidence of this is required on application and/or at interview.

Qualifications: vocational, professional, academic

Criteria Essential or desirable
A minimum 2:1 BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science or related subject Essential
Willingness to pursue UKSCA Accreditation Desirable
Coaching qualifications Desirable
IELTS 6 (if non-English speaking) Essential

Experience and knowledge

Criteria Essential or desirable
Experience of delivering S&C support to athletes                                           Essential
Experience of undertaking academic research, research methods, and data analysis Essential
Experience of working in elite sport or undertaking research in an elite sport environment Desirable
Experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas
1. Strength and Conditioning
2. Coaching
3. Academic Study and Research Skills

Skills and abilities

Criteria Essential or desirable
Excellent written and oral communication skills                                                                                              Essential
Excellent inter-personal skills Essential
Competency in a range of laboratory and practical skills as relevant Essential
Competency in relevant IT skills Essential

Applicant Information

Please read the following information very carefully


There are two tasks to complete as part of your application:

1. Interested applicants are required to complete the MSc application form available through the course pages by the closing date detailed above:

Please ensure evidence of undergraduate degree classification is appended to the application where available.

2. Interested applicants must also email a copy of their personal statement to Dr Charlotte Chandler (details below) by the closing date. Applicants should quote the reference MSc DC S&C  at the start of their personal statement; failure to do so will invalidate your application.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and invited to interview as outlined above.


Shortlisted candidates will be required to present their research topic to the panel as part of the interview process. Further guidance will be made available within interview invites.

The panel will endeavor to make decisions on the date and inform successful applicants accordingly.

If you require any further information regarding the MSc programme and content, the internship position, or the research project, please contact:

Dr. Charlotte Chandler

Postgraduate Coordinator (Sport and Exercise Science)
Tel: 01332 593373