Strength and Conditioning Internship

Our MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science course is offering a part-funded (50%) UK Fees Bursary through a Strength and Conditioning Internship.

Internship Details

Closing Date: 9am Wednesday 19 June 2024

Interview Date: Tuesday 2 July 2024 (afternoon)

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 / Sport & Physical Activity

Role title: University of Derby Internship (Strength & Conditioning)

Fees: £9000 – 50% funded - £4500 (applicant will need to fund the remaining 50% - £4500)
       International applications are welcomed; however, applicants should be aware that the bursary is only to the amount of UK fees.

Responsible to: Performance Sport Manager (Sport & Physical Activity) / Postgraduate Coordinator (Sport and Exercise Science

Start Date: Performance Sport Programme Induction with Sport & Physical Activity – w/c 19 August 2024
                  MSc enrolment will be week commencing 9 September 2024

Ref: MSc TD S&C

Sport & Physical Activity (Performance) and the Sport and Exercise Science department at the University of Derby are providing a partial bursary award toward postgraduate fees as part of an ongoing initiative to enhance athletic performance support within the University.

In this unique opportunity, the successful candidate will support the delivery of Strength and Conditioning to performance athletes and competitive teams primarily within the University’s Performance Sport Programme.

The candidate will be required to collect data to support their MSc Independent Research project and will be able to use the experience to contribute towards their compulsory placement.

The candidate will operate under the supervision of the Sport & Physical Activity S&C Coach (Discipline Lead) and the Performance Sport Manager as well as being supported in their studies on the MSc programme.

This opportunity is designed to support career development and will ensure that the necessary skills needed to progress into Strength and Conditioning roles are developed.

As part of the internship, the successful applicant will:


The successful candidate will be expected to

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 Evidence required on application Evidence required in interview
A minimum 2:1 BSc Hons degree in Sport and Exercise Science or related subject Essential Yes Yes
Willingness to pursue UKSCA Accreditation Desirable Yes Yes
Coaching Qualification Desirable Yes Yes
IELTS 6 (if non-English speaking) Essential Yes No

Experience and knowledge

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

Skills and abilities

Criteria Essential or desirable Evidence required on application Evidence required in interview
Excellent written and oral communication skills Essential Yes Yes
Excellent inter-personal skills Essential No Yes
Competency in a range of laboratory and practical skills as relevant Essential Yes Yes
Competency in relevant IT skills Essential Yes No

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 page 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 TD 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 interview 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