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 with Team Derby.

Internship Details

Closing Date: Monday 27 June 2022

Interview Date: Week commencing 4 July 2022

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

Role title: MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science / Sport Science Internship

Fees: £7850 – 50% funded - £3925 (applicant will need to fund the remaining 50% - £3925)
        Due to visa restrictions, this opportunity is only available to UK students.

Responsible to: Team Derby/University of Derby Postgraduate Coordinator (Sport and Exercise Science)

Start Date: Induction with Team Derby – September 2022
                  MSc enrolment will be week commencing 12 September 2022

Ref: MSc TD S&C

Team Derby 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 within Team Derby. The candidate will operate under the supervision of Team Derby strength and conditioning staff, as well as being supported in their studies on the MSc programme. The candidate will be required to collect data to support their PG Independent Research project and will be able to use the experience to contribute towards their compulsory placement. The candidate will be required to attend their modules as part of their PG programme and contribute up to 15 hours a week to the delivery of strength and conditioning to athletes. This opportunity is designed to support career development and will ensure that the necessary skills needed to progress into strength & conditioning roles are developed.

As part of the internship, the successful applicant will:

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

CriteriaEssential or desirableEvidence required on applicationEvidence 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 Essential Yes Yes
Coaching Qualification Desirable Yes Yes
IELTS 7 (if non-English speaking) Essential Yes No

Experience and knowledge

CriteriaEssential or desirableEvidence required on applicationEvidence 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

CriteriaEssential or desirableEvidence required on applicationEvidence 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


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. Those with or currently studying a PG degree are not eligible for this opportunity.

CV’s and covering letters sent via email will not be considered as they must form part of a formal application.

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.


The panel will endeavour to make decisions on the day and inform successful applicants accordingly. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted once the recruitment process is complete.

If you require any further information regarding this position, please contact:

Dr Charlotte Chandler

Postgraduate Coordinator (Sport and Exercise Science)

Tel: 01332 593373