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Strength and Conditioning MSc

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £6,500
Home cost per credit: n/a
International full time annual tuition fee: £12,660

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Course type

MSc

School

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Study mode

Full Time

About your course

The programme has been developed with the aim of producing world-class, research-informed practitioners with the option of pursuing a career in research. It is ideal for individuals who currently hold an undergraduate degree in sports science, strength and conditioning or a related topic, and want to advance their knowledge, research skills and expertise in strength and conditioning.

  • Delivered by world-leading researchers in LJMU’s pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Access to state-of-the-art physiology, biomechanics and molecular biology labs in the award-winning Tom Reilly and Life Sciences Buildings
  • Career opportunities as an applied practitioner in strength and conditioning, teaching and lecturing and in Doctoral research programmes
  • Taught by academics who work with English Premier League Football, Super League Rugby, Premiership Rugby Union, the English Institute of Sport and many more
  • Course includes an applied placement in one of many top-class sporting institutions

​The diversity and quality of teaching from world-leading experts in strength and conditioning research will help turn our students into well-rounded strength and conditioning practitioners

Rob Erskine, Programme Leader

​The research-focus of this course will help students become critical scientific thinkers, empowering them to challenge existing strength and conditioning paradigms and become better practitioners.

​Dr Rob Erskine, Programme Leader

Introduction to the School

In the 2014 REF, 97% of research submitted by LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was either considered world- leading, or as internationally excellent.

​This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences delivers innovative, research-led and employability-focused postgraduate programmes that are supported by world-class academics and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

The School is proud of its long-standing tradition in innovation and excellence in the field of Sport Science. We initiated the first undergraduate honours degree course in the UK for Sport Science in 1975, and have since developed a world-wide reputation for leading edge sport science teaching and research.

Our five taught postgraduate degrees in Sport Psychology, Sport and Clinical Biomechanics, Sport Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition offer excellent career prospects within elite sport, the health sector, education and other areas.

We also offer opportunities to complete MPhil and PhD research across a wide range of sport science disciplines, where you would be working alongside nationally and internationally respected academics based in our acclaimed research groups.

​The currency of our postgraduate programmes is achieved through the national and international standing and expertise of our academic staff for both research and applied work. The enables us to deliver high quality teaching and supervision to our students, built around research-informed and vocationally-relevant curricula and supported by world leading ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities.

A supportive postgraduate community

Our internationally recognised research activity, long-standing commitment to high quality teaching and active role in the public engagement and promotion of the subject areas with our key external partners makes us the perfect choice for anyone looking to forge a career in this exciting field.

We offer you a fantastic and supportive environment in which to study a sport and exercise science-related postgraduate course. Our postgraduate community is thriving and fully integrated into wider School activities. That’s why we are so highly rated by our postgraduate students. We hope that you too will soon be joining our dynamic team of staff, students and researchers.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The Strength and Conditioning MSc at LJMU opens up a world of scientific innovation, research and the related application of specially designed strength and conditioning support that can help sportsmen and women to achieve their goals.

You will learn to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations and you will ultimately contribute to the essential support framework demanded by the sport industry for success.

Programme outline and structure

We welcome applications from those who want to dedicate their postgraduate study to the application and advancement of athlete-centred practice and research application. You will explore a philosophy of critical understanding in strength and conditioning, which will underpin your applied training modules. Cutting-edge research and applied practice are central to your professional development.

The course is built on a solid structure of research skills, applied methodologies and the latest research in physiology, biomechanics and coaching science, all of which is essential for becoming a strength and conditioning practitioner.

​Upon successful completion of the programme, you will understand how to deal with complex issues within strength and conditioning. You will also develop essential skills in communicating and implementing your recommendations for clients, as well as specialist and non-specialist audiences.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

  • Research Methods
    Includes an introduction to main statistical analyses and covers SPSS workshops.
  • Applied Practice in Coaching, Planning and Monitoring Sciences
    This module covers coaching science, planning and periodisation and monitoring modalities.
  • Applied Fundamental Strength and Conditioning Practices Part 1
    In this module you will learn about testing modalities, prehabilitation methodologies, recovery modalities and rehabilitation Methodologies.
  • Physiology of Strength and Conditioning
    Covers physiological adaptations to resistance and endurance exercise and disuse, nutritional requirements for optimal adaptation and physiological mechanisms of injury.

  • Biomechanics of Strength and Conditioning
    Learn about biomechanics of gait; sprint, jumping and landing; and motion and force analysis.
  • Applied Fundamental Strength and Conditioning Practices Part 2
    This module covers fundamental lifting and training methodologies.
  • Placement in High-End Sporting Environment
    Learn about supporting top-class athletes; collecting and interpreting data; and submitting a research-based consultancy report.

How will I be assessed?

Teaching will take place in small groups, using the world-class facilities in LJMU’s award-winning Tom Reilly and Life Sciences Buildings. You will benefit from the strong links we have with some of the best sporting institutions in the UK and from the work we do with professional athletes and teams.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • Research Methods: essay and exam
  • Applied Practice in Coaching: coaching case study and periodisation presentation
  • Applied Fundamental Practices 1: needs analysis case study
  • Physiology: laboratory report and exam
  • Biomechanics: laboratory report
  • Applied Fundamental Practices 2: literature review and practical assessment

Staff research interests

Our team of world-leading academics carefully design course delivery and assessment around their leading edge research to ensure that your learning experience is based on the latest information and relevant to effective practice in strength and conditioning.

Our staff research interests include: physiological, cellular and molecular adaptation of muscle and tendon to resistance/endurance exercise training; disuse and injury; biomechanical risk factors for injury; nutritional considerations for optimal adaptation to resistance/endurance exercise training; cognitive strategies to improve strength performance; and muscle dysmorphia.

Entry requirements (Home)

Candidates would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (first class or upper second class) in sport science or a related discipline. The programme will typically register 15 students in the first year, followed by 20 students per year thereafter. Applicants will be selected on merit, alongside an obvious desire to pursue a career in strength and conditioning. Within the application, the Personal Statement should be regarded as an important opportunity to evidence (i) recent achievements, (ii) passion for strength and conditioning and (iii) career trajectory.

Industry experience may also be considered – please contact the Faculty Admissions team for more details.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. You will need a good degree in sport and exercise sciences or a related subject.
In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example you may be required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 (with 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

​No

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Pearson

58-64 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding  

Postgraduate loans  

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships.

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn while you learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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