About this course
LJMU's MSc in Strength and Conditioning produces world-class, research-informed practitioners who have the option to pursue a career in research.
- Study on a course delivered by world-leading researchers and applied practitioners in LJMU’s pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Access state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facilities – including physiology, biomechanics and molecular biology labs and the newly refurbished, high performance gym
- Look forward to career opportunities as an Applied Practitioner in strength and conditioning, teaching and lecturing and in doctoral research programmes
- Benefit from an applied strength and conditioning placement at a top-class sporting institution, such as clubs within the English Premier League/Championship/Women’s Super League Football, Rugby League Super League/Championship, British Basketball League, Premiership/Championship Rugby Union, the Lawn Tennis Association, the English Institute of Sport, Sportscotland Institute of Sport and National Collegiate Athletic Association Universities
This Strength and Conditioning Masters 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.
The programme 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.
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 are essential to become a Strength and Conditioning Practitioner.
You will develop essential skills in communicating and implementing your recommendations for clients, as well as specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Strength and Conditioning at LJMU
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
On graduation from this course you can look forward to career opportunities as an Applied Practitioner in strength and conditioning, in teaching and lecturing or as a doctoral researcher.
Discover the building blocks of your course
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules. One module is an applied placement - this replaces your dissertation or research project and will demonstrate your advanced learning.
Applied Practice in Coaching, Planning and Monitoring Sciences
This module provides mastery and expertise in the coaching process and the development, implementation and evaluation of techniques used in athlete recovery and rehabilitation. It encourages critical understanding of the science underpinning the coaching process in the strength and conditioning context; the techniques used in the implementation and evaluation of athletes during and post recovery from injury and the use technology to assess skill and technique in the field. You will receive three hours direct contact per week and take part in stimulus lectures and practical sessions on the topics concerned.
Fundamental Strength and Conditioning Applied Practices Part 1
This module provides students with fundamental applied strength and conditioning practices through lectures and practical participation. It encourages critical understanding of the science underpinning applied strength and conditioning practices, specifically the use of strength and conditioning exercises and training strategies for optimising physical performance. The module will provide the opportunity to demonstrate a critical analysis of strength, power and speed continuum as an established principle in strength and conditioning. You will receive three hours direct contact per week and stimulus lectures on the topics concerned.
Fundamental Strength and Conditioning Applied Practices Part 2
This module provides fundamental applied strength and conditioning practices through lectures and practical participation. It encourages critical understanding of the science underpinning applied strength and conditioning practices, specifically: athlete and sport assessment to determine training aims; programme design and periodisation; implementation and monitoring of programmes and programme considerations for different genders and age. The module will develop the capacity to critically analyse the application of these skills and supporting scientific evidence. You will receive three hours direct contact per week and stimulus lectures on the topics concerned.
Physiology of Strength and Conditioning
This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding relating to the acute and chronic physiological responses to resistance and endurance exercise, and considers how these responses may be optimised by manipulating the training environment. After completing the module, you will be able to critically appraise current literature on the muscular and cardiovascular responses to acute and chronic exercise in different environments. You will also be able to critically evaluate the impact of acute and chronic exercise on skeletal muscle and the cardiovascular system, from molecule to the whole tissue/system. You will receive three hours direct contact per week and stimulus lectures on the topics concerned.
Biomechanics of Strength and Conditioning
This module aims to introduce the main biomechanical characteristics of human muscles, tendons and joints and the implications for human movement, performance and biomechanical testing. The mechanical parameters and behaviour of these tissues of the human body in-vivo will also be examined in response to chronic loading and disuse in order to understand basic musculoskeletal mechanisms and adaptations underpinning changes in whole-body function and performance. You will receive two hours direct contact per week and take part in stimulus lectures and practical sessions on the topics concerned.
The aim of this module is to encourage critical understanding of how research is conducted and how quantitative data is handled and analysed. Typically, the module provides two hours of direct contact per week. You will receive stimulus lectures on topics concerned with research design and data analysis. You will also take part in computer practicals where you will be required to analyse data using a statistical package and interpret the statistical output.
Applied Placement in Strength and Conditioning
The main aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to put your strength and conditioning technical skills and scientific knowledge into practice in a real-world sporting environment. It will focus on the practical skills required for the assessment and monitoring of athletes in the training environment to help improve physical performance and/or reduce injury risk. You will develop your strength and conditioning coaching skills, develop your network within applied strength and conditioning and gain an insight into what it takes to be a strength and conditioning coach in high-end sport.
An insight into teaching on your course
Students will have approximately two to three hours per module per week of taught material and/or seminar work in semester 1 (September to December) and semester 2 (January to April). This may be supplemented by reflective tutorials. Private study will cover both time spent studying (e.g. in the library), collecting data in the laboratory and completing directed tasks and coursework. Taught sessions will provide an orientation to the topic and opportunity for classroom discussion and debate. You will also be expected to read widely using primary sources of reference material. The applied placement in semester 3 (May to August) will require the student to spend a minimum of 130 hours with the placement provider, which will be supplemented by hours spent preparing for placement duties, private study and tutorials/meetings with the placement provider and placement tutor.
Teaching will take place in small groups, using the world-class facilities in LJMU’s award-winning Tom Reilly and Life Sciences Buildings and the newly refurbished, high performance gym. It will have a strong research focus to help you become a critical scientific thinker, empowering you to challenge existing paradigms and be a better practitioner. You will be taught by academics who work with a range of elite organisations, including renowned strength and conditioning practioner Dave Clark.
The course includes an applied placement in one of many top-class sporting institutions. You will benefit from our strong links with some of the best sporting institutions in the UK and abroad, including the English Institute of Sport, the Rugby League Super League and Championship, the Rugby Union Championship, the English Football League, the FA Women's Super League, the Gaelic Sports Research Center, British Rowing and many more.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
Assessment methods on this course include: essays, exams, case studies, periodisation presentations, laboratory reports, literature reviews and practical assessments.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Rob’s passion for strength and conditioning research stems from his PhD, during which he investigated the neuromuscular factors explaining the inter-individual variability in the response to resistance training. In addition to long-term adaptation, Rob is aiming to improve our understanding of why some people need longer to recover from strenuous exercise than others, for which genetic make-up appears to play a significant role. This type of research could help individualise athletes’ training programmes to help reduce injury risk and improve athletes' welfare. By translating his laboratory findings into the real world of elite sport, the overarching aim of Rob's research is to improve applied practice in strength and conditioning.
I find motivating students to develop their independent thinking skills, while improving their understanding of the physiology underpinning strength and conditioning extremely rewarding.
What you can expect from your School
You will need:
- a minimum 2:1 honours degree in sport science or a related discipline
- the desire to pursue a career in strength and conditioning
- IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
- Pearson 58-64 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)
- International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate
- International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time
- RPL will NOT be accepted on this programme
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
There will be no interview. 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.
You will need to submit a Personal Statement in your application. Personal Statements are assessed on evidence of:
- recent achievements
- passion for strength and conditioning
- career trajectory
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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