MSc Strength and Conditioning

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (full-time, per year): £6,825
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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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
  • Learn from academics who work with English Premier League Football, Super League Rugby, Premiership Rugby Union, the English Institute of Sport, Irish Rugby Football Union, Sportscotland Institute of Sport, Welsh Rugby Football Union and many more
  • Benefit from an applied placement in one of many top-class sporting institutions

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.

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

Additional costs

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)

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  • 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 Postgraduate Masters 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.

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Course modules

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.

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Applied Practice in Coaching, Planning and Monitoring Services

This module covers coaching science, planning and periodisation plus monitoring modalities.

Fundamental Strength and Conditioning Applied Practices Part 1

In this module you will learn about testing modalities, prehabilitation methodologies, recovery modalities and rehabilitation methodologies.

Fundamental Strength and Conditioning Applied Practices Part 2

This module is designed to increase the students' knowledge, understanding and practical experience of different pre- and rehabilitation strategies.

Physiology of Strength and Conditioning

This module 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

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.

Research Methods

This module includes an introduction to statistical analyses and covers SPSS workshops.

Applied Placement in Strength and Conditioning

The aim of this module is to provide the knowledge and technical skills required to work as an effective Strength and Conditioning Practitioner, while using research to inform your practice. The module will focus on the practical skills required for the assessment and monitoring of athletes/workers before, during and after exercise (and periods of training) for the purpose of improving performance and/or health, and/or reducing injury risk. Accordingly, research methods is an integral part of this module.

This module enables you to apply your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in an applied setting. You will gain experience of working in an applied environment and will be given the opportunity to further develop their theoretical, research, practical and communication skills.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

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 methods

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.

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Applied learning

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.

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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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Rob Erskine

Rob Erskine

Programme Leader

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.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

This programme is based in the City Campus. You will have access to world-class facilities in LJMU’s award-winning Tom Reilly and Life Sciences Buildings.

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Entry requirements

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
Additional Information
  • 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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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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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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