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MSc Sport and Exercise Science

Develop your skills with professional athletes and sports teams and continue the journey towards becoming an accredited sport and exercise scientist.


Excellent collaborative relationships with professional athletes and sports teams.


Entry requirements

A degree at 2:1 or above in a subject related to sport and health sciences and/or relevant professional experience.

Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.


UCAS code Apply direct to Marjon

Duration One year full-time or two years part-time

How to apply for this course

Course Summary

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Science has been designed to capture the sport and exercise science aspects of the sector in an immersive way, which explores how the sports sciences overlay and work together. For example, you might study the physiological and psychological effects for athletes travelling across time zones to compete in a hot environment, exploring this in the environmental chamber in our BASES accredited lab. Or you might undertake biomechanical analysis using our high speed cameras and force plates to predict injury before it happens and then prescribe conditioning to reduce the risk.

MSc Sport and Exercise Science is specifically focused towards providing students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline through the inclusion of unique field based opportunities. You’ll join a high performance trip to St George's Park, home of England Football, where you’ll can gain an appreciation of sport science support at the highest level. You’ll also benefit from opportunities with our key partners, such as Plymouth Argyle FC and Plymouth Raiders, and the Womens FA High Performance Centre. Other opportunities include hands on experience with health checks and a range of patients in our on-site Health and Wellbeing clinics.

You’ll be given the opportunity to apply and develop knowledge, practical skills and values in applied sport and exercise science contexts to obtain professional and personal progression. It is anticipated that students will look to pursue a career in sport and exercise science and follow the route to become a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist. The MSc programme is a crucial step towards achieving this because it enables students to achieve hours which count towards the Supervised Experience required to become a BASES accredited sport scientist.

Why this course at Marjon?

On completion of this degree you can go on to undertake the BASES Supervised Experience Process.

You'll be immersed in a range of sport and exercise science contexts to understand the multidisciplinary nature of the sector.

You'll complete up to 75 hours of experience in the sector across a range of performance and health settings.

You'll work as part of our sport and exercise science team to deliver support services to a range of athletes and clients.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

Can we help protect athletes and workers from extreme environments?

Does it really matter how much sleep an athlete gets the night before a competition?

Can I play a part in helping to prevent diabetes and other health conditions?

Does a sport and exercise scientist only work in professional sport?

Can you predict injury before it happens?

What might you become?

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Science is designed to help you progress within the sport and exercise science sector. This could be to help you secure an internship as a new graduate, or to allow you to apply for promotions if you are already an experienced practitioner in employment.


Modules for this course

Modules

1st Year

Research methods for postgraduate study
You'll develop your understanding of contemporary methods of research, philosophies in research, and explore evaluation and evidence-based practice research.
Applied sport and exercise science: Athlete profiling, intervention and monitoring
You'll learn how to synchronise state of the art sport and exercise science lab equipment to profile athletes and you'll design multidisiplinary interventions.
Applied professional practice
Understand how sport and exercise science is used in a specific workplace. You'll gain real life experience of the role of a sport and exercise scientist in practice.
Training and competitive environments
You'll understand the challenges faced by athletes transitioning from training to competitive environments and strategies to over come these.
Masters thesis
You'll develop a measurable and meaningful research question, specific research methodology and produce your research thesis.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £6,500


Fees for International students: £12,000


Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of intensive days, workshops, lectures, seminars, lab practicals, interactive group discussion and field work.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and include coursework such as essays, reports, portofolios and your research thesis. There are also many practical based assessments embedded within modules.

Course leader

Caroline Westwood

Caroline has been lecturing and working as an applied sport and exercise scientist for nearly 20 years. As an accredited sport and exercise scientist and strength and conditioning coach she understands the wide ranging impact this profession can have. She has supported many high performance athletes, ranging from professional football players to GB taekwondo fighters.

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Lecturers

Melissa Coyle

Senior Lecturer

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Melissa has research interests that include increasing self-awareness and positive growth and mental health, developing confidence and emotional control, reducing anxiety, and facilitating communication.

John Downey

Lecturer

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John is an exercise specialist with an interest in lifestyle behaviour change and health services evaluation. He holds an MSc in Preventive Cardiology and REPS accredited qualifications in exercise referral and cardiac rehabilitation.

Ben Jane

Senior Lecturer

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Ben has more than twenty years of experience working in various health and fitness roles. In this time he has worked with more than a thousand participants and helped train hundreds of fitness professionals.

Dr Joseph Layden

Senior Lecturer

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Joe has 20 years experience within the area of health and exercise physiology and researches health care interventions, physiology and metabolism. He previously worked as an Occupational Physiologist and Researcher for the UK Ministry of Defence and the Netherlands National Research Office.

Dr Alister McCormick

Senior Lecturer

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Alister teaches psychology and its applications to sport, exercise, and health. His main research interest is how psychological interventions can be used to improve the performances of people who participate in endurance events, such as middle- and long-distance running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon events.

Chris Smietanka

Lecturer / Resident Life Tutor

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Chris has been involved in community football for over 20 years. He oversees the sport science support programme for Plymouth Argyle FC Youth Academy and the operational management for their Centre of Excellence. He helps students to gain volunteering and placement opportunities. He is a Coach Mentor for the FA and as part of the degree programme; students can apply to become part of the FA Young Coach Development Team to develop their theoretical understanding and coaching practice. His other interests include performance analysis, physiological testing and the development of football within the wider community.


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