The positive impact of strength and conditioning on athletic performance and general health has become increasingly clear. Heightening interest in exercise training, it has increased the demand for trained specialists within both professional and amateur sports.
This exciting Master’s focuses on an evidence-based approach to understanding the science of strength training and the application of strength and conditioning in enhancing human performance: you will have the opportunity to learn how to conduct the best possible interventions, using the best possible evidence.
Coventry University is ranked in the top 25 Universities in the UK for the quality of ‘Sports Science’ education and research in the Guardian University Guide 2019. You’ll be taught by staff with a broad range of academic and professional experience, many of whom have worked with a range of health initiatives, professional athletes and clubs.
Building on your undergraduate studies in sport and exercise, this Master’s Strength and Conditioning aims to develop your expertise and practical ability to prescribe, monitor and evaluate strength and conditioning programmes to optimise exercise performance and recovery.
Why choose this course?
Considered essential in achieving peak performance and reducing injury, the strength and conditioning profession has burgeoned over the past 20 years.
This course is designed to equip you with the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills to become a professional strength and conditioning coach, able to use exercise training to enhance human performance across a range of domains – sport, occupational and health.
Theoretical and practical course content is aligned to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification and UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) competencies, so you can work towards your accreditation as a strength and conditioning coach while you study.
You’ll be taught by staff with a broad range of academic and professional experience, including working with a range of health initiatives, professional athletes and clubs. Many are members of professional institutions such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and conduct research in sport and exercise science, including work on skeletal muscle, high-intensity exercise, clinical physiology and upper-body exercise.
This course has a strong practice-based element; you will have the opportunity to engage in practical application of strength and conditioning in individual and team sport settings.
International experience opportunities
Connections and collaborations are being sought with institutions overseas through staff contacts, the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE), and their Online International Learning (OIL) programme.
Strength and conditioning professionals are in demand in many organisations including professional sports teams/clubs, government sports providers (eg. the English Institute of Sport), local authorities, health and fitness clubs and further and higher education institutions.
On successful completion of this course, you will be ideally placed to become a professionally accredited strength and conditioning coach working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies.
You will also have the opportunity to develop a number of transferrable skills that should enable you to excel in a variety of health and fitness related careers, as a technical coaches, fitness or performance managers for sports teams, for example, or within health promotion or the broader health and fitness industry. The course’s strong focus on research skills provides an ideal platform for further study at PhD level or undertaking research.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.