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Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Previous degree


Distance learning available


Student visa accepted?



1 year (full-time)

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Investigate the science of human movement with our practical biomechanics master’s

Explore mechanical principles that underpin human movement to improve performance and understand injury mechanisms in sport and exercise with our hands-on biomechanics master’s. You will develop in-depth knowledge and practical skills such as:

  • coordination and movement variability
  • three-dimensional modelling (e.g. Visual 3D, OpenSim, FreeBody)
  • laboratory testing (e.g. Vicon motion capture system, Cybex dynamometers, Delsys electromyography, Kistler force platforms)
  • field-based assessments (e.g. XSens and Blue Trident IMUs, Theia Markerless motion capture and Catapult GPS),

World-class facilities

You’ll access our world-class sporting facilities, laboratories, and extensive sports grounds, including our:

Designed according to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

We designed course content according to competencies laid out by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Therefore, our postgraduate biomechanics degree is the perfect stepping-stone into the sport, exercise, and research industries.


Dr Alexandra Atack

Course Lead - Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics webinar - 8th May

Wednesday 08th May 2024, 04:00PM

Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in sport science, exercise science, strength and conditioning science, physical education, sport rehabilitation, physiotherapy or a related field.



Previous degree

Additional requirement information

Students will be considered with other appropriate qualifications or experience that is deemed equivalent. Applicants should normally be able to demonstrate a background in research methods or a related discipline.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

A wide variety of assessment modes are employed including critical essays, laboratory reports, practical examinations, vlogs and presentations. No formal written examinations are included, however, students will be required to complete an independent data analysis task as part of ‘Advanced Biomechanics Principles’ and oral examinations are employed within some modules.

Modules are taught two or three hours per week in addition to an intensive teaching week at the start of Semester one. The programme can be completed in a year if studied full-time. Part-time students can complete the degree in two years.

This degree can be studied as an MSc, PGDip or PGCert. You will need to accrue 180 credits to qualify for the MSc, 120 credits for the PGDip and 60 credits for the PGCert. All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60.

Career opportunities

With our online biomechanics master’s, you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as strategy, communication, and attention to detail.

You could establish a career within:

  • the testing and monitoring of athletes and sports teams
  • technology development
  • research.

Our graduates have secured positions in institutions such as: 

  • Lawn Tennis Association
  • Fulham FC
  • Hawkeye
  • Vicon
  • Muov Tilt Bikes
  • Sportable
  • Profeet
  • Health Research Institute
  • University of Northern British Columbia and University Campus of Football Business
  • Nuffield Health.

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September 2024

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