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Strength and Conditioning (Distance Learning) MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Previous degree


Distance learning available


Student visa accepted?



2-5 years (full-time)

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Boost athletic potential with our innovative Strength and Conditioning master’s

Guide athletes to success with our practical Strength and Conditioning master’s. You will cover topics like:

  • coaching skills
  • training exercises and interventions
  • biomechanics
  • strategic training
  • scientific evidence and research.

Our student, Alexander, shares that the postgraduate strength and conditioning course was beyond “stimulating, thought-provoking, and a challenge to [their] current philosophy”.

Pioneers in strength and conditioning

We are widely recognised as an international leader in strength and conditioning education. We were the first UK institution to offer an undergraduate degree in strength and conditioning and an online part-time Strength and Conditioning MSc.

State-of-the-art facilities

We have recently invested £250,000 into a Performance Education Centre unrivalled as a strength and conditioning education facility.

You’ll also access our world-class sporting facilities, including our:

Expert teaching and support

Our academics are expert coaches and sport scientists committed to your well-being. Our student, Aikaterini, tells us they were “always encouraged and fully supported”.

Study around your commitments

We teach this course online, allowing you to learn around your commitments. You could also combine your studies with work experience to apply theory to practical settings.


Dr Phil Price

Senior Lecturer - Strength and Conditioning Science, and Biomechanics

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Course content


Modules are studied in the order listed below:

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 in an undergraduate degree, preferably in Sport Science or a related field.


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

Experience in the strength and conditioning field amounting to at least ten hours per week is also required. This can be either paid or voluntary work.

Some flexibility in requirements is possible for those achieving lower degree classifications where they can demonstrate substantial industry experience and that their current commitment to study has progressed from the time of their first degree.

Non-degree entrance

There's also a non-degree entrance pathway for those meeting one of two entry requirements:

  • At least five years of experience working in sport in roles related to physical preparation of athletes.
  • Full-time employment and at least five years of experience in a role relating to the physical preparation of military personnel.

Suitability for non-degree entrance is assessed through the completion of two entrance essays that should be completed and submitted along with your application. Find out more about the entrance essays.

If you're offered a place on the non-degree entrant's pathway, you'll be restricted to two modules in your first year (meaning that the quickest you can complete the degree is in three years). In addition, you will study a non-credit bearing study skills module designed to help you quickly upskill in the areas necessary for Master's level study.


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

The programme makes an extensive use of non-traditional assessment methods, alongside more traditional methods of assessment.

Non-traditional modes of assessment include the posting of video blogs, practical coaching vivas, lab report (timed) and production of a website. Traditional modes of assessment include essays, case studies, presentations and viva voce examination.

Career opportunities

With our online Strength and Conditioning master’s, you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as teamwork, strategy, and resilience.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Strength and Conditioning (Distance Learning) MSc, PGDip, PGCert include:

coachphysiologistpersonal trainerathletic directorphysical therapist

Apply now

September 2024

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