Please note: due to a high volume of applications we are not currently accepting applications for Applied Strength and Conditioning Science. At this stage it seems unlikely that we will re-open applications for September 2021 but please register your interest if you would like to receive updates. We are also investigating the possibility of offering a January start for this programme, but this has not been confirmed.
Study a Master's degree that will give you the practical skills required for a successful career as a strength and conditioning coach.
- High practical focus, allowing for development of coaching and scientific skills that are crucial for industry
- Outstanding sports facilities including access to the Performance Education Centre
- Excellent industry links, providing opportunity for placement and vocational experience
- Develop an extensive understanding of strength and conditioning theory and its real-world application
Why study Applied Strength and Conditioning Science?
To have a successful career as a strength and conditioning coach it's crucial for you to have the practical and scientific skills necessary to deliver safe, informed, and effective support for athletes.
Many sports science, coaching or rehabilitation graduates develop an interest in strength and conditioning and the training processes of athletes. Despite that, they may lack the technical or scientific knowledge required to deliver this effectively.
When you graduate from our Applied Strength and Conditioning Science degree you will have the skills needed to be successful within the industry.
You'll be taught by experienced coaches and scientists who coach (or have coached) across a variety of levels and sports. includes rugby, football, golf, cricket, and Olympic and Paralympic programmes. All teaching staff on the programme develop their work within the industry into research that then informs how coaching of their sport is delivered.
Why St Mary's?
In 2007 St Mary’s University created the UK's first undergraduate strength and conditioning degree. Since then, the strength and conditioning industry has grown dramatically. We are now recognised internationally as a leading strength and conditioning education provider.
You'll have access to our outstanding facilities for athletic training. This consists of our industry-leading strength and conditioning suite and a range of other training facilities.
You'll be taught with equipment used within the industry to ensure you have the skills needed to hit the ground running in your new career. This includes GPS units, Force Decks, Nordboard, GymAware, and many more.
We have excellent links with industry partners thanks to our location and reputation within the industry. Through these links we can provide a range of work placement opportunities in sports and exercise settings. We have connections with local schools and colleges, university sports teams, as well as within professional football, cricket, rugby and international tennis (to name a few).
Our staff hold a range of industry qualifications. This includes United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) accreditations.
Our programme benefits from having staff attached to it that are UKSCA tutors and accredited members. You will learn the skill required for the UKSCA accreditation process.
The programme is also seeking to become accredited through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
We've put together a bespoke virtual open day for anyone interested in studying at St Mary's.
Join the event now
Programme Director for Strength and Conditioning Science BSc