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About the course

Do you want to further your knowledge of sport science and athletic development? Southampton Solent’s athletic development and peak performance master’s degree has been designed in partnership with industry experts to help equip students with skills, experience and knowledge precisely tailored to industry requirements.

Built on a successful and popular undergraduate programme, this high-level master’s degree helps to prepare students for a career in the sports industry by delivering hands-on professional skills and adopting an interdisciplinary approach to coaching.

During the course, students will explore key areas such as talent identification, long-term athlete development, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, peak performance, technical and tactical development, marginal gains, and injury prevention and management.

Past students have benefitted from a guest speaker programme which has featured lectures from professionals from the highest level of a variety of sports, who have shared their advice, knowledge and experience of the industry.

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The course has a practical focus, combining hands-on experience with master’s theory to teach students how to apply learning to a professional sporting environment.

What does this course lead to?

The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities in sport and exercise science, across every sport imaginable.

You’ll have the opportunity to specialise at the highest level with Solent’s PhD programme, under the guidance of various staff members.

Who is this course for?

This BASES-accredited course is well-suited to those with a sports science-related undergraduate degree who wish to further their knowledge to pursue a career in sport at all levels.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,750
International full-time fees: £12,500

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 costs were:

Compulsory costs:
BASES membership: £29

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

Honours degree at 2:1 or above

  • Acceptance is also subject to successful interview.
  • Admissions will consider applicants who do not have a degree at 2:1 or above, but can provide evidence of relevant work experience.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Applications for 2018 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more.

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What you'll study

Year one

Technical Development in Sport
On this unit you will critically analyse coaching methods and how skill is acquired, building your understanding and use of technology for developing, monitoring and testing athletic performance.

Psycho-Social Development in Sport 
The aim of this unit is to analyse the theories underpinning talent identification and long-term athlete development, and to examine the psycho-social factors affecting performance throughout an athlete’s career.

Physical Preparation in Sport and Exercise
This unit examines the science behind effective training, injury prevention and rehabilitation in a practical setting. You will focus on physical and mental loading, and on the key fitness components of strength, speed, endurance and flexibility.

Tactical Development in Sport 
This unit focuses on performance analysis techniques, providing practical opportunities to collect, assimilate and analyse tactical, technical and time motion information, with the aim of improving performance.

Marginal Gains for Peak Performance 
This unit identifies past, current and future methods of obtaining potential marginal advantage in performance, with a chance to build first-hand experience via off-site learning.

Individual Project 
The project provides an opportunity to undertake a sustained, intensive and independent investigation into a topic of your choosing, presenting your work in a peer-reviewed journal format.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

James Fisher academic profile James Fisher Course Leader View profile
Matt Johnson academic profile Matt Johnson Course Leader View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
Ali Hill academic profile Ali Hill Senior Lecturer View profile
Adam Lewis academic profile Adam Lewis Lecturer View profile
Zoe Wimshurst academic profile Zoe Wimshurst Lecturer View profile
Louis Langdown academic profile Louis Langdown Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students have full access to the University’s leading fully-equipped sports science facilities, which boast a BASES-accredited physiology laboratory, as well as biomechanics, health and exercise, and psychology laboratories. Many of these facilities are regularly used by professional athletes, including players from Southampton FC.

Gaining practical experience is a key element of the programme and students are expected to undertake work placements alongside their studies for the duration of the course.

Your future

You could work with professional, elite or Olympic athletes, meeting the challenges of ensuring they maintain peak fitness in world-class competition, or work with hospitals and health organisations to develop training and recovery programmes for patients suffering injury or disability. You could work with schools and/or colleges, developing fitness programmes and encouraging the next generation of athletes to excel.
  • Although I have many years of experience as a coach and an athlete, this course has helped me to view my world of sport in a different way. I found it very interesting, learning a lot about psychology and how it relates to athletic development and coaching. I would recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about expanding their knowledge in this chosen academic area.

    Ali Mohammadi Rad, student and high performance S&C coach

  • As somebody who works every day in the industry of professional sport science support, the MSc looks set to become integral in bridging the gap between undergraduate degree and full time work in professional sport. With the focus being so applied in its approach, this MSc really stands alone amongst the vast amount of sport science related postgraduate degrees.

    Ben Rosen, graduate now head of strength and conditioning, Southampton FC

  • An essential MSc that bridges the gap between academic knowledge and hands on experience. This course offers a unique opportunity for committed students to develop a broad set of skills on a course that has significant input from an array of practising professional sport scientists and sport coaches and one that will take the student beyond academic learning and prepare them for what we want in industry as potential employers.

    Jon Dalzell PhD, independent coaching and sport science consultant

  • Although my undergraduate study had been an enjoyable experience, the MSc Athletic Development and Peak Performance encourages further learning, but also, to diversify and apply new found knowledge to high level sporting scenarios that really interest me. This, along with great teaching by hugely knowledgeable lecturers and well-structured units which can be applied to any sporting area of interest, makes the course very enjoyable as well as challenging.

    Tom Clark, Motorsport sport scientist

  • I chose this MSc course over others because I wanted to be able to effectively apply my knowledge to a professional environment, and the course has certainly delivered. It has a superb balance of both theoretical and practical application of contemporary subjects within the Sports Coaching and Sports Science industries, and ensures an interdisciplinary approach is understood and reinforced by its students.

    Tom Daniel, student and sport science intern at QPR

  • Having previously studied BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development, I'm now undertaking a masters that is allowing me to garnish a broader understanding of coaching at an elite level. Additionally, I believe that this has further developed my appreciation of the sports industry in general.

    Yiannis Fleming, student and tennis coach

Industry links

The course team has strong industry links and the University is a partner of Southampton FC. The University also works with other top sports organisations, including Reed’s High Performance Academy, British Swimming, Hampshire Rugby, Crystal Palace FC, London Irish RFC and GB Wheelchair Rugby.

This MSc has been designed in conjunction with industry experts, ensuring you receive the skills and theory precisely tailored to industry requirements. Our industry partners are also integral in the provision of placement opportunities, giving you the advantage of real-world experience alongside potential employers during your master’s studies.

Placements

Prior to starting the course you’ll be expected to have a placement organised that will last throughout your studies; this can be in more than one organisation if required. The placement should be in a role relevant to the course, and might include (but not limited to) coach, sport scientist, performance analyst, strength and conditioning coach, exercise physiologist, biomechanist, laboratory technician, etc.

If you’ve been unable to organise a placement, the course team will support you in finding a placement, potentially with university partners Southampton FC or a range of other top sports organisations, including Reed’s High Performance Academy, British Swimming, Hampshire Rugby, Crystal Palace FC, London Irish RFC, GB Wheelchair Rugby and more.

Further study

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