Sport & Exercise Science - MSc/PgD/PgC

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Course Overview

With named pathway awards for the MSc in Biomechanics, Physiology, Physical Activity and Health.

The internationally recognised research expertise in the Cardiff School of Sport is uniquely combined with one of the leading centres for student sport in the UK to provide a popular suite of MSc programmes in Sport and Exercise Science related disciplines. The programmes are contained within the Cardiff School of Sport's Postgraduate Scheme in Sport. The flexible programmes are centred on research-informed learning and professional practice and adopts a student-centred approach to develop understanding of contemporary issues in sport and exercise through multi- and independent discipline perspectives. Within the programmes, students can elect to specialise in specific named pathways in Biomechanics, Physiology and Physical Activity & Health or within the general pathway of Sport and Exercise Sciences. 

The programme assists students in exploring internship opportunities within research, applied sport science and clinical practice, and further supports student engagement within professional bodies (e.g. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: BASES).

​Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 30th June. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.​

​Course Content​​

The programmes' core modules are centred on enhancing awareness of the professional issues and research applications associated with being a sport and exercise scientist in alignment with the informed practice of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

The option modules are structured to allow students to tailor their programme based on personal interests within the respective disciplines and the possibility of selecting modules leading to a final MSc award with named pathways allows for recognition of specialities within the programme. Students may alternatively maintain a breadth in their areas of study by combining multiple discipline-based option modules. 

 

​​​Degree title (with named pathway if applicable)

 

Sport & Exercise Science

Sport & Exercise   Science (Biomechanics)​

Sport & Exercise Science (Physiology)​

Sport & Exercise Science (Physical Activity & Health​)

Module name

 

      Core or Option modules

 

Dissertation Project​​​

Core

Core

Core

Core

Research Methods in Sport

Core

Core

Core

Core

Developing Professional Skills in SES

Core

Core

Core

Core

Biomechanics of Sport Performance

Option

Core

 

 

Biomechanics of the Injury Process

Option

Core

 

 

Physiology of Sports Performance

Option

 

Core

Option

Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology

Option

 

Core

Option

Physical Activity, Exercise and Illness

Option

 

Option

Core

Psychology of Physical Activity, Exercise and Wellness

Option

 

 

Core

Independent Study

Option

Core

Option

Option

Supervised Placement

Option

Core

Option

Option

Exercise, Testing and Interpretation

Option

 

Option

Option​

There are three exit points from the MSc Sport & Exercise Science degree; Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgC) after successful completion of three modules; Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgD) awarded completion of six modules; the MSc (potentially with named pathways) is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements including the submission of a dissertation report.

Learning & Teaching​

All modules, except the independent research project (dissertation) module, are 20 credit modules. Timetabled delivery for each taught module usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and up to 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is normally made up of lecture, seminars, practical laboratories/ workshops and tutorials. Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture, seminar and practical based sessions. Group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All students are supported with access to a personal tutor who is usually the Programme Director of their course. 

Assessment

With the exception of the dissertation project, all module assessment is based upon 5,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, needs analyses and the design of interventions, research reports, presentations and critique. 

The dissertation report can be presented either as a traditional 12,000 word thesis or in the format of a journal article. 

Employability & Careers​

Many graduates of the programme are currently studying for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject within Cardiff Metropolitan and at other UK institutions. Graduates have typically pursued careers as clinical and applied science consultants, lecturers (further and higher education) and, in the fitness and training industry. Recent graduates have also secured employment as applied sport scientists in the National Institutes of Sport (e.g. English Institute of Sport, Sport Wales), within UK academic departments and within clinical practices.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

The programme is designed for science-based graduates or professionals working within a related field. The specific entry requirements include:

  • An honours degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or exercise related area appropriate to the programme. 
  • An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the Programme Director. 
  • Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, curriculum vitae and may be asked to attend an interview. Applicants are usually invited to have an informal conversation (skype or phone) with the programme director before any offer is made.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
One-two years full-time, or two-five years part-time.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Michael Hughes:
Email: mghughes@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2020 5812

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms