Strength & Conditioning - MSc/PgD/PgC


Course Overview

The principle aim of the programme is to prepare students for employment within the strength and conditioning industry. This is achieved through academic staff with both experience in the applied sector and currency of research within the strength and conditioning profession and related areas. The programme also benefits from many industry based visiting lecturers. This is the first programme of its kind to offer a dedicated internship module through which students can gain academic credits while undertaking work experience in a club structure, professional organisation or National Governing Body. The programme offers the following course specific compulsory modules:

  • Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application
  • Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice 
  • Training Science 

2016 entry: 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​​

Visiting lecturers, drawn from the UK's most experienced strength and conditioning practitioners, complement the lectures given by the Cardiff School of Sport's specialist staff in strength and conditioning and associated discipline areas. The specialist modules are accompanied by a range of compulsory and option modules, which are shared with other programmes in the School's Postgraduate Scheme in Sport Studies.

Students are afforded the opportunity to develop the academic skills of critical appraisal and reflection alongside the practical skills and competencies that are required to work within this rapidly developing field. The programme's multi-disciplinary content is underpinned by the scientific knowledge that supports the practice of strength and conditioning. A key aim of the programme is to support students in line with the UKSCA competency framework and in preparation for UKSCA accreditation (ASCC: Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach).

In order to qualify for the MSc, students are required to successfully complete a 15,000 word dissertation project.

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods for Sport (Quantitative or Qualitative Route) (20 credits)
  • Dissertation Project (60 credits) 
  • Strength and Conditioning: Science and Application (20 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning: Theory to Practice (20 credits)
  • Physiology of Sports Conditioning (20 credits)
  • Training Science (20 credits)

Option modules (choose 40 credits): 
  • Internship (40 credits)
  • Independent Study (20 credits)
  • Applied Biomechanics (20 credits)
  • Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Physical Activity, health and Wellness (20 credits)
  • Biomechanics of Sports Performance (20 credits)
  • Sports Coaching and Pedagogy: Theory to Practice (20 credits) 
  • Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes (20 credits)
  • Understanding the Sporting Environment (20 credits) 

Learning & Teaching​

The programme embraces a plethora of delivery modes to engage the learner. These include lecture and practical delivery, round table discussions with visiting lecturers, tutorials and small group projects. In order to maximise the experience there is the expectancy for students to engage with curriculum and self-directed study, in addition to tasks and demands of work experience and the internship environments. Support is provided by a personal tutor offering pastoral support, and through the University's Virtual Learning Environment and extensive library resources and academic support. 


Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, practical vivas, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and laboratory reports that are aligned with the diversity of skills required for employment and accreditation within the applied sector.​ ​

Employability & Careers​

Graduates of the programme can continue their studies and register for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject. Other graduates will pursue careers as professional strength and conditioning coaches working for the Home Country Sports Institutes, professional sports teams and National Governing Bodies, technical coaches, work within the health and fitness industry, act as consultants and lecture (further and higher education).

Previous graduates and current students of the programme work within the following establishments/organisations:

​English Institute of Sport; Sport Wales; Newport Gwent Dragons; Scarlets Rugby; Leicester Tigers Rugby; Cardiff City FC; Glamorgan County Cricket; Bath Rugby; Cardiff Met Sport; Cardiff and Vale College

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • 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 coaching, working within the health and fitness industry, sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme

​For non UK applicants, the minimum IELTS English Language requirement for this programme is ​6.5 or equivalent.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, a CV and an interview.

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

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
One to two years full-time; two to 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

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

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

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Jeremy Moody:
Tel: 029 2020 5863

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting