The programmes' core modules are centred on enhancing awareness of the professional issues and research applications associated with being a sport and exercise scientist. The combination of professional and research training meets the ultimate aims of many of our students.
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)
Core or Option modules
Research Methods in Sport
Developing Professional Skills in SES
|Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice|
Biomechanics of Sport Performance
Biomechanics of the Injury Process
Physiology of Sports Performance
Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology
Physical Activity, Exercise and Illness
Exercise, Testing and Interpretation
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.
There are no written examinations for this programme and modules (except the dissertation) are typically assessed through written work and an additional assesment, such as a presentation, practical assesment or a
viva voce examination.
Assesment 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, designing interventions, research reports, presentations and critique.
The dissertation report is usually presented in the format of a journal article but may also be produced as a traditional 12,000 word thesis.
Employability & Careers
Many graduates of the programme go on to gain employment in research or professional practice in a directly relevant area. Many graduates of the programme are currently studying for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a related subject demestically or internationally. Other graduates have 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.
We have a thriving campus with a focus on sport and exercise and we have excellent links with governing bodies; both of these help to provide students with vital work expereince to help secure future employment.
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.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the
International pages on the website.
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
If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits
Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly.