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Sport & Exercise Science Masters - MSc/PgD/PgC

With named pathway awards for the MSc in Biomechanics, or Physiology.

The internationally recognised research expertise in the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is unique and combines with one of the leading centres for student sport in the UK. This popular MSc programme in Sport and Exercise Science is contained within the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences Postgraduate Scheme in Sport. Research-informed learning and professional practice support the structure and effective delivery of the programme’s content. It adopts a student-centred approach to develop understanding of contemporary issues in sport and exercise through multi- and independent discipline perspectives. Within the programme, students can elect to specialise in specific named pathways in Biomechanics or Physiology, or pursue the general route towards the award of an MSc in 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).

​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. 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)​

Module name


Core or Option modules

Dissertation Project​​​




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




Independent Study




Supervised Placement




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.

International Applicants
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.

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

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 RPL page.

Additional Information

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

Part-time fees:
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.

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Paul Smith.
Tel: 029 2020 416070

Key Course Information

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
One to two years full-time.
Two to four years part-time.

More About the Course
Student Profile

Master's student Molly, explains why she chose the MSc Sport and Exercise Science degree at Cardiff Met in this brief video.

Graduate Profile
Meet the Team: Mike Hughes

"At postgraduate level, we are often preparing our students for careers in research or professional practice in sport or health and these themes run parallel through my own career path.

My experiences inform teaching and our programme design to help students set off on their own career paths. The relatively small group sizes enable real discussion and skill development, allowing for the needs of students to be met in our supervision, teaching and guidance during their postgraduate programme."

Michael Hughes, PhD. Module leader, Physiology of Sport Performance.

Performance Sport

Cardiff Met provides and manages a TASS accredited Dual Career Scheme environment that allows students to achieve their academic potential alongside training, playing and performing in their chosen sport.

With personal experience of competing on the international stage and undertaking world leading research, our academic and Performance Sport staff create a truly unique environment of sporting excellence. The integrated model means you can be assured our programmes are informed by the latest in coaching and support services all designed to develop you as an athlete. Coupled with our key partnerships with a variety of National Governing Bodies our programmes work alongside recognised talent pathways. Find out more

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