Institute of Human Sciences

Strength and Conditioning

MSc Full-time 12 months, Part-time 2 years

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (12 months), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Human Sciences

Why choose this course?

This course will allow you the opportunity to develop key competencies in Strength and Conditioning coaching, and challenge you to develop your theoretical knowledge, applied experiences and research skills towards becoming an evidence-based S&C practitioner.

We have longstanding partnerships with a number of sporting organisations which add value to our educational programmes, including guest lectures from experienced applied practitioners and opportunities for students to gain applied experience.

Our Partners:

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 Bham City Ladies FC logoBurton RFC logo  

 Telford AFC logoWalsall Rugby Club logo


This course has been developed in consultation with The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and aligned to the professional standards developed by CIMSPA in collaboration with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. Graduates of this course will have met the professional standards for the Strength and Conditioning Trainer and the Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach roles.

What happens on the course?

You will study the underlying principles of S&C science and the multifaceted role of the S&C practitioner. The applied and practical nature of the course will equip you with the skills required to work with athletes and clients of different ages, abilities and demographics in designing and implementing bespoke training programmes to enhance athletic performance and health and wellbeing. You will benefit from the insights of experienced S&C coaches and practitioners from related disciplines, and you will have opportunities to gain valuable applied experience and coaching qualifications alongside the course. There is an emphasis on technical coaching skills and the integration of S&C into the wider interdisciplinary performance setting.

During this course you will study modules such as:

  • Practical Strength and Conditioning Techniques
  • Athlete Profiling and Performance Monitoring
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning Practice
  • Science and Practice of Training Programme Design
  • Advanced Research methods
  • Dissertation

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will be assessed in a variety of ways that are relevant to the extensive range of competencies required of an S&C coach. These include practical assessment of technical coaching competencies, portfolios and applied case studies demonstrating the ability to assess athletic performance and prescribe individualised training programmes, and written coursework demonstrating reflective practice and research skills.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £7650 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £7800 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • You will need a good degree in a related subject (normally 2:2 or above).
  • Applications may be considered from those without an undergraduate degree (or in an unrelated discipline) provided that they can demonstrate significant professional experience in S&C or a related sector (such as personal training or military training). These applications will be considered by the Programme Lead. Please contact hyperlink with such enquiries.
  • You will need to supply evidence in the personal statement on the application form that demonstrates your suitability for the MSc Strength and Conditioning and your reasons for wanting to study the course.
  • Please note those receiving an offer of a place on the course will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and an Occupational Health Check.

  • Applicants from overseas should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (normally IELTS 6.5). You will also need to obtain a certificate of good conduct/character and any other references from your home country, and this will be required to ensure you pass the UK police (DBS) checks that are a requirement of the course..
  • Please note you may be required to attend an interview for this course..
  • Other Requirements

    Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and an Occupational Health Check.

    If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.50 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete a physical activity readiness questionnaire prior to starting the course.

    Those who do not meet the entry requirements set for this course (listed above) may be offered an alternative course/s. The alternative course/s offered will also require the applicant to meet with the set entry requirements..

    This course is delivered by experienced academics and applied practitioners in the fields of sports science and strength and conditioning (S&C), including UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accredited coaches and tutors.  Our academic staff includes leading researchers and experienced practitioners with extensive experience of supporting athletes in enhancing their sports performance.  

    Our fantastic specialist sports facilities house cutting-edge technology including our human movement lab with 3D motion capture system, physiology lab with environmental chamber and our high performance S&C Suite, which is part of the British Judo World Class Performance Centre.

    Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

    You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

    * Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

    Changes for EU students:

    The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

    EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

    Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

    You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

    The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

    There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

    The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


    If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

    Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

    Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

    We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

    Financial Hardship:

    Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

    Charitable Funding:

    You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

    You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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