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Institute of Human Sciences

Strength and Conditioning

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

This exciting and applied course will develop your scientific knowledge and skills in delivering strength and conditioning (S&C) training methods within a range of contexts.

This exciting and applied course will develop your scientific knowledge and skills in delivering strength and conditioning (S&C) training methods within a range of contexts.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • 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 exciting and applied course will develop your scientific knowledge and skills in delivering strength and conditioning (S&C) training methods within a range of contexts. You will build upon prior experiences by developing in-depth knowledge of S&C science and the multi-faceted 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 will have opportunities to gain highly sought after applied experience and coaching qualifications alongside the course.

For more information about sport at the University of Wolverhampton please see our WLV Sport Page

What happens on the course?

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1. The 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. The staff bring their internationally rated research expertise into their teaching.

2. Throughout the course you will gain insights from industry based visiting lecturers who are practitioners and coaches in a range of settings, including elite sports teams and governing bodies.

3. Completion of the 7SR009 Practical Strength and Conditioning Techniques module will prepare you to undertake additional qualifications such as British Weightlifting level 2 and 3 awards in instructing weight training, and the UKSCA Level 2 certificate in the foundations of strength and conditioning (Trainer) qualification.

4. Continued Professional Development opportunities are embedded in the course; these include activities such as in-house workshops, seminars and taster sessions with organisations such as the UKSCA, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK), or sports technology companies.

5. You will have opportunities to gain applied experience in high performance environments at key our key partners such as Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Walsall FC, British Judo, Worcester Warriors, Walsall Rugby, and Wasps Netball.

6. For a limited number of students, we offer a bursary option including a year-long internship with the University of Wolverhampton sports teams or a key partner (subject to annual financial review and students being successful in meeting set criteria – for details contact the Course Leader).

7. You will have access to our sport and exercise science laboratories that include cutting edge technology such as our 3D motion capture system, and our environment chamber.

A placement module will provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and mentoring in an S&C context.

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Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Why study sport at the University of Wolverhampton?

  • 99% sports graduate employability*. Our students get jobs!
  • Free university branded sports kit for all students in their first year.
  • We have a proud history of delivering sector-leading sports courses in partnership with major sporting organisations in the Black Country and West Midlands.
  • Specialist sports facilities including human performance and movement labs with an environmental chamber and 3D motion capture software; physiotherapy and sports therapy suites; sports performance clinic; elite strength and conditioning suite; multi-million pound Sports Centre; 3G football pitch; tennis/netball courts.
  • Inspirational teaching staff who are cutting edge practitioners and researchers in their subject areas.
  • Access to motivating, high level sports coaches who work with our WLV Sport teams.
  • Sports Scholarships available up to £4,500 across the three years of a degree (subject to successful Scholarship application).
  • Innovative block curriculum delivery model, including modules focussed on introducing you to Higher Education, and developing your employability

For more information about sport at the University of Wolverhampton please see our WLV Sport Page

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £7450 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £7650 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3725 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £13650 per year 2020-21

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • You will need a good degree in a related subject (normally 2:1 or above).
  • We will consider applicants who have other qualifications or experience, equivalent to degree level. If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • 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.
  • 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 (DB) Police 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 £6.00 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..

    Olympic superstar Kristian Thomas has added a First Class degree from the University of Wolverhampton to his long list of accolades (September, 2019).

    The captain of Great Britain’s men’s gymnastics team at Rio 2016 said: "It’s a very proud moment after three years of hard work to be in the Grand Theatre with my cohort and my peers and the people who have helped me including the academic staff. I was out of education for quite a few years so to come back into it was a little bit daunting but they made that process so seamless. I’m very proud to come to the end of the three years and to come away with a first class honours as well."

    Watch Kristian's full video here | Press Release (Express and Star)

    Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites or 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.

    University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

    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.

    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 at


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