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What makes Applied Sport Science MSc at Worcester special?

This course allows you to have a flexible focus on your own development within Applied Sports Science. With this in mind, the primary focus of course content relates to enhancing athletic performance based upon a mixture of established and contemporary methods.

At Worcester our authentic assessments allow you to work directly with athletes for laboratory and field based testing, and training interventions.

The course is delivered through a combination of intensive study weeks, weekly classes & seminars, placement learning, and independent study.



Key features

  • Your studies will have an emphasis on the applied nature of sport science support
  • Student centred teaching and assessment
  • Focus on employability skills and competencies
  • Available both full-time and part-time, allowing you to study at your preferred pace
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

You will normally have a 2:1 classification in a sport-related degree.

Students who hold a sport-related degree classification 2:2 or below, or a non-sport related degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants will be interviewed.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 


  • Leading People in Sport

  • Assessing the Limits to Human Performance

  • Sports Research Project

  • Enhancing Human Performance

  • Professional Placement

What will you study and when?

An example of the structure which will be followed by a full-time student on any of the pathways, and normally would be:

  • 1 x 30 credit pathway specific module to be taken in semester 1 (September – January)
  • 1 x 30 credit Leading People in Sport module in semester 1 (September – January)  
  • 1 x 30 credit Professional Placement module in semester 2 (January – May)
  • 1 x 30 credit pathway specific module to be taken in semester 2 (January - May)
  • 1 x 60 credit Sports Research Project module including research methods to be taken between May and September

Part time students would normally complete the course over 2 years:

  • In Year 1 they would take one pathway specific module in semester 1 and 2.
  • In Year 2 they would take Leading People in Sport in semester 1, complete their Professional Placement in semester 2, and complete their Sports Research Project over the summer.
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The learning, teaching and assessment methods on the Applied Sport Science Course are designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop the qualities of independent learning ability and to enable them to become effective practitioners.

The learning environment will include a full range of practical work, lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning, project work and independent and group study tasks. Students will be encouraged to take control of their learning in an independent manner. Modules will be taught during weekly sessions and ‘Intensive study weeks’. These modules will include practical laboratory and field based activities, student presentations and self-assessment of practical competencies.

The Applied Sport Science modules will encourage students to consider the factors limiting sporting performance and the methods for assessing the ability of athletes to meet the demands of their sport. Furthermore students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge of the underpinning sport sciences to the development to targeted performance enhancement interventions. The Sports Research Project module gives students the opportunity to demonstrate an in depth understanding of a current issue or topic and will subsequently design and implement a Masters level research project.


You are taught through a combination of intensive weeks, interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and laboratory practical’s, fieldwork, practical activities etc.

Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. 

Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

Contact Time

For intensive study weeks students are expected to have 5 x 8 hours of contact time per intensive week (2 in total). In addition, students are expected to have approximately 4 hours of further contact time per module, per week.

In addition, students attend two complete study days (16 hours) prior to their period of professional practice, and are able to access 8 hours of tutorial support during the course of their Research Project study. Students will also receive two days of structured Research Project preparation.

Independent Self Study

In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 2 hours of personal self-study per module per week. Typically, this will involve online study tasks, reading journal articles and completing formative assignments. The Dissertation requires substantial independent work and can be expected to require 600 hours of study. In addition students are required to undertake 100 hours of placement activities as part of their Professional Placement.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 


  • 1 year full time
  • Typically 2 years part time


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Given the importance of planning ahead, indicative timings of intensive teaching blocks are normally available at time of application / interview.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final dissertation. The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the course selected.

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course and have experience of both research and applied practice and consultancy. 

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our sports staff profiles.


Dr Ben Duncan

Ben joined the University of Worcester in December 2016 after completing his BSc Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (2010) and being awarded his PhD at the University of Brighton (2017). Ben’s PhD entitled 'The metabolic effects of acute and prolonged hypoxia' examined the potential use of hypoxia (altitude) as a preventative and treatment tool for metabolic disorders, namely obesity.

Ben has a particular interest in environmental physiology and endurance performance and has provided support to a variety of athletes. Support for individuals undertaking ultra-challenges including the North Pole marathon, the Marathon de Sables and the Jungle Marathon were of particular interest, as was working with endurance athletes from Sussex County England Athletics and power athletes in the sports of Team Gym and British Bobsleigh.


Where could it take you?

The course equips students to progress further in their career within applied sports science. This may be attaining a first internship or paid position for recent graduates alternatively more experienced practitioners will be in a better position to apply for promotion or to move into more senior positions within the industry.



How much will it cost?


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

How to apply