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Applied Sport Science MSc

This course allows students the flexibility to focus on their own development within Applied Sports Science.

With this in mind, the primary focus of content relates to enhancing athletic performance based upon a mixture of established and contemporary methods. Key features of the course include authentic assessments that include directly working with athletes for laboratory and field based testing, and training interventions.

Key features.

  • Unique multidisciplinary and applied focus.
  • The course focusses on the skills and abilities needed in an applied sports science setting with a view to enhancing performance in athlete. In order to maximise their employability, graduates in sport and exercise science must possess a broad range of knowledge and the ability to integrate their understanding of the various academic sub-disciplines. The course at Worcester develops this broad and integrated knowledge through ‘theme based’ modules and encourages students to apply this knowledge into realistic applied scenarios.
  • A curriculum that further develops employability related skills
  • In addition to the development of subject knowledge, the MSc Applied Sport Science Course at the University of Worcester is designed to enhance the ability of students to gain employment in their desired speciality. All students complete a work placement in a field related to their ultimate career ambitions, and their assessment is specifically tailored to their own personal development needs.
  • A course structure that combines both intensive study weeks and distance learning

The course structure is designed to allow postgraduate students to combine study with their own work. In order to facilitate this, several of the modules are delivered partially through distance learning via the University’s virtual learning platform. Attendance at the these face-to-face teaching sessions enables us to teach important aspects such as practical skills and athlete interaction. These modules are delivered during intensive study weeks which occur at three specific times during the academic year.

The course is delivered by blended learning meaning there is a mixture of face to face contact at the University of Worcester, while other elements are taught exclusively online via distance.

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How to Apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or pg-admissions@worc.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Students 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.


Study options

Delivered via distance learning and intensive study weeks, students also complete an advanced independent study.

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Employability

Employability

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.

In this regard the course has an excellent track record in a highly competitive industry; postgraduate destinations include Head of Junior Academy Recruitment at Manchester United Football Club, Head of Sports Science and Medicine Bournemouth FC, Sports Scientist at Birmingham City FC, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Worcester Warriors RFC. The course also prepares students for further study and higher level research degrees, in this regard several students have successfully progressed on to fully funded PhD studentships. While other students have gained more immediate employment in Higher Education in teaching and technical support roles.

Course content

What will you study and when?

MSPO4131 Research Methods in Applied Sports Science
Intensive study week September
Assignment Deadlines- November, January

MSPO4135 Applied Sports Science Professional Placement
Distance learning requiring on-line tasks
Assignment Deadlines- October, July

MSPO4132 Limits to Human Performance
Distance learning requiring weekly on-line tasks
Assignment Deadline- December

MSPO4132 Limits to Human Performance
Intensive Study Week- January
Assignment Deadline- February

MSPO4136 Applied Sports Science Project
One-to-one tutorials and self-directed study
Assignment Deadline- March

MSPO4134 Enhancing Human Performance
Distance learning requiring weekly on-line tasks (January-May)
Intensive Study Week- June
Assignment Deadlines- May, June (during intensive study week)

MSPO4130 Applied Sports Science Dissertation (can be completed in either Semester 1 or 2)
Independent study including tutorials with supervisor
Semester 1 Assignment Deadline- May (Part-time only)
Semester 2 Assignment Deadline- October

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by 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.

Teaching

The MSc programme aims to further develop students’ independent learning ability and enable them to become effective, reflective practitioners. Consequently, the learning, teaching and assessment methods are designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop these qualities. The learning environment will include a full range of practical work, lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning, online learning, project work and independent and group study tasks. Students will be encouraged to take control of their learning in an independent manner. Three modules will be taught as ‘Intensive study weeks’ where students attend the University of Worcester for a full week of traditional face to face teaching. These modules will include practical laboratory and field based activities, student presentations and self-assessment of practical competencies. Two of the taught modules (Limits to Human Performance and Enhancing Human Performance) will also have large elements delivered through distance learning. All online learning will be delivered through extensive use of the Universities Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard). These modules will make use of webcasts, on-line seminars, directed reading and study tasks, group discussions and problem based learning activities.

The course is structured to allow students the flexibility to gain significant work experience within the sports science industry alongside their formal learning. This is considered by employers to be one of the primary differentiating factors between successful and unsuccessful applicants for jobs within applied sports science.


Contact time

For intensive study weeks students are expected to have 5 x 8 hours of contact time per module (3 in total). While studying on distance learning modules, students are expected to have approximately 2 hours of contact time (via virtual learning) per module, per week.

In addition, students attend one complete study day (8 hours) prior to their period of professional practice, and are able to access 8 hours of tutorial support during the course of their dissertation study.

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 Applied Sports Science Project and Applied Sports Science Dissertation require substantial independent work and can be expected to require 150 and 600 hours of study respectively. In addition students are required to undertake 100 hours of placement activities as part of their Applied Sports Science 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.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-6 years part time

Timetables

Given the importance of planning ahead, indicative timings of intensive teaching blocks are normally available at time of application / interview. Online tasks for distance learning elements of the course are normally released on a weekly basis, but students are normally able to work on these at times convenient to them.

Teaching staff

Students 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 in Applied Sports Science; the team includes a range of expert lectures (details of which can be found on the course handbook and on the Institute web pages.

Assessment

The overall aim of the course is to develop students into more effective practitioners in Applied Sports Science and this is reflected in both the learning and teaching strategy but also the assessments. As such, a range of intellectual, practical and interpersonal skills will be assessed.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

During the duration of your studies you can expect:

1 x dissertation of 10000 words.
3 x written assignments of 1500-300 words.
1 x practical training intervention demonstration
1 x athlete practical assessment.
2 x oral presentation
1 x placement portfolio (3000 words)

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Student views

Ciaran Ruddock

I feel that undertaking an MSc in Applied Sports Science at the University of Worcester on a part-time basis has been an integral part of my personal, professional and academic development over the past two years. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who has an interest in sports science that wishes to challenge themselves and improve their knowledge of human performance. I liked the fact that you can do all of the work for this course in your own time. I was able to keep up with the workload of an MSc while working fulltime. I was able to do this as result of the flexibility of this academic program. I learned a huge amount about how to read scientific literature, critically think about the findings and how to practically apply this knowledge to the real world.

The biggest positive of the undertaking an Msc in Applied Sports Science at the University of Worcester was access to the highly knowledgeable and helpful staff. Over the two years I studied I was lucky enough to receive a large amount of help and guidance from my tutors of each module. This constant help and support helped me to make the most of the opportunities provided by this academic program.

Ciaran Ruddock,MSc Fitter, Faster, Stronger, Dublin, Ireland (http://ffs.ie)


Academic department

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science 

“We are proud of our strong reputation for sporting excellence. Our mission is to enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding of our students so they can continue to make a meaningful contribution to society at all levels.”
Mick Donovan, Head of Institute


A quality course

A quality course

Here are just a few reasons why you should choose to study MSc Applied Sport Science Course at the University of Worcester.


Unique multidisciplinary and applied focus

Recent literature has suggested that to maximise their employability, graduates in sport and exercise science must possess a broad range of knowledge and the ability to integrate their understanding of the various academic sub-disciplines. The course at Worcester develops this broad and integrated knowledge through the use of applied theme based modules.

A curriculum that further develops employability related skills

In addition to the development of subject knowledge, the MSc Applied Sport Science Course at the University of Worcester is designed to enhance the ability of students to gain employment in their desired speciality. All students complete a work placement in a field related to their ultimate career ambitions, and their assessment is specifically tailored to their own personal development needs.

A course structure that combines both intensive study weeks and distance learning

The course structure is designed to allow postgraduate students to combine study with their own work. In order to facilitate this, several of the modules are delivered entirely through distance learning via the University’s virtual learning platform. Due to the nature of the subject material, attendance at the University will be necessary to use the facilities in some modules. These modules are delivered during intensive study weeks which occur twice during the academic year.

Extensive laboratory facilities

The University of Worcester has a BASES accredited laboratory and a wide range of equipment allowing physiological and biomechanical assessment of athletes. Additionally, the Motion and Performance Centre allows detailed 3D motion analysis of individuals engaged in various activities and we have a large performance analysis suite within thee newly developed Riverside building.

A course teaching team that are at the cutting edge of contemporary sport and exercise science research

All members of the course teaching team have published their work in international academic journals and presented at international conferences. This ensures that their teaching is underpinned by the latest research findings and they are aware of the latest developments in their disciplines at the global level.