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  • 12 months
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The major focus of the Strength and Conditioning programme from The University of Edinburgh is on performance sport, although other areas such as exercise and rehabilitation are also covered, reflecting the range of exercise and sports contexts that the strength and conditioning practitioner may work in. 
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Overview

Strength and Conditioning has emerged as a distinct and popular area of expertise in sport science, predominantly from within the discipline of physiology although frequently requiring knowledge and understanding of inter-disciplinary applied sport science and coaching, providing the rationale for this programme.

The Strength and Conditioning programme from The University of Edinburgh combines both the theoretical and practical elements of strength and conditioning to identify and examine a wide range of academic and practitioner needs. Students gain excellent applied experience and professional development opportunities in parallel with the taught programme, using established links with local and national sports teams and governing bodies.

Career Opportunities

The qualification and skills you gain in this programme will complement the applied experience and any professional accreditation for those aspiring to be practitioners at the cutting edge of strength and conditioning. Primary roles exist in the sports performance area, but you may also apply your skills to work in the areas of exercise and fitness, rehabilitation and the wider sports industry.

The masters degree is also a springboard for further research, either within academia or the private sector. The highly transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and project management can also be applied to roles in any field.

Accreditation

The MSc Strength and Conditioning programme is formally recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Programme. This recognition distinguishes the programme as having a standardised, approved strength and conditioning curricula.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Conditioning Physiology 
  • Environmental Factors in Sport 
  • Paediatric Factors in Sport
  • Physio-mechanical Aspects of Resistance
  • Professional Skills in Development Environments 
  • Research Process
  • Understanding Research Concepts

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Postgraduate Diploma: 9 months

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      • MSc: 24 - 72 months
      • Postgraduate Diploma: 24 - 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a sport and exercise science subject area.

We may also consider your application if you have other academic or professional qualifications or considerable relevant experience; please contact us to check before you apply. We will consider:

  • Strengths and weaknesses in grade profiles related to the programme.
  • Applied experience as an athlete or coach.
  • Applied experience working with other athletes and coaches.
  • Professional training or accreditation in strength and conditioning.
  • References.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    10700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time MSc fees per year

  • Home/EU: £5,350
  • International: £10,800

Full-time PgDip, fees per year

  • Home/EU: £7,135
  • International: £14,400

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your tuition fee status. 

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