Strength And Conditioning

University of Bolton

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
12450 GBP/year
6840 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Looking to raise your game in the field of strength, conditioning and athlete development Graduates of the well-established Master’s degree in Strength And Conditioning offered by the University of Bolton have a proven track record preparing athletes and sports teams for competition, and our highly-experienced practitioner-tutors offer the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career.


Elite sports people need an elite support team – and expert strength and conditioning coaches are in demand world-wide to promote and guide the physical development of athletes and sports teams. Aimed at graduates with relevant academic and vocational experience, the Strength And Conditioning course is designed to build on your existing knowledge, opening doors to higher levels of responsibility and professional accreditation in strength and conditioning.

Based in Bolton One, the University of Bolton’s specially designed sports and health teaching and research centre, this practically-focused Master’s degree aims to help you gain the academic and theoretical knowledge (for evidence-based practice), and professional, vocational and practical skills needed for success in this competitive industry. Our dedicated team of experienced academic practitioners, who have worked at all levels of elite and professional sport, will guide you in an exploration of the science and coaching of strength and conditioning.

We’ll support you to advance your understanding and make strong links between theory and practice in areas such as biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, coaching and leadership. Our commitment is to helping you develop as a practitioner, informed by the latest research and on-going developments in the sciences of sports and human performance, so that you can become a leader in the field of strength and conditioning.


  • Specialist facilities in Bolton One include a dedicated strength and conditioning suite, sport and exercise laboratories focusing on physiology and biomechanics, fully equipped teaching clinics, a rehabilitation and exercise suite, a multi-use sports hall and climbing wall, our Sports and Spinal Injuries Clinic, and much more.
  • Bolton One is also home to our Athlete Development Centre (ADC), offering you opportunities to work alongside our professional practitioners helping athletes, sports teams and coaches at all levels improve their performance. The ADC currently has a client base that includes professional football and rugby league, GB Weightlifting, Triathlon England, Triathlon Australia, England Athletics, and professional combat sport athletes.
  • Professional experience is an essential element of the course that gives valuable, hands-on, real-life experience in a professional sports setting. Our extensive network of sports industry contacts and partners means we can offer a wide variety of placements.
  • Guest lecturers with a strong background in applied strength and conditioning contribute to the course, and have included coaches to elite athletes, book authors, internationally recognised researchers, NGB coaches, and internationally recognised strength and conditioning specialists.
  • The UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) does not accredit any university degrees. However, we believe this course exceeds the academic requirements detailed in their Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) Competency Document, as well as the requirements to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in the USA, meaning you can focus on meeting their experiential requirements.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biomechanics of Strength and Conditioning
  • Training and Adaptation: the Physiology of Sports Performance
  • Critical Considerations for Preparation & Planning for Performance
  • Contemporary Issues in Strength and Conditioning
  • Scientific Enquiry and Data Analysis
  • Critical Independent Enquiry
  • Professional Experience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally, you should have successfully completed an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. sport and exercise science, coaching, physiology).
  • You should also have relevant vocational experience.
  • If you don’t meet the standard entry requirements but have considerable sector-based expertise, we’ll be happy to consider your application.
  • You'll be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12450 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6840 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6840 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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