Sports Performance, M.Sc. | University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Whether you’re interested in analysing and optimising sports performance through individual and community engagement, or at international and elite-level, this course will give you the skills you need and will deepen your knowledge of the physiology, psychology, performance analysis and biomechanics of sport.

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On this MSc course, you'll learn the biomechanics, physiology and psychology that underpins performance enhancement. You'll develop applied techniques, practical skills and research expertise which show how scientific support can be integrated into the world of top-level sport.

The UK is Europe’s leading market for sport and sports tech with sport and physical activity contributing £39 billion to the UK’s economy. The global sports market is expected to reach $707.84 billion in 2026. The UK’s globally renowned sporting events provide many career opportunities and we’ll provide the expertise and support that will enable you to pursue a career in sports performance with professional sports clubs, national sports organisations and private clinics, or develop your own professional practice.

During your studies, you can choose to work toward British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist.

Course highlights

  • Develop an interdisciplinary approach to enhancing and maintaining sports performance and understanding the techniques used to measure team and individual performance
  • Hear from, and network with, industry insiders such as the English Institute of Sport 
  • Use your laboratory and field-based skills to conduct multidisciplinary analysis of athlete performance including notational systems, performance profiling, assessing physiological determinants of performance and motion capture
  • Learn to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style
  • Study key topics in high-growth employment areas like sports biomechanics and performance analysis
  • Use our professional facilities in biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance testing
  • Benefit from our outstanding new Ravelin Sports Centre, designed to be one of the UK’s most sustainable sports facilities

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career in areas such as teaching, sports development, science support and the health and fitness sectors.

This course will also give you the theoretical basis for further academic research – you could go on to do a ProfDoc in Sport Exercise and Health Science or Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Fitness and Health Manager
  • Sports Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Physiologist
  • Wellbeing Personal Trainer

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Lotus Strength and Fitness
  • Nuffield Health
  • English Institute of Sport

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Applied Sports Physiology - 30 credits

Applied Performance Analysis - 30 credits

Applied Sports Biomechanics - 30 credits

Applied Sports Psychology - 30 credits

MSc Research Development and Practice - 60 credits

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January, September


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants who hold a non-related degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For those who do not hold a degree or relevant professional qualification, extensive experience together with evidence of scholarly ability will be required.

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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