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Strength & Conditioning

Summary

Strength and conditioning coaches, in collaboration with athletic trainers, physiotherapists, nutritionists, sport scientists, and other allied professions, are now commonly part of a team which provides support services to athletes. As a profession, strength and conditioning has seen unheralded growth in the past 40 years, as evidenced by the development of several large non-profit professional bodies.

About

The knowledge base that is utilized by strength and conditioning coaches is generally accepted to cut across several domains, such as anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and sport psychology. Through such observations, the knowledge for effective coaching can be identified and coaching shortcomings can be improved through well-rounded education programmes. This course has been developed to reflect the guidelines published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), regarding graduate level study. In addition, key stakeholders from industry have been consulted to help formulate a needs-led curriculum.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods include: lectures, problem based case studies, tutorials, seminars, online material, workshops, discussion groups, analysis of data, practical exercises, demonstrations, literature searching and observation.

The learning outcomes of the course will be assessed through a combination of essay, examination, case studies, reflective practice, group and individual presentations and extended research project. These assessment methods will measure students' knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as their intellectual and transferable skills.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

(i) a second class honours degree or better in sports science or cognate area from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b) and/or (c), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Duration

Attendance

Pat-time
Students may wish to complete the programme in part-time mode over 3 academic years, typically taking 30 credits per semester.

Full-time
1 year

Careers or further progression

Career options

Employment opportunities for aspiring strength and conditioning coaches thus exist in government-funded organizations such as schools, colleges, universities, national/state institutes of sport, and privately funded professional organizations and individual athletes.

Further enquiries

Contact
Course Director regarding course content: Dr Rodney Kennedy
T:+44 (0)28 9036 6242
E:r.kennedy@ulster.ac.uk

Admissions Contact: Mrs June Edgeworth
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6029
E: j.edgeworth@ulster.ac.uk

Subjects taught

All students have to successfully complete the following 7 compulsory modules in for the award of MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

Modules

Semester 1.

a. Principles and Practice of S&C (30 Credits)

b. Programme Design (15 Credits)

c. Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (15 Credits)

Semester 2.

d. Optimizing Exercise and Load (30 Credits)

e. Applied Statistics (15 Credits)

f. Motor Cognition (15 Credits)

Semester 3.

g. Research Project

For further information on modules, please contact the  Course Director.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Start dates: September 2019

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