Are you fascinated by the field of human performance? Do you want the advanced skills and knowledge that will help you make a real impact within the sports performance industry? Whether you want to work with athletes and teams, governing bodies or other organisations, our postgraduate course will help mould you into an experienced and adaptable strength and conditioning specialist, able to help meet the demand for knowledgeable practitioners in this exciting and rapidly growing sector.
Studying this course will enable you to develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of key areas including the science of human performance, effective coaching and other essential attributes for employment in this field. Our course has been developed in collaboration with industry professionals and is aligned with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the new Graduate Strength and Conditioning professional standards developed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
Putting your theory into practice, you will undertake a work-based learning module to help equip you with the skills for working in an area of your choice, while your lectures and practical sessions will be delivered using the latest technology and equipment in our state-of-the-art Human Performance Centre and Human Performance Laboratory, based at our new £44 million Moss House campus.
What our staff and students say
The fields of strength, conditioning and athletic performance have seen huge growth in recent years. This course allows students to develop their understanding of specific methods of performance enhancement which can then be applied to their area/sport(s) of interest. There is a strong underpinning of application of theory which is incorporated in all modules, and students are expected to not only know the theory but to be able to apply it effectively, enhancing their employment opportunities. Students will also have the benefit of brand new, bespoke facilities, all designed to enhance student learning and experience.
Our course has been developed to meet the demands of the industry in terms of the underpinning knowledge and practical competency. Students will have the benefit of learning from those working in the industry and research active staff, with the goal of providing employable strength, conditioning and performance practitioners. Located in the city centre and home to the new Human Performance Centre, our links to industry will provide a springboard to employment in this growing field.
Why should I choose this course?
- Excellent facilities – Our Human Performance Centre includes a 35m sprint track (with force plate) and sled track, eight lifting platforms, integrated bilateral force plates, 7m rig and large screens displaying live analysis data, while our purpose-built Human Performance Lab features the latest equipment including an anti-gravity treadmill, isokinetic dynamometer, Monark LC7 cycle ergometer and SECA body composition analyser. You will be able to use this equipment within a variety of modules, including Research Methods, Athlete Management and your final research project
- Practical application – Thanks to our strong industry links, you will have an extensive range of placement opportunities, helping you build the skills and experience to work in an area of your choice within the sector. We have worked with the likes of Gamechanger Performance – as well as using their facilities at St George’s Park – and local rugby clubs such as Bournville RFC, while we are forging further links with professional and semi-professional sports teams through our brand new facilities
- Expert teaching – You will learn from both industry and research active staff to develop your academic and practical skills. Our course is led by a member of BASES with more than 25 years of applied practitioner experience, while our sports department research interests include strength and conditioning for professional football players, methods to increase rate of force production and pre-event strategies to enhance performance
- Industry approved – We are working towards accreditation by the NSCA, aligning your studies with the professional standards that employers in the industry are seeking. We are also an education partner of CIMSPA and, following their partnership work with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), we are exploring further programme accreditation on their Graduate Strength and Conditioning coach framework
The fantastic news for anyone joining our sports-focused degree courses is that they will have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art facilities at our new higher education building, Moss House. These will include a cutting edge gym incorporating all the latest equipment and sports technology and a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.
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Teaching and assessment
The course will be delivered by a variety of methods which include attending lectures, seminar debates, workshops, interacting with guest speakers and leading entrepreneurs from industry. You will also be expected to engage with independent reading and research to ensure an interactive and personalised learning experience.
You will be assessed by a range of methods to encourage the development of relevant skills and competencies. These include case studies, presentations, assignments and laboratory reports. Finally, you will undertake an extended research project linked to your area(s) of interest within the industry.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
- MA/MSc - A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent
- A subject related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution
- Applicants who make it through the initial selection process will be required to attend an interview, after which the evidence from the above selection procedures will be considered. Full details of this procedure will be sent to applicants who have progressed successfully to this stage.
- We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to UCB.
- To apply, you must have 5 years of significant industry experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
- A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.
If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience please contact admissions, so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.
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The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placement work is an integral part of the ‘Experiential Learning’ module, with a minimum of 30 hours required for your assessment. Aside from this, we fully encourage and will support you in gaining further experience through placements. We have our own sports employability officers to support this process and can put you in touch with local links as you research the most suitable placements to realise your own career aims.
Our previous students have undertaken placements with Wasps Rugby Academy and other national and regional level rugby clubs, supported our own talented athlete scholars (including boxers, professional MMA athletes, powerlifters and rugby players), worked alongside young elite athletes and built their own portfolios as self-employed practitioners.
At University College Birmingham, we understand the importance of work placements within your studies, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.
This course will give you a wealth of skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the areas of strength and conditioning and human performance.
Potential paths open to you may include working with:
- Individual performers/athletes
- Sports teams
- Sports governing bodies
- Strength and conditioning facilities
The nature of the course content allows you to pursue a career in an area driven by your own preferences.
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