Sport and Exercise Science MSc

Sport and Exercise Science MSc

School of Sport and Health Sciences


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years (infill basis only) Lectures will be on Wednesdays

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Why study this programme?

Postgraduate study of sport and exercise science at UCLan provides the scientific backup for optimising athletic performance / monitoring, and offers a cornerstone of some health and wellness interventions. This course is targeted at students of sport and exercise sciences who wish to develop their vocational skills in a truly applied context and learn from some of the world’s leading experts in this field. Sport and exercise scientists will have a broad technical knowledge, allied to an excellent applied skills base, and an underpinning knowledge of the core disciplines of physiology and biomechanics. This innovative master’s programme allows the application of these varied principles via both a research and practitioner-based context, particularly focused on the discipline areas of physiology and biomechanics.


Contact the Course Leader:

Dr. Jonathan Sinclair
+44 (0) 1772 89 2796

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Entry Requirements

2:2 Hons degree or equivalent degree associated with sport and exercise physiology and /or biomechanics.
IELTS: 6.5 with no subscore lower than 6.0

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

  • XS4000 - Research Methods for Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (40 credits)


Optional Modules
  • XS4418 - Skills in 3D Motion Capture (20 credits)
  • XS4419 - Contemporary Issues in Sports and Exercise Science (20 Credits) - Independent study module

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules
  • XS4000 - Research Methods for Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (40 credits)
  • XS4301 - Advanced Practitioner Skills for Sport and Exercise Scientists (60 credits)
  • XS4900 - Research Project for Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Scientists (60 credits)


Optional Modules
  • XS4419 - Contemporary Issues in Sports and Exercise Science (20 Credits) - Independent study module

Semester 3

Compulsory Modules

  • XS4301 - Advanced Practitioner Skills for Sport and Exercise Scientists (60 credits)
  • XS4900 - Research Project for Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Scientists (60 credits)

Further Information

The MSc Sport and Exercise Science requires that you take 180 credits in total, all at Level 4. The modules will be taken through a combination of single semester and double semester delivery. This will require the final dissertation to be undertaken during Semesters 2 and 3.

Student Feedback on the Course

Kieron Wood Graduate 15/16

I was an external candidate coming from another establishment and I fitted in seamlessly. The course was extremely accommodating and the course content transfer’s directly into employment within sports science. The course enables me to create a diverse network and teach me a high calibre of skills, which will be crucial in my career in sports science. I had access to high quality facilities and athletic populations that are only available through the UCLan course. The course teaches you to become completely self-sufficient in research. The course leader (Dr. Jonathan Sinclair) is an exemplary member of staff that delivers lectures and assignments that are concurrent with the on going developments in sports science. The publications and knowledge he has is one that is recognised up and down the country, which is paired with a work ethic that is unparalleled. Dr. Sinclair is always available for support and development, it is only with his guidance and support that upon completing the program I have been able to secure employment and pursue publication of my own research.

Gareth Shadwell Graduate 15/16

My time on the MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences course was the most academically challenging experience of my life; however, the infrastructure of support and guidance from my course leader Dr. Jonathan Sinclair along with his impeccable lectures and supporting materials allowed me to further aspire and work towards a career in higher education.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: TBC
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

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Football Medicine & Performance Association (FMPA) – UCLan is just one of 2 universities that currently partners the FMPA. This partnership gives students direct links to the football industry and provides opportunities for students to access current practice in football and potential career prospects.

The School of Sport and Health Sciences has strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs. We regularly invite guest speakers from industry to speak to students within modules across a range of our courses.

This represents a valuable opportunity for students to meet potential employers and learn about life in the sports industry. For example, we have had guest lectures given by representatives of Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Lancashire Football Association, The Rugby Football League and Preston City Council.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The Division of Sport Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, is home to some of the world’s leading researchers in the field of sport and exercise sciences, making this course truly unique.

It consists of a compulsory element outlining research methods, ethics and practices, advanced methodologies and a research project. This is supplemented by a choice of two optional study modules. A variety of assessment methods are used including coursework, case studies, presentations and reflective portfolios.

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