Strength and Conditioning MSc

Strength and Conditioning MSc

School of Sport and Health Sciences


Post- graduate





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    Part-Time: Two Years

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    Distance with attendance, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The MSc in Strength & Conditioning is a dedicated distance learning postgraduate degree which focuses on the applied practitioner. The scientific underpinning ensures the development of the correct ratio of academic theory and field-based coaching skills.

You will cover topics that mirror the industry standards of British Weight Lifting and UK Strength and Conditioning Association and will gain specific skills to become competent advanced strength and conditioning coaches and weight lifting coaches.

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Entry Requirements

2:2 or above in Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning or other sport related degree

Programme at a Glance

Course highlights

  • Distance learning
  • Employability
  • Applied
  • Practitioner
  • Advanced S&C coaches
  • High performance sport
  • Athlete development
  • Professional coaching
  • Weight lifting
  • Weight lifting coaches


  • Developing Strength 1 & 2 (20 credits each)
  • Advanced Conditioning 1 & 2 (20 credits each)
  • Contemporary Issues in Strength & Conditioning (20 credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning Project (60 credits)

Further Information


The MSc is a new course. Graduates from our undergraduate degree take further specific study in Strength & Conditioning either in the form of postgraduate courses or with the recognised bodies such as British Weight Lifting. Graduates work as self-employed strength & conditioning coaches in a variety of sports, but also as employees within football and rugby teams.


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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

Part-time: £1,125 per 20 credits (DL) (All Domiciles)

Further information:

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

Case Studies

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

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.

  • British Weight Lifting
  • UK Strength & Conditioning Association

This course is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The NSCA a is the world-leading membership organisation for strength & conditioning practitioners and their Education Recognition Program (ERP) distinguishes accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

  • Distance learning
  • Online material
  • Weekend lab sessions and practicals
  • UCLan Sports Arena
Assessment methods
  • Written reports
  • Demonstration of competency
  • Portfolio submission