Strength and Conditioning MSc

Strength and Conditioning 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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    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 and Conditioning is a dedicated interactive distance learning postgraduate degree which focuses on lifting new and existing coaches to higher levels of competence and expertise using academic theory, scientific underpinning, and applied practitioner skills. The course emphasises case studies, real life and hypothetical scenarios to demonstrate how to integrate a scientific approach with psychosocial factors to maximise coaching effectiveness.

The course is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and also covers the requirements and elements of associated qualifications such as UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation and British Weight Lifting.

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Entry Requirements

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

Programme at a Glance

Advanced Coaching Practice

  • 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)
  • High Performance S&C Coach (20 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning Project (60 credits)


Further Information


Although students are expected to be pro-active in seeking work placement opportunities, UCLan has many links with sports clubs, teams, and sports organisations, and many of our existing and graduating students secure S&C work from these links as a result. There are also opportunities to pursue additional relevant qualifications and experience such as British Weightlifting coaching awards and sports research projects.


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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

Industry Links

UCLan is also a satellite education centre with British Weightlifting, and the course covers the content required for UK Strength and Conditioning Association Accreditation

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 interactive lectures
  • Complimentary on-campus intensive visit days
  • One-to-one support
  • BASES accredited biomechanics and physiology labs
  • Strength and Conditioning Suite
  • British Weightlifting Certified Education Centre
  • Indoor training halls
  • UCLan Sports Arena
Assessment methods
  • Written reports
  • Demonstration of competency
  • Portfolio submission