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MSc Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation

Why choose Herts?

  • Facilities: Learn in our Institute of Sport building, utilising state of the art equipment and laboratories.
  • Industry connections: Performance Herts offers placement opportunities, working with elite athletes such as England Women’s Rugby, Saracens Mavericks, UK Sports Institute, England Squash, Netball and Golf.
  • Accreditation and industry qualifications: This course will enable you to pursue accreditation from relevant strength and conditioning awarding bodies the UKSCA and NSCA. Furthermore, we are a licensed delivery partner for the Level 3 UKSCA Strength Trainer award.

Professional Accreditations

This course is aligned to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and will prepare you for the full accreditation.  

The University of Hertfordshire is also a UKSCA Strength Trainer licensed delivery partner, and this MSc will provide you with the opportunity to take the UKSCA Strength Trainer award. Therefore, this accreditation is also offered, subject to assessment. 

Most strength and conditioning jobs in the UK require UKSCA and/or NSCA accreditation or the ability to achieve this within six months: this MSc will provide that ability.   

About the course

The MSc Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation is designed for graduate sports scientists, sports therapists, sports coaches, physiotherapists and other health professionals looking to expand their technical expertise, skills and career opportunities.  

You will advance your knowledge around the science and practice of strength and conditioning, providing practical and theoretical insight to help people achieve their performance goals, whether elite, recreational or just looking to improve their overall health. You will learn about the prevention and acceleration of recovery from injury and develop skills in the testing and monitoring of physical performance via biomechanical and physiological testing. You will build effective, practical coaching skills in foundation movements, resistance training, speed, agility and rehabilitation, as well as enhancing your analytical, critical thinking, communication and teamworking skills. 

This is a practical-based course with expert teaching staff from a variety of backgrounds and with experience working in elite sport and the health industry. You’ll benefit from an experiential learning experience at our Institute of Sport, with access to equipment such as our GRAIL treadmill, gold-standard force plates, 3D motion capture, environmental chamber, forcedecks software, gymAware, optojump, smart speed gates and more. 

Why choose this course?

  • Gain unique specialist knowledge and skills in strength and conditioning rehabilitation. 
  • Learn in our Institute of Sport and benefit from advancing with one of the few providers in the UK to offer the academic as well as partnerships and elite service elements of sport. 
  • Utilise state of the art equipment in the areas of physiology and biomechanics to develop the highest skills in the practical application of sports science. 
  • Gain vocational experience and skills through a work-based module, based at Performance Herts or another professional body. 
  • Boost your employability with industry qualifications through the University of Hertfordshire’s licensed UKSCA Strength Trainer delivery partner status. 
  • Broaden your expertise and skills through research activities with academic staff. 

What will I study?

You will learn from and diversify your expertise from a range of teaching staff backgrounds, including exercise physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches, sports therapists and biomechanists. Our staff have been working in elite sport including international, professional and academy as well as working in the health industry.  

The course is taught face-to-face with some elements of blended learning and is typically full-time, with students attending a three-day block in September, followed by one day each week and another three-day block in January. Part-time learners will attend one day a week on Wednesdays and will not complete the three day blocks. A variety of learning methods are used from practical, theoretical and experiential learning. Assessment is varied, from practical coaching and testing to presentations, research reports and critical reviews. 

Compulsory modules of study include: 

  • Strength and Conditioning Science 
  • Functional Principles of Rehabilitation 
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning 
  • Applied Rehabilitation 
  • Testing and Monitoring for Performance 
  • Research Methods 
  • Research Project 
  • Work Placement 

Where will I study? 

Based on our de Havilland campus, you’ll be inspired through our fantastic facilities, including our Institute of Sport with gold standard equipment, the Hertfordshire Sports Village and Performance Herts gym. You will also have access to our impressive Learning Resources Centre.  

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Strength and Conditioning Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Functional Principles of Rehabilitation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Rehabilitation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Testing and Monitoring for Performance 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project 45 Credits Compulsory
    Work Placement 30 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Strength and Conditioning 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Senior Lecturer Danny Muniz

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    Head of Physical Performance and Academic Liaison Fiona Scott

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    Programme Leader Jon Brazier

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    Senior Lecturer Kate Cady

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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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