MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
Integrated Master in Science: Sports and Exercise Science options

Final Year, Component 03

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Biomechanics of Locomotion

Human movement, in particular walking gait is studied in some detail. Particular focus will be on what is 'normal' gait and from there the focus will shift to clinical populations and how gait is altered. The methods with which gait is analysed, from observational gait analysis to three-dimensional motion analysis, will also be explored with emphasis on interpreting the data and understanding how the data was obtained.

Physical Activity and Wellbeing

This module explores contemporary topics in exercise and health psychology, focusing on translational research evidence. Physical activity and exercise are increasingly used to improve the health and wellbeing of the general population. You will gain an understanding of up-to-date research evidence on topics including motivation, self-concept, mental health, social support and the environment. You will explore how research is translated into applied interventions and how these interventions are evaluated.

Applied Physiology

This module explores the medical and physiological challenges associated with human adaptation to and tolerance of extreme environments. Students will engage with historical and contemporary research in the field, with the aim of proposing novel solutions to problems in survival physiology, working at altitude and extended duration space flight.

Applied techniques in sport and exercise psychology

Provide a comprehensive understanding of the appropriate application of psychological knowledge to the measurement and assessment of human performance and develop applied skills necessary to service the needs of the athlete or coach and professionals in exercise settings.

Personalising Health and Performance Nutrition

The module will focus on the emerging personalisation of dietary strategies associated with health and performance. It will also consider exercise / physical activity context or advice relevant for health conditions or sporting performance. Particular attention will be paid to the mechanisms of how these strategies work, the methods by which their efficacy can be tested and the analysis of these results. Laboratory practicals will assess the biochemical response of extracellular buffers and the ergogenic potential of a personalised supplement strategy.

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